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North Marion boys basketball remains unbeaten in league; Gervais' Skyler Kempton earns No. 1 seed in district wrestling bracket

COURTESY PHOTO: JO WHEAT - The North Marion bench erupts in celebration at the Huskies' 59-39 win at Molalla on Friday.


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The No. 1 Huskies (16-3, 6-0) remained undefeated in the Tri-Valley Conference after picking up a pair of road victories last week. North Marion poured on a season-high point total in an 89-47 win at Corbett on Tuesday, Feb. 4 and followed with a 59-39 win at Molalla on Friday.

The Huskies have won six straight since the end of their non-conference schedule and hold a one-game lead over Gladstone (14-5, 5-1) in the race for the league title.

North Marion has just one game this week when they travle to Madras (8-11, 3-3) on Friday, Feb. 14. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.


The No. 3 Bulldogs picked up a victory in their lone game last week, defeating Sweet Home 54-44 to open the second half of league play.

Woodburn (14-4, 6-1) is tied with No. 7 Cascade (16-3, 6-1) atop the Oregon West Conference and are scheduled to host Sisters (2-18, 0-8) on Tuesday, Feb. 11 before traveling to Stayton (12-7, 4-4) on Friday, Feb. 14 to finish the week.



The Cougars picked up a few final matches prior to this weeek's district qualifiers at the 2A Special District 1 Pre-District event.

Gervais was led by 120-pound Skyler Kempton, who picked up a pair of victories over Colton's Roger Moore and Vernonia's Johnathan Sicard. Kempton, who earned the No. 1 seed in his weight class at for the coming district touranament, pinned Moore with seven seconds left in regulation, and picked up a second-round pin of Sicard.

Teammate Jose Garcia went 2-1 at the 132-pound level, beating Neah-Kah-Nie's Deryk Turner 9-2 while pinning Santiam's Issac Turner-Williams in the first round. Garcia fell to another Wolverine, Riley Rothrock in the first round.

Fabian Santos likewise split his matches, falling to Lucas Bischoff of Kennedy by 12-5 decision and taking a 6-4 win over Kaleb Roe of Knappa at 160 pounds.

Andy Cruz (195 pounds), Eduardo Cortes (195) also split their matches.

North Marion

The Huskies took a trip over the pass on Saturday to compete in the White Buffalo Invite, hosting by Madras High School.

Led by senior Ronaldo Hernandez, North Marion placed seventh overall with 88 points, falling just behind The Dalles/Dufur (92) in the final standings.

Hernandez was one of five Huskies to place third or better at the tournament, as North Marion seven of eight wrestlers in the top six altogether.

Hernandez picked up a 9-8 decision over Malacai Alire of the hosting White Buffaloes to earn a title match with Molalla's Colby Findley, falling in 2:29.

Alex Farrens (106), Martin Pacheco (120), Erick Hernandez (152) and Terrin Sheridan (182) each advanced to their bracket semifinals, fell and rallied for a victory in the consolation finals to place third.

Kevin Guzman (132) and Bryan Bravo Gonzalez (182) placed fifth and sixth, respectively, to round out the North Marion placers.



The Bulldogs snapped a four-game streak of losses last week, beating the visiting Sweet Home Huskies 67-53 on Tuesday, Feb. 4. The win gave Woodburn a season sweep over the Huskies.

Senior guard Taiya Kent tied her season-high with 23 points in the win, one of three Woodburn players to score in double figures. Kent was ultra-efficient on the night, needing just 12 shots to lead the team on offense. The senior was 8-of-12 from the field, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc and perfect on four trips tot he foul line. Kent added four steal, five rebounds and two assists.

Sophomore Aria Kent added 15 points, and Mya Salinas chipped in 12.

Woodburn assisted on 15 of 23 made field goals, with 10 players tallying at least one assist on the night. Woodburn concluded its week with a 59-39 non-conference loss at Corbett on Saturday.

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