CENTRAL POINT — Although they come from different leagues these days, there's no denying the intensity on the wrestling mat when Crater and Grants Pass lock horns.

CENTRAL POINT — Although they come from different leagues these days, there's no denying the intensity on the wrestling mat when Crater and Grants Pass lock horns.

And although neither team is in the form each expects to be once all is said and done, the Comets and Cavemen were able to provide several bright moments Thursday in the opening dual for both teams.

Grants Pass used a string of victories between 125 and 145 pounds to put Crater on its heels, but the Comets proved too much in the bookend weights in earning a 48-26 victory.

"I knew going into it Grants Pass is pretty tough from 125 all the way up to 145," said Crater coach Greg Haga. "It's tough to get a win on them there, so I knew we were going to have to get some wins in the upper weights and try to pick one or two others off."

Crater was able to do that and then some, winning every other weight but 189 to round out the early season triumph.

"It's a good match to have under our belts heading to Fresno next Friday and Saturday," said Haga, alluding to the Comets' annual trek to the Clovis Classic.

Brock Gutches halted GP's string of wins in the middle weights at 152 with a pin of Morgan Warr, and teammates Zach Baldridge and Zach Young kept the momentum with pins at 160 and 171, respectively.

After a 6-0 decision by Nick Shoesmith over Logan Brooks at 189, the Comets iced the match with a pin by Darrio Mobley in 1:11 and a stunning pin by Brandon Hesse over Ben Hughes at 275.

"Baldridge and Hesse really stepped up and really did the job we needed to have them do to get it done," said Haga.

Hesse was especially impressive against Hughes, earning a second-round escape to go up 1-0 before giving that advantage back on an illegal hold to make it 1-1. Hesse was able to turn an arm bar in the third period and earn the pin at 5:37.

"That was a pretty good one," Haga said of the heavyweight clash. "They came out like two raging bulls and got the crowd all fired up."

*103 — Mike Masuk, C, won by forfeit; 112 — Skyler Prislac, C, won by forfeit; 119 — Jeremy Artoff, C, pinned Kyle Perry, 1:45; 125 — Alex Littlefair, GP, major dec. Brysen Winner, 14-5; 130 — Justin Eldred, GP, pinned Brent Espinosa, 1:12.

135 — Dylan Fauver, GP, pinned Nick Ferris, 2:24; 140 — Mike Cowell, GP, major dec. Tony Ferris, 16-8; 145 — Eric Stewart, GP, dec. Tyler Winner, 9-5; 152 — Brock Gutches, C, pinned Morgan Warr, 4:47.

160 — Zach Baldridge, C, pinned Elliott VanSyoc, 2:48; 171 — Zach Young, C, pinned Ross Miles, :38; 189 — Nick Shoesmith, GP, dec. Logan Brooks, 6-0; 215 — Darrio Mobley, C, pinned Josh Brinkley, 1:11; 275 — Brandon Hesse, C, pinned Ben Hughes, 5:37.

* — starting weight

Boys Basketball

ASHLAND 46, SHASTA 44 — At Redding, Calif., Dillon Thigpen scored all seven of Ashland's fourth-quarter points to help the Grizzlies fend off Shasta in the first round of the Harlan-Carter Classic.

The Grizzlies trailed 28-24 at the break, but played stellar defense and outscored Shasta 15-6 in the third period.

Ashland's offense sputtered in the fourth quarter, but Thigpen kept Shasta from chipping away at the lead to guide the Grizzlies (1-1) to their first win.

Ethan Moskowitz paced Ashland with 12 points and hit two 3-pointers, as did Thigpen.

In his return to the court from postseason football, Ashland's Matt Lipski tossed in eight points and eight rebounds while Austin Raymond added five points and four steals.

SHASTA (44) — Marossy 16, Freed 6, Moore 5, Coleman 0, Taylor 11, Boyle 5, Swarts 1. Totals: 16 6-11 44.

ASHLAND (46) — Moskowitz 12, Thigpen 10, Javna 7, Sebrell 0, Clement 0, Tygerson 2, Lipski 8, Resch 2, Raymond 5, Wilson 0. Totals: 19 2-4 46.

Shasta 12 16 6 10 — 44

Ashland 10 14 15 7 — 46

3-point goals — Shasta 5 (Marossy 3, Freed 1, Moore 1), Ashland 6 (Thigpen 2, Moskowitz 2, Javna 1, Raymond 1).

JV score — Ashland 62, Shasta 51.

MYRTLE POINT 57, NORTH VALLEY 48 — At Merlin, Kevin Rose had a game-high 16 points and Andrew Wert 13 for North Valley in a losing effort in its season opener.

The Knights led 14-9 after the first quarter but went 0-for-8 from the 3-point line while Myrtle Point managed to connect on 6 of 11 from long range.

The Bobcats held a one-point advantage at the break but pulled away in the second half. Myrtle Point was led by Garren Hinter's 15 points but three others finished in double figures. Willy Looney had 13, Evan Rice scored 11 and Scott Clark chipped in 10 for the Bobcats.

MYRTLE POINT (57) — Hinter 15, Looney 13, Rice 11, Clark 10, Andy 3, Libbett 3, Dewald 2, J. Brown 0, T. Brown 0. Totals: 24-57 3-8 57.

NORTH VALLEY (48) — Rose 16, Wert 13, Clark 7, Woodruff 6, Kellogg 2, Larson 2, Procknow 2, Nicholas 0, Hiler 0. Totals: 20-54 8-11 48.

Myrtle Point 9 14 18 16 —57

North Valley 14 8 14 12 — 48

3-point goals — Myrtle Point 6 (Looney 2, Rice 1, Clark 2, Andy 1). Fouled out — Procknow.

