Silver Valley Sports Feb. 20 - 26
The Kellogg High School basketball players and coaches all huddle together for a photo following their win over New Plymouth at Grangeville High School on Saturday. With the win, the 'Cats qualify for the state tournament for the first time since 2020.
Wildcat Jayce Garcia's opponent reaches out for help during a match at the state tournament last weekend.
KELLOGG BOYS BASKETBALL
DISTRICT I-II 2A TOURNAMENT
Kellogg 51 Orofino 42
KELLOGG — As it turns out, there was a bank open in Kellogg on President’s Day after all.
Senior Bridger McLean banked in a 3-pointer with 3:23 remaining in the first half, giving the second-seeded Wildcats their first lead in which they didn’t surrender in a win over the third-seeded Maniacs in the semifinals of the 2A District 1-2 tournament at Andrews Gymnasium.
Senior Riply Luna scored 22 points, hitting 11 of 13 from the free throw line for Kellogg, which advanced to the district championship game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at top-seeded St. Maries. Senior Kolby Luna added 18 on 4 of 7 from the 3-point line for the Wildcats.
Senior Joel Scott scored 16 points, and sophomore Aiden Olive 13 for Orofino, which hosts fifth-seeded Priest River on Wednesday in a loser-out game.
Orofino 15 9 315 —42
OROFINO – H. Schneider 3, Drobish 0, Hudson 8, Scott 16, Naranjo 2, Olive 13.
KELLOGG – Miller 8, Whatcott 0, R. Luna 22, K. Luna 18, McLean 3, Maciosek 0, O’Neill 0, Robinson 0, Hendrix 0.
St. Maries 53 Kellogg 50
ST. MARIES — The ninth one might have been the most thrilling.
Senior Dillon Holder drained a 3-pointer from the left baseline at the buzzer, lifting the top-seeded St. Maries Lumberjacks past the second-seeded Kellogg Wildcats in the championship game of the 2A District 1-2 tournament Wednesday night at St. Maries High.
It was St. Maries’ ninth straight district title.
“We’ve had some buzzer beaters in the past, but that might have been the best,” ninth-year St. Maries coach Bryan Chase said.
St. Maries advances to state next week at Capital High in Boise. The Lumberjacks will be the No. 4 seed, and will play fifth-seeded Ririe next Thursday at 4 p.m. PST.
“It was a much tougher district (this year),” Chase said.
In a wild fourth quarter, Kolby Luna of Kellogg buried a 3-pointer from the right wing with 30 seconds left to tie the game at 50.
On the final possession, Greyson Sands of St. Maries came off a ball screen, drove into the lane, drew the defense to him and whipped a pass behind his head and to his left to a wide-open Holder for the game-winner.
“We put our two best shooters in the corner, Holder and (Trace) Wicks, let Grey come off a ball screen,” Chase said. “Dillon and Trace both shoot the ball very well.”
Sands scored 10 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and hit two of his four 3s in the period. Holder hit two of his three 3s in the fourth.
Kolby Luna scored 17 points, Riply Luna 11 for Kellogg, which led from late in the first quarter until three minutes were left in the fourth. The Wildcats led by 14 points late in the third, before the Lumberjacks began their comeback. The lead changed hands five times before Holder capped a 30-point fourth quarter for St. Maries.
“Give Mike (Martin, the Kellogg coach) credit; he really bottled us up in the first half,” Chase said. “We never got our inside game going.”
Sands also made a key defensive play, drawing Riply Luna’s fifth foul on a charge midway through the fourth.
“They just caught fire in that fourth quarter,” Martin said. “We were better defensively in the first three quarters, but having Riply (Luna) and Luke (Miller) in foul trouble hurt us. But St. Maries hit some shots. Sands hit some bombs and got the crowd back into it. Once he started doing that, the hoop got as big as the center circle for them. They just made some plays down the stretch and finished with the ball in their hands.”
The Lumberjacks wicked up the pressure in the fourth quarter, going from a 2-2-1 press to a full-court denial press, trying to keep the ball out of the Luna twins’ hands.
Chase praised Wicks and Jared Badgett for their role on defense against the Lunas in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve had some good comebacks, but that just might take it,” Chase said.
“I’m proud of how we competed,” Martin said. “Defensively, for three quarters we were locked in. We knew a run was coming and our guys responded well. Our guys battled in a hostile environment and answered each punch they threw at us until the clock was dead. Hats off to St. Maries. They’ve been to eight straight (state) semifinals for a reason. That’s a heck of a program and deserving champion.”
Kellogg 12 91316 —50
St.Maries 8 8 7 30 — 53
KELLOGG — Miller 10, Whatcott 6, R. Luna 11, K. Luna 17, McLean 3, Maciosek 1, O’Neil 0, Hendrix 2.
ST. MARIES — W. Holmes 8, Sands 16, Badgett 0, Holder 13, Renner 4, Wicks 5, Hill 7.
Kellogg 49 Priest River 35
KELLOGG — Senior Riply Luna had 20 points and six rebounds for the Wildcats in a win over the Spartans in the 2A District 1-2 second place game at Andrews Gymnasium.
