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Wednesday, February 7, 2007


Trojans frosh ready for district play

Justin Harrell scored 16 points Thursday, but the Homedale High School freshman boys basketball team lost a close 3A Snake River Valley conference home game.

Weiser pulled off a 43-40 victory to drop the Trojans to 9- 8. Homedale played a combined freshman-junior varsity game with visiting McCall-Donnelly on Feb. 3, but results weren’t available.

Trojans win battle, lose game

Homedale High School boys basketball player Austin Ferguson fights for a rebound during the Trojans’loss at home against McCall- Donnelly. Photo by Gregg Garrett

Struggling Trojans steer toward district play

his team will compete well in the

way back into a lot of games this


year, and I don’t expect that they

“I wouldn’t count us out,” he said. “The boys have fought their

will stop fighting. “We will be competitive.”

“The kids are still playing hard,” coach Jason George said. “We just need to minimize our mistakes and put four full quarters together.”

Homedale wrapped up the regular season Tuesday against Fruitland. Results weren’t available at press time. The Trojans open the 3A District III Tournament on Monday in McCall.

“We have played close games with everyone in the league this year,” George said. “Most of our league losses have been single- digit losses.

“Fruitland was our toughest opponent, but the boys were only down by one at halftime, so are not intimidated by them.”

Ryan Ryska and Reece Landa scored 12 points apiece in a lopsided 52-37 loss to Payette on Jan. 26.

Regardless of that outcome, though, George in optimistic that

Homedale freshmen clear Vandals

Homedale High School freshman boys basketball player Reece Landa shoots a jumper over McCall-Donnelly defenders a teammate Ryan Ryska looks on. Photo by Gregg Garrett

Homedale High School’s boys basketball team most likely will enter next week’s 3A District III Tournament as the No. 4 seed regardless of the outcome of Friday’s Senior Night contest against visiting Fruitland.

First-year coach Kenny Thomas’ charges fell into fourth place behind McCall-Donnelly with a 68-43 3A Snake River Valley conference loss at home Saturday.

Homedale (9-10 overall, 2-5 3A SRV) will open the district tournament at 6:15 p.m. next Tuesday at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Ore., against No. 5 Payette (9-16, 0-7 before Tuesday’s regular- season finale against McCall, the results of which weren’t available at press time).

The Homedale-Payette winner will move into the district semifinal against top-seeded Fruitland (16- 3, 7-0). The semifinal round is set for Feb. 15.

David Liddell scored 11 points for the Trojans, including a 5- for-8 showing from the foul line. He was 3-for-15 from the floor, though.

Matt Holloway tried to keep pace with Harris from 3-point land, knocking down both of his shots to finish with a game-high 12 points for Homedale. The senior was 5- for-15 from the field as the Trojans struggled mightily with their shots. Homedale was 14-for-71 (19.7 percent on the night).

Conversely, the Vandals hit 46.5 percent (27-for-58) of their attempts. McCall jumped out to a 42-20 halftime lead after outscoring Homedale 21-8 in the second quarter.

Weiser 74, Homedale 56

Holloway drained four of seven free throws and knocked in a season-high 21 points, but the Trojans were run over by another hot-handed team as the Wolverines cruised on Thursday.

HMS boys basketball at midway point

At the midway point of its season, the top Homedale Middle School seventh-grade boys basketball team has managed three victories behind the offense of Trey Corta and Brett Ryska.

The A team (3-2 in the 3A Snake River Valley conference through Monday) collected a pair of wins last week.

Corta scored 24 points to nearly match Fruitland’s entire output Jan. 30 in Homedale as the Trojans prevailed 37-28.

Thursday, the Trojans jumped above .500 with a 44-30 win over host Payette Lakes in McCall.

Corta scored 15 and Ryska added 10. Conner Landa had five points,

while Lowder scored six again. Homedale’s B beat Payette Lakes 34-17 for its first victory.

Eighth grade

Coach Kevin Cornwall’sAteam is winning despite losing starting point guard Manuel Castilleja for the season with a knee injury.

Leading scorer Kenny Esparza, who is averaging 20.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, also missed a week.

“We have faced some adversity

  • but facing adversity is one of

the life lessons our athletes are supposed to learn from sports, and I think they have responded well,” Cornwall said.

Coming back from what could be devastating setbacks seems to be a knack for this squad.

Fruitland pounded the Trojans 68-39 on Jan. 30, but Homedale rallied at home to blast Payette Lakes 73-41 on Thursday.

Walter Almaraz is scoring 19 points a game.

The Homedale B team entered the week on a four-game losing streak after beating Weiser in the season opener.

“We just need to keep learning and working and improving,” Cornwall said. “These guys are not quitters. I have full faith in their ability to fight back in the second half of the season.”

Weiser and McCall-Donnelly face off in next Tuesday’s other first-round game.

The Wolverines and Vandals were the latest teams to beat Homedale in the SRV campaign.

Mychal Harris torched the Trojans for 35 points in McCall’s Saturday victory in Homedale. He was 5-for-5 from the free- throw line and converted four of six attempts from behind the 3-point arc.

Brandon Richins connected on two of three 3-point attempts and led three Weiser scorers in double figures with 20 points.

Zach Widner went 3-for-4 from behind the 3-point line as part of his efficient 15 points (he was 6-for-7 overall from the field). Michael Berquist added 10 points for the visitors.

Andrew Bingham carded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds for Homedale.

Cheerleading 101

Future Homedale cheerleaders show their stuff during the halftime performance of the Homedale High School varsity boys basketball game Saturday. Left to right: Sidney Shanley (slightly hidden), Makenzie Anderson, Bailey Burkett, Allie Herman and Madison Fisher. Photo by Gregg Garrett

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