By Jeremy McDonald
TURNER, Ore.– Riviary games are always fun. Trash talking, bragging rights, the list goes on.
But how often do you see a rivial support the other? Not too often does it come to the public eye.
When Cascade caught wind of Stayton losing a well-known individual in their community in Emily Reedy and knowing the Eagles were coming over, the Cougars decided to jump on board and wore pink to their home game in support of the City of Stayton mourning one of their own.
“Honestly it was all for her,” said Cascade Football player and tennis player Peyton Hunt. “She deserves it, we heard she was an amazing person and some of us knew her, so to be able to do this, it shows that our two communities can get along, can be there for each other.
“And they’ll be there for us if something happen at our school and that’s why we wanted to support them.”
One of the girls, Mariah Hollenbeck, went to preschool and knew Reedy personally over at Stayton, it was cool to see the Cascade community that she’s involved with now supporting the Stayton community she grew up with.
“It means a lot to me knowing her and having my school support our community and stuff,” said Hollenbeck. “I grew up with Emily and I know she would’ve wanted this and she would’ve loved this if she was here.”
Both stands were filled with people wearing Pink for Emily as the games tipped off as the guys game came down to the absolute last minute of the game.
Down 39-30, Stayton found the spark they’ve been trying to look for since early in the game as Aidan Hill drains a three pointer that was followed up by a Kaleb Annundi lay-up with 5:55 to go in the game with the Cougars now up four.
The Cougars Tyler Walker put Cascade up 41-35 on the next play as big man Riley Nichol showed off his range with a long three before a free throw by the Cougs Treyden Harris extended the lead to 42-38 with 3:39 to go.
Eventually the Eagles would find the lead as Cade Nau connected on a pair of free throws to give Stayton a 43-42 lead with 1:17 left in the game.
“It was pretty nerve racking,” said the Cougars Shane Schnepp. “We knew they were going to be a good team and all, especially when they come here, they’re a good team, but we came up with the win.”
What happened down the stretch was fouls got in the way of the Eagles as they couldn’t duplicate the success they had in their 13-3 run that put them out in front late in the game.
“We came back, we battled and fought, it wasn’t enough at the end,” said Hill. “To hold that lead at the end, it was good for us coming back, we have to deal with finishing off games. We going to have to figure out how to put together a full game…I mean good teams like Cascade, Philomath, we have to finish a whole game together.”
Cascade will take their 2-0 record to Newport Tuesday night at Newport while the Eagles will look for Oregon West Conference Win number 1 Tuesday at home versus a Yamhill-Carlton team that barely lost to North Marion 71-67 Friday.
EAGLES-Daniels-13. Hill- 11. Nichol-5. Nau-5. Hernandez-3. Claussen-3. Anundi-3.
COUGARS-Walker-22. Harris-11. Schnepp-11. Bell-4. Beckmann-1. Icovino-1. Osuna-1.
On the girls side to start the night, you saw some of the toughest play of the year as the Lady Cougars and the Lady Eagles started their rivialry game with a beyond physical and intense first half.
After Stayton cut it to 11-10, Cascade used a their press that they’ve opened the game up with to build a 21-12 lead. But the Eagles weren’t done just yet.
Right before half, Alexa Bender and Stayton mounted a rally and cut into the lead back down to size by halftime down 23-16.
“The first half was awesome,” said Bender. “We were all pumped up, we were scoring and in the locker room at halftime, we were all so excited, that energy didn’t really carry through in the second half, but I’m really proud of how we worked.”
Bender scored nine points in the contest to lead the Eagles in scoring. Tess Hendricks had seven.
It seemed as if the halftime break cooled down the Eagles as though they continued to battled as they looked to re-sparked that mojo from the first half, Cascade proved too much in the final 16 to seal the 51-33 victory to improve to 10-0 on the season.
“We played a full four quarters and played as a team and fought as a team and we kept the energy up,” said Hollenbeck. “And that’s what you got to do.”
Hollenbeck scored all 11 of her points in the second half as Halle Wright scored 14 and Karen Miller scored another 11 for Cascade.
EAGLES- Bender-9, Hendricks-7. Lindemann, A.-4. Sheldon-4. Martinez-4. Sheppard-3. Lindemann, E.-2.
COUGARS- Wright-14. Hollenbeck-11. Miller-11. Woods-7. Loukojarvi-3. Mohn-3. Cade-1. Rasmussen-1.