Pirates lose by 6 at Genesee
The Prairie Pirates jumped on Genesee early but couldn’t hang on to the lead as the Bulldogs came back for a 55-61 win at Genesee Thursday, Feb. 5.
The Pirates got off to a hot start as they jumped out to a 10-3 lead as Genesee 4 of their first 5 shots from the field while Prairie was making 5 of 7. 
Tyler Forsmann had 4 of those 10 points while Eric Daly, Kyle Daly and Devin Schmidt each scored 2.David Sigler passes the ball to Devin Schmidt.
Genesee cut the lead to 2 but an 8-0 run by the Pirates stretched the lead to 16-8. David Sigler got free from Genesee’s Jaymon Udy for a reverse lay-up, Eric Daly converted a 3-point play and a steal by Sigler led to a basket by Forsmann.
Prairie led 18-12 at the end of the quarter.
A 3-pointer by Genesee’s Sam Hermann cut the lead to 3 to start the second quarter but a basket by Conner Rieman and 2 baseline jumpers by Schmidt made it 24-15 with 2:54 left in the half.
Genesee then started to turn things their way as they finished the half with a 2-9 run to close the margin to 26-24 at the half.
Neither team scored in the first 2:15 of the second half with Genesee’s Beau Dahmen hitting a 3-pointer for the first points of the half to give Genesee their first lead of the game. That sparked a 1-10 run by the Bulldogs that put them ahead 27-34.
Prairie finished the quarter with a 6-2 run as Eric Daly, Schmidt and Forsmann each scored to pull the Pirates within 3 at 33-36.
In the fourth quarter Genesee built their lead mostly at the free throw line as they converted 15 of 18 fourth quarter attempts.
Prairie trailed by as many as 10 points at 39-49 with 3:17 left before mounting a comeback attempt.
Sigler finally broke free of his Genesee defenders for a lay-up and converted the free throw for a 3-point play. 
A steal by Eric Daly led to a basket by Rieman to cut the lead to 5.
David Sigler gets a rare open look in the Genesee game.Prairie couldn’t get any closer than 5 though until Kyle Daly hit a 3-pointer with 8 seconds left to cut the lead to 55-59.
Prairie couldn’t force the turnover after that though and wound up fouling Dahmen who made both free throws to put the game out of reach with 5 seconds left.
Sigler was held to just 5 points through the first 3 quarters but wound up with 15 to lead the team in scoring. Schmidt added 13 points while Eric Daly and Forsmann scored 9 each. Kyle Daly scored 5 and Rieman scored 4.
Prairie was still missing Branden Waller to academics but he should have requalified in time for this week’s games and District Tournament.
Genesee held the rebounding edge 23-31. Kyle Daly led Prairie with 9 rebounds.
Sigler and Schmidt had 2 steals each and Sigler had 6 assists while Kyle Daly had 4 assists.
Prairie was 22 for 48 from the field, 46%, and 9 for 12 at the line, 75%. Genesee was 17 for 40 from the field, 43%, and 22 for 28 at the line, 79%. They were 10 for 16 from the field in the second half, 63%.
With the loss Prairie winds up Div. 1 league play with a 6-1 record and the #2 seed at District while Genesee is 7-0 and the #1 seed. Prairie is 13-4 overall.
Prairie wound up winning the JV game 57-48 despite trailing 6-15 early in the second quarter.
Prairie trailed 6-10 at the end of the first quarter and 6-15 with 6:08 left in the first half.
At that point Prairie rallied and outscored Genesee 16-4 the rest of the half with runs of 8 and 6 points.
Andrew Gabica had 6 points in the second quarter while Seth Guyer scored 4. After hitting just 3 of 11 shots in the first quarter Prairie heated up hitting 6 of 12 in the second.
Genesee took the lead right back early in the third quarter at 22-23. Guyer put Prairie back on top with a 3-pointer but Genesee answered with one of their own to take back the lead at 25-26.
With 5:51 left in the third quarter Justin Schmidt hit a pair of free throws to give Prairie the lead for good. A driving lay-up by Derek Schaeffer and a 1-handed floater by Beau Schlader made it 31-26.Devin Schmidt hits one of two baseline jumpers he scored in the second quarter.
Genesee kept it close the rest of the quarter but trailed 36-33 heading into the fourth.
Genesee closed within 2 at 40-38 but Prairie went on an 8-2 run to push the lead back to 8 as Guyer and Gabica scored 4 points each.
Genesee then put together a 4-10 run to again close within 2 at 48-50 with 52 seconds left but Prairie put the game away at the free throw line, connecting on 7 of 8 attempts in the final 50 seconds. Schlader was 4 for 4 in that final run.
Guyer wound up with 17 points to lead the JV’s in scoring as he hit 5 of 8 from the field and 6 of 8 at the line. Gabica added 16 points while Schaeffer was also in double figures with 10. Schlader scored 8, Schmidt 4 and Brock Heath 2.
Prairie dominated the boards 43-27 with Schaeffer and Gabica grabbing 9 rebounds each while Guyer had 8 and Schmidt 7.
Heath had 4 steals and 2 assists while Schlader also had 2 assists.
Prairie was 17 for 46 from the field, 37%, and 22 for 30 at the line, 73%. Genesee was 20 for 53 from the field, 38%, and 1 for 6 at the line, 17%.
Prairie     18  8   7 22 -55
Genesee 12 12 12 25 -61
Prairie-E. Daly 4-8, 1-1, 9; K. Daly 2-2, 0-0, 5; Schmidt 6-13, 0-0, 13; Sigler 4-16, 7-9, 15; Forsmann 4-7, 1-2, 9; Holthaus 0-0, 0-0, 0; Rieman 2-2, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-K. Daly, Schmidt.
Genesee-Udy 3-7, 6-9, 14; Dahmen 4-10, 6-6, 16; Carlson 3-5, 4-7, 10; Nelson 0-2, 0-0, 0; Berry 6-11, 4-4, 16; Hermann 1-4, 2-2, 5; Borth 0-1, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Udy 2, Dahmen 2, Hermann.
Conner Rieman scores a basket in his first action since injuring his foot in the CV game.

