Pirates take 3rd at State
The Prairie Pirates played three nail-biters at the State 1-A Division 1 tournament, winning two of them and finishing in 3rd place March 3-5 at Caldwell.
The Pirates opened the tournament by beating Grace 43-42 as Devin Schmidt scored the winning basket with 7 seconds left. They then lost at the finish to C.V. 35-37 as the Rams Eugene Heavy Runner scored the winning basket at the buzzer. In the third place game they outlasted Shoshone 51-45 in double overtime.
Vs. Grace
The opening game against Grace on Thursday, March 3, was close all the way with Prairie’s biggest lead being 3 points and Grace’s biggest lead being 7 points.
Prairie took their biggest lead in the first quarter after Devin Schmidt hit a pair of free throws to give Prairie their first lead at 6-5 and Beau Schlader followed with a lay-up after a steal by Seth Guyer to make it 8-5.Beau Schlader shoots a fallway jumper against Grace. #20 is Justin Schmidt.
Grace came back to take the lead but Justin Schmidt gave Prairie the lead at the end of the quarter on a putback as the horn sounded to make it 11-10.
In the second quarter Prairie struggled to score as they hit just 1 of 7 from the field and 3 of 7 from the line. Grace struggled as well though as they hit just 3 of 15 from the field and 2 of 4 at the line and led just 16-18 at the half.
Prairie tied the score twice in the third quarter at 18 and 20 then hit a 4 minute dry spell as Grace built a 20-26 lead.
A pair of Devin Schmidt free throws broke the run but the Pirates still trailed 24-29 entering the fourth quarter.
Grace pushed the lead to 7 at 24-31 with a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter but Prairie then rallied.
Beau Schlader connected on a 3-pointer from the corner and 25 seconds later Devin Schmidt hit a 3-pointer from the wing to quickly cut the lead to just 1 at 30-31.
A Grace turnover then led to a basket inside by David Johnson that gave Prairie their first lead since the end of the first quarter. Johnson then added a free throw to make it 33-31 with 5:01 left.
Seth Guyer looks to shoot against Grace. At left is David Johnson.Grace responded with a pair of 3-pointers by Chase Ackerman to give the Grizzlies a 33-37 lead.
A 3-point play by Damien Martinez put Grace up by 5 at 35-40 with 3:26 to play.
Prairie then scored the next 6 points to retake the lead. Justin Schmidt scored inside and Johnson scored two baskets to put Prairie up 41-40 with 1:05 left. A Grace turnover led to the go-ahead basket.
Grace took back the lead 25 seconds later when Josh Jensen rebounded his own miss.
Prairie was unable to score and Grace took over with Justin Schmidt fouling Ackerman with 14.5 seconds left. Ackerman stepped to the line for a 1 plus the bonus and missed the first attempt. Schlader rebounded and tossed the ball out to Devin Schmidt who streaked down the left side of the court and went in for a lay-up with 7 seconds on the clock.
Grace was out of timeouts and couldn’t stop the clock and their shot at the buzzer from just inside the free throw line came up short.
Devin Schmidt had 19 points in the game to lead the Pirates with Johnson adding 10 points, 9 in the fourth quarter. Schlader scored 8 and Justin Schmidt scored 6.
Grace held a 37-39 rebounding edge with Johnson and Justin Schmidt grabbing 10 each for Prairie and Devin Schmidt 9.
Schlader had 4 assists while Justin Schmidt had 3. Guyer had Prairie’s only steal.
The Pirates were 16 for 45 from the field, 36%, and 9 for 16 at the line, 56%. Prairie was hitting 25% from the field in the first 3 quarters but hit 8 of 13 in the fourth. Grace was 15 for 52 from the field, 29%, and 10 for 17 at the line, 59%.
Prairie     11 5   8 19 -43
Grace     10 8 11 13 -42
Prairie-Schlader 3-16, 1-2, 8; Guyer 0-2, 0-0, 0; Johnson 4-6, 2-4, 10; D. Schmidt 6-16, 6-9, 19; Heath 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 3-5, 0-1, 6. 3-pointers-Schlader, D. Schmidt.
