Boys’ basketball

Weston-McEwen 72, Umatilla 44

In Athena on Friday, the Umatilla Vikings found out why the Weston-McEwen TigerScots are in Class 2A’s top five.

The TigerScots laid a 72-44 drubbing on the Vikes, but to their credit, they were playing pretty shorthanded. Umatilla suited up just 12 players to cover both varsity and junior varsity games.

Senior Marc Montez led the way with 14 points for Umatilla while teammate Forrest McBride had 11. Weston-McEwen forward Dallas Reich torched the net for 28 points on 9 of 17 shooting and hauled in 13 rebounds. Tyler Babb pitched in 17 points to help in the rout.

Umatilla 53, Pilot Rock 51

In Pilot Rock on Saturday, the Vikings ended a weekend road-swing by picking up their first win of the year, 53-51, over Pilot Rock.

Umatilla, under head coach Chris Wyland, was able to get back to what the Vikings do best: Shoot the ball from the perimeter. The Vikings drained five 3-pointers and held off a late Rocket rally to claim the win.

They will host the 3-day Columbia River Clash at both Umatilla High School and Clara Brownell Middle School starting Thursday. The Vikings will have a rematch with the Rockets at 8:30 p.m. at the high school.

Echo 83, Pine Eagle 34

At the Echo Hoops Invitational in Echo, the Cougars’ relentless offensive attack resulted in an 83-34 win against Pine Eagle on Friday.

Echo 52, Irrigon 38

Junior guard Esau Ibarra lit up the Irrigon Knights for 24 points to lead the Cougars to a 52-28 win Saturday at the Echo Hoops Invitational.

Echo led by just three at the half, 23-20, but outscored Irrigon 17-4 in the third behind four 3-point baskets.

Ibarra was on fire from long range, burying six 3-pointers in the contest. Sophomore Brian Gutierrez contributed eight points in the win for Echo.

For the Knights, sophomore Jose Romero led the way with 11 points and Cisco Nunez chipped in nine.

After a rematch with Irrigon on Tuesday, Echo has a 10-day layoff before jumping into Big Sky Conference play, hosting Central Christian.

Wallowa 61, Irrigon 43

At the Echo Hoops Invitational on?Friday, Wallowa’s Ian Parks lit up Irrigon for 25 points, leading his club past the Knights, 61-43.

For Irrigon, Nunez scored 12 points while Colton Garrett chipped in 10.

Irrigon will get another crack at Wallowa to open the Condon Christmas Tournament on Friday.

Stanfield 82, Arlington 24

The Stanfield Tigers didn’t want to stop scoring against the Arlington Honkers on Friday in Stanfield, hanging up an 82-24 victory at the Echo Hoops Invitational.

Stanfield 74, Wallowa 39

Derek Monkus drilled five 3-pointers in the second blowout in as many days for the Tigers, this one a 74-39 clubbing of Class 1A Wallowa on Saturday in Stanfield.

Stanfield was red-hot from beyond the arc all night, hitting 11 shots from long range, and was just as tough under the hoop, snatching 40 rebounds.

The Tigers (3-0) are in Umatilla on Thursday for an 8:30 p.m. meeting with Mac-Hi at the Columbia River Clash tournament.

Girls’ basketball

Umatilla 50, W-M 31

The No. 3 Umatilla Vikings opened up the season with a 50-31 win over Weston-McEwen on Friday in Athena.

Naomi Castanon, Umatilla’s 6-foot-1 presence in the paint, owned the middle of the key to score 15 points and reel in 10 rebounds. Both were team-highs.

Umatilla’s Catherine Routson scored nine points to help the offense, but it was the defense that did most the work, forcing 25 turnovers. Tiffany Cain paced the TigerScots with a game-high 16 points.

Umatilla 39, Pilot Rock 29

In a low-scoring affair, Routson led the way for the Vikings this time with 13 points to propel the Vikes to a 39-29 road win against Pilot Rock on Saturday.

Castanon also put up double figures with 11 points while Kassie Kennedy chipped in six.

Stanfield 43, Arlington 20

After dropping the season opener to Echo, the Stanfield Tigers earned their first win of the year, dispatching Arlington, 43-20, Friday in Stanfield as part of the Echo Hoops Invitational.

Senior Allysa Sobotta lead the Tigers’ balanced attack with eight points. Carly Valadez pitched in seven and Emma Gabriel, who nailed Stanfield’s only 3-point try, finished with six.

Stanfield 42, Wallowa 41

The Tigers finished out the Echo Hoops Invitational in dramatic fashion on Saturday, nipping the Wallowa Cougars, 42-41, on Saturday.

Freshman Megan Bailey stepped up her game, leading the team with 10 points. Sobotta scored eight points, but did most of her damage on the glass, hauling in 11 rebounds.

Head coach Candice Valentine said the bench play was “amazing” and is very pleased with the team’s intensity on defense.

Stanfield will take part in the Columbia River Clash tournament in Umatilla, beginning Thursday. They will play Mac-Hi at 7:30 p.m. at Clara Brownell Middle School.

Echo 39, Irrigon 13

The Echo Cougars continued to post wins early in the season, taking out the Irrigon Knights, 39-13, Friday in Echo.

The Cougars swiped the ball 30 times from the Knights to claim the victory.

Echo 44, Pine Eagle 43

The Cougars eeked one out over the Pine Eagle Spartans on Saturday in Echo, 44-43, behind strong post play from Kirsten McCallum and Lauren Elligsen.

The duo each scored nine points and have first-year head coach Derek Lete looking pretty good with an unbeaten 3-0 mark.

Echo has forced 51 turnovers through the first three games this season. They will begin the always-tough Big Sky Conference schedule Dec. 17 against Central Christian in Echo.

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