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Cascade Christian comes up big at districts

GLIDE — Gabe Vidlak was named the meet’s outstanding lightweight and was one of three Cascade Christian wrestlers who claimed district titles as the Challengers finished third in the District 4 Championships Saturday at Glide High School.

La Pine had five district champions and won the first-place team trophy with 230 points, Glide placed second with 211 and Cascade Christian third with 117.5.

The Challengers brought six wrestlers to the meet and each placed in the top three of their respective weight class to qualify for the Class 3A state tournament, Feb. 16-17 at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, including five who advanced to championship bouts.

“It doesn’t get much better than that …it was a great day,” Cascade Christian coach Dan Vidlak said.

Gabe Vidlak, a sophomore who’s ranked No. 1 at 113 pounds after placing third at state last year, rolled to a technical fall victory over Gage Dill of Glide in the finals to improve to 21-0 on the season. Vidlak needed four minutes to secure a 16-1 victory.

“He’s just got on a roll,” Dan Vidlak said. “He’s super tough on his feet and he got a couple takedowns and just started rolling. Gabe’s on a different level right now and I’m hoping he keeps it up at state.”

Also bringing home district titles for the Challengers were Ryan Vidlak at 106 and Gunnar Thompson at 152, while 120-pounder Cody Havniear and 126-pounder Trayson Weidman placed second and 126-pounder Elijah Nehf took third.

Ryan Vidlak, who’s ranked second in the state, pinned his semifinal opponent in 1 minute, 58 seconds, then clinched the 106-pound title by pinning Logen Matthews of La Pine in 3:11.

Thompson pulled out a 6-0 decision over Lakeview’s Dylan Julian in the semis, and edged Glid’s Giovanni Allison 8-7 for the title.

Havniear, a freshman, dropped a 9-4 decision to defending state champion Derrik Kerr of La Pine in the 120-pound championship bout.

“It was a pretty competitive match, so I’m very proud of (Havniear),” said Dan Vidlak, noting that injuries have limited Havniear to only six matches.

Nehf was pinned in the semifinals, but bounced back to pin Lakeview’s Kylan Ward in 3:26 and secure a state berth.

Now, the Challengers have two weeks to prepare for the state meet.

“They’ll be ready to go,” Vidlak said. “And (the layoff) will be a good opportunity to get some kids some rest. We’ve got a couple kids banged up and those matches take a toll on you.”

Rogue River had three finalists, all in the upper weights: Caleb Barnwell (170) was pinned by Chase Nelsen of Illinois Valley in 2:47; Gabe Tambellini (220) lost by major decision, 11-0, to Zach Vigil of Glide; and Gabe Echaide (285) was pinned by Zack Welker of Gilde in 33 seconds.

Also qualifying for state from Rogue River were third-place finishers Grant Fehrenbacher (145), Tristen Spaeth (220) and Daniel Herinckx (285).

District 4 Championships

TEAM SCORES — La Pine 230, Glide 211, Cascade Christian 117.5, Rogue River 95, Illinois Valley 77, Coquille 68, Lakeview 67.


106 — Ryan Vidlak, CC, pinned Logen Matthews, LP, 3:11; 113 — Gabe Vidlak, CC, tech fall Gage Dill, G, 4:00 (16-1); 120 — Derrik Kerr, LP, dec. Cody Havniear, CC, 11-4; 126 — Tommy Gallamore, LP, pinned Trayson Weidman, CC, :54; 132 — Alex Dudley, LP, pinned Gabe Syverson, G, 1:40;

138 — Dominic Norquist, LP, pinned Sage Garrington, Coq, 2:00; 145 — Turrell Wilson, LP, dec. Brayden Clayburn, Coq, :42; 152 — Gunnar Thompson, CC, dec. Giovanni Allison, Gli, 8-7; 160 — Zach Holland, Gli, pinned Trentyn Tennant, LP, 2:46;

170 — Chase Nelsen, IV, pinned Caleb Barnwell, RR, 2:47; 182 — Cayden Kangiser, Gli, pinned Michael Heutzenroeder, LP, 2:36; 195 — Collyn Potter, Gli, dec. Daniel Underwood, LP, 4-3; 220 — Zach Vigil, Gli, major dec. Gabe Tambellini, RR, 11-0; 285 — Zack Welker, Gli, pinned Gabe Echaide, RR, :33.


SOUTH MEDFORD SWEEP: Cormac Webb won two individual events and helped the South Medford boys place first in the 200-yard medley relay as the Panthers swept St. Mary’s in a nonleague dual meet at the Medford YMCA.

The South Medford boys won 83-60 while the South Medford girls pulled out a 76-72 victory.