Grace-Ackerman 5-11, 1-2, 13; Brady 2-11, 5-8; 9; Martinez 1-5, 2-3, 4; Bitton 1-7, 0-0, 2; Jensen 2-7, 1-2, 5; Simons 2-2, 0-0, 4; Jorgensen 2-6, 0-0, 4; Lloyd 0-3, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-Ackerman 2.
Vs. CV
In the semifinal game against C.V. the Rams came out blistering hot and raced to a 17 point lead with 2:14 left in the half but had to survive a Prairie comeback to pull out the win.Devin Schmidt scores inside in the C.V. game. At right are Justin Schmidt and David Johnson.
C.V. jumped to a 0-7 lead in the first quarter and led 4-15 by the end of the period as Prairie made just 2 of 16 shots from the field while C.V. was 7 for 10.
A 4-10 run to start the second quarter pushed the lead to 8-25.
At that point Prairie switched from their man-to-man defense to a 1-3-1 zone with Devin Schmidt out at the point and shut down the Rams for 8 full minutes of action while they crawled their way back into the game.
Prairie scored the final 7 points of the half to pull within 10 at 15-25. Justin Schmidt started the run with a free throw and Schlader added a pair of baskets, one on an 8 foot fallaway jumper and the second a 10 footer from inside the lane following a steal by Johnson. 
A steal by Schlader led to Devin Schmidt scoring the final basket of the half.
Devin Schmidt opened the second half scoring with a basket and an offensive foul by Heavy Runner led to a basket by Justin Schmidt.
A steal by Guyer lead to a pair of free throws by Schlader and Justin Schmidt added a basket to finish of a 15-0 run and cut the lead to 23-25 with 2:37 left in the third quarter.
C.V. finally broke the run with a basket by Heavy Runner at the 2:13 mark and made it a 5-point lead with a free throw by Jake Squires.
Guyer scored on a driving lay-up and then made a defensive rebound that led to a 3-pointer by Devin Schmidt that tied the game at 28 by the end of the quarter.
Schlader scored a pair of free throws to open the fourth quarter and give Prairie their first lead of the game at 30-28.
C.V. came back with 3 straight free throws to take the lead back with 6:08 left.
A steal by Schlader led to a basket by Johnson that put Prairie back on top but C.V. answered with a lay-up by Squires.
Beau Schlader shoots from the baseline against C.V. At left is Devin Schmidt.A C.V. turnover led to a 3-point play by Johnson that put Prairie up 35-33 with 1:44 left.
C.V. answered with a pair of free throws by Heavy Runner that tied it with 1:00 left.
Prairie then looked to run the clock down for a do-or-die shot but Heavy Runner knocked the ball loose with 7 seconds left and then grabbed it and C.V. was given a timeout even though Heavy Runner slid on the floor with the ball for at least a foot.
C.V. got the ball in to Heavy Runner who drove down the floor and put up a shot from just inside the free throw lane that dropped in for the game-winner. 
That relegated Prairie to the third place game while C.V. would go on to win their school’s first boys’ state championship.
Prairie could take little solace in the fact that they beat both teams in the championship game 2 of the 3 times they played.
Schlader wound up with 12 points to lead the Pirates in scoring. Devin Schmidt added 9 points with Johnson scoring 7, Justin Schmidt 5 and Guyer 2.
Prairie held a 30-27 rebounding edge with Devin Schmidt and Schlader each grabbing 7 rebounds while Johnson and Guyer added 6 each. Heavy Runner had 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Rams.
Schlader had 5 steals and 5 assists while Justin Schmidt had 3 steals.
Prairie was 14 for 50 from the field, 28%, and 6 for 9 at the line, 67%. C.V. was 14 for 33 from the field, 42%, and 6 for 9 at the line, 67%.
Prairie committed just 5 turnovers in the game but the 5th one was huge.
