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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

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Sports Adrian topples mighty JV girls

It took nine games, but the Adrian High School girls basketball team finally solved the mystery of their archrivals from Jordan Valley.

Trailing by 13 points at halftime on their home floor Friday, the Antelopes exploded for 21 third- quarter points and held on for a 56-53 High Desert League East Division victory.

It was the Mustangs’ first loss of the season.

“Maybe all good things come to those who wait,” Adrian coach Gene Mills said. “We’ve played them nine times (since Mills took over the program three years ago), and this was our first win.

“I guess it’s our turn.” Perhaps for one night. The Mustangs (20-1 overall, 12-1 HDL East at week’s end) still have locked up the divisional crown for the regular season and will

open the District 8 Tournament on Feb. 15 at Baker City High School against the winner of a Wednesday first-round game between East No. 3 Crane and the West’s second-place team (either Dayville-Monument or Spray, who were tied for the division lead at the end of the week).

Adrian (16-6, 11-2) will enter the tournament as the East’s second seed and takes on West No. 3 Prairie City at 8 p.m. MST next Wednesday.

“In terms of a mental lift, it was tremendous for our girls,” Mills said of knocking off the Mustangs. “Districts are starting (next Wednesday), so that will be a big boost.”

Friday against the Mustangs, theAntelopes got a big boost from post Paige Branstiter, who shook off a cold first half to scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half.

The Antelopes outscored Jordan Valley 21-12 in the third quarter to take control.

Tera Rust canned a pair of 3- point goals in the second half as part of her 10-point performance. Teammate Sarah McPeak hit a trey and scored nine of her 13 points before halftime.

Bailey Kershner scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Jordan Valley. She also collected four steals and dished five assists. She scored eight of her points in the fourth quarter in an attempt to pull Jordan Valley all the way back.

Mustangs teammate Michelle Elsner scored 10 points, while Angela Larsen chipped in six points and snagged 10 rebounds. Chelicy Payne scored eight points.

  • Jordan Valley High School

journalism student Angela Larsen contributed to this report.

Adrian girls get key win at home

Adrian High School girls basketball player Paige Branstite , left, looks for a an open teammate against the defense of Jordan Valley senior Bailey Kershner during last week’s High Desert League showdown on the Antelopes’ floor. Photo by JVHS journalism

Mustangs throttle McDermitt behind Kershner’s big night in Nevada

Bailey Kershner scored 18 points Jan. 30 as the Jordan Valley High School girls basketball team won its 19th consecutive game to start the season by throttling McDermitt, Nev., in a non-conference game played in the Nevada border town. Angela Larsen scored 10 points as the Mustangs rolled 62-43. Michelle Elsner added nine points, while Elisa Eiguren

scored eight. Breann Hipwell threw in six.

The Mustangs also recorded a forfeit victory over Hight Desert League foe Ukiah last week.

Adrian 43, Crow 40 Senior Sarah McPeak was perfect in seven chances from the foul line Saturday

as the Antelopes hit the road and prevailed over non-league opponent Crow in Eugene, Ore.

The Antelopes withstood a furious second-half comeback by the Cougars. Trailing 18-10 at halftime, Crow roared back with 30 points over the final 16 minutes, including 20 in the fourth quarter. Sammy Smets scored all but three of her

team-high 12 points in the fourth quarter for Crow.

Paige Branstiter scored six of her 14 points in the final period to help McPeak ground Crow.

  • Jordan Valley High School journalism

student Angela Larsen contributed to this report.

√ Marsing: Huskies jockey for position for next week’s district tourney

four shots while playing with four fouls.

two teammates in double-figure scoring.

Marsing 63,

“We started out hot and stayed that way the whole game,” Walgamott said.

Nampa Christian 50

Things returned to normal for the Huskies on Friday as McClellin racked up a double- double and got support from

Marsing streaked to a 19-9 lead after eight minutes against a Trojans squad that is reeling with roster issues.

From Page 1B effort on the foul line by hitting all four of his free throws.

Doug Beus turned in an all- around game for the Mustangs, scored 14 points and grabbing seven big rebounds on Marsing’s end as part of his team-leading nine boards. He also blocked

McClellin scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Marsing won the glass war by a 46-37 count.

Aaron Salvas blocked three shots and hit a 3-pointer on the way to 14 points, while Johnathan Cossel was perfect from the free- throw strip (3-for-3) en route to

10 points.

Marsing nailed 13 of 19 foul shots and scored a whopping 19 points off 16 Nampa Christian turnovers.

Shawn Meyers scored 14 points for the Trojans, while Vinnie Angelos came off the bench to contribute 13.

√ Coach: Only two defeats in 27 games at Nyssa from 2005 to 2006

From Page 1B spend more time with his family led him to the Homedale job.

He resigned his posts as athletic director and football coach at Nyssa a few weeks ago and immediately positioned himself as a finalist for the Homedale gig.

Rosandick said Kassebaum was one of 13 individuals to apply for the job.Aselection committee whittled the group down to four finalists — including Homedale athletic director and defensive coordinator David Hart and three outside candidates.

“I’m making a change from (Nyssa) because I want to have a little bit more family time

with my kids,” Kassebaum said. “I’m working an administrative position here along with coaching, and it takes a lot of supervision time.

“Homedale gives me an opportunity to coach and teach again without the extra duties.”

Kassebaum, who holds teaching endorsements in Physical Education and Health, will serve as the Bulldogs’ track and field coach in the spring and then shift gears into the transition to Homedale. He already has started the evaluation of his new Trojans talent, inviting players to take part in Nyssa’s speed and agility camp March 9-10 in Oregon.

The legacy he leaves west of the border is something of a meteor. He was head coach of the Bulldogs for two years

  • and he won state titles in

both seasons. More impressive than the back-to-back titles for Nyssa could be the coach’s ability to get his squad to win championships in two different classifications (2A in 2005 and 3A in 2006).

Throw in a lengthy winning streak and a two-year record of 25-2, and one might wonder why Kassebaum is coming to Homedale rather than bolting for greener (and larger) pastures.

“If I wanted to be at a bigger school, this would probably be

the time to do it coming off two state championships,” he said.

Instead, Kassebaum will move his family to the Homedale area and try to jump-start a rich tradition.

He arrives as the fifth head coach to lead the Trojans since Leo Mendelson succeeded Jim McMillan in 1995. McMillan put in 13 seasons with the Trojans, winning 125 games and five state championships. The past two coaches — Greg Asbury and Thomas — stayed four seasons each and teamed for a combined 49-29 record.

“It could be a long-term stay,” Kassebaum said of his pending Trojans’ tenure. “I’ve had

opportunities to interview and actually take some jobs at some bigger schools in Willamette Valley and interviews for bigger jobs in the Treasure Valley area.

“My wife (Michelle) and I chose Homedale because it’s a size town I’m used to coaching and teaching in. I see it as a potential long-term place.”

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