“It’s always tough coming off the district championship loss,” Kellogg coach Mike Martin said. “We came out a little sluggish and finally got some shots to go down and stretch out the lead after halftime.”
Senior Kolby Luna scored 13 for Kellogg.
Tyler Engelson scored 13 points for Priest River, which finished 9-14.
PriestRiver 7 13 5 10 — 35
Kellogg 91619 5—49
PRIEST RIVER — Mathews 0, Butler 7, Marinello 3, T. Engelson 13, Korff 2, Z. Engelson 2, Yount 8.
KELLOGG — Miller 7, Whatcott 0, R. Luna 20, K. Luna 13, McLean 3, Maciosek 0, O’Neill 2, Hendrix 3, Taylor 1.
Kellogg 53 New Plymouth 47
GRANGEVILLE — The Luna twins combined for 40 points as the Kellogg Wildcats beat the New Plymouth Pilgrims in a state 2A play-in game Saturday at Grangeville High.
Kolby Luna scored 23 points, Riply Luna 17 for Kellogg, which advanced to the state 2A tournament this week at Capital High in Boise. The Wildcats will be the No. 6 seed and play third-seeded Cole Valley Christian in their first-round game Thursday at 1 p.m. PST.
Kellogg qualified for state for the first time since 2020.
“It feels really good,” third-year Kellogg coach Mike Martin. “These kids, the seniors, I’ve had three years with them now, and the work they’ve done to get us back has been awesome. And the support from the community has been incredible.”
Kolby Luna hit 5 of 10 3-pointers, Riply two 3s for Kellogg, which finished with 10 3s, seven in the first half.
“We saw on film that New Plymouth likes to run a matchup zone, so we tried to get the twins to spots on the floor where they could operate in space,” Martin said.
Heath Jarboe led New Plymouth with 11 points. But it was a hard-earned 11, Martin said, thanks to the defense of Kolton Maciosek.
“Our guys see it all the time in practice; he’s the guy getting under other guys’ skins,” Martin said. “And to see him do it against the other team., I wouldn’t want to see it for sure. And Luke Miller, the amount of ball pressure he’s able to apply – he gave their guards fits. Big shoutout to my coaching staff; we put in a couple of things in our walk-through (Friday) that we hadn’t done all season.”
Kellogg 13 18 12 10 — 53
NewPlymouth 16 7 13 11 — 47
KELLOGG — Miller 5, Whatcott 0, R. Luna 17, K. Luna 23, McLean 2, Maciosek 0, O’Neill 0, Hendrix 6.
NEW PLYMOUTH — C. Hawker 6, Tripple 8, Frates 10, Granden 5, Conlee 1, Hegerhorst 0, Jarboe 11, Christensen 6.
MULLAN BOYS BASKETBALL
DISTRICT I 1A D2 TOURNAMENT
Mullan 62 Kootenai 28
COEUR d’ALENE — The second-seeded Tigers outscored the third-seeded Warriors 38-8 in the second half to pull away in a 1A Division II District 1 semifinal at North Idaho College.
“Kootenai came out to play and we did not,” said Mullan coach Paul Elston, whose team led 24-20 at halftime. “The kids made the adjustment and we played much better in the second half.”
Junior Austin Zingler scored 20 points, senior Floyd Nelson 18 for Mullan, which faces top-seeded Clark Fork on Thursday in the championship game for the lone berth to state starting March 2 at Caldwell High.
Sophomore Christopher Moore scored 17 points for Kootenai, which finished.
Kootenai 14 6 5 3 — 28
KOOTENAI — Addington 2, J. Moore 0, Ausman 7, C. Moore 17, Myers 0, Hodges 2.
MULLAN — Nelson 18, Trogden 10, A. Zingler 20, T. Zingler 3, S. Petit 2, Rupp Connors 4, L. Petit 2, Appiah 0, Imes 0, Knoll 0, Ayers 3.
Clark Fork 70 Mullan 43
COEUR d’ALENE — Junior Chase Sanroman scored 28 points to lead the Wampus Cats past the Tigers in the championship game of the 1A Division II District 1 tournament at North Idaho College, advancing to state for the second time since 2021.
Junior Ethan Howard scored 12 points for Clark Fork, which lost in a play-in game in 2022. The Wampus Cats open at state next Thursday at Caldwell High.
“Clark Fork hit some key shots in the second and third quarter to really open up the game,” Mullan coach Paul Elston said. “Our kids played really hard and I was proud of their effort.”
Senior Floyd Nelson scored 15 for Mullan, which finished 7-11.
Mullan 13 71013—43
ClarkFork 16 17 20 17 — 70
MULLAN — Nelson 15, Trogden 7, A. Zingler 6, T. Zingler 9, S. Petit 2, Rupp Connors 0, L. Petit 0, Appiah 4, Imes 0, Knoll 0, Ayers 0.
CLARK FORK — Ch. Sanroman 28, Co. Sanroman 6, E. Howard 12, Bailey 3, Caven 7, Mintken 0, O. Howard 0, Christofferson 0, Holderman 0, Stevens 0, Matteson 0.
