The Umatilla boys and girls basketball team traveled to Vernonia in northwestern Oregon on Friday and Saturday for a tournament.

The boys opened Friday with a narrow 57-56 loss to the hosts as Vernonia hit a deep three-pointer in the final seconds to down Umatilla in the nonleague matchup.

“Vernonia got a lot of tough shots on us. We were down the whole game,” said Vikings coach Scott Bow. Andrew Earl led with 18 points. Uriel Garcia had 16, and Trent Durfey 15.

The boys closed out the tournament with a bang, crushing Gervais 82-36 in a Saturday afternoon game. Sebastian Garcia put up 25 points for the Vikings, Garcia had 18, and Luis Castro had 16.

The Umatilla girls dropped their tournament opener 46-12 to host Vernonia and on Saturday lost to Gervais 51-16.

Umatilla will host the three-day Columbia River Clash beginning Thursday.


The Stanfield girls found their groove Saturday at the Sherman County Tournament in Moro, topping the host Huskies 57-35. Savannah Sharp was the top scorer with 13 points, followed by Alexis Shelby with nine, and Kylee McClure with eight.

It was an improvement from Friday night, when the Stanfield girls couldn’t keep pace with the Culver Bulldogs to open the tournament, turning the ball over 30 times. Megan Wampler led Stanfield with 5. Sharp and Aileen Galarza each had 4.

The Stanfield boys found redemption on Friday following a Thursday loss, downing Culver 58-52 at the Sherman County Tournament in Moro, then fell to the host Huskies 56-40 on Saturday.

The Tigers were on the road Tuesday to play Nixyaawii.


The Echo boys left the Horizon Christian Tournament without a win, losing opener 70-33 to Trinity Lutheran and dropping Saturday’s follow-up to Perrydale 63-40. The Echo girls opened their season with a 47-24 loss to Perrydale at the tournament.

Both teams will play at the Wallowa Lions Tournament on Saturday.

Morrow County boys

RIVERSIDE: The Pirates battled but couldn’t overcome Taft in a tournament matchup at Westside Christian on Saturday, losing 53-29.

“(Taft) had two 6-foot-7 boys on their team,” said head coach Clair Costello. “We just couldn’t get past them.”

The loss came on the heels of a 58-41 loss to Faith Bible Friday to open the tournament.

IRRIGON: The Knights picked up a pair of wins at the Ione Basketball Bonanza, sinking Helix and Pine Eagle by identical 67-29 scores on Friday and Saturday. The Class 3A Irrigon team was led by Keith Fleming with 22 on Friday. They played Weston-McEwen on Tuesday, but results weren’t available by press time.

HEPPNER: The Mustangs lost a pair over the weekend, first to Willamina 61-41 and then to St. Paul 57-51. They hosted Mac-Hi on Tuesday.

Morrow County girls

RIVERSIDE: The Pirates took care of business on Saturday, beating Taft 51-21 at the Westside Christian Tournament. Coach Clair Costello noticed their improvement on both sides of the ball after a 39-32 loss to Faith Bible on Friday. “We played a lot better today,” he said. “We had strong offense and defense. It was a good game.”

IRRIGON: The Knights dominated in the Ione Tournament, first sinking Helix 60-14 then beating Pine Eagle 66-18. JaLay Burns scored 25 points in the opener.

HEPPNER: The Mustangs lost a 46-42 game on Friday to Willamina, then a wider 68-35 loss on Saturday. Sydney Wilson scored seven for the Mustangs in Saturday’s game.

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