Prairie     4 11 13 7 -35
C.V.     15 10   3 9 -37
Prairie-Schlader 4-23, 4-4, 12; Guyer 1-2, 0-0, 2; Johnson 3-11, 1-2, 7; D. Schmidt 4-11, 0-2, 9; Heath 0-0, 0-0, 0; J. Schmidt 2-4, 1-2, 5. 3-pointers-D. Schmidt.
C.V.-Pratt 0-0, 0-0, 0; Heavy Runner 6-12, 4-4, 17; Squires 5-8, 1-2, 11; Reed 3-4, 0-0, 8; Owens 0-7, 0-0, 0; Wyman 0-2, 0-0, 0; Bentley 0-0, 1-2, 1. 3-pointers-Reed, Heavy Runner.
Vs. Shoshone
In a turnabout from the usual Prairie game, the Pirates took the early lead against Shoshone and led most of the way only to have Shoshone come back to send the game into overtime.David Johnson puts up a shot for 2 of his game high 19 points against Shoshone in the 3rd place game. At left is Justin Schmidt and at right is Beau Schlader.
Prairie jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the game as Brock Heath scored a 3-pointer on his only shot attempt of the tournament and David Johnson scored twice inside.
Shoshone came back to take a 7-8 lead but a basket by Johnson put Prairie up 9-8 at the quarter break.
In the second quarter Shoshone took leads of 9-10 and 10-12 but Prairie then scored 6 straight points and led the rest of the half. 
A driving lay-up by Schlader started the run and Johnson and Devin Schmidt each added a basket.
After a basket by Shoshone, Prairie scored the final 5 points of the half to take a 21-14 lead.
Marcus Higgins, in his first action of the tournament, scored the final points of the half.
In the third quarter Prairie held on to the lead as it fluctuated between 3 and 7 points. A couple of 3-pointers by Shoshone helped them keep it close.
Prairie held on to the lead in the fourth quarter until the final 13 seconds when Shoshone’s Thomas Lanham sank a 3-pointer to tie the game.
Prairie could’ve put the game out of reach at the free throw line but made just 3 of 6 at the line in the final 3 minutes including 1 of 2 with 30 seconds left in the game.
Shoshone opened the first overtime with a basket to take their first lead of the second half and led 40-43 with 2:21 left.
With 2:10 left Guyer connected on a 3-pointer from the right wing to tie the game.
A Shoshone defender tries to draw a charging foul on Justin Schmidt’s shot attempt.Neither team was able to score in the final 2 minutes as the game went to a second overtime although Prairie had a couple of opportunities thanks to a pair of offensive fouls called on Shoshone.
20 seconds into the second overtime Johnson scored on a turnaround shot in the lane to give Prairie the lead.
Shoshone tied it 50 seconds later on an inbounds play but that was their last score.
12 seconds later Johnson put Prairie ahead for good with a pair of free throws.
Justin Schmidt added a basket at the 1:18 mark and Schlader and Justin Schmidt each added a free throw for the final 6-point margin.
Johnson had 19 points as he hit 7 of 9 from the field and 6 for 8 at the line to lead the Pirates. Schlader added 8 points while Devin Schmidt scored 7, Guyer and Justin Schmidt 6 each, Heath 3 and Higgins 2.
Shoshone had a slim 34-35 rebounding edge with Devin Schmidt leading the Pirates with 9 rebounds. Schlader had 7 and Guyer and Johnson 6 each.
Johnson and Devin Schmidt had 2 steals each and Schlader had 5 assists.
Prairie was 16 for 42 from the field, 38%, and 17 for 29 at the line, 59%. Shoshone was 19 for 58 from the field, 33%, and 2 for 4 at the line, 50%.
With their 2-1 record at state Prairie finishes with a 20-6 record.
Prairie      9 12   9   9 4 8 -51
Shoshone 8   6 12 13 4 2 -45
Prairie-B. Schlader 2-12, 4-7, 8; Guyer 2-7, 1-2, 6; Johnson 7-10, 5-7, 19; D. Schmidt 1-6, 5-8, 7; Heath 1-1, 0-0, 3; J. Schmidt 2-3, 2-5l 6; J. Schlader 0-1, 0-0, 0; Higgins 1-1, 0-0, 2; Lorentz 0-0, 0-0, 0; Chaffee 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Guyer, Heath.
