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St. Paul's Jackson scores 24 in victory over Colton' Karsseboom goes for 30 in Woodburn boys opener

CONNER WILLIAMS - St. Paul junior Jaidyn Jackson had a solid all-around game on Friday, tallying 24 points, nine rebounds and three assists in a 56-34 win over the hosting Colton Vikings.
The St. Paul boys basketball team split its opening two games of the season, falling 50-34 in its season opener at Scio on Nov. 29 before pulling out a 64-52 win at Colton on Friday.

The Bucks (1-1) were led in the season opener by junior Jaidyn Jackson, who had 17 points, but Scio (1-1) pulled away by limiting St. Paul to 12 in the second half.

Jackson again led the team in scoring in the follow-up game against Colton (0-2), pouring in 24 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists to lead the Bucks to a road victory. Campbell Smith collected 15 points and 15 rebounds, as St. Paul outrebounded the Vikings 56-34, and Justin Herberger added 11 points.

The Bucks travel to Gervais Wednesday and New Hope Christian Friday before playing their first home game of the season Dec. 12, which will be a rematch versus Colton.

Woodburn boys

The Woodburn boys basketball team may have graduated nine players from last year's team that qualified for the state play-in round, but that's not about to stop this year's Bulldogs.

Led by an electric performance from junior Trevor Karsseboom, the Woodburn Bulldogs defeated the hosting North Salem Vikings 74-64 in Friday night's season opener on the road.

Karsseboom, one of just four players returning from last year's varsity team, led both team with 30 points.

The junior guard played well both inside and out, connecting on four 3-pointers while also slashing to the basket to create scoring opportunities in the paint and hitting 10-of-12 free-throw attempts. Senior Ruben Alvarez, another holdover from last year's team, followed with 12 points in the win.

After the game, head coach Ryan Slider praised the team's defensive players, pointing to senior guard Jaime Tlatenchi and sophomore wing Reese Miller, who had a chase-down block in the second quarter that sparked a 14-2 run.

The Bulldogs return home this week for their only home game scheduled before the end of the year. Woodburn (1-0) was scheduled to host the Milwaukie Mustangs (0-1) on Tuesday before returning to the road on Friday to play at 6A Benson (1-0).

Woodburn will remain on the road in December, playing at the South Albany Tournament Dec. 20-22 and traveling to the Stayton Holiday Tournament Dec. 27-29 before returning home on Jan. 5 to host Hood River Valley in the Bulldogs' final non-conference game.

North Marion boys

The North Marion boys basketball team opened the season on the road last week, falling 73-64 to the Tillamook Cheesemakers on Thursday.

Sophomore Sergio Jimenez led the team in the loss, scoring 21 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the floor. Jimenez also added team highs of 10 rebounds and five assists while going 5-of-5 from the free-throw line.

Junior Grant Henry and senior Trevor Ensign were the only other North Marion players to score in double figures, putting up 11 and 10 points, respectively. Henry connected on three 3-pointers and had a trio of steals to lead the team in both categories, while Ensign added three blocks.

North Marion and Tillamook have opened their seasons against each other for the past four years, with both teams splitting the series 2-2. The Cheesemakers have claimed victory the past two years.

The Huskies (0-1) were scheduled to play their home opener on Tuesday against the Valley Catholic Valiants (1-1) and finish the week Friday at home against the Scappoose Indians

Kennedy boys

The Kennedy boys basketball team rebounded from a season-opening loss at home to the Amity Warriors by scoring a 73-45 victory over the Taft Tigers on Friday.

The win came after a 77-72 loss at home to the Warriors on Nov. 29.

The Trojans were led by sophomore Luke Hall and Emorej Lynk, along with junior Rocco Carley, each of whom scored 20 points in the loss.

Carson Hall added nine, but it wasn't enough to beat the Warriors, who connected on 11 3-pointers and scored 43 points in the second half to hand Kennedy a five-point loss.

The Trojans (1-1) were scheduled to travel to Vernonia on Tuesday before hosting the Kennedy Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

North Marion girls

The North Marion girls basketball team had a strong start to the season on Thursday, defeating the visiting Tillamook Cheesemakers 62-31.

The Huskies were led by their backcourt tandem of Ally Umbenhower and Mar Verasetgui, who scored 15 points each in the win.

Sophomore wing Katie Ensign added 11 points and a team-high six steals, while senior Hannah Kinniburgh also reached double digits with 10 points. The victory was the third straight against the Cheesemakers, who have squared off against the Huskies in each of the past four seasons.

North Marion (1-0) was scheduled to travel to Sisters (1-0) on Tuesday before returning home Friday to host the Scappoose Indians (1-0).

Kennedy girls

The Kennedy girls basketball team had a stellar start to the season defeating Amity and Taft in a pair of lopsided games last week.

The Trojans opened the season at home on Nov. 29, felling the Warriors 75-25. Kennedy followed with a 59-13 win at Taft on Friday evening to wrap up the week.

Kennedy (2-0) was scheduled to travel to Vernonia on Tuesday before hosting the Kennedy Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday.

Phil Hawkins can be reached at 503-765-1194 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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