MARCH 18, 2010

D.J. Wright plays basketball for Walla Walla Warriors

   Orofino graduated D.J. Wright plays college basketball for the Walla Walla Warriors, who took fourth place at the 2010 NWAACC Championships this month.

   Walla Walla seized the lead early in the first half and went on to take down the Mt. Hood Saints 71-66.

   Walla Walla was paced by Wright's 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots. Jason Smith (15) and Aaron Van de Graaf (10) also finished with double-digit scoring.

   The Saints were led by Jeremy Jones' 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dustin Jones and Garrett Strasburg chipped another 10 points a piece.

   The Warriors completed their season with a fourth place trophy and an overall record of 22-6 while Mt Hood takes seventh place and compiled a 20-8 season record.

   It was the best finish for the Warriors since they took fourth in 2004.

Lady Maniacs open season with two wins

   The Lady Maniacs opened softball season on the right note with two wins at home, downing Priest River 9-7 and knocked off Kamiah 5-4 March 12.

   Orofino scored a run in the sixth inning against Kamiah to break a 4-4 tie, and Tabby Haskett finished out the win on the mound for a complete game. She also smacked a double at the plate.

   Coach Shannon Erbst said the Maniacs have just four returning players on varsity this season, but she was pleased with the early play of her newcomers.

First Game

Priest River 013 210 0-7 8 2

Orofino 511 110 x-9 8 3

Fink and Deal. Ashley Schrader and Megan Gilmer.

Priest River hits - Hinst (2B), Linton 2, Domers 3, Green, Fink.

Orofino hits - Morgan Adams 3, Whitney Rales, Meghan Miller 2, Megan Gilmer (2B), Jamie Weese.

Second Game

Orofino 300 011 0-5 4 3

Kamiah 300 010 0-4 3 3

Tabby Haskett and Megan Gilmer. Breckenridge and Hamilton.

Orofino hits - Adams, Cherish Tachell, Haskett (2B), Shelby Millsap.

Kamiah hits - Harper 2, Perry.

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Maniacs lose 2-1 against Kellogg

   The Maniacs lost their opener against Kellogg 8-7 on March 12, before going on to defeat the Wildcats 13-3 and 12-1 the following day.

Kellogg 8, Orofino 7

   In the opener, Kellogg scored the go-ahead run on a bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh to take down Orofino.

   Trevor Bansemer went 2-for-3 with three RBI for Orofino, which walked seven batters and plunked two.

   "We walked too many guys today," Orofino coach Bo Cummings said. "We gave up a lot of easy bases today."

Kellogg 102 310 1-8 8 2

Orofino 100 312 x-7 7 0

Ryan Beggrely, Travis Osborne (5) and Dustin Mitcham. Trevor Bansemer, Seth Melton (1), Adam Wilson (5), Ricky Breeden and Jason Thompson.

Kellogg hits - Dustin Mitchem 2 (HR), Travis Osborne 2, Joe Green, Zach Pinkering, Jacob Harris, Dustin Hendzel.

Orofino hits - Bansemer 2, Nick Pomponio 2, Ethan Gillian 2, Jason Thompson.

Orofino 13-12, Kellogg 3-1

   Michael Welch doubled twice and drove in six runs as Orofino swept Kellogg in a doubleheader to avenge the loss of the previous day.

   The Maniacs spotted Kellogg three runs in the opener, thanks to walks and passed balls, before erupting for six runs in the third inning, sparked by a two-run double by Ricky Breeden.

   Welch went 3-for-4 in that game, with a pair of two-run doubles, and also pitched the first five innings, striking out 10 and walking three.

   Nick Pomponio drove in three runs in the second game, while the Maniacs drew eight walks and were hit by five pitches.

First Game

Kellogg 111 000 -3 4 1

Orofino 006 052-13 10 1

Joe Bren, Tom Bren (4) and Dustin Mitchem. Michael Welch, Jesse Adams (6) and Jason Thompson.

Kellogg hits - J. Bren 2, Tyler Groth 2.

Orofino hits - Seth Melton 2 (2B), Welch 3 (2-2B), Ricky Breeden (2B), Thompson, Trevor Bansemer 3 (2B).

Second Game

Kellogg 010 00 -1 3 1

Orofino (11)01 0x-12 4 2

Dustin Hendzel, Mitchem (1), Zach Pickering (1) and Mitchem, Hendzel (1). Adams, Breeden (5) and Thompson.

Kellogg hits - Groth, Rick Clark, T. Bren.

Orofino hits - Welch, Nick Pomponio 2, Thompson.

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Bo Brooks speeds down the track after taking the baton from Tyler Meeks in the 4 x 400 meter relay during the Sweeney Invitational Track and Field meet held in Lewiston on March 13. Other relay team members were Alex Kuykendall and Konor Parker.  T. White photo

Tiffany Heckethorn hands off to Jordyn Berger in the 4 x 400 meter relay during the Sweeney Invitational Track and Field meet held in Lewiston on March 13. Other relay team members were Courtney Owens and Kate Connor.  T. White photo

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