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A banner year for OC eighth graders

The young Pioneers go 46-2 in girls hoops

OREGON CITY - There will be no shortage of talent feeding into Oregon City High School's girls basketball program next fall.

Oregon City's top eighth grade girls team recently completed its season with an overall record of 46-2, winning 10 of the 11 tournaments that the team participated in.

The only losses were to Team Concept, an all-star team that draws from several school districts.

The Oregon City team won tournaments held in Eugene, Corvallis, North Medford, Redmond, Canby, Seaside, Beaverton, Salem, Vancouver and Camas, Wash. They played against more than 30 different teams, playing only six teams more than once.

The losses to Team Concept both occurred at a tournament in Oregon City, where the young Pioneers finished second.

The highlight of the season came in a tournament at Southridge High School, where the Pioneers avenged the earlier losses to Team Concept. They went on to meet Southridge in the championship game, and they defeated the host Skyhawks for the title.

Another highlight was a President's Day tournament in Seaside, which the future Oregon City High School stars won for a fourth consecutive year. Most of the girls on the Oregon City team have played together since fifth grade and they've won in Seaside every year.

Members of the standout team include: Brittaney Niebergall from All Saints; Riley Randall (home schooled); Alisha Seigal and Taylor Mills from Gardiner; and Ashleigh Anderson, Aly Holterhoff, Jordy Klebaum, Kaylee Kolin, Kylee Maughan, Mallory Melius and Nicole Peters from Ogden.

Tom Buth coached the team.