Woodburn boys basketball
After opening the season with three consecutive wins, the Woodburn boys basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, falling 61-44 at home to the defending 4A state champion Banks Braves.
Woodburn (3-1) was scheduled to play in the North Marion Holiday Tournament on Friday and Saturday before taking a two-week break, returning to action in the new year at the Stayton Holiday Tournament on Jan. 2-4.
North Marion boys basketball
The Huskies rebounded from a season-opening loss to win its past four games with efficient consistency.
North Marion (4-1) began its current win streak with a 70-60 win over Marshfield on Dec. 6 and followed with a 70-60 win over Sweet Home on Dec. 10. The team traveled to Stayton on Dec. 12, coming away with a 70-61 victory and picked up a 77-41 win over Tillamook on Dec. 14 — rising to No. 3 in the OSAA rankings.
The Huskies were scheduled to host Yamhill-Carlton and Salem Academy at their home tournament on Friday and Saturday.
North Marion picks things up in the new year with a Jan. 7 tilt against the defending 4A state champion Banks Braves.
Gervais girls basketball
The good vibe train continues to roll for the Gervais girls basketball team, which picked up its fifth and sixth consecutive victories to open the season after beginning league play with a pair of lopsided wins.
Gervais opened the week at Chemawa on Monday, Dec. 16, holding dynamic scorer Angel Jackson to just 12 points in a 66-26 win. The Cougars held the Braves to single-digit scoring in the first half, building a 27-8 lead before erupting in the second half with 39 points.
Senior Isabel Vasquez was the lone Gervais player to score in double digits with 18 points. Araceli Vasquez had nine, while Lalani Elizando came off the bench to score eight, including a pair of 3-pointers. All but one of Gervais' players scored in the win.
The Cougars returned home on Wednesday, Dec. 18, using a second-half surge to take a 59-32 victory over the Santiam Wolverines.
The two teams battled to a relatively close first half, which Gervais led 25-20 before the Cougars went on a 34-12 run over the final 16 minutes of play to run away with the win.
Araceli Vasquez led all scorers with 14 points, followed by 11 from sophomore Salma Villegas. Starters Lilly Welburn, Katie Hanson and Isabel Vasquez had nine, eight and seven points, respectively, in the win.
Gervais (6-0, 2-0 Tri-River) was scheduled to travel to Pendleton on Friday and Saturday for the 2A Preview Tournament, taking on Weston-McEwen and the defending 2A state champion Heppner Mustangs.
Kennedy girls basketball
The Trojans shook off a loss to the St. Paul Buckaroos by claiming wins in its first two league games of the season.
Kennedy opened the week with a 65-26 home victory over Western Christian on Monday, Dec. 16, followed by an 80-39 at Culver on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The games bumped No. 10 Kennedy (5-2, 2-0 Tri-River) into the top 10 of the OSAA rankings as the Trojans scheduled to travel to Colton on Friday.
The Trojans traveled to Mill City on Wednesday, Dec. 18, taking part in a District 1 dual against the hosting Santiam Wolverines.
Junior Cole Boen won via pinfall over Weston Watts at the end of the second round at 182 pounds, while freshman Eli Dover picked up a first-round victory over Kassandra Miller at 126 pounds.
North Marion swimming
The North Marion swim team opened the 2019-20 season on Friday, Dec. 13, at the River City Invitational, hosted by Scappoose High School.
The Huskies were led by Ben Netter's second-place performance in the boys 100-yard individual medley, finishing in 1:07.51 behind event-winner Nash Wilson of Scappoose in 1:03.16.
North Marion also saw strong performances from its relay teams, which placed in the top five in five of six events.
The girls 200-yard freestyle relay team of Kailee Jones, Adrie Lader, Marissa Colby and Sofia Vachter clocked in at 2:08.75 to finish in third place. Jones and Vachter teamed with Marissa Colby and Alexia Hall to take fifth in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:26.04.
The boys' relay teams scored a trio of fourth-place finishes on the day, beginning with Netter, Lucas Toth, Ryan Olson and Mitchell Doubrava in the 200-yard medley relay in 2:04.50.
Calvin Sahlin joined Netter, Toth and Olson in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing in 1:46.99.
Doubrava teamed with Owen Alvord, Gage Hurst and Hudson Walker in the 400-yard freestyle, finishing in 4:36.54, just a 0.16 seconds ahead of the fifth-place team from Blanchet.
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