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West Linn readies for challenge

Lions trounce North Medford, move closer to fifth title
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - West Linn might not be the outright favorite to win a state title this year, but they didn't play like that Wednesday.

The four-time defending champions blew through North Medford on the way to 55 points in the first half, and rolled to a 89-59 victory in the quarterfinals of the OSAA Class 6A Boys Basketball tournament at the Chiles Center.

Senior Rodney Hounshell hit four three-point shots on the way to 20 points, and senior Braden Olsen made eight of this 10 attempts on the way to 20 points as the second-ranked Lions improved to 22-4 and moved to the semifinals, where they will play third-ranked Clackamas.

West Linn is aiming to be the first boys team at all classifications to win five consecutive titles.

"We definitely wanted to make a statement that we're here to win," said Hounshell, who played at Lake Oswego last year. "Everyone thinks we're the underdog because we aren't ranked No. 1, but we're here to get that fifth state title for the team and for the school."

North Medford got 22 points from Brad Allen, but dropped to 21-6 and will play West Salem in the consolation semifinals.

 

West Linn aims for historic boys 5-peat

The post-Payton Pritchard Lions are still solid as tournament play nears
By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

In what would be a first for boys basketball in Oregon, West Linn high is on a path to win five consecutive titles as the state playoffs near.

The Lions rode standout Payton Pritchard to Class 6A titles the past four seasons, and are ranked No. 2 according to the OSAA.

Only Jesuit has won four-straight titles in boys basketball, ironically, winning those the four years prior to West Linn's run.

Standing in West Linn's way is North Portland power Jefferson, which has won five titles in the past nine seasons. All of them, though, have been at Class 5A. This season, Jefferson is ranked No. 1 having a win over West Linn, 90-77, under its belt. The Lions have won 12-straight games since that loss, Jan. 16.

Jefferson, 20-1, lost only to Gonzaga College of Washington, D.C., during the Les Schwab Invitational in December.

State playoffs begin for 6A, 5A and 4A teams Feb. 28 with the round of 32 for 6A teams. The state tournaments are set to begin March 8 at the Chiles Center for 6A, Gill Coliseum for 5A, and in Forest Grove for 4A.

The round of 16 begins for 3A, 2A and 1A schools on Friday with defending 3A champion Dayton is ranked No. 1 heading for a home game against St. Mary's of Medford. The 3A tournament plays out March 1-3 in Coos Bay, while the 2A tournament is at the Pendleton Convention Center, and 1A is at Baker High School.

The Class 1A tournament heads for its round of 16 play Friday after eight opening-round games Tuesday that sent winners to match-ups for the eight league champions.

 

 

 

 

 

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