Oakridge Middle School gains another win defeating Rawlinson

January 12, 2013 

The Oakridge Middle School wrestling team continued their winning trend on Jan. 8 by defeating Rawlinson Road 58-24.

The team turned in another solid performance from top to bottom.

At heavyweight, Leander Dixon got the Golden Eagles off to a strong start with an 8-0 decision over his opponent. This victory was followed by pins from Brent Courtwright, Bent Prikker and Austin Oldenburg as OMS jumped out to a 22-0 lead.

After dropping four straight tough matches and falling behind 22-24, William Emory got OMS back on track and the Golden Eagles closed out the meet with six consecutive pins. Winning during this run was William Emory, Wyatt Emory, Hunter Vowell, Timmy Parker, Phillip Rector and Clint Jenkins.

BASKETBALL

• On Jan. 7, the seventh-grade OMS girls team took the lead early for the first time this year and then cruised to a 38-9 victory over Banks Trail. Nine players scored in the game. Madison Lybrand led all scorers with 8. Sara Avery Archer had 6 points. Amber Lipscomb, Anna Transou, Kendra Hickman, Brooklyn Thomas and Brenna Allen all added 4 points. Megan Hansen and Sydney Beatham each added 2. The team created 17 steals and outrebounded Banks Trail 17 to 9.

• On Jan. 7, the eighth-grade OMS girls team beat a tough Banks Trail team 24-16. Leading the way for OMS were: Taylor Morneault, 8 points; Lilly Wallace, 8 points; Erika Drutis, 6 points; and Tiffany Mendez, 2 points.

• On Jan. 6, the seventh-grade OMS boys team won 35-34 vs. first place Banks Trail. OMS trailed by 7 points with a little over two minutes left in the game and went on an 8-0 run to pull off the come-from-behind victory. Andrew White hit the game-winning lay-up with six seconds to go in the game. The team was led by Andrew White with 14 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Kendall White added 8 points and added 9 rebounds. Others contributing to the win were: Luke Darling, 5 points, 2 steals; Colby Ratliff, 2 points; Austin Gunnels, 4 points, 2 steals; and Hunter Walden, 2 points.

• On Jan. 6, the eighth-grade OMS boys handed Banks Trail their second loss of the season, defeating them 32 to 24. Oakridge dominated the first half leading by as many as 13 points.

Parker Largen connected from beyond the arc three times in the first half, and the score going into halftime was Oakridge 22, Banks Trail 12. Banks Trail came out ready in the third quarter, and jumped on the Golden Eagles outscoring them 8 to 2 in the period.

Leading 24 to 20 going into the fourth, the Golden Eagles turned up their defense and were able to put the game away, winning 32 to 24. Scoring for the Golden Eagles were: Parker Largen, 9 points, 4 steals; Wally Wilmore, 8 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals; Cole Hybargar, 6 points, 6 rebounds; Wade Summer, 3 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals; Zach Baker, 3 points; Matt Ringler, 2 points, 4 steals; and Joe Glover, 1 point, 3 rebounds.

• The eighth-grde girls lost a hard fought game Jan. 10 against an undefeated Springfield, 24-17. The Lady Golden Eagles fought hard all night behind a raucous crowd and gave Springfield their toughest test of the season. Leading the way for Oakridge were: Taylor Morneault, 11 points, 6 steals; Lilly Wallace, 4 points, 7 rebounds; Joelle Keffer, 2 points, 4 rebounds; and Tiffany Mendez, 3 rebounds, 3 steals.

• The eighth grade boys extended their winning streak to seven straight on Jan. 10, defeating Springfield in a nail-biter with a final score of 35 to 32. In the opening quarter, the Golden Eagles outscored Springfield 17 to 12 with Wally Wilmore leading the way with 8 points in the period.

Wilmore was whistled for his second foul early in the second quarter and did not enter back into the game until the second half.

While he was out, the Golden Eagles struggled to put the ball in the basket, but held the lead going into halftime 21 to 19. Oakridge played hard the entire game, but Springfield just wouldn’t go away.

With less than two minutes remaining in the game, Springfield was able to tie up the game with an offensive put back. After an Oakridge turnover, then defensive foul, the Mustangs had an opportunity to take the lead late in the game, but Springfield missed their free throw, and OMS grabbed the rebound.

After running about one minute off the clock, the Mustangs got whistled for a foul, which sent Wally Wilmore to the free throw line. He knocked down both shots to take a 2-point lead with less than a minute left on the clock. Springfield called a timeout to regroup, but on their next possession, Wilmore came up big again. He jumped the passing lane and was able to steal the pass to the wing thanks to the pressure from guards Parker Largen and Matt Ringler. Wilmore was fouled again, this time with only one second left where he knocked down the first of two free throws to seal the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles: Wally Wilmore, 23 points, 6 steals; Cole Hybargar, 6 points, 9 rebounds; Wade Summer, 2 points, 4 rebounds; Matt Ringler, 2 steals, 2 assists; Ashanti Long, 2 points, and Parker Largen, 2 points, 2 assists.

OMS schedule

Wrestling

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• 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.

Head coach: Ricky Blackman

Girls basketball

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• 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

Eighth-grade head coach: Don Pitts

Seventh-grade head coach: Khrys Dundr

Boys basketball

Times: 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted

• 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

Eighth-grade head coach: Dan Kozlowski

Seventh-grade head coach: Jeff Rolf

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