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Hounds lose carr, fall to faith bible

There's never a good time to lose one of your top scorers and emotional leaders, but Gaston boys basketball coach Itrelle Lambert hopes his team can persevere without the services of senior David Carr for the next few weeks.

Carr went down last week with a foot injury that could sideline him for as much as a month, but the Greyhounds were able to sneak past Vernonia 50-44 last Tuesday without his services, and Gaston will only play two games over the next two weeks before resuming Northwest League play on Jan. 3.

'You never want to lose a guy like that, but it's better to have it happen at this point in the season than at the end,' Lambert said. 'At least this way we should have him back for the second half of league and for the playoffs.'

Without the 6-foot-4 Carr, Gaston was able to steal a closer-than-expected victory from Vernonia last Tuesday, but his interior presence was missed against Faith Bible on Friday, and the Falcons soared to a 62-49 win.

'We pulled it out against Vernonia, but we missed him (against Faith Bible),' Lambert said. 'We missed his rebounding and his senior leadership. Without him, we didn't have anyone on the interior to handle their big guys.'

Despite the loss, Lambert is optimistic about Gaston's chances at the Gervais Cougar Classic next week, where the Hounds will face Clatskanie in the first round on Tuesday.

'I think we just lost a little bit of focus,' he said. 'I think it was kind of a wake-up call. I keep telling them that it's all about how you respond to a loss, how you bounce back from that.'

Viking swimmers split with hilhi

The Forest Grove swim team earned a split with Hillsboro in a Pacific Conference dual meet last Tuesday, with the Viking boys racing to a 113-60 victory and the Lady Viks dropping a 90-79 decision.

There were plenty of highlights for the Vikings, with Vera Hutchinson, Charles Morse and Gabe Rooker each winning two individual events, and four other swimmers winning one event apiece.

Hutchinson won the 100 yard butterfly in 1:04.49, and she also added a victory in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:25.78. She was the only multiple winner for the Forest Grove girls, although Morgan Kenny swam to first place in the 100 freestyle (1:04.33) and Grace Davey was victorious in the 200 free (2:28.27).

Over on the boys side, Rooker won two solo events and also had a hand in a pair of relay victories. The senior sped to victory in the 50 freestyle (21.67) and the 100 backstroke (54.77), and he helped the Vikings to first-place finishes in both the 200 freestyle (1:42.43) and 200 medley relay (1:48.24) events.

Morse also doubled up with two victories, swimming to first place in the 500 freestyle (5:07.39) and the 200 individual medley (2:10.83). He joined Rooker on the winning 200 free relay team, and also swam on Forest Grove's victorious 400 free relay team (3:51.01).

Forest Grove also got first-places finishes from Marco Ramirez in the 100 freestyle (1:02.05) and Jonathan Faris in the 100 breaststroke (1:15.73).