JV score — North Valley 46, Myrtle Point 23.

HENLEY 86, YREKA 42 — At Klamath Falls, senior Mike D'Olivo, a 5-foot-11 guard, contributed 19 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds to lead Henley in the nonconference rout.

Danny Staats added 11 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and senior Winston Mueller had 11 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets (2-0).

YREKA (42) — Sinott 8, Br. Larreau 4, Turner 2, Grant 2, Kutzer 9, Meeks 2, Stoner 4, Ward 11, Brooks 0, Carter 0, Marks 0, B. Larreau 0. Totals: 18 6-18 42.

HENLEY (86) — Brewster 6, Staats 11, Fahner 8, Evans 11, D'Olivo 19, Lesueur 12, Mueller 11, Verling 2, Wedan 1, Herr 1, Conley 2, Myers 2. Totals: 34 15-25 86.

Yreka, Calif. 8 6 12 16 — 42

Henley 20 28 21 17 — 86

3-point goals — Henley 3 (D'Olivo).

JV result — Henley won.

MILO ADVENTIST 59, PROSPECT 57 — At Prospect, Dakota Gordon's 3-point attempt rattled out in the final seconds, allowing Milo Adventist to hang on for the victory.

Gordon, a junior guard, had 24 points in the game to help Prospect (0-1) climb back from a nine-point halftime deficit and tie the game at 57 late.

Milo Adventist got an offensive rebound and putback to recapture the lead with 12 seconds remaining before Gordon's final attempt.

Matthew Fitlma had 25 points to lead Milo.

MILO ADVENTIST (59) — Wanran 2, Sheese 0, J. Jones 0, Hines 0, A. Jones 2, Burton 9, O'Reilly 0, Fitlma 25, Hummel 8, Miller 0, Perrini 0, Milam 6, Sanderson 0, Nisl 2. Totals: 26-69 6-16 59.

PROSPECT (57) — Bennett 9, Roe 2, Gordon 24, Walton 5, Mahoney 10, Strickland 4, Kelley 3, Linson 0. Totals: 20-48 9-14 57.

Milo Adventist 12 24 13 10—59

Prospect 11 16 14 16—57

3-point goals — Milo Adventist 1 (Fitlma 1), Prospect 8 (Gordon 4, Bennett 3, Kelley 1). Fouled out — Mahoney, Miller.

Girls Basketball

ST. MARY'S 45, GOLD BEACH 43 — Veronica Valdez poured in a game-high 17 points and St. Mary's held off a late rally from Gold Beach at St. Mary's High.

The Crusaders (2-0) also came up with three steals over the last two minutes which forced Gold Beach to foul, and Kelsey Gross drained a free throw with less than a minute to go to make it a four-point contest.

GOLD BEACH (43) — Miller 2, Yeiter 3, MacLaurie 4, Kat. Zuber 9, Walling 0, Kay. Zuber 8, Hockena 5, Moore 12, McDonald 0. Totals: 14 12-28 43.

ST. MARY'S (45) — Valdez 17, Steinsiek 7, Bates 8, W. Adderson 4, Bladek 0, Street 0, K. Adderson 0, Williams 2, Gross 3, Carini 0, Picknell 4. Totals: 21 3-12 45.

Gold Beach 12 7 13 11 — 43

St. Mary's 13 4 16 12 — 45

3-point goals — Gold Beach 1 (Kat. Zuber).

JV result — St. Mary's won.

HIDDEN VALLEY 58, TRINITY 31 — At Yreka, Calif., Jamie Richardson swiped nine of Hidden Valley's 17 steals as the Mustangs cruised to a victory over Trinity, Calif., in the first round of the Yreka Invitational.

Richardson also had 14 points, four rebounds and just one turnover, while Megan Swanson had team-highs of 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Ashley Seal had nine points, four assists and four steals for the Mustangs (2-0), who performed well playing with a 30 second shot clock — a rule in California high school basketball.

TRINITY (31) — Clark 12, Garcia 4, Whittaker 4, Brown 3, Curran 3, Johnson 2, Zweck 2, Fackrell 1, Ray 0, Lopez. Totals: 9 13-29 31.

HIDDEN VALLEY (58) — Swanson 15, Richardson 14, Seal 9, Silva 7, Bailey 4, Figoni 2, Ross 2, Fikso 2, Doig 2, Nicholson 1, Guevara 0, Edwards 0. Totals: 26 4-10 58.

Trinity, Calif. 6 11 6 8 — 31

Hidden Valley 20 16 14 8 — 58

3-point goals — Hidden Valley 2 (Seal 1, Swanson 1).

MILO ADVENTIST 36, PROSPECT 33 — At Prospect, Prospect's second-half surge brought the Cougars within three points but they couldn't vault Milo Adventist in their season opener.

The Cougars (0-1) only scored 10 points in the first half — just two in the second quarter — but held Milo Adventist to 12 points after the break. Prospect scored 17 in the fourth quarter and missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzer which would have tied the game.

Becky Musard led Prospect with 11 points, while fellow juniors Catherine Anderson and Jennifer King each chipped in with eight.

Milo's Whitney Weems dropped in 15 points.

MILO ADVENTIST (36) — Angelina 4, Kinman 9, Blair 6, Weems 15, Woitt 2, Cooksley 0. Totals: 17 2-7 36.

PROSPECT (33) — Anderson 8, Zeller 4, McCollum 2, King 8, Musard 11, Tanner 0. Totals: 14 5-13 33.

Milo Adventist 9 15 6 6 — 36

Prospect 8 2 6 17 — 33