Philomath Ski Team: Luc Barnes

It was a pretty good winter for the Philomath High Alpine Skiing Team Luc Barnes.

The Oregon School Ski Association wrapped up its season March 2-3 at Mount Bachelor with its state competition. Barnes place fifth in the giant slalom with a combined time on two runs of 2:07.160.

PHAST sophomore Trevin Del Nero was 36th (2:23.820) and senior Reagan Shaeffer 49th (2:32.110).

Barnes, a sophomore, finished fourth overall combined for the season, up two spots from his freshman campaign. In both the giant slalom and slalom, Barnes placed third in each of those categories for the season.

Bend's Colt Musgrave won the overall combined title with 1,145 points, followed by Summit's Ty Zuber with 1,025 points, Oak Hill's Kirill Myagkov with 911 points and Barnes with 887. Those four easily outdistanced the rest of the field with the fifth-place finisher scoring 546.

Barnes scored 477 in the giant slalom and 410 in the slalom for his 887.

In the final team standings, Philomath was seventh overall with that same placing in both the slalom and giant slalom. Bend finished first for both boys and girls.

LBCC HOOPS: The Linn-Benton Community College men's basketball team won its first two games last weekend in the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament at Everett, Washington. Philomath graduates Trey Ecker and Riley Davis play for the Roadrunners.

LBCC (22-9) advances to the semifinals at 2 p.m. Saturday against Peninsula.

The Roadrunners opened the tournament Saturday with a 81-72 win over Edmonds Community College out of Lynnwood, Washington. Davis came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting, which included a 3-pointer, and had four boards. Ecker started and had a 3-pointer with four rebounds.

Against Walla Walla Sunday, LBCC took an 84-75 win. Ecker started and scored six points and had three rebounds and one assist. Davis scored two points and grabbed two boards.

The Roadrunners finished second in the NWAC's Southern Region, the program's best since 1979. In fact, LBCC had its first back-to-back winning seasons since 1975-76 and 1976-77.

CHEMEKETA BASEBALL: Freshmen Austin Gerding and Logan Williams, both 2017 PHS graduates, are playing baseball at Chemketa Community College in Salem. In games through this past Saturday, Chemketa had a 1-3 record.

Gerding, outfielder, got off to a very hot start for the Storm by going 9 for 14 with a .643 batting average through the team's first four games. He had three doubles, three RBIs and four stolen bases.

Williams played in two games and was 0 for 4 with a stolen base.

CASEY CROY: Casey Croy, another 2017 PHS graduate and baseball standout, took his game to Feather River College down in California. Starting their season clear back in late January, the Golden Eagles' record stood at 14-8 through last weekend's games.

Croy has played in all but one of the team's games and entered this week with a .230 batting average and .294 on-base percentage. Croy, who wears No. 23, has collected nine RBIs, scored eight runs and has one stolen base, one sacrifice bunt and one sacrifice fly in 69 plate appearances.

In the field, Croy has seen a lot of time at first base and his .970 field percentage ranks second on the team.

Feather River has a 4-3 record in conference play. Last weekend, Croy went 1 for 3 with one RBI and a walk in an 11-3 loss to Butte. The previous weekend in a doubleheader sweep over College of the Redwoods, Croy went 1 for 3 with a single in the first game and 0 for 0 with a sac bunt and RBI in the nightcap.

OIT BASKETBALL: Philomath freshman Cal Stueve's season with Oregon Tech has ended with the Owls falling in the first round of the NAIA men's basketball tournament Wednesday in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Briar Cliff (Iowa) defeated Oregon Tech, 80-70. The Owls led 66-65 with 3:01 to play in the game but Briar Cliff (25-7) went on a 15-4 run, including 12 straight free throws, to earn the win.

Stueve didn't see any time on the floor in the game. Oregon Tech finishes the season with a 22-11 record.

ALSEA AGREEMENT: The Philomath School Board during a special meeting Thursday approved a cooperative agreement with Alsea for junior varsity softball and baseball student-athletes to play with Philomath High School.

The two schools also had a coop agreement this past winter with Alsea in wrestling.

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