Webb won the 200-yard freestyle in 2 minutes, 14.90 seconds, the 100 butterfly in 1:08.63 seconds and swam the third leg on South Medford’s victorious 200 medley relay team, which touched the wall in 1:59.81.

Maryn Ringger won two events for the St. Mary’s girls, taking first in both the 50 freestyle (26.25) and the 100 freestyle (58.87). For the St. Mary’s boys, freshman Owen Gramley posted a personal record while winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.88.


TEAM SCORES: South Medford 83, St. Mary’s 60.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, South Medford (Costani, Weaver, Webb, Snyder), 1:59.81; 200 FREE — 1, Cormac Webb, SM, 2:14.90; 200 IM — 1, Grayson Weaver, SM, 2:45.63; 50 FREE — 1, Trent Snyder, SM, 24.97; 100 FLY — 1, Cormac Webb, SM, 1:08.63; 100 FREE — 1, Caleb Ringger, STM, 53.53; 500 FREE — 1, Johan Jordaan, SM, 7:21.50; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, St. Mary’s (Ringger, Tu, Stillwell, Powell), 1:46.63; 100 BACK — 1, Chase Costanti, SM, 1:10.00; 100 BREAST — 1, Owen Gramley, STM, 1:21.88; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, St. Mary’s (Ringger, Tu, Stillwell, Reade), 4:04.09.


TEAM SCORES: South Medford 76, St. Mary’s 72.

200 MEDLEY RELAY — 1, South Medford (Rose, Dabbs, Cooper, Logue), 2:15.15; 200 FREE — 1, Carson Hall, STM, 2:48.69; 200 IM — 1, Jane Cleary, STM, 2:39.97; 50 FREE — 1, Maryn Ringger, STM, 26.25; 100 FLY — 1, Karissa Cooper, SM, 1:24.91; 100 FREE — 1, Maryn Ringger, STM, 58.87; 500 FREE — 1, Abby Burton, SM, 6:50.31; 200 FREE RELAY — 1, St. Mary’s (Cleary, Zdeblick, Rietmann, Ringger), 1:54.38; 100 BACK — 1, Madelyn Rose, SM, 1:21.50; 100 BREAST — 1, Lucy Palmer, STM, 1:25.47; 400 FREE RELAY — 1, St. Mary’s (Cleary, Rietmann, Zdeblick, Ringer), 4:14.31.

Boys Basketball

CASCADE CHRISTIAN 55, GLIDE 42: Cascade Christian won all four quarters against visiting Glide of the Class 3A Mountain Valley Conference, pulling away slowly but surely to pick up a nonleague victory.

Senior forwards Ben Dunn and Joel McLemore each finished with 15 points and sophomore guard Kiegan Schaan added 12 points for the Challengers (14-8), who have won three of their last four.

Clay Farrar, a senior guard, scored 14 to lead the Wildcats (14-8).

GLIDE (42): Roark 3, Alexander 11, Kaul 2, Farrar 14, Castrigano 0, Strader 0, Cunningham 2, Towne 10, DeBell 0. Totals: 14 7-14 42.

CASCADE CHRISTIAN (55): Reece 3, Crowl 0, Dunn 15, H. Schaan 0, K. Schaan 12, Cochran 8, West 0, McLemore 15, Dexter 0, Flores-Alatorre 2, Lewis 0, Collom 0. Totals: 21 5-6 55.


Cascade Christian;17;13;14;11;—;55

3-point goals — Glide 7 (Roark 1, Alexander 3, Farrar 2, Towne 1), Cascade Christian 8 (Reece 1, Dunn 1, K. Schaan 2, Cochran 1, McLemore 3). Technical foul — Towne.

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 61, GILCHRIST 45: Ruben Tovar, a sophomore guard, finished with a game-high 19 points, including a trio of treys, and host Rogue Valley Adventist opened up a 20-point lead in the second half before holding on to defeat Gilchrist for a Mountain Valley League victory.

Junior forward Malachi Sitowski added 14 points and senior guard Michael Covrig dished out 11 assists for the Red Tail Hawks (10-11, 4-7 MVL), who led 31-21 at halftime before putting together a 19-9 third quarter.

The Grizzlies (1-16, 1-10) lost their eighth straight.

Girls Basketball

ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST 49, GILCHRIST 26: Junior guard Savanah Zamora had 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals and senior Rose Tovar had nine points 10 boards and three steals as the Red Tail Hawks ran out to a 24-12 halftime lead en route to the senior night blowout.

Hanna Whilhelm added seven points for Rogue Valley Adventist (19-1, 9-1 MVL), which earned its eighth straight victory.

Gilchrist (1-15, 0-9) suffered its 12th straight setback.