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Weimar Hills Takes 3rd In TOC

Hurst, Hoffart Named All-Tourney, Warriors Finish 23-5
By: Gold Country News Services
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A successful 23-5 season went into the books for the Weimar Hills 8th grade boys basketball team as the Warriors returned home from last weekend’s 43rd annual Crescent City Tournament of Champions with the third place trophy. Weimar Hills opened the AA division of the tournament on Friday with a tough game against a scrappy Fortuna squad. The Warriors, who were playing their first competitive game in nearly three weeks after having two tournaments cancelled because of snow, started slowly in their opener trailing 12-7 after a quarter and 20-15 at halftime. But the Warriors started to find their mark in a big third stanza as eight points from Logan Hurst and a pair of Ray Henry treys pushed Weimar Hills into a 33-25 advantage. Fortuna tired to close in the fourth quarter but six points from Carrick Hoffart and four from Pat Beninga enabled the Warriors to hold on for a 44-39 win. In the semi-final round, a combination of some cold early shooting from the floor and a strong opponent led to the Warriors falling to a powerhouse North Bend of Coos Bay team, 45-21. North Bend, led by 6-2 guard Jack Dailey, who was the tournament MVP, would go on and win the tournament to complete a 24-1 season. While the Warriors felt the sting of the lopsided semi-final loss, the Weimar Hills squad wasn’t about to be deterred in the third place game. Playing No. 1 seed Ferndale, and perhaps inspired by watching and listening to Colfax High’s boys section championship win earlier in the day, the Warriors boded well for one of their best efforts of the season. Receiving excellent efforts from Hurst (13 points), Hoffart (8 points), Ray Henry (6 points) and Marcus Jackson, John Kirwan, Jeremy Kabodi, Scott Irons and Chris Lange, the Warriors pulled out a 37-36 win with a free throw by Henry with 5.1 seconds left proving to be the game winner. Both Hurst and Hoffart were selected to the all-tournament squad with all Warrior players receiving bronze third place tourney medals. Weimar Hills also finished third among the 56 schools in the poster competition which was composed by team players. The Warrior 8th graders concluded their two season careers at Weimar Hills with a record of 46-8 and a pair of Nevada County Athletic League championships. On Feb. 8, the Warriors defeated Magnolia, 59-33, to cinch the NCAL title and giving coach Mike Ray his 400th career win at Weimar Hills. “We had a great two seasons,” said Ray. “It was a fun group to coach and both the players and parents were very positive.”