by: COURTESY OF JP BUSTAMANTE - The Woodburn Junior Bulldogs qualified for the state tournament with a second place finish at the Clackamas Fall Classic on Dec. 7-8.The Woodburn boys’ 6th-grade AAU team qualified for the state tournament last weekend after going 3-1 and making it to the championship game of the Clackamas Fall Classic.

The Junior Bulldogs went 3-0 in pool play over the three-day tournament, beginning with a 44-29 victory over Canby in their first game Saturday morning. Woodburn followed with a 31-24 win over Wilsonville later in the day in their second game. The Bulldogs finished pool play Sunday by clawing back from an 11-point deficit against Clackamas to win 48-43 and punch their ticket to the championship game against the Prairie Falcons from Vancouver, Wash.

Although Woodburn went on to lose in the finals, the Fall Classic was a state-qualifying tournament that gave the Bulldogs a berth in a state tournament later this season (details were unavailable at press time). In the meantime, the Bulldogs move on to Sherwood this weekend for another tournament.

Above, the Bulldogs are pictured after receiving the team’s second-place medals: Coach Sean Miller, Reese Miller, Jaden Bellman, coach Robert Orozco, Miguel Antonio Trevino, Robert Orozco, Maverick Cheremnov, Carter Nelson, Georgio Bustamante, Tre Garcia, Damian Bustos. Not pictured:?Ethan Ing and Damian Esparza.

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