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Kennedy girls finish second at Salem Academy, Trojan boys tangle with top-ranked 3A, 4A teams

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy junior Elise Suing and the No. 6 Trojans finished second in the Silver Bracket at Salem Academy, falling 41-30 to 3A No. 1 Sutherlin on Saturday. Kennedy girls basketball

The Kennedy Trojans went 2-1 in the Silver Bracket of the Crusader Classic New Year's Invitational at Salem Academy High School on Saturday, finishing in second place after falling 41-30 to the Sutherlin Bulldogs.

No. 6 Kennedy (9-3, 3-0 Tri-River) opened the tournament with a 42-24 win over 3A Nyssa on Thursday, and followed with a 50-31 win over Oregon Episcopal in the bracket semifinals, handing the 3A No. 7 Aardvarks their first loss of the season.

But the Trojans were unable to get past Sutherlin, the former 4A power that won three consecutive girls basketball state championships in 2014-16 before dropping down to the 3A Classification.

The loss snapped Kennedy's win streak at six games as the Trojans were scheduled to prepare for a league showdown against the No. 2 Gervais Cougars (10-1, 2-0) on Tuesday in Mount Angel.

The Trojans follow with another home contest against Santiam (3-7, 0-1) on Thursday before traveling to Culver High School on Saturday to play the 1A No. 2 Crane Mustangs (9-0).

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - St. Paul senior T.J. Crawford and the Buckaroos are looking to end a four-game slide as they return to league play this week.St. Paul boys basketball

The Buckaroos dropped a trio of games at the Crusader Classic New Year's Invitational at Salem Academy High School.

St. Paul opened the tournament with an 80-33 loss to the Kennedy Trojans before falling 43-37 to the Salem Academy junior varsity team on Friday. The Bucks finished with a 91-41 loss to 3A Umatilla on Saturday.

St. Paul (3-9, 2-1 Casco) was scheduled to return to league play on Tuesday at home against the Oregon School for the Deaf (2-3, 1-3), followed by a trip to Jewell on Friday to play the hosting Bluejays (0-6, 0-2).

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - Kennedy senior Luke Hall scored 39 points in a loss to 3A No. 1 Amity and averaged 25 points per game in the Trojans three-game series at Salem Academy over the weekend.Kennedy boys basketball

The Trojans won 1-of-3 games at the Crusader Classic New Year's Invitational at Salem Academy High School, finishing in fourth place in the Black Bracket.

The Trojans won their opening game of the tournament, knocking off the St. Paul Buckaroos 80-33, led by 16 points from Brady Traeger and 13 from Riley Cantu. Luke Hall pitched in 12, while Dylan Kleinschmit had eight, as 12 players were able to score for the Trojans.

Hall erupted for 39 points in the semifinal against 3A No. 1 Amity on Friday, but the Trojans went on to fall 63-55.

Kennedy wrapped up their tournament against another top-ranked team, falling 68-54 to 4A No. 1 North Marion on Saturday. Hall had 26 points in the loss, including four 3-pointers. Cantu scored eight, and Traeger had seven.

The Trojans (6-5, 2-1 Tri-River) were scheduled to host Gervais (4-7, 1-1) on Tuesday, followed by another home game on Thursday against No. 7 Santiam (8-2, 1-0).

Gervais wrestling

The Gervais Cougars placed fifth out of eight teams at the King of the Hill wrestling tournament hosted by Pleasant Hill High School on Saturday.

Led by senior Alex Giron, the Cougars placed seven of eight wrestlers, scoring 56 points to finish just 2.5 points behind fourth-place Monroe.

Giron advanced to the championship match of the 182-pound bracket, winning his first match by forfeit followed by back-to-back first-round pins before falling in 3:18 to Issiah Blackburn of Philomath.

Teammates Skyler Kempton (120), Jose Garcia (132), and Fabian Santos (170) each placed third in their bracket, while Rolando Miranda (170), Eduardo Cortes (220) and Diego Elizarrarez (285) each placed fourth.

Kennedy wrestling

The Kennedy wrestling team placed 15th at the 2019 Bob Bishop Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 28.

Freshman Adam Beltran-Reyes led the Trojans with a fifth-place finish in the 106-pound bracket, defeating Taft's Kaden Byrum in the placing match to finish 4-4 on the day.

Daniel Beltran-Reyes went 1-3 at the tournament, placing sixth overall in the 126-pound bracket.

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