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Frosh Rangers lose just three games

The Estacada High School boys' freshman basketball team, under first year coach Nick Lupo, has an outstanding record of 15-3, with one game remaining.

The Estacada High School boys' freshman basketball team, under first year coach Nick Lupo, has an outstanding record of 15-3, with one game remaining.

The frosh won all seven of their preseason games and have gone 8-3 versus league opponents. Here are the highlights of their league games.

EHS Frosh 47, Stayton 36

The young Rangers improved their season record to 8-0 and won their first league game against a scrappy Stayton team, 47-36. Estacada scoring leaders were Russ Carey and Cody Best-each had 12 points. Tyler Callahan added 10, and Cody Johnson with 9.

EHS Frosh 53, Cascade 49

The frosh used a big third quarter to defeat Cascade on the Cougar home floor, 53-49.

Best led the Ranger attack with 19 points and 4 assists. Johnson added 8 points.

EHS Frosh 61, Gladstone 43

Estacada beat Gladstone by 10 points in the third quarter to turn a close game into a comfortable home win by a final score of 61-43.

Statistical leaders for EHS were Carey with 14 points (7-9 FG) and 8 rebounds, Eli Duhrkoop had 11 points (5-5 FG) and 7 rebounds, and Best had 10 points (5-6 FG). Callahan grabbed 13 rebounds and he passed for 8 assists. Troy Prettyman contributed 4 steals.

EHS Frosh 46, North Marion 51 (OT)

The young Rangers found themselves in an unfamiliar position as they trailed the Huskies of North Marion 45-40 with 1:30 left to play.

However, a 5-0 run highlighted by a basket at the buzzer by Duhrkoop off a sweet pass from Callahan, tied the score in regulation play.

Overtime was all North Marion as they outscored the Rangers 6-1, ending the Rangers' perfect season with a 51-46 victory.

Best led the Ranger efforts with 13 points and 8 steals. Carey tallied 17 rebounds.

EHS Frosh 58, Molalla 20

The Rangers traveled to Molalla and played outstanding defense as they held the host Indians to only 20 points.

Callahan led the Rangers with 20 points, 9 steals and 5 blocked shots. Justin Sarvela tallied 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Best scored 11 points to go with 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Brad Prettyman had 7 steals.

EHS Frosh 34, LaSalle 32

The young Rangers found themselves deadlocked with the host Falcons at halftime 16-16. The Falcons then outscored EHS 11-9 to take a 27-25 lead into the final quarter.

However, the Rangers proved they were up to the task as they held LaSalle to five fourth-quarter points while scoring nine of their own to eek out a 34-32 win.

Carey and Callahan each had 10 points for the Rangers, while Troy Prettyman chipped in 4 assists.

EHS Frosh 48, Stayton 31

The Rangers freshman defeated the Eagles at Stayton by a final score of 48-31.

Callahan led the Ranger scoring with 13 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 5 of the 16 Rangers' steals. Carey led rebounders with 8.

EHS Frosh 49, Cascade 53

Cascade's Cougars visited the Rangers home court and beat Estacada by a final score of 53-49.

Illness and injury played a big role in this game as Brad Prettyman was slowed by a foot injury and Duhrkoop and Callahan missed the game entirely because of illness. With only eight players on the team that left only five healthy players for the game.

Best had a big night with 21 points and 4 assists. Carey added 10 points and led the Rangers rebounders with 6.

EHS Frosh 55, Gladstone 43

The Rangers jumped to a 15-3 first quarter lead and maintained the margin to cruise to the 55-43 win.

Rangers scorers: Best 13 points, Sarvela 10, Duhrkoop 9, Carey 9, Brad Prettyman 5, Troy Prettyman 5, Johnson 4.

As a team the Rangers shot 52 percent from the floor, making 3 of 6 three-pointers and 21 of 40 on two pointers.

EHS Frosh 67, LaSalle 43

The Rangers beat LaSalle 67-43 at home last week to improve their overall record to 15-2.

EHS Frosh 54, North Marion 63

Despite Best's best efforts to keep the Rangers in the game, North Marion handed Estacada's freshmen their third league loss. Best had 32 points.