RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU's Ramirez storms into semis
MARIETTA, Ga. — Southern Oregon sophomore Sienna Ramirez advanced to the 143-pound semifinal round on Friday at the Women’s College Wrestling Association Championships, clinching All-America accolades for the second year in a row at the tournament.
Ramirez, a sophomore from Lakewood, Wash., entered the bracket unranked and upset second-seeded Ashlynn Ortega of King (Tenn.), 4-0 in the quarterfinals, becoming the second Raider to ever get through to the semis.
She’s also the team’s second two-time All-American; she placed sixth as a freshman and can do no worse than that when the tourney concludes today.
The Raiders ended the day 11th in the team standings with 46.5 points. They got at least one victory from nine of their 12 entrants and multiple wins from five of them.
In addition to Ramirez, four other Raiders were one win away from All-America (top-eight) status: Anesia Ramirez (130 pounds), Julissa Taitano (130), Karrah Smith (170) and Milagros Garcia (191). Anesia Ramirez, Smith and Taitano each qualified for their respective quarterfinals.
Sienna Ramirez, SOU’s wins leader, improved to 20-5 on the season. She started with a 10-0 technical fall against MacMurray’s Myriam Perez, then defeated Eastern Oregon’s Dempsi Talkington, 11-4, to set up her matchup with Ortega.
Sienna Ramirez is the only wrestler without a top-four seed left in her championship bracket and will face No. 3 Felicity Bryant of Emmanuel (Ga.) in the semifinals, attempting to put SOU in a finals match for the first time.
CORBAN 94, CORBAN 92: At Salem, Corban hit two buzzer-beating 3-pointers to force two overtimes, then finished off a devastating win over Southern Oregon in the second on Friday night at the C.E. Jeffers Center.
Trailing 68-65 with six seconds left in regulation, Tyler Wadleigh took the Warriors the length of the floor and knocked in a one-legged runner just beyond the arc to force the first extra session. There, the Raiders held an 82-79 lead when AJ Hodges stepped back for a contested 26-footer that went through the net with seven-tenths of a second to spare.
Hodges scored a game-high 28 points. After Tez Allen’s transition 3 off a Jordan Hunt steal tied the teams for the 14th time with 38 seconds to play, Hodges struck one last time by knocking down a step-back 16-footer with a hand in his face and 11 seconds to play.
On the other end, Tristen Holmes’ runner in the lane hung on the rim and fell off as time expired.
The Warriors improved to 19-7 overall and 10-6 in the Cascade Conference with their sixth consecutive win. The Raiders went to 19-7 and 7-8.
Holmes helped them navigate the overtimes with 11 of his 20 points, and also pulled down eight rebounds. Teron Bradford went for 22 points, six assists and six rebounds, scoring 18 after halftime, and Jordan Hunt went for 15 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks.
CORBAN 73, SOU 66: Southern Oregon’s comeback bid fell short and 19th-ranked Corban never trailed in the Cascade Conference.
Emily Yost scored 22 points and Jordan Woodvine had 15 points and five assists for the Warriors (19-7 overall, 13-3 CCC), who picked up their 13th win in 14 games and completed a regular-season sweep of the Raiders (16-7, 12-5).
Corban’s largest lead was 51-36 with four minutes left in the third quarter following a 15-6 run. SOU got the deficit down to 10 going into the fourth quarter, and back-to-back Daranda Hinkey 3-pointers cut it to 57-52 with six minutes left.
Hinkey and Syd Fryer led SOU with 15 points apiece, and Dominique Harding totaled 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Freshman guard Kalei Iwami — who had missed the Raiders’ previous 13 games with an injury — scored 10 with a pair of 3-pointers off the bench.
SOCAL CLASSIC: At Lake Elsinore, Calif., third-ranked Southern Oregon split its first two games on Friday, dropping a 10-4 decision against No. 14 Vanguard (Calif.) and rebounding with a 17-5 win over Ottawa (Ariz.) at Rosetta Park.
In the opener, Vanguard catcher Samantha Shaffer hit a pair of home runs — a two-run shot that broke a 4-4 tie in the fifth inning, and a three-run blast that broke it open in the sixth.
Prior to the tiebreaking shot, SOU third baseman Lauren Quirke hit a three-run home run, her first as a Raider, to knot the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth. She and catcher Allie Stines both went 3-for-4 in the contest.
The Raiders put themselves in first-inning hole with three errors that led to four unearned runs. Gabby Sandoval (1-1) took the loss, allowing six hits and three earned in 4 1/3 innings.