By Geoff Folsom • Spokesman
Redmond basketball teams found some success during holiday tournaments between Christmas and New Year’s.
The Redmond High boys (5-6) saw the most success out of the gate in their tournament. Redmond defeated Rainier 63-39 Dec. 26 in the opening round of the Vince Dulcich Memorial tournament in Astoria, then knocked off the Class 4A host Fighting Fishermen 66-48 in the Dec. 27 semifinals. The Panthers fell Dec. 28 60-52 against 4A Marshfield In the title game.
The success follows a 66-55 Dec. 20 Redmond victory against Mountain View, then ranked No. 1 in Class 6A.
The Redmond girls (1-7) fell 36-16 against Mazama and 39-20 against Tillamook in their first two games in Astoria, before rebounding with a 46-45 victory Dec. 28 against Rainier, the Panthers first win of the season.
Closer to home, the Ridgeview boys (2-7) fell in their first game of the Oregon Holiday Hoopfest in Bend. Their game against Lebanon was close the first three quarters, but the Warriors pulled away late for a 54-41 victory. The Ravens went on to fall 48-36 on Dec. 28 against Juanita, of Kirkland, Washington, before finishing the tournament with a victory Dec. 29, 50-48 against McKay.
The Raven girls (5-5) had a successful run after opening the Bend tournament with a 43-39 loss against Class 6A Grants Pass Dec. 27. The Ravens defeated North Eugene 47-38 on Dec. 28, then knocked off 6A Lincoln 52-50 on Dec 29 to finish the tournament.
Ridgeview’s boys and girls teams head to another tournament in Stayton starting Thursday, with the boys opening against Valley Catholic and the girls against Warrenton.
The Redmond boys play host to back-to-back matinees, facing St. Helens at 2:30 p.m. Friday and West Albany at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Panther girls also have two home games, facing Mountain View at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and West Albany at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.