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Sports in brief for Nov. 15
Pine-Eagle opens playoffs with a win at home
HALFWAY It had been 29 years since Pine-Eagle hosted a state football playoff game. And Saturday the Spartans more than entertained the home folks.
Pine-Eagle came at Ione from all angles all afternoon on the way to a 50-30 victory in the opening round of the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 1A playoffs. The Spartans (7-3 overall) now travel to Blachly next weekend for a quarterfinal contest against Triangle Lake. The Lakers (6-4) defeated Powers 38-8 to advance.
Pine-Eagle's multi-faceted offense was clicking from the start with quarterback Brad Casch mixing passes with the running attack of Jeff Chamberlin and Cody Millhouse.
"We knew they couldn't key on everything we had," Casch said.
"Our game plan was working really well. We had it set up well. We're peaking at the right time, right where we should be."
Casch said he didn't care whether the Spartans played Triangle Lake or Powers.
"It doesn't matter to me. I just want to go play," he said.
Powder takes third in volleyball at state
Powder Valley volleyball coach Riki Abrego likes the number 3. At least she has the past two weeks.
"We finished third in league, third at district and now third at state," Abrego said Saturday evening after the Badgers had completed play at the OSAA/U.S. Bank/Les Schwab Tires Class 1A State Volleyball Tournament at Springfield High School.
Powder had just defeated North Clackamas Christian 26-24, 25-19 to claim third place at the state tourney. It was the Badgers' fourth tournament trophy in five years. "We played a lot better offensive and defensive game against them," Abrego said. "We were pretty evenly matched."
Powder Valley had to settle for the third-place game after dropping a semifinal match 25-19, 25-16 to eventual-champion Dufur. The Badgers had reached the semis by stopping Damascus Christian 22-25, 25-16, 15-12 Saturday morning.
"Our defense did it again against Damascus," Abrego said.
"But, against Dufur, we seemed to play tighter. The girls battled back from some big deficits, but we just couldn't get it set up. They're a strong team," she said.
Powder sweeps pool play
Three again was Powder's lucky number during Friday's pool play. The Badgers swept all three of their opponents to advance to the bracket round.
Powder opened play by defeating Helix 25-13, 25-23. The Badgers then topped North Clackamas Christian 25-19, 25-10 before ending the day with a 25-11, 25-20 romp over Powers.
"We started off awesome," Abrego said. "We played very strong, and we weren't nervous at all. Everybody was moving and playing together. Our defense has been pretty much unbreakable.
"This is a group of girls who never quits," Abrego said. "It took all 13 of them to get us down here."
Abrego said the third-place finish capped a successful season for the Badgers.
"The season was excellent, just awesome," she said. "It's hard to put into words.
"As a coach you work and work with the kids, but you're never going to succeed if you don't have a group of girls who want to be coached. These girls were so coachable this year.
"The kids worked hard, and proved to themselves that they have the ability to succeed if you try your best."
Pine-Eagle volleyball falls Saturday
Pine-Eagle lost its two bracket play matches Saturday after winning 2-of-3 in Friday's pool play.
Saturday the Spartans lost 12-25, 25-18, 18-16 to Perrydale, then fell 25-21, 17-25, 15-11 to Cove in the consolation semifinals.
The Spartans reached Saturday's action by defeating Mapleton 25-18, 25-18 and Jewell 25-14, 25-17 Friday. Pine-Eagle also lost 25-22, 25-16 to Dufur Friday.