MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- YES!! BAKER BOUND!!!! Eagles Corral Mustangs

McKenzie, the defending 2012 OSAA State 1A Girls Basketball Champion will have the opportunity to defend their Title this season. The Eagles roped a tough Crane Mustang team 40-32 last Saturday at Finn Rock in a second round State playoff game and earned a berth in the Final Championship Round at Baker City. McKenzie will tip-off against the St. Paul Buckaroos in their first game on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 pm. The Eagles, in a non-league matchup, fell earlier this season to the Buckaroos 41-24. St. Paul is the number one seed out of the Casco League. Other elite eight matchups at Baker City are Damascus Christian vs. Triangle Lake, Hosanna Christian vs. City Christian, and Perrydale vs. Condon/Wheeler/Arlington. McKenzie (20-6) came out of the locker-room with a grudge on last Sat. against the Mustangs, (Crane previously defeated McKenzie 29-28). The Mustangs broke ice first with a 3-point shot and added another to help secure a 12-8 lead in the first quarter. Crane is a fine long range shooting team and it became quite evident early that if the Eagles were to stay within striking distance, the home defense would need to extend and keep a hand in front of the shooters. Which is exactly what McKenzie did. Eagle Coach Duncan effectively rotated his players in and out of the game, keeping fresh troops on the court as McKenzie erased the early deficit just prior to halftime, chalking up a slim four point lead (23-19) on a 3-point shot made by Corinna Price. The second quarter would prove to be pivotal as McKenzie outscored Crane 15-7. The intensity only heated up following the half break as both teams, facing elimination for the season, ratcheted up their play. McKenzie, with timely defensive changes, continued to lead, actually building a 11 pt. margin (32-21) at the end of the 3rd quarter. Again the Eagles outscored the visitors 9-2 in the 3rd. But the Mustangs would not break down and came charging back to knot the game up late in the fourth qtr. The game would go down to the wire with both fans bases actively and positively supporting their teams. The Eagles put a wrap on the game at the free-throw line as Crane was forced to foul to get the ball back. Both Sydney King and Buggy Hiddleston hit crucial free-throws for the Eagles late in the fourth to help preserve the victory. Credit Coach Duncan’s defensive alterations and McKenzie’s inspired response, (specifically Eagle Shyla Harlan) to shutting down Hannah Maupin, the Mustang’s leading playmaker and scorer. Maupin had eight points in the first half but only scored one free-throw in the second for nine total pts. all night. For the Eagles, Katey Totten had an outstanding night as she scored 10 pts. and hauled in 5 rebounds. Totten also disrupted the Mustang offense with four steals and blocked/tipped shots as she played the top of the McKenzie defense. Makaila Hiddleston also played an outstanding game, earning a double-double, as she scored 10 pts., grabbed 11 rebounds, had a steal and 2 assists. Sydney King has shown all year her ability to have a nose for the ball and she did so again as she scored 7 pts., had 7 rebounds, swiped the ball 3 times and contributed 2 assists. Buggy Hiddleston tallied 4 pts., 4 rebounds, and had 2 steals. Corinna Price and Samantha Winningham each scored 3 pts., Jorden Smith added 2 pts., and Shyla Harlan scored 1 pt. to round out the Eagle offense. Fans unable to travel over the Hill to Baker City can follow the Eagles online at Once fans are logged onto the website they should link on scorecenter, go to girls basketball, then to 1A, and then to brackets. Live audio and video should be available for viewing.

Eagle Hoop Post-Season Hopes Pirated Away in Perrydale

Argh!!!, McKenzie’s 2013 Boys Basketball season came to a close Tuesday night at the hands of the Perrydale Pirates in the First Round of the OSAA State Playoffs. Perrydale, the number two seed out of the Casco League defeated the visiting Eagles, the number three seed out of the Mt. West League, 52-34. The loss ends McKenzie’s season with an overall record of 13-13 and a League record of 11-3. Blake Anderson led his team’s offensive output with 12 pts. while teammate Bailey Adams contributed another 11 pts. Eagles Head Coach Galen Scrivner will lose Seniors Blake Anderson, Jon Mahody, Caleb Scrivner, Victor Vidal, Josh Ness, Seth Burson, and Manager Jesse Eaton. Returning for the 2014 season are Junior Bailey Adams, Sophomores Blue Bloomer, Alex Nastasiuk, Eric Huffman, Dorian Dilley, Jeff Bayer, and Freshman Drew Hamlow. McKenzie’s appearance in the OSAA State Playoffs this season mark the 12th time out the past 13 years the Eagles have earned at least a game in the First Round of the Playoffs, missing only in 2008. McKenzie has appeared in the OSAA 1A State Tournament Final Eight at Baker City five of those years finishing in 2nd place in 2012, 3rd place in 2011, 4th place in 2007, 4th place in 2004, and 5th place in 2003. The Eagles appeared in the OSSA 2A State Tournament Final Eight at Pendleton in 2001 and 2002, prior to dropping down to the 1A classification.

Mt. West All-League Awards To Hiddleston Sisters, King, Winningham, and Price

The Mt. West League Coaches placed 5 Eagle Ladies on the All-League Teams recently. Selected to the Mt. West 1st Team were Senior Guard Sydney King and Junior Post Makaila Hiddleston. Senior Post Samantha Winningham was picked for the Mt. West 2nd Team. Sophomore Buggy Hiddleston was selected for the League’s 3rd Team and Senior Corinna Price was chosen for the Mt. West League Honorable Mention Team.

McKenzie Community Track/Field Committee Schedules Work Day Seeking Volunteers and Helpers

The MCTF Committee has scheduled a work day at the Aaron and Marie Jones Community Track this Saturday, March 2 from 9 am. until 1 pm. With an active track and field season just around the corner, the track and adjoining grounds are in need of some timely spring cleaning. The MCTF Committee asks all folks offering to help to dress appropriately for outside chores, bring gloves, rakes, wheel barrows, power blowers, weed eaters, clippers, etc., a sack lunch, and most importantly a big smile, as there will be plenty for all to do. Your help will be greatly appreciated by the teams, athletes and community members using this wonderful facility. Please plan to join us at the Track!!!