Shoshone-Axelson 3-15, 0-0, 8; Sant 5-9, 0-0, 11; Lanham 2-13, 0-0, 6; Walsh 1-5, 0-0, 2; Race 0-1, 0-0, 0; Anguiano 7-14, 2-4, 16; Roberts 1-1, 0-0, 2; Garcia 0-0, 0-0, 0. 3-pointers-Axelson 2, Lanham 2, Sant.
Seth Guyer puts up an outside shot against Shoshone. His 3-pointer late in the game sent it into overtime.

The Prairie Pirates are shown with the third place trophy after they defeated Shoshone in double overtime. Kneeling from left are Chris Hoene, Marcus Higgins and Troy Lorentz. Standing from left are Josh Schlader, Justin Schmidt, Seth Chaffee, Brock Heath, Devin Schmidt, David Johnson, Seth Guyer and Beau Schlader. 

Shooters score perfect 75
Week 9 pulled in 42 shooters this last Sunday at the Cottonwood Gun Club.  Beautiful weather made for some excellent shooting scores.  Lowell Mader 25/-, Pepper Harman 25/24, Darell Uhlorn 25/22, Rob Eldredge 25/23 and Shane Poxleitner 25/20 gave the club a perfect score of 75. Our top Junior shooter of the day was Jake Rowland 24/21, along with a few other 24’s were Derek Schaeffer 24/23, Ryan Mader 24/- and Jim Ewing 24/22.  Only one more week to go.

JV games start at 6 p.m., varsity to follow unless indicated
*indicates league game
29-Nezperce, here, lost 29-37
  3-Grangeville, there, Idaho County Shootout, lost 36-39
  4-Troy, there, won 45-35
10-Kendrick, here*, won 47-34
13-Orofino, there, won 66-34
14-Lapwai, here, won 62-59, OT
16-Timberline, there, won 66-57
28-Kamiah there, cancelled
  6-C.V., here*, won 50-49
  7-Deary, there*, won 56-44
11-Genesee, here, won 54-48
15-Potlatch, there, 4 p.m.*, won 58-47
18-Summit, here, won 59-29
20-Grangeville, here, won 57-32
21-Nezperce, there, won 65-59
25-Kamiah, there, lost 30-47
27-Highland, here-C game 4 p.m., JV 5:30, varsity, 7 p.m., won 75-32
29-Lapwai, there*, won 62-46
  1-Troy, here*, won 49-35
  8-Genesee, there*, lost 46-51
10-Kamiah, here, lost 37-42 in overtime
16, 17, 21, 22 & 24-District at LCSC-beat Deary 59-30; beat CV 58-55 in OT; beat Genesee 41-33 for District title.
March 3-5-State at Caldwell. Beat Grace 43-42; lost to C.V. 35-37; beat Shoshone 51-45 in double OT, third at State.

Prairie Baseball 2011
15-vs. Troy at LCSC, (2 games) 4 p.m.
17-C.V., there, 4 p.m.
19-McCall, here, (2 games), 11 a.m.
22-Kamiah, there, 4 p.m.
25-Grangeville, here, 4 p.m.
4-vs. Highland at Culdesac, 4 p.m.
8-Orofino, there, 4:30 p.m.
11-Nezperce, here, 4 p.m.
12-C.V., here, 4 p.m.
15-Grangeville, there, 4 p.m.
19-Kamiah, here, 4 p.m.
21-Genesee, there, 4:30 p.m.
26-Timberline, here, 4 p.m.
29-vs. Potlatch at LCSC (2 games) 4 p.m.
3-Nezperce, there, 4 p.m.
5-Highland, here, 4 p.m.
7-Genesee, here 11 a.m.
13-14-District at Lewiston
20-21-State at Caldwell

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