Greyhounds keep up winning ways

Gaston took control of the Northwest League with two more victories last week, stretching the Greyhounds’ winning streak to eight games and giving the team a two-game cushion over second-place Portland Christian.

Gaston (14-5, 11-1) trailed for most of the first half last Tuesday against Vernonia but rallied to post a 41-37 win on its home court. Three days later against Delphian, the Hounds again trailed for much of the game but surged ahead for good in the fourth quarter, pulling away for a 53-42 triumph.

The Greyhounds struggled through an off night against Vernonia, shooting 32.6 percent from the field (15-of-46) and 10 percent from 3-point range (1-of-10). Gaston trailed by three points heading into the final quarter, but outscored the Loggers 15-8 down the stretch to pull ahead for good.

Senior Austin Morey shouldered the scoring load, pumping in 17 points to go with four assists and five steals. Austin Waibel added 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.

Against Delphian, the Hounds once again dug themselves a hole but used a quick 5-0 run at the end of the third quarter to tie the score at 32-32. It was all Gaston after that, with the Hounds outscoring Delphian 21-10 in the final quarter to extend their winning streak.

Morey again had the hot hand with a team-high 16 points to go with seven rebounds. Waibel had 12 points and five rebounds, while Saheat Berisha also cracked double figures with 10 points.

The Greyhounds, currently No. 6 in the Class 2A power rankings, travel to Neah-Kah-Nie on Friday before wrapping up the regular season next week with home games against last-place Nestucca and second-place Portland Christian.

Pacific honors student-athletes

A pair of athletes with aims on qualifying for their respective NCAA Division III championships over the next month have been selected as January’s Boxer Club Student-Athletes of the Month.

Men’s wrestler Eric Harder and women’s swimmer Amanda Clark were voted to receive the monthly honor by members of the board of directors of Pacific’s booster club.

Harder is one of three Pacific wrestlers to have won 20 matches this season and finished January with a 7-3 record in the 133-pound weight class. He finished third at the Boxer Open on Jan. 25, which included a win over a Division I competitor in Oregon State’s Izaak Tobin.

Listed as a “contender” in the 133-pound weight class in the latest individual rankings, Harder enters the week with a 25-6 record and a team-leading eight pins. He opened February by finishing second in his weight class at the North Country Open, the Boxers’ final test against Division III competition prior to the NCAA West Regional Championships in March.

Clark continues to be an unstoppable part of the Pacific women’s swimming program, going undefeated in 12 individual races during Janaury. She won the 1,000-yard freestyle, 500 freestyle, 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly in a dual at the College of Idaho on Jan. 11, won two individual events at Willamette on Jan. 17 and was a three-event winner in duals against Linfield on Jan. 18 and Lewis & Clark on Jan. 25.

Clark stands to be one of the favorites in every event she will compete in at the NWC Swimming Championships, to be held on Feb. 14-16 at the Weyerhauser/King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. She enters the meet with the league’s top time in the 1,000 freestyle and the second-best time in the 500 freestyle.

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