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McKenzie Sports Report - February 2

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Boys and Girls Basketball teams travel to Triangle Lake on Tuesday, January 31. The Eagle Boys game will start at 5:30 pm and the Girl's game will follow at 7:00 pm.

The McKenzie teams will travel to C. S. Lewis Academy, in Newberg, on Friday, February 3. The Girl's non-league game will start at 5:30 pm and the Boy's game will follow at 7:00 pm.

Eagle Girls Drop Two

Mapleton 45, McKenzie 19

Mohawk 45, McKenzie 9

McKenzie Girls Basketball Head Coach Jack Devereaux's team dropped a pair of Mt. West League games last week.

The first, at Mapleton on Tuesday, January 24, saw the Sailors upend the visiting Eagles, 45-19. The win over in the Coast Range ensured a Sailor sweep of McKenzie in 2022-23 regular season play. The two teams will meet a third time in the First Round of the Mt. West League playoffs, at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 13, with Mapleton hosting. The winning team will advance to MWL playoffs and the losing team will finish their season.

The Mohawk Mustangs finished off their week with a 45-9 drubbing of their old Eagle rivals, at Finn Rock. Mohawk sits in fourth place right behind third place Triangle Lake in the MWL Girls standings and will be looking to slip up a couple of places as the Regular Season closes down.

No Eagle girl’s stats were available from McKenzie at press time.

McKenzie Boys Fall To Mapleton, 54-22

Lose To Mohawk 67-18

The young and inexperienced Eagle Varsity Boys Basketball team continued its Hoops 101 educational experience under McKenzie Head Coach Neil Barrett last week and found the lessons valuable and tough. Tough in the regard that the game outcome's continued with nary a victory yet this season. McKenzie is 0-11, 0-17. Host Mapleton, 6-4, 7-9, defeated the Eagles 54-22 and Mohawk capped the week with a 67-18 victory in Finn Rock.

Facing a winless season is a difficult pill to swallow, even for a young team such as the Eagles. But through it all, the team players and coaching staff seem to maintain a clear-headed understanding of their skill levels while approaching each outing in a positive manner. While moral victories are wonderful and important for sure, the game at this level is also about skill development and knowledge of the game with the goal to offer a competitive showing against a worthy opponent. There are intrinsic and extrinsic values to learn and earn from sports, which can be applied in everyday life. That being said, the Eagles are taking their lumps with a grain of salt and there surely is evidence that while losses are piling up, lessons are being learned and skills are beginning to show positive progress.

It would be totally unfair to judge these athletes and their Coaches by their season records. Indeed, it remains to be seen, to what degree the Eagles truly desire to get better, for the remainder of this season and the future. With hard work, dedication, sacrifice, and good coaching (nothing less), the game will become more manageable and competition more intense. Wins and more Fun will come in due time with positive input.

Now, less philosophical and more statistical, down on the Banks of the Old Siuslaw against the Sailors, freshman Will Meister led his Eagle compatriots with 9 points scored and he finished with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Junior teammate Griffin Withalm added 7 points, 2 rebounds, and a steal, sophomore Salomon Acevedo dropped 4 points in the cup and had a team-leading 5 boards, and lone senior Trent Peek finished with 2 points and a rebound. That was the Eagles' scoring effort that night. Jovial Jordan finished with 2 rebounds, Allen Acevedo had 1 rebound and 3 steals, and Thomas Hayes and Jacob Peek each hauled in 1 board.

The following Friday at McKenzie, the Eagles were led again by Meister, who scored 8 points and added 1 board and 1 assist. Hayes scored 4 points and had 3 rebounds and Allen Acevedo scored 4 points also while finishing with 1 board, 2 assists, and 4 steals. Salomon Acevedo made 1 free throw, grabbed a team-high 6 rebounds, and swiped the ball once, and Trent Peek finished with 1 point, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals. Jacob Peek added 2 boards and a steal.


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