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Warriors wilt in second half against Triangle Lake

SILETZ — The Siletz Valley boys basketball team found itself in a crucial matchup with league-standing implications in its fifth game of the year against Triangle Lake on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Dating back to the 2013-14 season, the Warriors and the Lakers have finished first and second in the 1A Mountain West League. “We were excited to see them coming,” said Head Coach Willie Metcalf. “We battle it out with them, they are always good games and it was exciting to see what we are capable of against them.”

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Boomer defense shuts down Santiam Christain

TOLEDO — Santiam Christian had taken a 23-22 lead midway through the third quarter, erasing a five-point halftime deficit against the Toledo girls basketball team. It would be the last points that the Eagles would score until a pair of free throws with 1:58 left in the fourth quarter. The Boomer defense smothered Santiam Christian to pull off the 36-30 victory over the 3A private school that had beaten Toledo by 16 points a year ago. “It felt amazing,” said sophomore Kaycie Otis. “I know we can do better, but just knowing that we can do better and still beat them is awesome, especially since last year we got creamed by them. Knowing that we got better makes it a great win.” The win over Santiam Christian was the second in a row for the Boomers, who had lost their previous two games before the streak. But even with the win, Williams still thinks his team can reach another level. “Beating Santiam Christian is a good win,” Williams said. “We can play a lot better and we can give a lot more as a team, that’s nice to have a ceiling that is up there.”

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Irish win 5th straight

At halftime, trailing 33-31, head coach Peter Ellingsen asked a question to his team in the locker room. “What would old Waldport do in this game?” he asked. “Lose by 30,” a player responded. It wasn’t Waldport’s easiest victory through the first two weeks of the season, but it was an important 73-68 win for the Irish nonetheless. They overcame a halftime deficit, proving that this is not a Waldport team of years past. “They said they want to be New Waldport,” Ellingsen said. “We are going to be aggressive, we are going to fight for the boards, we are going to try to match the scrappiness that Chemawa had.” In the first half against the Chemawa Braves on Wednesday, Dec. 13, the Waldport basket appeared to have a lid on the rim. The Irish were getting good looks close to the basket but couldn’t convert those shots into points. However, while the short shots weren’t falling, the deep ball kept the Irish within striking distance. Of the 15 points in the first quarter, 12 of them came from behind the arc. Isiah Arrant drilled three consecutive 3-pointers in the span of two minutes while Daniel Alvarado and Kellan Howard each scored from deep in the first half. “They were pretty crucial,” said Alvarado. “We were struggling to stay with them in the first quarter, those threes that Isaiah hit really kept us alive.”

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Cubs find their toughness in sixth game of the year

NEWPORT — The challenge was set for the Newport boys basketball team entering Friday’s game against North Bend. Head Coach Doug Sain vowed that his team would plan tougher against the Bulldogs than it had during the Cubs’ four-game losing streak. Newport’s players rose to the challenge, beating North Bend soundly 67-47 on Friday, Dec. 8, proving their toughness — even if it was just for one game. “They responded well for one game,” Sain said. “The whole trick is, can they respond the next game? “We played tough tonight, I knew we would be. They worked for it, we will see what happens for here on out.”

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Cubs search for more toughness

NEWPORT — When the Newport boys basketball team walked off the floor with a 71-69 loss to Siuslaw Tuesday evening, head coach Doug Sain delivered a simple message to his players. “I told the guys we did 100 things to win but we did 200 things to lose last night’s game,” said the head coach. “We need to make winning basketball plays...and we aren’t doing those things.” After starting the year off with a 15-point victory over Elmira, the Cubs have dropped last four games — three of which came in the Harlan Carter Tournament in Shasta, Calif. — Newport’s most recent two losses against Enterprise and Siuslaw have each been decided by two points.

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    Column: Two timeouts and quality basketball

    Last week I was at Toledo High School as the girl’s basketball team was wrapping up its practice. Afterwards, Head Coach Mychal Williams filled me in on what was happening to his Boomer squad who were, at the time, on a two-game losing streak. That discussion was mostly centered around the team’s struggles in the third quarter. I even wrote a story about it last week. One aspect that needed improving was how he managed his timeouts — specifically when things started to turn sideways. So when Toledo started the second half with an 18-15 lead over Santiam Christian, I was intrigued with how the squad that had scored two total points in the third quarter against Oregon Episcopal and Pleasant Hill would play protecting a three-point lead. And what do you know? The Boomers committed two turnovers in their first two possessions. Williams quickly called a timeout. Four minutes into the quarter and Santiam Christian had narrowed the lead and the Boomer had yet to score a point. Williams called timeout again.

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    Financial peace for teens offered

    The Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University program has helped many people gain control of their finances. A presentation geared toward helping teens better handle their money will be held in Newport in January. Lourdes Lozano is the presenter, and the event takes place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 22, at the Newport Nazarene Church, located at 227 NW 12th St.

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    Winter Solstice Bonfire planned in Yachats

    The Yachats Academy and the Friends of the Yachats Commons Foundation will be sponsoring a Winter Solstice Bonfire beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21.

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    Siletz Watershed Council gathers Dec. 19

    The Siletz Watershed Council will be holding its quarterly community meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 19, at the Siletz Public Library, 255 S Gaither St. Light refreshments will be provided. Evan Hayduk, restoration specialist with the MidCoast Watersheds Council, will be presenting information about two projects ongoing in the Siletz Basin. He will share the results of the Sea Level Rise-Landward Migration Zone project and provide an update on the recently started Coho Business Plan process.

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    'Carols and Cares' concert to benefit Olalla Center

    Trinity United Methodist Church in Toledo is putting on a benefit concert in support of the Olalla Center for Children and Families. The event, called “Carols and Cares,” begins at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 21. The concert will help raise funds so the Olalla Center can make some much needed building improvements in order to serve local children and families.

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    Youth symphony to perform in Newport

    The Newport Symphony Orchestra’s Youth Symphony will present two concerts for the Christmas season. The first, on Saturday, Dec. 16, will take place at the First Presbyterian Church, 227 NE 12th St., Newport, beginning at 2 p.m. Co-directors of the orchestra, Kathy Follett and Barbara Wilcox, will preside. First on the program will be “Overture Strings,” two chamber ensembles of younger students of violin, viola, and cello directed by Wilcox performing a series of tunes including the famous Pachabel Canon.

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    Lincoln City police receive grant

    The Lincoln City Police Department was recently awarded a traffic safety grant for DUII Enforcement. The $3,080 grant will be used to put extra officers on patrol during dates and times when higher numbers of impaired drivers are likely to be on the roadways.

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    Column: Fun times at Waldport High

    Six times in his post-game interview, Head Coach Peter Ellingsen used the word “fun” when talking about coaching this year’s Waldport boys basketball team. And why wouldn’t he? Waldport is undefeated and off to its best start in his years as the head coach. Tuesday’s 13-point win over Central Linn sent an early message that this was going to be an exciting team to watch this season. It’s what Waldport athletics need. It’s been a rough 12 months at Waldport High. Two varsity coaches were relieved of their duties for off the court/field issues. And the athletic programs — aside from last year’s softball team — have had trouble putting up wins in the win column. Or as Ellingsen said after Tuesday’s victory: “At Waldport, we aren’t used to being the hammer, we are used to being the nail.”

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