Walters takes the title in last match for GHS; three area wrestlers also medal.
As five early lead changes would suggest, St. Maries put Grangeville into a bit of a wobble during the first quarter of the 2A District I-II title game last Thursday night, Feb. 27. But as the big run the Bulldogs delivered with a state berth at stake would suggest, the reigning state champions are capable of strong defense when they play balanced basketball.
With three state titles — a football title, a basketball title and another football title — to their credit since the autumn of 2013, Salmon River tacked on a 1AD2 District III title with a cutting victory over Ambrose last Thursday night, Feb. 27.
Lapwai led the district championship game last Wednesday night, Feb. 26, by as many as seven points, but Prairie, unphased by a couple of early treys, rallied to within a point before the first quarter ended.
Megan Sullivan, a 2012 Grangeville alum, and a sophomore at Eastern Oregon University, qualified to run the open 400 at the NAIA Indoor National Track and Field Championship March 6-8.
The monthly Grangeville High School Booster Club meeting is set for Monday, March 10, 7 p.m., in the GHS library.
The Grangeville High School winter sports award night is set for next Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m., in the cafeteria.
Wrestling, basketball, bowling and trapshooting results
Call these Prairie Pirates champions once again, and count coach Lori Mader’s pressure defenses and post offenses among the level’s most potent powerplays. Lapwai — second-best among the 1AD1 girls for the second straight season — fell into early foul trouble and soon proved prone to attack by PHS forwards Kayla Schumacher and Kyndahl Ulmer, who scored 17 points apiece to lift Prairie’s second girls basketball title in three seasons, 56-40. As the fouls piled up during the championship game last Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Idaho Center, the Wildcats’ ability to counter Prairie’s effort dwindled as each half progressed.
Despite early stumble, Grangeville finishes 2014 on a winning note
Last Friday morning, Feb. 21, the Grangeville girls awoke from a nightmare start to their season-ending tournament and finished off their final 2014 games in a fashion befitting a proud basketball tradition. Their consolation bracket foes, perhaps energized by knowing Melba held one of the state’s higher-scoring teams to just 27 in a first-round upset last Thursday night, Feb. 20, did not fall easily.
With last week’s district tournament in the rear view mirror, 16 wrestlers representing Grangeville, Prairie, Clearwater Valley and Kamiah high schools have been seeded for the upcoming all-classifications state tournament to be held Feb. 28-March 1 in Nampa at the Idaho Center.
By outflanking Council 65-42 last Saturday, Feb. 22, Salmon River looks to have opened up a beeline to the District III boys basketball title, with which the Savages would secure a state berth. Salmon River smoked Council with a 16-minute firestorm during which the Savages rained down 35 points, primarily from Leighton Vander Esch (who scored 28 points in the game), McCoy Hale (17) and Jimmy Shepherd (14). Up next, the Savages (18-2 overall) need no longer consider Wilder, which was eliminated by Meadows Valley last Thursday, Feb. 20, nor Meadows Valley, which was eliminated by Horseshoe Bend last Saturday afternoon.
With an 18-point swing in their favor during the middle quarters of a 51-43 victory over Orofino, Grangeville locked down a key district tournament win last Monday night, Feb. 24. Topping Orofino in the first post-season meeting of the Central Idaho League’s top contenders puts Grangeville on course for a state berth with one more win. Orofino would need to nip the Bulldogs twice to qualify the 2A tournament, and the Maniacs must win tonight to even have the chance. Grangeville would have the same margin for error if St. Maries wins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26; either way, the Bulldogs will play for the 2A District II title on Feb. 27.
Old Man Winter set back Grangeville’s district tournament opener by a day, but neither wind nor sleet could keep the GHS girls from completing their months-long march to the 2A girls state basketball tournament, which will open with Valley against Cole Valley at 1:15 p.m. MT Thursday, Feb. 20, at Kuna High School.
The Savages left no doubt as to the identity of their classification’s top contender, crushing Long Pin Conference foes Garden Valley and Horseshoe Bend in games — the last of the regular season — on Feb. 12, and Friday, Feb. 14, respectively. Horseshoe Bend offered little resistance on Valentine’s Day, during which three Salmon River starters posted double-digit point totals; one of the visitors outscored the entire home team during a 62-22 rout.