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Our Super Bowl ends up in a tie, Greyhounds prepare for homestand, Banks boys stumble while girls rolls, Boxers feast on Home Cookin'

Our Super Bowl ends up in a tie

We know, the Giants beat the Pats 21-17 on Sunday, but unlike the NFL, the News-Times can declare a tie, which is what we did in our friendly Super Bowl prediction contest. Banks High School Football Coach Ben Buchanan nailed the point spread, picking New York 27-24, but Cornelius insurance agent Jeannine Murrell, who forecast a 24-21 Giant victory, was closer to the final score. So, we're declaring them co-champions, and will ask them both to defend their titles next year .

Greyhounds prepare for homestand

Oops! In last week's paper we incorrectly reported that the Gaston High boys basketball team lost the nailbiter with Vernonia. The Hounds in fact defeated Vernonia 52-51, on a last-second shot by Adam Johnson. Last Tuesday, Gaston fell to Faith Bible High 47-34. The Hounds then rebounded with a 50-35 win against Neah-Kah-Nie on Thursday. This week, Gaston (10-7) will travel to Delphian High on Tuesday before two home games against Nestucca High on Thursday and Knappa High on Saturday.

Last week, the Gaston girls basketball team won 35-24 against Faith Bible on Tuesday. The Hounds then defeated Neah-Kah-Nie 25-18 on Thursday. This week, Gaston (10-8) will play at Delphian before facing Nestucca on and Knappa at home.

Banks boys stumble while girls rolls

Last Tuesday, the Banks High boys basketball team (3-16) lost 53-41 against Astoria High. The Braves then lost 76-42 against Seaside High on Friday. Next week Banks will play Tillamook High at home on Tuesday and travel to Yamhill-Carlton High on Friday.

The Banks girls basketball team (15-2) won 46-27 against Astoria on Tuesday and 55-33 against Seaside on Friday. This week the Braves will play Tillamook at home on Tuesday and Yamhill-Carlton on the road on Friday.

Boxers feast on Home Cookin'

A return to the Stoller Center was just what Pacific's basketball teams needed to snap a pair of losing streaks as both the Boxers' men and women beat Willamette Saturday.

Pacific's women used a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double from forward Paige Jensen to beat the Bearcats 80-64. Jensen keyed a 15-0 second half run that allowed Pacific to snap a two-game losing streak.

The Boxer men, meanwhile, ended an eight-game skid with a hard-fought 69-64 win over Willamette. Guard Colin Wester returned from an ankle injury to score a game-high 22 points for the Boxers,15 of those in the second half.

Pacific plays a pair of home doubleheaders this weekend, hosting Whitman on Friday and Whitworth on Saturday.