• Sellers powers Challengers to state tourney

  • David Sellers dominated inside and Cascade Christian earned another trip to the Class 3A state tournament with a 45-30 boys basketball victory over visiting Salem Academy in the first round of the playoffs.

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  • David Sellers dominated inside and Cascade Christian earned another trip to the Class 3A state tournament with a 45-30 boys basketball victory over visiting Salem Academy in the first round of the playoffs.
    The Challengers (24-3) qualified for the tournament for the seventh time in eight years and face De La Salle North Catholic in the quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Marshfield High in Coos Bay.
    Defense was the theme for Cascade Christian, and Sellers, a 6-foot-7 senior, carried it out. He blocked eight shots and altered numerous others, said coach Brian Morse.
    "One guy just threw the ball out of bounds because he didn't want to get it blocked," said Morse. "David was a huge force and intimidating factor.
    "We were playing man-to-man and they kept trying to attack the middle of the key, and he was having no part of it."
    Sellers scored 14 points to lead the Challengers and added six rebounds, as did Cody Coggins. Christian Kammerzell made 5 of 7 shots from the field and scored 12 points, and Seth Knox chipped in six points, five assists and five rebounds.
    Cascade Christian held the Crusaders — 14-12 and the No. 4 team from the PacWest Conference — to single-digit scoring in all but the third quarter.
    "It was a defensive game for us," said Morse. "The kids did a great job. They have three really good 3-point-shooting guards, and we did a great job of sticking with them and not allowing them open shots. That was a big difference, too."
    SALEM ACADEMY (30) — Cooper 3, McAvoy 4, Stamback 10, Schmidt 0, Baker 0, Acker 1, Smith 0, Werst 2, Williams 2, Reich 8. Totals: 10 8-10 30.
    CASCADE CHRISTIAN (45) — Laws 5, Kammerzell 12, Wager 0, Coggins 3, Booker 0, Knox 6, Winter 0, Palmer 2, Sellers 14, Hadley 0, Alvarez 0, Cesaro 3. Totals: 18 7-19 45.
    Salem Academy 6 8 11 5 — 30
    Cascade Christian 9 13 16 7 — 45
    3-point goals — Salem Academy 2 (Cooper 1, Reich 1), Cascade Christian 2 (Laws 1, Kammerzell 1).
    ALOHA 56, CRATER 54 — At Central Point, sophomore forward Jacob Hintemeyer scored nine of his game-high 20 points in the fourth quarter but Crater couldn't get over the hump in a home Class 6A play-in game.
    Hintemeyer also had six rebounds, Luke Pomeroy eight points, eight rebounds, six assists and five rebounds and Connor Lane six points and eight rebounds for the Comets (7-16), who fought back from a 25-15 deficit to get within one in the fourth.
    Crater had a chance to tie after a full-court pass with less five seconds to go, but Dean Orozco was denied at the basket by an Aloha defender.
    Gunnar Asher added 13 points for the Comets.
    Aloha (13-12) was led by Terrell Gayhart (16 points), who hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter, and Edgar Guerra (15 points).
    ALOHA (56) — Guerra 15, Na. Christophersen 3, Casey 3, Ni. Christophersen 6, Gayhart 16, Boswell 13. Totals: 21 7-14 56.
    CRATER (54) — Pomeroy 8, Asher 13, Jaasko 5, Lane 6, Orozco 2, Hintemeyer 20, Morgan 0, Gustafson 0. Totals: 24 4-9 54.
    Aloha 25 6 15 10 — 56
    Crater 15 13 13 13 — 54
    3-point goals — Aloha 7 (Gayhart 4, Casey 1, Na. Christophersen 1, Guerra 1), Crater 2 (Jaasko 1, Asher 1).
    NORTH VALLEY 77, KLAMATH UNION 66 — At Merlin, five North Valley players scored in double figures, led by Chris Morsa's 18 points, in the Class 4A play-in game.
    North Valley visits Marshfield in the first round next Saturday.
    Kevin Olmstead, who had topped just 10 points once this year, scored that many in the first half and finished with 17 for the Knights (18-7).
    KLAMATH UNION (66) — Ovgard 20, Be. Mitchell 16, Bo. Mitchell 15, Gettman 8, Crawford 3, Shoults 4, Rondeau 0, Bacchetti 0, Odesha 0, Vallejos 0, Velasquez 0, Ford 0. Totals 26 5-6 66
    NORTH VALLEY (77) — Morsa 18, Olmstead 17, Whitmore 14, Lyon 13, Thompson 11, Fairman 2, Martz 2. Totals 26 18-25 77.
    Klamath Union 21 10 22 13 — 66
    North Valley 16 24 18 19 — 77
    3-point goals — Klamath Union 7 (Be. Mitchell 4, Crawford 1, Bo. Mitchell 1, Ovgard 1), North Valley 7 (Olmstead 3, Morsa 3, Thompson 1).
    CROSSHILL CHRISTIAN 49, ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 46 — Caleb Allen led Rogue Valley Adventist with 19 points, including two game-tying free throws with seven seconds to go, but Crosshill Christian's Ethan Talmage drained a 3-pointer as time expired to send the Eagles to next week's Class 1A state tournament.
    Allen also had 10 rebounds and six assists, while Brian Wachter added 13, but the Red Tail Hawks (20-4) suffered their first loss since Jan. 9 — a span of 12 games — in the round of 16 playoff.
    Ryan DeJager led Crosshill Christian (18-6) with 24 points.
    CROSSHILL CHRISTIAN (49) — Brockman 0, Talmage 6, DeJager 24, Griffin 0, Gille 11, Cubitt 8. Totals: 20-46 4-7 49.
    ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST (46) — Bornamenn 4, J. James 6, N. James 0, Allen 19, Haugen 4, Wachter 13. Totals: 19-47 4-7 46.
    Crosshill Christian 12 12 10 15 — 49
    Rogue Valley Adventist 11 13 11 11 — 46
    3-point goals — Crosshill Christian 5 (Talmage 2, DeJager 2, Gille 1), Rogue Valley Adventist 4 (Allen 3, J. James 1).
    Hockey
    NORTH MEDFORD 6, CRATER 1 — Joshua Wu had three goals and an assist as North Medford capped a perfect season and won the championship of the Southern Oregon Conference.
    The Black Tornado went 11-0.
    Wu was named offensive player of the game, and his brother, Dylan was the defensive MVP.
    Mikaen Magee had one goal and two assists for North Medford, Chase Courtney had a goal and an assist and Max Henry scored once.
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