MHS matmen make state


Madras basketball sees playoff chance disappear

by: LON AUSTIN - Jarred Dupont attempts to turn Crook County's Brent Bannon during the district title match at 126 pounds.Ian Oppenlander, Jarred Dupont and Trevor Parsons survived a rough weekend at the Class 4A Special District 2 wrestling tournament in La Pine and will represent Madras at this weekend’s state tournament in Portland.

Oppenlander advances in the tourney’s lightest weight class, 106 pounds, but draws the state’s top seed in Braxton Sue of Scappoose. Oppenlander placed fourth at district.

Jarred DuPont had the highest finish for Madras at district by taking second in the 126-pound weight class. He will face Taylor Walden of Scappoose in Friday’s first round of matches.

Trevor Parsons will compete in the 145-pound weight class after taking fourth in La Pine. Parsons will face second-seeded Darin French of Elmira in the first round.

The state tournament begins Friday at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland and concludes Saturday evening with championship matches in all classifications.

Buffalo cagers lose two games

Jered Pichette had a great week but the Madras High boys team dropped a pair of games last week, losing at home to LaSalle and falling at Gladstone, ending any chance of a Class 4A playoff berth this season.

Madras needed to win its final three games to have any shot of getting into a play-in game. The two losses came at the hands of the Tri-Valley Conference’s two best teams.

Despite Pichette scoring 56 points over the two games, the White Buffalos dropped to 9-14 overall and 2-7 in conference play.

Madras closed out the season Tuesday night with a home game against Estacada.

Pichette netted a game-high 26 points in a 70-55 loss to La Salle on Feb. 18 while Voshaun Bryant added 12. But it wasn’t nearly enough to take down conference-leading La Salle.

At Gladstone Thursday, Pichette dropped in a game-high 30 with only four players scoring for the Buffs, Gladstone pulled out a 52-43 win.

La Salle and Gladstone are tied for the conference lead at 8-1.