Pirates win big over Culdesac
The Prairie Pirates had little trouble defeating Culdesac in a non-league encounter Monday, Feb. 9 at Cottonwood, winning 75-40.
Prairie’s defense led the way as they racked up 27 steals, 10 by David Sigler.
The Pirates rolled to a 20-8 lead after the first quarter and upped it to 39-19 by halftime and 60-34 after 3 quarters.
There were four players who hit double figures in scoring led by Tyler Forsmann who had 16. Devin Schmidt scored 15, Branden Waller, in his first game back from academic suspension, 13 and Sigler 12. Kyle Daly added 7 points, Conner Rieman 6, and Eric Daly, Andrew Gabica and Joe Schumacher 2 points each.
Kyle Daly had 11 rebounds and Sigler had 8 assists.
With the win Prairie improves to 14-4 on the season. They have games left at Salmon River Wednesday, Feb. 11 and Senior Night at home against Kamiah Friday, Feb. 13.
They start District play Monday, Feb. 16 as the #2 seed.
There was no JV game played.
Culdesac     8 11 15   6 -40
Prairie       20 19 21 15 -75
Prairie-E. Daly 1, 0-0, 2; K. Daly 3, 1-3, 7; Holthaus 0, 0-0, 0; Schmidt 6, 3-3, 15; Rieman 3, 0-0, 6; Schaeffer 0, 0-0, 0; Sigler 5, 2-2, 12; Forsmann 7, 1-3, 16; Waller 6, 1-1, 13; Gabica 1, 0-0, 2; Schlader 0, 0-0, 0; Schumacher 1, 0-0, 2; Guyer 0, 0-0, 0; Heath 0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Forsmann.
Culdesac-Dawes 1, 0-0, 2; Miller 2, 2-2, 7; Layes 4, 4-6, 12; Parmer 4, 5-7, 13; Kegley 1, 0-0, 2; Marcell 0, 0-0, 0; Bomar 2, 0-0, 4. 3-pointers-Miller.

