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PHS basketball: Ethan Manning

Ethan Manning will represent the Warriors in this month's all-star basketball series in Eugene and Wilsonville.

Philomath High senior basketball player Ethan Manning plans to participate in the 47th annual OACA All-Star Series set to be played June 14-15 at two sites.

Manning averaged a team-high 12 points per game during his senior season with the Warriors. He was recognized on the Oregon West Conference’s first team.

Manning will play with the South all-stars and will take the floor at 6 p.m. June 14 at the Morse Events Center on the campus of Northwest Christian University in Eugene. The series moves up to Wilsonville High School on June 15 with Manning's team to play at either 1 p.m. or 2:45 p.m.

The South will be coached by Doug Miles of Marshfield, Tony Hess of Illinois Valley and Craig Rothenberger of Junction City. Along with Manning, others on the South roster include Illinois Valley's Bryce Bruner and Caleb Hess, Henley's Dale Fenters and Andrew Reynolds, Toledo's Jaydn Spangler, Marshfield's Jordy Miles, Junction City's Trae Knabe and Sutherlin's JR Bailey.

BASEBALL: The 4A All-Star Series announced the lineups for the two teams early last week with two Philomath players among those to suit up.

Seniors Brooks Stearns and Michael Slater will both represent the Warriors in the three-game series, scheduled for June 15-16 at North Marion. They will play for the North squad. Among their teammates from other Oregon West teams will be Jacob Dobmeier, Ryan Torres, Cole Braxling and Jacob Riley from Newport.

For those who can’t make it to the game, organizers plan to broadcast the games on Facebook Live.

TRACK & FIELD: Philomath Middle School’s boys track team finished its season back on May 23 by winning the Oregon Middle School Meet of Champions at Corvallis High School.

Philomath’s boys compiled 51 points to easily outdistance the runner-up team from Roosevelt by 20 points.

The Falcons won three individual events and one relay at the meet. Eighth-grader Brody Bushnell won the 800-meter run with a time of 2:06.71 and the 1,500-meter run in 4:18.11.

Eighth-grader Micah Matthews won the high jump by clearing 5-10. Matthews finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (30 inch-height) with a time of 14.44 seconds.

The 4-by-400-meter relay of Bushnell, Mateo Candanoza, Matthews and Ben Hernandez easily won with a time of 3:47.60.

The Meet of Champions serves as a “state championships” meet and includes schools of all sizes. Brian Skaar, Nancy Thompson and Nate Goodson coached the team.

TITLE GAMES: The schools that eliminated both the Philomath High baseball and softball teams from the state playoffs went on to play for 4A titles.

Henley’s baseball team, which beat the Warriors, 9-4 in the quarterfinals, advanced to defeat Astoria in the semifinals, 9-3, to reach the 4A finale. No. 1 Banks won the title, 3-1.

Banks scored one in the first and two in the second and had just five hits in the game but it was enough with Hayden Vandehey on the mound and the Braves’ defense playing well in the field.

Henley collected seven hits in the loss with both Jagger Graham and Trevor Rote finishing 2 for 3. Dylan Fitts took the loss at pitcher.

In softball, La Grande — a team that Philomath lost to during the regular season — won the state title with a 4-2 victory over Henley at Jane Sanders Stadium on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene.

La Grande built a 4-0 lead through the first three innings and held on. Jaiden Hafer went 1 for 3 and had two RBIs. Jackie Howton was 2 for 3. Allie Brock got the win at pitcher with a four-hitter and 12 strikeouts.

After downing Philomath 11-8 in the quarterfinals, the Hornets beat Banks, 10-0, in the semis to advance to the title game.

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