Amity steals one against Gaston

A little bit of bad luck in an otherwise evenly matched football game sent Gaston to its first loss of the season on Friday night, with Amity turning an ill-timed turnover into the only points it needed for a 6-0 nonleague victory.

“It was awful,” Gaston head coach Reeve Woodward said. “We didn’t look like we knew what we were doing out there. There were a lot of mental errors.”

Gaston (2-1) turned the ball over six times in the game, but none was more costly than a fumble on what should have been the last play of the first half.

Deadlocked in a scoreless tie, Gaston took over possession at its own 30-yard line with 20 seconds left before halftime, and the Hounds lined up for a routine running play to kill the remaining clock. Instead, the ball was stripped and Amity returned the fumble for a touchdown that wound up being the only points of the game.

“We were just trying to run out the clock,” Woodward said. “I don’t know what happened.”

Gaston had opportunities to reclaim control of the game in the second half, but penalties and turnovers hampered the Greyhounds’ comeback efforts.

The loss was especially tough considering the Gaston defense turned in a dominant performance, limiting Amity to an astonishing negative-50 yards of total offense.

“That’s probably the best we’ve ever played defensively,” Woodward said. “(Amity) couldn’t get a yard if they wanted to. Our front eight played out of this world.”

Braves survive difficult schedule

The Banks volleyball team isn’t shying away from competition this season, as evidenced by last week’s schedule, which featured matches against three playoff-caliber squads and a road trip for a weekend tournament.

The Lady Braves traveled to Prineville last Tuesday for matches against Madras and seven-time state champion Crook County, then the team returned home on Thursday to host La Salle. Banks’ only loss in that stretch was a 3-1 setback against the Cowgirls’ powerhouse program.

“We could have beat Crook County, but they just have so much club experience and court time that you have to play close to flawless ball to beat them,” Banks coach Suzanne Alley said.

The Braves traveled to North Marion for a tournament on Saturday, going undefeated in pool play before losing 2-0 to Ridgeview in the championship match.

“I don’t like to make excuses, but we were at the end of a really tough week,” Alley said. “I think the mind was willing, but the body was weak. I think we were just exhausted.”

Shipley honored for second time

It’s two meets and two awards for Pacific’s Tyler Shipley, as the sophomore has been named once again as the Northwest Conference’s Men’s Cross Country Student-Athlete of the Week.

Shipley, a Forest Grove graduate, finished third in the men’s open race at Saturday’s Sundodger Invitational. He covered the 8,000-meter course in a personal best time of 24 minutes, 49.29 seconds, finishing just seven seconds out of first place. The performance makes Shipley the second-fastest runner in Pacific history. The time is just 13 seconds behind the school record of 24:36.1 run by Roger Hansen at the 1976 NAIA District II Championships.

“It was another solid race by Tyler, one in which he led and pushed the pace for significant portions,” Pacific cross-country coach Tim Boyce said. “His training continues to go well, so he’s excited about the potential of this season.”

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