WALLACE BOYS BASKETBALL
DISTRICT I 1A D1 TOURNAMENT
Genesis Prep 74 Wallace 45
COEUR d’ALENE — Senior Joey Specht hit four 3-pointers in the first half, six in total for the second-seeded Jaguars in a win over the third-seeded Miners in the semifinals of the 1A Division I District 1 tournament at North Idaho College.
Senior Cooper Russworm added 14, sophomore Ethan Martin had seven points and 10 rebounds for Genesis Prep, which made 13 3-pointers.
“We played really unselfish and were able to hit some 3-point shots,” Genesis Prep coach Lon Morast said. “We were doing a good job of moving the ball and finding the open man. Ethan had a great effort on the boards tonight.”
Genesis Prep will face Lakeside in Thursday’s championship game at North Idaho College, with the winner advancing to state starting March 2 at Vallivue High in Caldwell.
Senior Brad Tesky scored 27 points for Wallace, which finished 5-16.
Wallace 15 11 13 6 — 45
Gen.Prep 24 19 12 19 — 74
WALLACE — Ritchey 3, D. Davis 8, Tesky 27, J. Davis 3, Hasz 2, Schmidt 2, Morden 0, Guardipee 0, Cleveland 0.
GENESIS PREP — Farrell 9, Martin 7, Daniels 10, Russworm 14, C. Rubert 3, Nichols 3, Young 4, Specht 22, B. Rubert 2, Schultz 0, Early 0, Tosh 0, Wood 0, Yesmenko 0.
STATE WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
NAMPA –– Priest River senior Matyus McLain (220) and Kellogg junior Jaeger Hall
(132) won titles in their respective weight classes. Both Priest River and Kellogg dropped to the 2A classification last fall.
McLain, who has committed to play football at Idaho, beat Hunter Williams of New Plymouth by injury default. Hall beat Tri-Valley’s Jace Waggoner by a 7-4 decision.
Freshman Chase Scribner (third at 106), sophomore Ricky Haralson (sixth at 120), junior Kolter Wood (third at 126), senior Jayce Garcia (sixth at 160) placed for Kellogg.
New Plymouth won its second team title in three years, edging defending champion Ririe 190-178 after the Pilgrims won in 2021.
The Wildcat boys finished tied for fifth-place with Aberdeen.
Kellogg’s girls, which wrestled in an open-classification tournament, finished in a five-way tie for 49th place along with Fruitland, Nampa, St. Maries, and Lakeland.
2A TEAM SCORES — 1, New Plymouth 190. 2, Ririe 178. 3, West Side 140. 4, Malad 138. 5 (tie), Aberdeen, Kellogg 101. 7, Melba 97. 8, Grace 87.5. 9, North Fremont 83.5. 10, Bear Lake 83. 11, Priest River 81. 12, Clearwater Valley 69. 13, Firth 60. 14, Tri-Valley 59. 15, West Jefferson 55. 16, Glenns Ferry 48.5. 17 (tie), Declo, Soda Springs 46.5. 19, Potlatch 30.5. 20, St. Maries 28. 21, Orofino 27. 22 (tie), Challis, Kamiah 22. 24, Salmon 21. 25, Nezperce 20. 26, Oakley 18. 27, Wendell 17. 28, Nampa Christian 14. 29, Grangeville 9. 30, Valley 7. 31 (tie), Hansen, Highland (Craigmont), Wallace 3. 35, Raft River 2. 36 (tie), Greenleaf Friends, Hagerman, Kootenai, Lapwai, Leadore, Murtaugh, North Gem 0.
LOCAL RESULTS CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES
132 — Jaeger Hall, Kellogg (44-7), d. Jace Waggoner, Tri-Valley (48-6), 7-4.
138 — Jacob Shaw, New Plymouth (47-10), p. Caeden McLaimtaig, Priest River (46-19), 2:47.
220 — Matyus McLain, Priest River (45-9), d. Hunter Williams, New Plymouth (20-1), by injury default.
106 — Chase Scribner, Kellogg (37-10), d. Tayven Kunz, Ririe (44-13), 8-6.
113 — Tommy Angell, Malad (37-17), d. Hayden Sorbel, Priest River (17-9), 6-3.
126 — Kolter Wood, Kellogg (47-6), d. Eston Beck, Aberdeen (27-12), 6-3.
120 — Carson Hill, North Fremont (37-17), p. Ricky Haralson, Kellogg (34-12), 2:54.
160 — Carter Huntsman, Ririe (26-8), p. Jayce Garcia, Kellogg (38-10), 3:19.
CONSOLATION BRACKET Semifinals
106 — Chase Scribner, Kellogg, d. Jace Potter, Malad, 9-4.
113 — Hayden Sorbel, Priest River, d. Brylee Ganske, Salmon, 5-4.
120 — Jeremiah Perry, New Plymouth, d. Ricky Haralson, Kellogg, 6-0.
126 — Kolter Wood, Kellogg, p. Zach Mills, Malad, 4:03.
160 — Ethan Toribau, Oakley, d. Jayce Garcia, Kellogg, 9-4.