2020 OSAA 1A Basketball Tournament Preview

Boys

No. 8 Ione/Arlington (21-6) vs. No. 1 Damascus Christian (25-1): Ione, which finished 12th in the power rankings, will play in its first state tournament since 2014. The Cardinals are led by senior wing Wesley Goad (15.6 points) and junior wing…

No. 5 Nixyaawii (23-5) vs. No. 4 Trinity Lutheran (24-4): A rematch of last year’s state final, which Nixyaawii won 59-42. Golden Eagles guard Mick Schimmel, the team’s only senior this season, had 17 points in that game. Nixyaawii, the runner-up in 2015, is in the tournament…

Nixyaawii Sports Action Photos

No. 6 Prairie City (23-1) vs. No. 3 Crosshill Christian (25-2): Prairie City was runner-up to Pacific in 2018 and reached the semifinals last year, losing to Nixyaawii. The Panthers have won 23 in a row since opening with a 57-55 loss at Joseph. They have two fourth-year starters in guard Lucas McKinley (11.5 points) and 6-6 center Cole Dieter (17.0 points, 13.6 rebounds) and a third-year starter in junior guard Jojari Field…

Prairie City Sports Action Photos

No. 7 Joseph (22-7) vs. No. 2 Triad (24-4): Joseph is in the tournament for the first time since 2005. Three of the Eagles’ losses have come against Nixyaawii by 14, 6 and 23 points. Juniors Chase Murray and Mason Ferre were named first-team all-league for Joseph

Joseph Sports Action Photos

Girls

No. 9 Country Christian (20-9) vs. No. 1 Crane (26-0): The teams met Jan. 3 at Pendleton, with Crane prevailing 65-33. Crane, which won its only title in 2004, has been dominant all season after falling in the quarterfinals last year. The Mustangs hold wins over four tournament teams…

Crane Sports Action Photos

No. 5 Joseph (21-6) vs. No. 4 Damascus Christian (24-2): Damascus Christian is led into the tournament by coach Dave Wakefield, who has 612 wins in 28 seasons, second on the state’s all-time list behind Oregon City’s Brad Smith (628). The Eagles, champions in 2013 and 2015, lost in the semifinals to St. Paul last year. Led by sophomore Emily Powers…

Joseph Sports Action Photos

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