Horizon nabs historical win

January 25, 2006

The Horizon Hawks boys’ basketball team played its biggest game of the season, so far, at Wy’east Middle School Saturday evening. Until last week, the visiting team, Ione, was the number-two ranked 1A/2A team in the state. And the Hawks pulled off an emotionally charged 49-45 victory.

“I was proud of our kids,” Coach Ron Haynes commented after the game. “They battled all night long when we never looked real sharp. We got back in town at 1 a.m. from playing Nixyawii, so I was a bit concerned if we were tired or not. However, Ione had lost to South Wasco on Friday night, in Ione.”

Friday’s game against Nixyawii was a tough win for Horizon as well. The boys rallied from a deficit in the fourth quarter to pull away with a 68-60 victory over the Golden Eagles.

“It was a game of streaks,” Haynes said, referring to Horizon’s taking and losing the lead several times during the game. “Nix is a tough place to play at, but the kids refused to fold under pressure.”

“The win against Ione is probably the biggest win in the history of our school,” said Horizon Athletic Director Oscar Stenberg. “Ron (Haynes) has had a phenomenal involvement with the kids. He’s devoted so much time over the years and he hasn’t given up. He’s doing a superb job of developing the character of these young men and figuring out the right chemistry on the court.”

Scoring highlights:

Vs. Nixyawii

Bobby Cofrances 17 points

Jared Nagreen 18 ponts

Cameron Root 17 points

Jeff Larson 12 points

Vs. Ione

Bobby Cofrances 20 points

Jared Nagreen 14 points

Cameroon Root 11 points

Horizon girls:

Despite two more loses, against Nixyaawii and Ione, the Hawks continue to improve in the teams’ first season at the varsity level. The positive side of their 76-40 loss on Friday against the Golden Eagles is the fact that they scored 40 points.

“We challenged the girls to score at least 30 points, and if they did we would take them to the movies,” Coach Amanda Bellus said. “And they responded and played well, scoring 40 points, which is the best scoring performance since early in the season. They also had a lot of fun, and that is something we’re trying to stress right now.”

Saturday’s 58-20 loss against Ione was a tough game for the girls, who got home at 1 a.m. that morning from Friday’s game.

“We came out flat, and played like we felt...tired,” Bellus commented. “We stuck with them in the first half, but lost our shooting touch in the second half. We don’t have another game until next Friday, so this week we will have some time to regroup and get in some good practice time before we finish our last seven games of the season.”

Scoring highlights:

Vs. Nixyaawii

Stephanie Ryan - 10 points

Laura Yates - 13 points

Jacque Mellow - 6 points

Vs. Ione

Stephanie Ryan - 9 points

Laura Yates - 8 points

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