The Philomath High School dance team competed Saturday in the Thurston Dance & Drill Competition at Sheldon High School in Eugene.

The Warriors placed second in the 1A/2A/3A/4A division. Coach Lori Haslam reported that the team recorded the highest individual judge score of 79.6 and had the highest-round score — an average of all the judges — of 77.40.

The competition had to be moved to Sheldon after Thurston High’s gymnasium sustained damage from last week’s snowstorms.

The squad will next head to the All-City Show at 1 p.m. Sunday at South Albany High School. The event features free admission, although the teams welcome donations to help them pay for expenses related to competing at state.

Haslam said the All-City Show represents a long-standing tradition where local Willamette Valley high school and youth dance teams perform for the community before heading on to their respective state championships.

The state competition is scheduled for March 16 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

DOWNHILL SKIING: Philomath High junior Luc Barnes placed second in the boys giant slalom and third in the slalom and Friday and Saturday in the Oregon School Ski Association at Mount Bachelor.

Barnes’s third-place showing Friday in the slalom was out of 75 skiers. The snowy winter conditions forced organizers to limit the number of runs for competitors to one in the event.

Then on Saturday, Barnes finished as the state runner-up in the giant slalom again in a field of 75 skiers. Barnes had runs of 1:07.850 and 1:11.950 for a combined time of 2:19.800. Bend’s Colt Musgrave won the event with a combined time of 2:17.050.

In the rescheduled Mountain View Cougar Classic back on Feb. 23, Barnes placed third in the slalom on Mount Bachelor’s I-5 course.

BASKETBALL: The Oregon Institute of Technology’s men’s basketball team will open play in the NAIA Division II tournament Wednesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Philomath High graduate Cal Stueve plays on the team. This season in 25 games, Stueve has averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game.

OIT (24-7) will play the University of Antelope Valley (California) in its first-round game. For OIT, it’s the school’s 17th appearance at the national tournament. The school won national titles in 2004, 2008 and 2012.

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