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McKenzie Sports Report - Feb. 1

McKenzie Varsity Sports Schedule This Week

The McKenzie Varsity Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball teams host Eddyville Charter on Tuesday, January 30 with the Boys game starting at 5:30 pm and the Girls following at 7:00 pm. The Eagle Boys team travel to Siletz Valley on Thursday, February 3 for a game tipping off at 6:00 pm. The McKenzie Girls game with Siletz Valley has been canceled. The McKenzie teams host Triangle Lake on Saturday, February 3. The Boys game will begin at Noon and the Girls game will follow, starting at 1:30 pm.

Eagle Sport Report Sidelined Due To Ice and Internet Issues

The Eagle Sports Report, since the First of the New Year, was sidelined due to the Great Deep Ice-freeze Storm of 2024 that recently hit Western Oregon. As a consequence of that Storm and the related electrical/internet outages, the Eagle Sports Report was, unfortunately, unable to produce sports coverage for our local high school teams. We apologize for missing those games that were able to play during that time.

Eagle Boys Corral Mustangs For Second Win

McKenzie Head Boys Basketball Coach Neil Barrett’s team captured a rare win this season by defeating the Mustangs of Mohawk, 57-46, on Tuesday, January 23. The victory, first Mt. West League counter this season and second win overall, revenged an earlier 20-42 home loss to Mohawk and made even sweeter on the Mustangs home court. The game ended a six-game skid by the Eagles. McKenzie sophomore Will Meister led the team with 16 points, 5 steals and 3 assists. Senior Salomon Acevedo also scored in double figures with 13 points and he added 4 rebounds and a steal. Fellow senior Griffin Withalm pitched in 7 points and sophomore Allen Acevedo added 6 pts. The next evening, Wednesday, January 24, Coach Barrett and the Boys entertained the MWL leading Sailors of Mapleton. The Sailors, 7-0, 15-2, routed their hosts, hanging a 65-22 defeat on the Eagles. Withalm was the leading McKenzie scorer with 5 points. Freshman Rhys Hamlow added 4 pts and a team high 5 rebounds. Allen and Salomon Acevedo each scored 4 pts and finished with 3 rebounds. Three days and three games in a row, one more consequence to the Great Deep Ice-freeze of 2024, found the Eagles on the West side of the Willamette Valley in Crow, Thursday, January 25. Crow is partnering with City First Christian Academy this season during basketball season and the Cougars are finding that relationship very favorable thus far in MWL play, posting a perfect 6-0 record to keep pace with Mapleton. A February 3 showdown between the Sailors and the Cougars will commence down on the Siuslaw. Eagle Meister led McKenzie versus Crow/City First Christian Academy with 10 points scored and 4 rebounds. Hamlow scored 6 points and led his team with 6 rebounds. Allen Acevedo, Griffen Withalm, and Thomas Hayes all scored 6 points in the loss. McKenzie currently sits in seventh place in MWL standings with a 1-6, 2-13 record. The Eagles are ranked by the OSAA at 82nd out of 82 Class 1A teams.

McKenzie Girls Basketball Drop Three Last Week

The Eagle Girls Varsity Basketball team suffered three losses last week, on consecutive days, as the Mt. West League schedule re-adjusted to the recent storm activities. Over on the Mohawk, the Mt. West League leading Mustangs held the Eagles to single digits, out pointing their old rivals 38-6, last Tuesday, January 23. Mohawk sits atop the MWL alone with a 6-0 record and one game ahead of Mapleton at 6-1. Speaking of Mapleton, McKenzie were the gracious hosts to the Sailors of the Siuslaw the next evening, Wednesday, January 24, and, despite good old Eagle hospitality, were handed a 19-31 dunking. McKenzie’s first year Head Girls Basketball Coach Heather Holte and her young team jumped in the bus with their Eagle boys team counterparts for a ride over to Crow the next evening, Thursday, January 25, for their third game in as many days. That schedule is tough on a good day, with an experienced squad, and the young Eagles found the going tough on a hostile League court. The Cougars defeated McKenzie 30-19, for their second MWL victory, both coming from the Eagles. McKenzie dropped to 1-6, 1-14 on the 2023-24 season and is currently ranked 72nd out of 73 OSAA Class 1A teams. Mt. West League opponent Siletz Valley is the 73rd ranked team. Mohawk, the MWL leader is currently ranked 30th. No game stats were available at press time.


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