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Winlock’s boys’ basketball team knew it would get a much-improved Naselle squad this time around.

This time around, the Comets gave the Cardinals all they could handle. Winlock won 84-49 back in December, but had to stave off the Comets late in the game and squeak out a 57-54 victory on Saturday in Naselle.

“They came out and gave it to us for quite awhile,” Winlock coach Nick bamer said. “We were able to regroup at halftime, and came out and had a strong third quarter.”

Down 28-23 at the break, the Cardinals used a 21-7 run to take a nine-point lead. They eventually extended the lead to 11 points before Naselle caught fire from beyond the arc, eventually tying the game.

“They put a good scare in us,” Bamer said. “We’re thankful to survive the trip.”

Corey Gregory hit a deep 3-pointer to pull the game within one late, before Nick Patching hit four consecutive free throws to ice the game, and Jayce Coleman had a key rebound to extend a possession. Patching finished with 14 points, Bryce Cline had 13 points, Dawson Hall finished with 11 points, and Coleman tallied 11.

Kolby Glenn paced the Comets with 15 points, Gregory finished with 12 and Antonio Nolan put up 11 points.

Oregon Episcopal 81, Rainier 70 (OT): Caymon Rea finished with 20 points and Devion Godfrey had 19 points, but the Columbians missed some key free throws late in regulation before suffering the Lewis and Clark League defeat in the extra frame.

Clatskanie 78, Portland Christian 52: Dusten Sewald paced the Tigers with 19 points, Ryan Watson had 13 rebounds and the Tigers dished 20 assists as a team as they used a 43-20 second half to capture the Lewis and Clark League win.

“We played well on both end of the floor in the second half,” Clatskanie coach Ryan Svenson said.

James Helmen and Devon Jones added 16 points and J’Kari Combs tallied 14.

Ilwaco 44, South Bend 33: Reese Tynkila scored 15 points and Daniel Whiting tallied 14 in the Pacific 2B League road victory. The Fishermen got off to a 15-2 first-quarter by picking apart the Indians’ zone before “getting away from what we were doing,” coach Tim Harrell said.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

Rainier 36, Oregon Episcopal 30: Desirae Hansen paced the Columbians with 28 points and eight rebounds in the Lewis and Clark League victory. “We looked like it was our fifth game in five nights,” Rainier coach Dogu Knox said. “A win is a win.” Reese Schimmel added seven rebounds and five steals.

Clatskanie 77, Portland Christian 29: Shelby Blodgett tallied 29 points and 19 rebounds, Zoie Baker had 17 points and 16 rebounds and the Tigers cruised to the Lewis and Clark League victory.

“They passed the ball really well, and moved the ball into where it was working,” Clatskanie coach Dawn Warren said. “It was working with Zoie — she had a size advantage — and she was converting.”

Olivia Sprague added 14 points and nine steals, and Olivia Warren tallied seven points, five steals and eight assists.

Three Rivers Christian 29, Tacoma Baptist 17: Ally Carns finished with 12 points and five assists in Friday night’s win.

WRESTLING

Jim Bair Invitational: Castle Rock got off to a slow start before rallying back to finish second at their home invitational. Royal won the event with 185 points, the Rockets placed second with 160 and Woodland finished third with 151.5 points.

“We kind of came out flat,” Rock coach Joe Godinho said. “We did rally, and had some really good backdoor finishes.”

Payton Watts was the Rockets’ lone winner, capturing the 182-pound crown, while Ryan Marcil (113 pounds) and Jeran Keogh (132) finished second, while Ethan Erickson (126), Ryan Hurley (170) and Levi Huls (220) placed third. Fourth-place finishers for the Rockets included Kam Wason (126), Dylan House (195) and Luke Sparks (285).

Woodland’s third-place finish included four winners. Judeah Sanders (106), Josiah Sanders (113), Anthony Clifford (138) and Jacob Flanagan finished atop their weight classes. Gage Pilot (106), JJ Fuerst (120), Luke Parish (160) and Andrew Pottratz (285) placed third.

Mark Morris’ Lane Williams (170) placed second, Jarrod Andersen (113) finished third, and John Dodge (120) and Brady Anderson (126) finished fourth.

SWIMMING

Kentridge Invitational: Kelso finished 33rd with eight points in the 43-team meet with 660 swimmers.

The Scotties 200 medley relay finished 22nd and the 200 freestyle relay placed 29th and Jake Laes placed 31st in the 100 butterfly.

Mark Morris’ Andrew MacDonnell placed 51st in the 200 freestyle and 26th in the 500 freestyle, Brian Franklin placed 32nd in the 50 freestyle, Kodee Soetamin placed 18th in the 100 freestyle, Cody Schreier placed 28th in the 100 backstroke, Dawson Dang finished 37th in the 100 breaststroke, and the Monarchs’ 400 freestyle relay team placed 23rd.

BOWLING

Mark Morris 2080, R.A. Long 1903: Brooklyn Boudreau rolled a 244-435 series and Cinthia Ramirez rolled a 191-369 to win the Civil War bowling match on Friday at Triangle Bowl. R.A. Long was paced by Kylee Newman (179-355) and Evy Bernard (179-355).

“I hope we never have to go back to that gym.” Rainier coach Doug Knox after escaping with a 36-30 road win over Oregon Episcopal in Portland
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