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Wrestlers crown four at Liberty tourney

The Sandy High wrestling team won four of the 14 weight classes at the Liberty High tournament Saturday, Dec. 21, highlighting the effort with a pair of high placers in the 170-pound bracket. Kyle Bateman won the weight class with a 13-7 decision over Oregon City’s Tanner Fischer. He pinned his first opponent in only 33 seconds. Teammate Devin White won his fifth-place bout in the bracket with a tight 5-4 decision.

Andrew Funk won the 182-pound class with a pin and a technical fall before beating Aloha’s Joe Kevechevich 9-4 in the title round. Tyler White won the 152-pound title with two pins and a major decision before shutting out Pendleton’s Pyper McCalleum 5-0 in the championship bout. Brandon Mowery claimed the 138-pound crown with a pair of first-round pins and a technical fall before beating Oregon City’s Parker Falliard 11-4 in the finals.

Sandy’s C.J. McKinnis (160) scored three pins to take fifth place, while Kyle Grahn (113) won a 7-1 decision in his fifth-place bout. Austin Miller (126) pinned his foe in just 40 seconds in his seventh-place bout, while Richie Rich (120) had two pins and a technical fall in the consolation bracket to place ninth.

The Pioneers host the Carey Larsen tournament this weekend with action starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Sandy boys win tournament title

The Sandy boys basketball team scored back-to-back wins to claim the title at the inaugural four-team Mark Morris Classic tournament in Longview, Wash.

The host Monarchs built an early 18-7 lead in the title game Saturday, Dec. 21, but Sandy stormed back behind four straight 3-pointers by Jacob Groom to take a two-point lead into the halftime locker room.

Mark Morris tied the game with 3:20 to play, but missed their final seven shots as Sandy held on for the 54-49 win.

Sandy center Justin Adams led all players with 29 points and was named the tournament MVP, while Groom was selected as a first-team all-star. Groom finished with 15 points in the title game.

Sandy beat Hockinson, Wash., 57-46 in Friday’s opening-round game. The Pioneers surrendered only one basket in the third quarter to turn a three-point halftime deficit into a 43-28 lead heading into the fourth quarter.