Oakridge eighth-grade boys basketball team beats Springfield

December 7, 2012 


• The Oakridge Middle School wrestlers suffered a tough loss on Dec. 4 to a good York team. The Golden Eagles won five of the 13 matches wrestled and, in every match but three, had the opportunity to secure the win. Unfortunately, the OMS grapplers couldn’t quite put it away in a couple of the matches. Congratulations to the following wrestlers on their wins: Brent Courtwright, William Emory, Wyatt Emory, Hunter Vowell and Timmy Parker. Also wrestling well in the defeat were Austin Oldenburg, Bent Prikker, Austin Johnson and Austin Malcolm. Securing wins in the preliminaries were Gavin Colocino and Eric Probert.


• The seventh-grade OMS girls basketball suffered their first defeat of the season Dec. 6 at Springfield 29-16. The team’s first half slumber continued and, although OMS outscored Springfield in the second half, the deficit was too great to overcome. Amber Lipscomb continued her brilliant play leading the team in points and steals with 9 points and 5 steals. Anna Transou, Brooklyn Thomas, Megan Hanson and Madison Lybrand also contributed with scoring.

• The seventh-grade boys lost to a good Springfield team 50-38 on Dec. 6. Though the team played well offensively, defensively, the Golden Eagles did not perform up to team standards. The team was lead by Andrew White with 17 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 steals and Kendall Strout with 10 points. Others scoring for OMS were: Austin Gunnels, 4 points, 3 steals; Colby Ratliff, 3 points, 2 steals; David Saleeba, 2 points; and Jackson Watkins, 2 points.

• On Dec. 6, the OMS eighth-grade boys basketball team continued their impressive play by defeating Springfield with a final score of 43-29. The Golden Eagles and Mustangs were back and forth for most of the first half. With only seconds to go until halftime, Matt Ringler nailed a 3 pointer to tie the game up at 15 points apiece. Oakridge used that as momentum coming out in the second half. The Golden Eagles turned up the pressure in the third quarter and outscored Springfield 18-5 in the period. The fourth quarter was not as dominant as the third quarter, but the guys were able to stay under control and finished the game strong winning by a comfortable 14 points. Stats for the game were: Wally Wilmore, 17 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Matt Ringler, 6 points, 3 steals; Parker Largen, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Cole Hybargar, 2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals; Joe Glover, 3 points, 2 rebounds; Zach Baker, 3 points; Wade Summer, 2 points, 6 rebounds; Ashanti Long, 2 points, 2 rebounds; and Blake Watson, 2 points.

• The eighth-grade OMS girls basketball team lost to an undefeated Springfield team Dec. 6. Leading scorers for Oakridge were Taylor Morneault and Joelle Keffer.

• The OMS eighth-grade girls team lost Dec. 3 in a hard fought game to Banks Trail team 32-25. The Lady Eagles played their hearts out but were just out-rebounded and couldn’t get enough shots to drop. Scoring for Oakridge were: Taylor Morneault, 12 points; Erika Drutis, 5 points; Joelle Keffer, 4 points; Tiffany Mendez, 2 points; and Chloe Crank, 2 points.

• OMS eighth-grade boys team earned their first win of the season defeating Banks Trail 19-15. After first quarter, Oakridge was trailing 7-1, but then the Golden Eagles decided to play defense the rest of the night. Banks Trail only scored 8 total points in the last three quarters combined. The team is now 1-1 on the season. Player stats: Wally Wilmore, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 4 steals; Parker Largen, 2 points, 5 steals; Cole Hybargar, 2 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals; Wade Summer, 3 points, 4 rebounds; and Zach Baker, 3 points, 2 rebounds. Although it doesn’t show in the stats, Tanner Tolson played great defense throughout the game.

• Seventh-grade girls team improved to 2-0 with a 34-7 victory Dec. 3 over Banks Trail. After struggling early and trailing 4- 0 after the first quarter, the team stepped up on both ends of the floor to outscore Banks Trail 26-1 in the next two periods. Everyone on the team contributed to the victory. Leading scorers were Amber Lipscomb and Brooklyn Thomas with 8 each. Kendra Hickman had 7. Krystal Nielson had 4. Anna Transou, Megan Hansen, and Sydney Beatham each had 2. Madison Lybrand put in 1. The defense was solid all night collecting an amazing 30 steals on the night. Amber Lipscomb led the team with 13 steals. Katie Elder and Jackie Van Slambrook also added multiple steals. Anna Transou and Brooklyn Thomas led the team with 4 and 5 rebounds.

• Seventh-grade boys won Dec. 3 at Banks Trail 26-25 in a hard fought victory. Every member of the team stepped up and contributed in this total team effort. Stats include: Andrew White, 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Kendal Strout, 8 points, 3 rebounds; Austin Gunnels, 6 points; Jackson Watkins, 2 points, and Will Griffith, 1 point.

OMS schedule


Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• Dec. 11, Fort Mill, home

• Dec. 18, Sullivan, away

• Jan. 8, Rawlinson Road, away

• Jan. 12, Fort Mill Qualifier, away, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 15, Dutchman Creek, home

• Jan. 19, Carolina Invitational, away, 8 p.m.

• Jan. 22, Clover, away

• Jan. 26, Conference Tourney, Saluda Trail, 8 p.m.

Girls basketball

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• Dec. 13, Clover, home

• Dec. 17, Fort Mill, home

• Jan. 7, Banks Trail, away

• Jan. 10, Springfield, home

• Jan. 14, York, away

• Jan. 17, Gold Hill, home

• Jan. 24, Clover, away, 1 p.m.

• Jan. 28, Conference Tourney (seventh grade)

• Jan. 30, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Jan. 31, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Feb. 4, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

• Feb. 6, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

Boys basketball

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• Dec. 13, Clover, away

• Dec. 17, Fort Mill, away

• Jan. 7, Banks Trail, home

• Jan. 10, Springfield, away

• Jan. 14, York, home

• Jan. 17, Gold Hill, away

• Jan. 24, Clover, home, 1 p.m.

• Jan. 28, Conference Tourney (seventh grade)

• Jan. 30, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Jan. 31, Conference Tourney (eighth grade)

• Feb. 4, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

• Feb. 6, Conference Tourney (eighth grade), at Dutchman Creek

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