A brief look behind the scenes at the Class 6A and Class 5A boys basketball state tournaments:
Toward the end of Sherwood's 52-44 quarterfinal win over Mountain View on March 12, Sherwood senior Ian Donovan threw a court-length inbounds pass to senior Kole Krieger, who caught the ball on the run and put in a layup. The significance of this is that Donovan played quarterback and Krieger was Sherwood's star receiver during this past fall's football season.
'We practice that a lot,' Donovan said. 'We call it No. 91, which was the same name of the streak route we ran in football.'
'It was just like football,' Krieger said. 'It was a lot of fun.'
The Class 5A and Class 6A state basketball tournaments featured a pair of rematches from this past fall's state football playoffs. At the Class 5A level, Sherwood got a measure of revenge with its 52-44 win over Mountain View. The Cougars eliminated the Bowmen in the football playoffs. Meanwhile, Tualatin continued its winning ways against South Medford by scoring a 47-43 win over the Panthers in the Class 6A fourth place game Saturday. The Wolves also beat South Medford in the football playoffs and in a the regular season.
'I think they're getting tired of us,' said Tualatin senior Jordan Highland, who played both football and basketball. 'It's great.'
LACK OF RESPECT
The Tualatin High School boys basketball team didn't receive much respect prior to its quarterfinal game with Grant last Thursday. When the Wolves first stepped on McArthur Court for pre-game warm-ups they were greeted by a chorus of boos from the Grant student section (so much for the Sportsmanship Award). To make matters worse, when the starting line-ups were announced the public address announcer said 'Now, let's meet the Tualatin Generals.'
Even before they took the court in the quarterfinals, the Bowmen were assessed a technical foul for dunking in pre-game warm-ups. Sherwood senior Connor Rumpf led the way for the dunking Bowmen with a powerful running jam. Mountian View's Pat Cashman sank both foul shots on the technical, giving the Cougars a 2-0 lead before play had started.
'Well, we never win the opening tip anyway, and we got to find out who their best foul shooter was,' Sherwood coach Brian Burke joked.
FORMER WOLVES CLOSE BY
As the Timberwolves battled Grant in last Thursday's quarterfinals, just outside Mac Court, on the University of Oregon softball field, two former Tualatin High School girls basketball standouts, Lovena Chaput and Carlyn Re, were in action for the Ducks softball team. Re drove in two runs and Chaput had an RBI in a 4-2 Oregon win over Northern Illinois.