Oakridge Middle School wrestlers end season on losses; basketball play heats up

January 31, 2014 


• Five Oakridge Middle School Golden Eagle wrestlers traveled to Lexington Jan. 25 to compete in the state tournament. Dax Stegall wrestled in the 82-pound division. Owen Johnson competed in the 88-pound division. Bent Prikker competed in the 100-pound division. Gavin Colocino competed in the 126-pound division. Summer Boyter competed in the 14g bracket of the female division of the tournament. All competed well, although no one won a medal.

• OMS went up against a tough Clover Middle School squad on Jan. 14. OMS was forced to bump three wrestlers into a higher weight class due to illness and other commitments, Dylan Davis, T.J. Thrower and Jacob Armstrong. OMS picked up the pace as Cole Woodworth got the first pin of the night and Dax Stegall really got after Clover’s 84 pounder and got another pin. Bent Prikker kept up the pace and had a close win via points. After a few struggles with other matches, Gavin Colocino picked up the tempo again pinning his opponent adding another 6 points to the score. However, OMS was not successful in other matches against Clover losing 47-27. OMS is coached by Tim Lee and Wayne Richardson, along with the assistance of parents Danny Mourneault and Mike Colocino.


• On Jan. 27, OMS archery team lost to Springfield Middle by 11 points. Springfield has won state seven of the past eight years and is known as the top middle school team. Top scores for Oakridge were: Lucas Hall 274, Lee Barnett 257, Trevor Carter 250, Alexa Roveri 250, Ian Storms 248, Seth Curl 247, Conor Lee 247, Dawson Beard 246, and Corey Chambers 245.


• On Jan. 27, the seventh grade OMS girls’ basketball team won its second game in a row defeating Clover 39-12. The team started slowly, but finished the final three quarters on a 37-8 run. Everyone on the roster contributed to the victory. The Lady Golden Eagles forced Clover into 40 turnovers. The ball moved fluidly on offense as the team found the open player for uncontested shot after shot. Stats for OMS include: Tiffany Domingue – 14 points, 6 rebounds, 6 steals, Tiona Walls – 8 points, 11 steals, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, Deylan Harkey – 6 points, Megan Bailey – 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 assists, Taylor Blake – 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, Emma Johnson – 2 points, 2 steals, 1 assist, Shia Jones – 4 rebounds, 2 steals, Danielle Haley – 1 rebound, 1 assist, Kenzie Cook – 1 assist, and Kaitlin Pope – 1 rebound.

• On Jan. 27, the seventh grade OMS boys’ team lost to Clover, 40-33, in double overtime. Foul trouble and cold shooting were too much to overcome in the end. The team was led by Heze Massey with 11 points, Camden Largen with 7 points, Chad Bradshaw with 6 points, James Linn with 4 points, Blake Keffer with 3 points, and Wade Birkenbach with 2 points.

• The eighth grade boys’ team picked up its second win of the season on Jan. 27 against Clover, with a final score of 36-20. The guys rarely allowed Clover to get a good look at the basket. All players contributed to the win with nine players putting points on the board. Statistics for the Golden Eagles include: Alex Raine - 8 points, 2 steals, Kendall Strout - 6 points, 6 rebounds (5 offensive), Austin Gunnels - 5 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, Colby Ratliff - 5 points, 2 assists, Donovan Olivieri - 4 points, 2 rebounds, Jonathan Harris - 3 points, 5 rebounds, Hunter Walden - 3 points, 2 steals, Luke Darling - 1 point, 2 steals, David Saleeba - 1 point, 3 steals, and Will Griffith - 3 rebounds, 2 steals.

• On Jan. 16, the eighth grade girls beat York in an overtime thriller 22-19. Both teams played outstanding defense all game and it came down to the final few possessions. With Oakridge down by 2 points with just over a minute to go, Brenna Allen sank two free throws to tie the game. Both teams missed a few shots down the stretch, sending the game into an extra session. In overtime, Madison Lybrand hit a pair of free throws to put Oakridge ahead by two points with just over two minutes to go. York answered with a put back off the offensive glass to knot the game at 19. The Lady Golden Eaglesanswered with Krystal Nielsen hitting a mid-range jump shot to give OMS the lead by two with 45 ticks left on the clock. Oakridge then forced a turnover on the next possession, forcing York to foul Amber Lipscomb to extend the game. The Lady Cougars were over aggressive and were called for a flagrant foul on the play. Amber split the pair of free throws to ice the game and OMS played “keep away” the last 30 plus seconds to run out the clock. Leading the way for Oakridge were: Nielsen - 4 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, and the game winning bucket, Lybrand - 6 points, 6 rebounds, Lipscomb - 5 points, 3 steals, 2 assists, Allen - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and Megan Hanson - 2 points , 8 rebounds, 1 steal.

• On Jan. 16, the eighth grade boys played their best game of the season at York. Oakridge jumped out to a big lead, but the York players went on a run of their own to end the first half. The score was tied at 20 at halftime. The Cougars went on a 10-0 run to start the second half, but the Golden Eagles dug fought back, eventually knotting the score at 40 with only about two minutes left in the game. A couple untimely turnovers gave York the lead for good. The final score York 49-Oakridge 42. Contributing for the Golden Eagles: Alex Raine – 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, Jonathan Harris – 10 points, 4 rebounds, Kendall Strout – 6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists, Will Griffith – 4 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, Luke Darling – 4 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, Hunter Walden – 4 points, Colby Ratliff – 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, and incredible hustle and defense, and Austin Gunnels – 2 points.

• On Jan. 16, the seventh grade boys got their first win against York, 28-26. The team held off a feisty York team with good defense and shooting. Heze Massey led the team with 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals. Chad Bradshaw added 8 points, 8 rebounds; James Linn had 2 points, 9 rebounds; Camden Largen had 2 points, 3 steals, and Collin Schmolze had 2 points.


Games start at 5 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Boys’ basketball

• Feb. 5 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 6 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 10 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 11 Conference Tourney, eighth

Eighth-grade coach: Dan Kozlowski

Seventh-grade coach: Jeff Rolf

Assistant coach: Craig Elliott

Girls’ basketball

• Feb. 5 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Jan. 6 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 10 Conference Tourney, eighth

• Feb. 11 Conference Tourney, eighth

Eighth-grade head coach: Don Pitts

Seventh-grade head coach: Khrys Dundr

Assistant coach: Melissa Tiernan

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