Red or Black Out the Gym Night
On February 13th the Prairie Booster Club will be sponsoring a RED or BLACK OUT THE GYM night for the boy's basketball game. Come join in the fun and receive one dollar off admission price if you wear red or black to the game. The Booster Club will then donate $1 back to the school uniform fund from admission for anyone who wears red or black.  Gift certificates will also be given out to the most colorful and original. Get in the spirit!!!!

Boys District starts Monday
The Prairie Pirates will be the #2 seed going into the District 2 1A Division 1 tournament and will play at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 16 at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston. 
The tournament continues on Friday, Feb. 20. If Prairie wins Monday they would play at 7:45 p.m. and if they should lose they would play at 5:30 p.m.
The tournament continues on Tuesday Feb. 24 with two losers bracket games and on Thursday, Feb. 26, with the third place and championship games. 
The third place team will play again on Saturday, Feb. 28 against either Wallace or Lakeside for a berth at state.

Knights of Columbus Crown Free Throw Champions
Ten boys and girls from Prairie Elementary School, Prairie Middle School, and Summit Academy, ages 10 to 14, were named local and district champions of the 2008 Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship and have earned the right to compete at the state level.  Knights of Columbus Council #1389 from Cottonwood, Ferdinand, Greencreek, and Keuterville sponsored the local competition at the three schools during Physical Education periods. The winners emerged from a pool of 162 students who participated in the free event.  All youth ages 10 to 14, to include home schoolers, were eligible to participate. 
Hailey Danly was the 10-year old girls’ champion and Justin Schumacher was the winner of the 10-year old boys’ division.  In the 11-year olds’ bracket, Kellie Heitman was the girls’ champion – also a repeat winner from last year - and Rhett Schlader was the boys’ champion.  Twelve-year-old winners in the girls’ and boys’ division were Kayla Schumacher and Hunter McWilliams.  The 13-year old girls’ division was won by Brooke Shcumacher and the boys’ by Apolonio Enriquez.  Fourteen-year-old champions were repeat winners from last year,  Savannah Kuther in the girls’ bracket and Austin Chmelik in the boys’.   Congratulations to the winners.
Each council contestant shot 15 three-throws in the contest.  Successive rounds of five free throws per contestant settled ties until a participant in each category shot their way to the top spot.  Because the Cottonwood K of C Council is the only member in district 6 participating in the KC hoop shoot, each council winner was also an automatic district winner.   District winners were invited to shoot another 25 free throws on Saturday, January 31, 2009 and those who participated will be submitted for state competition.  
After the free throw shooting was finished each winner received a KC Certificate recognizing his or her achievement and a district champion medal.  In addition, the winning scores will be submitted to compete in the state competition later this winter with the possibility of advancing to the international level during the spring.  We expect to hear the results of the state competition about May 1 and plan to present some state winner trophies at school assemblies.
Austin Chmelik, Rhett Schlader and Savannah Kuther, KC hoop shoot winners.
Kayla Schumacher, Justin Schumacher and Brooke Schumacher, KC hoop shoot winners.
Apolonio Enriquez, Hailey Danly, Kellie  Heitmann and Hunter McWilliams, KC hoop shoot winners.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
  5-Nezperce, there, won 62-59 in OT
  8-Genesee, here, lost 35-53
11-Grangeville, here, lost 50-54
15-Kamiah, there, won 54-45
18-Troy, there, postponed, no makeup date yet set
29-Wilder Tournament, lost to Jordan Valley, no score available
30-Wilder Tournament, won 74-28 over Idaho City
31-Council, there, cancelled
  8-Kendrick, there*, won 56-50
10-C.V., there*, won 48-34
13-Troy, here*, won 55-34
15-Grangeville, there, won 57-44
16-Deary, there*, won 43-28
22-Timberline, there*, won 53-44
24-Lapwai, here*, won 62-32
27-Highland, here, won 67-25
29-Nezperce, here, won 53-40
  2-Highland, there, won 75-32
  5-Genesee, there*, lost 55-61
  9-Culdesac, here, won 75-40
11-Salmon River, there, varsity only starting at 7 p.m. MST,won 53-19, details next week
13-Kamiah, here (addition to schedule)
16,20,24,26-District at LCSC
28-State Play-in Game, TBA
March 5-7-State at Boise

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