Sunday Jan 25 2009
Weimar Hills 7th Grade Wins Terrace Tourney
By: Mike Ray Gold Country News Services
Warriors Post 62-57 Overtime Win For Crown
The Weimar Hills 7th grade boys basketball team had to work overtime Saturday night but the extra effort was worth it. Capping a big weekend of action, the Warriors returned home with the championship trophy of the Terrace Middle School Winter Classic tournament that was played Friday and Saturday in Lakeport. After breezing through two opponents in the preliminary rounds, the Warriors pulled out an exciting 62-57 overtime win over Middletown in Saturday night’s championship game. Now 12-6 overall on the season, the Warriors used a big 33-point, 12-rebound effort from Jack Baldoni in the finals. Weimar had led 25-24 at halftime and 36-34 at the end of three quarters before the Broncos rallied in the fourth stanza to take a 54-52 lead with less than 10 seconds to play. However, Baldoni scored on an inbounds play with 1.4 seconds left to tie the game at 54-54 and force the overtime period. In the extra session, Chris Harshman buried a key three-pointer to put Weimar up 60-57 and secure the win. Both Harshman and Michael Wilson tallied nine points each in the finals while Jordan Balser contributed five. Also scoring key points in the title game were Chancey Trentman who added three points and also came up with three key steals. Coach Butch Baccala also signled out the work of Adam Gutierrez (2 points), Kevin Zachman (1 point) and Cole Joyce for turning in strong defensive and rebounding play. Harshman was named the MVP of the tournament while both Baldoni and Balser were selected to the all-tournament squad. In the semi-finals, Weimar pulled away from a 30-19 halftime margin to defeat host Terrace, 54-26. Wilson’s 11 markers, nine from Harshman, seven by Balser, six from Balser and four each from Alexs Starch and Guiterrez led the Warriors’ offense. Also scoring in the win were Conner Havens, Blake Rawlings, Zachman and Wes Woodward, all with two points each and Jake Logan with one. In their opener on Friday, the Warriors jumped out to a 16-0 lead to start the game and never looked back in registering a 54-20 win over Oak Hill of Lower Lake. The Warriors placed 13 different players into the scoring column led by Chris Harshman who meshed 11 of his game total 16 points in the opening quarter run. Also scoring for the Warriors were Jordan Balser 11, Jack Baldoni with eight, Blake Rawlings and Preston Tuttle with four points apiece, Adam Gutierrez with three and Wes Woodward, Jake Logan, Chancey Trentman, Michael Wilson, Cole Joyce, Kevin Zachman and Jake Medeiros all with two points each. Weimar Hills resumes Nevada County Athletic League play with a 4 p.m. game Monday at Gilmore. On Thursday the Warriors host Magnolia at 5:15 p.m. Next weekend the Warriors will host their 14-team Warrior Classic Tournament on Friday and Saturday.