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Weimar Hills basketball team captures title

Warriors claim Winter Classic championship
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It was a big weekend for the Weimar Hills 7th grade boys basketball team. Capping an exciting two-days of action, the Warriors returned home with the championship trophy of the Terrace Middle School Winter Classic tournament that was played last Friday and Saturday in Lakeport. After breezing through two opponents in the preliminary rounds, the Warriors pulled out an exciting 62-57 overtime win over Middletown in Saturday night’s championship game. Now 12-6 overall on the season, the Warriors used a big 33-point, 12-rebound effort from Jack Baldoni in the finals. Weimar had led 25-24 at halftime and 36-34 at the end of three quarters before the Broncos rallied in the fourth stanza to take a 54-52 lead with less than 10 seconds to play. However, Baldoni scored on an inbounds play with 1.4 seconds left to tie the game at 54-54 and force the overtime period. In the extra session, Chris Harshman buried a key three-pointer to put Weimar up 60-57 and secure the win. Both Harshman and Michael Wilson tallied nine points each in the finals while Jordan Balser contributed five. Also scoring key points in the title game were Chancey Trentman who added three points and also came up with three key steals. Coach Butch Baccala also singled out the work of Adam Gutierrez (2 points), Kevin Zachman (1 point) and Cole Joyce for turning in strong defensive and rebounding play. Harshman was named the MVP of the tournament while both Baldoni and Balser were selected to the all-tournament squad. In the semi-finals, Weimar pulled away from a 30-19 halftime margin to defeat host Terrace, 54-26. Wilson’s 11 markers, nine from Harshman, seven by Balser, six from Balser and four each from Alex Starch and Guiterrez led the Warriors’ offense. Also scoring in the win were Conner Havens, Blake Rawlings, Zachman and Wes Woodward, all with two points each and Jake Logan with one. In their opener on Friday, the Warriors jumped out to a 16-0 lead to start the game and never looked back in registering a 54-20 win over Oak Hill of Lower Lake. The Warriors placed 13 different players into the scoring column led by Chris Harshman who meshed 11 of his game total 16 points in the opening quarter run. Also scoring for the Warriors were Jordan Balser 11, Jack Baldoni with eight, Blake Rawlings and Preston Tuttle with four points apiece, Adam Gutierrez with three and Wes Woodward, Jake Logan, Chancey Trentman, Michael Wilson, Cole Joyce, Kevin Zachman and Jake Medeiros all with two points each. The Warriors resumes Nevada County Athletic League play today with a 5:15 p.m. game versus Magnolia at Sierra Hills School in Meadow Vista. This weekend the Warriors will host their 14-team Warrior Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Neu, Cobabe, Hardin lead wrestlers Weimar Hills’ wrestling squad competed with over 600 wrestlers at last weekend’s Lyman Gilmore Invitational hosted at Nevada Union. The Warriors are currently competing in mid-season tournaments as they ready for the Placer/Nevada County Finals held on February 21st. Currently, Weimar has 27 wrestlers on the team in grades 4th-8th. Wrestlers compete in novice, JV, or varsity level tournaments according to their ability. In last weekend’s tournament, the Warriors fared well with all wrestlers getting mat time and experience. In the JV division, Alec Cobabe, Ammon Phillips, and Patrick Neu all came home with first place efforts. Also doing well were Spencer Kane, Tage Chorley (4th place), Jason Slattery, Beau Baggett and John Phipps. Additional JV points were also garnered by Connor Ramsay and Tanner Kane who both placed third and Wyatt Bankus, Brian Little and Sam Klar who grabbed fourth places. In the varsity division, Will Hardin led the way with a second place showing. Also doing well were Isaac Blackburn, Ian Gassaway and Dylan Hopkins. Free throw winners to advance Local area winners in the recent Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest will be moving on to district competition in the nationally held competition next month. The Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is sponsored annually with winners progressing through local, district and state competitions. International champions are announced by the K of C headquarters based on scores from the state-level competitions. The area winners will compete at the district level contest which will be held at Colfax Elementary School on Feb. 15 at 1 pm. Boys winners 10-year-old — Kyle Stanfill 11-year-old — Matt Harshman 12-year-old — Chris Harshman 13-year-old — Devon Loomis 14-year-old — Clay Southerland Girls winners 10-year-old — Courtney Kirkland 11-year-old — Kylie Kirkland