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Wednesday, February 7, 2007


Cortinas conquers Weiser crown

Most casual observers of Home- dale High School wrestling prob- ably would be surprised to know that heavyweight Amador Corti- nas is only a junior.

Though an underclassman, the 285-pounder wrestles like a sea- soned veterans.

On Saturday, he rolled to his fourth tournament championship of the season, racking up his di- vision crown at the Weiser Invi- tational.

“He was devastating,” Trojans coach Toby Johnson said after watching Cortinas pin his way through the bracket.

The veteran coach speculated that Cortinas was the state’s top- ranked 3A heavyweight wrestler. He has won championships in Mil- ton-Freewater, Ore., Wendell, Par- ma and Weiser this season. He was fifth in the Rollie Lane Invitational in Nampa early last month.

Three of Cortinas’ pins came against opponents from larger schools.

Senior Bryan Martinat reached the finals of a tournament for the fifth consecutive time this year. He finished second in the 152- pound class.

The Trojans finished eighth in the 16-team tournament. Fellow 3ASnake River Valley conference teams Weiser (fifth) and Fruitland

(sixth) placed above Home- dale.

Tyler Max- well and Rowdy Lair each picked up a pair of wins at the tournament.

The Tro- Amador Cortinas jans play host to a tri-meet Thursday night that also will feature Marsing and Pay- ette. It’s the final action of the reg- ular season.

Vallivue 58, Homedale 12

The Trojans started the week Wednesday with a tri-meet at home against Vallivue of Caldwell and New Plymouth.

The Falcons dominated the young Homedale squad behind lopsided wins by Derritt Kerner (135 pounds over Kevin Dillon), Tyler Silveira (152 over Rye Hyer) and Alex Arguello (160 over Kevin Mercado.

But even in a losing effort, Cassidy Cook impressed his coach at 145. Cook dropped a 12-10 decision in overtime to Jacob Mamer.

“The match of the dual was at 145,” Johnson said. “Cassidy did a great job.”

TheTrojans’only victories came by pinfall as Cortinas stopped Zack Barrera at 285 and Frankie Obregon flattened Vallivue 125- pounder Mark Moss.

New Plymouth 40,

Homedale 31

Kenny Cockrum ran out of time in a scrappy final match at 103 pounds.

The Trojans entered the final match trailing the Pilgrims by three points. Cockrum tried to get the points back in his match against Ben Byers.

“Kenny escaped after being taken down, got a takedown and load up a good half-Nelson,” Johnson said. “He had a chance to pin and win the dual, but couldn’t capitalize.

“It was very exciting. Kenny had the whole gym on the edge of their seat.”

Byers wound up collecting the dual-clinching pin in the second round.

“He put a great effort,” Johnson said of Cockrum. “The entire team was proud of him.”

Rye Hyer pinned Travis Chase at 152.

Kevin Mercado wrestled hard, but lost by one point, 5-4, to 1A- 2A state-placer Miguel Garcia at 160.

Homedale splits first two district games

Coach stays positive in face of another Fruitland loss

But the Pirates rallied in the second half behind six points from Hillary Byars.

“They came right back and got within five points,” Greeley said. “We lost our composure and stopped running offense and got in trouble.”

The nature of the high school basketball postseason in Idaho is circular, which means a team al- ways has another chance around the corner.

The latest opportunity for the Homedale High School girls bas- ketball team came Tuesday night in an elimination game of the 3A District III Tournament in Ontario, Ore.

The Tro- jans (7-15 overall at week’s end) met McCall- Donnelly with a trip Mike Greeley into the run-

ner-up game on the line. Results weren’t available at press time, but the Vandals had beaten Home- dale in the final week of the regu- lar season.

That didn’t mean much to Homedale coach Mike Greeley and — apparently — his play- ers, who entered the week need- ing two victories to qualify for Saturday’s 3A state tournament qualifier in Grangeville.

The Trojans rebounded from a lopsided opening-round 57-41 loss to Fruitland on Jan. 30 in Middleton to rout Payette 52-39 on Friday in Oregon.

“We’re still alive,” Greeley said after watching his team fall under the wheels of the Grizzlies’ run- away train in the opener.

“It’s still easily possible (to ad- vance), but it just depends on the attitudes of my girls. If they think they can win, they will. If they think they can’t, they won’t.”

The little train that could was on the tracks Friday against the Pirates.

Rachel Wheeler scored 14 points and Kendall Rupp contin- ued a late-season surge with 10 points. Wheeler also sank eight of 11 free throws.

The Trojans led fifth-seeded Payette by as much as 15 points in the second half.

Wheeler began capped her stel- lar showing from the free-throw line to right the Trojans’ ship in the fourth quarter. Homedale shot 9-for-17 on the foul line down the stretch as Mandy Brasher hit five of her last eight attempts.

Fruitland 57, Homedale 41

H o med ale w as b attlin g more than just Fruitland in the tournament opener early last week. Emotions unexpectedly crept into the equation when Rachel Wheeler’s grandmother collapsed in the stands before the game.

Wheeler still played, but committed 10 of her teams 23 turnovers.

“Anytime that happens, it’s tough to come out on top,” Greeley said of the distraction of the health emergency. “We lost our focus in the third quarter.”

Hannah Johnson and Rupp scored nine points apiece for the Trojans. Brasher added seven, including a 3-for-4 night at the line.

But the Grizzlies withstood Johnson’s fantastic breakaway game to grab the win.

“Kendall was getting the rebound and throwing to Hannah and we were making some good stuff happen,” Greeley said.

Toward the end of the first half, however, Homedale began to wilt in the face of Fruitland’s pressure defense.

Fifteen of the Trojans 23 turnovers came in the first half. Bridget Teunissen scored six points in the second quarter to launch a game-best 19-point performance for Fruitland. Sophomore Kylee Nawahine added 13 points.

“They only have a couple of tools, but they’re good at what they do,” Greeley said of the Grizzlies.

Jordan Warwick fired in a pair of 3-point goals en route to eight points for Homedale.

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