POWDER VALLEY – While not an OSAA-sanctioned tournament, the 1A-3 Mountain West League champion of the Siletz Valley Early College Academy boys’ basketball team is competing in a 16-team 1A State tournament earlier this week.
Baker and Powder Valley High Schools co-hosted double-elimination tournaments for boys and girls, starting with round one games on Monday and ending with championship competitions on Thursday. No district school takes part in the girls’ tournament.
“We’re just trying to do our best to get it as close to the original as possible and recognize their efforts and celebrate the kids,” Buell Gonzales Jr., Sporting Director of the Baker School District, told the Baker City Herald .
Siletztal went into the first round match on Monday with a winning streak of three games and brought an 11: 1 record into the postseason. According to the official schedule of the tournament, the seventh-placed Warriors should face either Umpqua Valley Christian, North Douglas or Damascus Christian in the first round in Powder Valley.
After the loser-out game on Thursday morning, the boys’ championship game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Baker High School that evening. The News-Times will publish the results of all Siletztaler tournament games as soon as they are available.
Toledo baseball deserves honor
Head coach Cory McAlpine recently announced that the Toledo High School baseball team has received a variety of awards for the Boomers’ achievements both on the field and in the classroom.
Toledo’s senior Mason McAlpine was named Sunset Conference Player of the Year, while catcher Ryder Smith, outfielder Jaxon Rozewski and infielder Coren Loper were the first-team All-Conference honors. Infielder Markus Cross, first baseman Bubba Barnhart and outfielder Hayden Thomas were the Boomers’ second team, and infielder Jacob Long was honored.
In addition, McAlpine and Smith were selected to play in the All-Star Competition 3A / 2A / 1A on Tuesday in the home of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes of the Independent League.
Out of the field, the Boomers achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 for an OSAA 2A / 1A Academic All-State Top-10 Team designation.