earns state medal
James Jackson earned a 6th place medal at the State Wrestling Meet in Pocatello this past weekend.
Jackson, wrestling at 119 lbs., opened against Duston Kraus of Soda Springs. He won by pin in 5:32. In the second round he faced Codie Ivie of Challis and won a wild 16-15 decision. In the semifinals he faced Aaron Danes of Parma and lost a 3-6 decision. In the consolation semifinals he faced Kaden Tomlinson of West Jefferson and lost a 2-5 decision. In the fifth place match he faced Ivie of Challis again but lost a 2-6 decision this time around to earn a 6th place medal.
Tony Duman was the only other Prairie wrestler to win a match at state. In his opening match at 140 lbs. he lost by pin to #1 seeded George Butts of Challis, who went on to take 2nd place. In the first consolation round he faced Cody Profit of Parma and won by pin in 1:36. He then faced Kolby Simmons of West Jefferson and lost by pin in 2:21.
At 112 lbs. Dominick Klinkefus lost twice. He lost by pin to in 44 seconds to Kyle Johnshoy of Melba and then was eliminated by Ryan Kingsland of Oakley who pinned him in 54 seconds.
At 189 lbs. Logan Lustig and Chance Ratcliff were both eliminated after two matches. Lustig lost by pin in 5:34 to Michael Tuckness of Marsing and was eliminated by Nick Torres of Grace in 2:24. Ratcliff lost by pin in 47 seconds to Kole Adamson of Glenns Ferry and was eliminated by pin in 30 seconds by Mark Finley of Parma.
At heavyweight Ron Chandler was also eliminated after two matches. He lost by pin in 33 seconds to eventual champion Austin Poulson of Aberdeen. He was eliminated by pin in 58 seconds by Kieran Riley of Parma. As a team Prairie placed 25th out of 31 schools with 12 points. Amongst 1-A schools they placed 6th out of 9 schools competing.
Pirates eliminated by Genesee
The Prairie Pirates had their season ended by Genesee as they lost 35-57 in District Tournament action Friday, Feb. 24 at Lewiston.
With the loss the Pirates wind up tied for fifth at District with Culdesac who lost to Nezperce on the same night.
Genesee made an effort to shut down Prairie’s Mat Forsmann with some box and one and diamond and one defenses as they made sure Forsmann was matched up man-to-man the entire game. It worked as he was limited to just 1 point.
Seth Crane helped the Pirates kept things close early on as he scored all 6 of Prairie’s first quarter points.
Prairie trailed 6-12 at the end of the quarter.
Genesee scored a 3-pointer to open the second quarter then Prairie had their best stretch of the game. Corey Schaeffer and J.D. Riener each scored a putback. Josh Gabica hit a free throw and Chris Schumacher hit a pair of free throws as Prairie cut the lead to 4 at 13-17 with 1:39 left in the half.
Genesee pushed the lead back to 9 though going into the half with a 3-pointer and a basket.
In the third quarter Prairie scored first as Crane hit a free throw but Genesee then scored the next 6 points to push their lead to 14.
Prairie got no closer than 9 the rest of way.
Genesee won the game by not giving Prairie any easy shots and it showed in their shooting percentage. Prairie hit just 4 of 19 in the first half and 12 of 43 in the game, 28%. Meanwhile Genesee was very patient on offense, passing sometimes as many as 12-15 times to set up a lay-up or a wide-open perimeter shot.
Crane wound up as the Pirates’ leading scorer with 13 points with Schaeffer adding 10 points. Nate Kaschmitter hit a 3-pointer late in the game and nobody else had more than 2 points. Schumacher, Riener and Tyler Forsmann scored 2 each while Mat Forsmann, Ryan Daly and Gabica had 1 point each.
Prairie held the rebounding advantage at 36-29 led by Crane with 11 and Schaeffer with 9.
Schaeffer had 3 steals and Ryan Daly had 3 assists.
Prairie 9 for 13 at the free throw line. Genesee was 22 for 52 from the field, 42%, and 7 for 10 at the line.
With the loss Prairie ends their season with a 13-10 record. An odd note to their record is they were 0-7 against the top four teams in the White Pine League and 9-0 against the rest of the league.
Prairie 6 7 10 12 -35
Genesee 12 10 12 23 -57
Prairie-Crane 5-13, 3-4, 13; Schaeffer 4-10, 1-1, 10; S. Daly 0-1, 0-0, 0; M. Forsmann 0-9, 1-2, 1; R. Daly 0-4, 1-2, 1; Gabica 0-1, 1-2, 1; Schumacher 0-1, 2-2, 2; Riener 1-2, 0-0, 2; T. Forsmann 1-1, 0-0, 2; Nau 0-0, 0-0, 0; S. Forsmann 0-0, 0-0, 0; Kaschmitter 1-1, 0-0, 3. 3-pointers-Schaeffer, Kaschmitter.
Genesee-Roy 2-4, 3-3, 8; Udy 5-14, 0-0, 14; Quint 0-5, 1-2, 1; Booth 4-7, 1-1, 9; Stout 6-9, 1-1, 13; Parsons 1-1, 0-0, 3; Flodin 2-4, 0-0, 4; Ford 2-7, 0-0, 4; Jensen 0-0, 1-2, 1; Barker 0-0, 0-0, 0; Dahmen 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Udy 4, Roy, Parsons.
Prairie team wins tournament
Prairie AAU Boys’ Basketball team and Prairie High School Softball sponsored a 12 team tournament in Cottonwood on February 24 and 25. Teams traveled to Cottonwood from Potlatch, Troy, Orofino, Lewiston, Lapwai, Kamiah, Clearwater Valley, Grangeville, and Timberline. The tournament started with pool play in both the high school and middle school gyms and then finished with a single elimination bracket. Each team played 4 very competitive games.
The final game was held in the high school gym at 4:00 on Saturday. It featured the Prairie AAU team and the Lewiston Blazers. Prairie won the championship 55 to 45. The first half of the game was close, but in the second half Prairie was able to establish a lead of up to 20 points. The Prairie team is made up of David Sigler, Conner Rieman, Joe Schumacher, Derek Schaeffer, Branden Waller, Kyle Holthaus, Devin Schmidt, Brock Heath, Seth Guyer and Coach Roger Holthaus.
Those interested in watching the Prairie team play will have the opportunity this weekend as they will be playing in a tournament at Prairie Elementary School. There will be a four team 7th and 8th grade boys’ bracket and a four team 7th and 8th grade girls’ bracket at the elementary school. There will also be a 5th and 6th grade boys’ and girls’ basketball tournament at Prairie High School and Prairie Middle School.
The team with their first place medals. Team members (not in order) are David Sigler, Conner Rieman, Joe Schumacher, Derek Schaeffer, Branden Waller, Kyle Holthaus, Devin Schmidt, Brock Heath and Seth Guyer.