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Check out our best photos from high school basketball on Dec. 18

GRAPHIC PHOTO: SETH GORDON - Elizabeth Brentano extends as far as she can in an attempt to corral a rebound during St. Paul's 47-42 victory over Santiam Christian. Brentano scored six points. 
The weather has changed.

Christmas is upon us.

And finally, we hear the squeak of shoes changing direction on hardwood, the chatter of the defense and the swish of ball through net.

It's basketball season and the state's best players are pulling up for "threes," rising up to block shots, bearing down in man-to-man defense and high-fiving to celebrate big wins.

With all that going on, you can understand why we'd want to take some pictures. The sports editors, reporters and photographers of Community Newspapers were out in force Friday night to record some of those heroic deeds.

So enjoy. Click through and click through again and pick out your favorites, then come back next week for even more.

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