Horizon boys drive into mid-season

Hawks go on a roll with league wins against Arlington and Echo high schools

January 18, 2006

After three straight league losses this month — to South Wasco, Condon and Cascade Locks — the Horizon boys’ basketball team regained footing over the weekend to take wins over Arlington and Echo high schools.

Friday night’s game against Arlington nearly filled the Wy’east gym, with Horizon’s trademark musical fan-base in attendance. Mr. Nagreen’s bongo drums beat rhythm into the Hawks’ game and by the end of the first quarter, the home team led 18-4.

“We wanted to come out, throw our press on them, and leave no doubt,” Coach Ron Haynes said.

And after winning the first three quarters by a margin of 22 points, the Hawks left no doubt which team would walk away with the win.

Haynes used his subs and JV players throughout the game, and all 12 players on the team scored.

Arlington attempted a comeback in the fourth quarter. The Hawks switched to a 2-1-2 zone formation in the fourth, which Arlington capitalized on by shooting three-pointers. They made four in the fourth and went on to outscore Horizon 24-14. The 10 point deficit was ineffectual, however, and the Hawks coasted away with the 67-55 win.

Horizon traveled to Echo on Saturday to play a team they had never beaten on the road. Their trip to the Big Sky East Conference was fruitful, and the Hawks came away with their 9th win of the season, and a first-ever win at Echo High School.

The eight-point, 62-54 victory came in large part to solid free-throw shooting, particularly in the final minutes. The Hawks shot 89 percent from the line, making 12 of 13 in the fourth quarter alone. Highlighting that statistic were Bobby Cofrances, who went six for six, and Jeff Larson who went four for four in the quarter.

“We kept our composure,” said Haynes. “Our free throw percentage was terrific and we had seven assists on 20 points in the first quarter, which meant we were moving the ball very well.”

Jeff Larson scored nine in the first quarter, helping the Hawks outscore Echo 20 points to eight in the first quarter. They slacked in the second, however, and lost their 12 point lead to finish the half at only three ahead. Cameron Root drained a three and a two in the second. The third quarter was a stalemate, with both teams scoring 13 points each. Cofrances and Larson led in the fourth with six points each, while the Hawks’ defense held Echo to 16 points and only one trip to the free-throw line.

Jared Nagreen finished the game with a double-double off 16 points and 12 boards. Senior Jeff Larson led the team in scoring with a season-high 20 points and six for seven from the stripe.

The Hawks played Dufur Tuesday evening at Wy’east Middle School. Results from that game will be in the Jan. 21 issue of the Hood River News.

Horizon girls:

The Lady Hawks continue to improve this season, despite a tough losing streak. They lost to Arlington 40-21 and to Echo 39-17.

“We played the best basketball we’ve played since the beginning of the season,” commented coach Amanda Bellus. “Even though we lost the game (vs. Arlington), we played much better and the whole team came away with a positive experience.”

Scoring highlights:

Laura Yates — 8 points vs. Arlington, 6 vs. Echo

Stephanie Ryan — 6 points vs. Arlington

Savannah Cox — 6 points vs. Echo

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