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Page 10 SPORTS - February 27, 2008 From page 9 o SweetHome 60, Central 42 Comfortable after Tuesday's win, the Huskies expertly delivered some vengeance and a loss to the Central Panthers. who had defeated them at home last in their last go- around, on the road Friday. Win or lose at that point, the Huskies could have been league champions. "We wanted to take care of business," Little said. "We also wanted to carry the momentum." Central's single win over the Huskies was enough to keep Sweet Home from winning the title in the end. The Huskies dominated Central from the start. "I think a lot of it was revenge," Emmert said. "They cost us league, and we were upset about that. We knew if we didn't come out focused, we could've lost it." The Huskies led 14-6 after one quarter and 32-23 at halftime. Cen- tral got within five points a couple times during the second quarter, but the Huskies shut down any chance for the Panthers to come back in the third, expanding their lead to 46-32. Little once again credited his bench for doing well. Moyer didn't score, but 5-7 sophomore pulled down six rebounds. Marchbanks showed up with nine points. Jerome Coleman added two points, and Zane Wise, Brandon Oswalt and Drew Emmert all made appearances in the game. "It's nice to have the young- er guys come in," Emmert said. "They're not too nervous to play." "It definitely helps to have guys come in and start scoring 10 points off the bench " Kauffman said. Earlier in the season, the younger guys would look a little nervous. That's gone. Marchbanks and Moyer are peaking the same way Graville is. Little said. "A guy coming off the bench contributing is exactly what we need at this time. Emmert led the Huskies with 20 points. Graville scored 14: Marchbanks, a season-high nine: Kauffman, eight: Olsen, six: Cole- man, two; and Josh Riggs. two. For Central. Hedrick and Ham, Photo by Scott Swanson Josh Riggs, left, throws his weight around in a batttleJbr a rebound against New- port as Gabe Kauffmanm right, waits for the ball! to come out of the scrum ilton led scoring with 10 points each. Girard added eight; White- man, six; Pratt, three; King, two: Phillips, two: and Wallace. two. As they prepare for upcoming games, intensity is key, bringing "it to every game and not waiting to the second half to bring it." Kauff- man said. The Huskies need to make sure they put all 32 minutes together, Emmert said. "We've just got to win Friday," Little said. "We know that's our best opportunity to get to the state quarterfinals." The Huskies will play for state tournament seeding in the Val-Co playoffs at 7 p.m. Friday night at home. They will meet the winner of Tuesday's game between Newport or Taft. If the Huskies win and finish second seed, they will travel toTil- lamook, and their next game will be at Giill Coliseum. If the Huskies lose Fricday, they will travel to Scap- poose o~r Seaside and then play one more game before reaching the quarterlfinals in Corvallis. Every coach thinks his team has a shot at the state title when they're in the s:tate tournament, Little said. He's no different. "A, nything is possible, espe- cially im a one-game scenario." he said. "Anything is possible, and our kids. when their backs are against the wall, tend to play really well. They raise the intensity when ev- erything is on the line." Sweet Home High School Ath- letic Diirector Dave Goetz is remind- ing fans that they will not be able to use their season passes to attend Friday, night's Val-Co playoff game. Conta~ct Sweet Home High School at 36"7-7144 for prices, which i werem't available at press time. Kauffman makes McDonald's list Sweet Home High School se- nior Gabe Kauffman was recently nominated to the McDonald's All-American High School Boys Basketball Team, recognizing him as one of the top prep standouts in the nation. He was among 1,500 nomi- nees who competed to fill 24 positions on the boys team, which features an East-West showdown on March 26 in Milwaukee, Wis. ESPN will air the game, which begins at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Stan- dard Time. Kauffman was nominated by the McDonald's All-American Basketball Team Boys Selection Committee, a group of 32 promi- nent basketball experts, including nationally renowned coaches and top high school sports journal- ists. Kauffman is the first Sweet Home player to be nominated, said Coach Tim Little, Kauffman's coach He is one of four Oregon 4A players and about 30 high school players in the state to be nominated. "It's an honor," Kauffman said. "I didn't expect it at all." Kauffman has been play- ing basketball as long as he can remember, he said. His father played ball, and his brother Garrett played for the Huskies. He has two younger brothers, Gavin. a fresh- man. and Grant. sixth grade, who both play basketball. He is the son of Pete and Jodi Kauffman. He started playing organized basketball in the first grade on a Boys and Girls Club team. "I started playing when I was little," Kauffman said. "It was Photo by Sean C. Morgan Coach Tim Little presents Gabe Kauffman with a certificate recogmzing him as a nommee for the McDonald's All-American basketball team. just a lot of fun. especially with all my friends.'" Kauffman doesn't know for sure whether he'll play college ball.He plans to be a diesel mechanic, and some schools with that program don't have basketball teams. A portion of the proceeds from the all-star games are donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities to directly improve the health and well-being of children around the world. Since 1977, more than 700 male players have competed in the games, including Michael Jordan. Magic Johnson, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and current college standouts. Four Huskies, coach, named all-Val-Co Four Huskies and their coach received Val-Co all-league honors in boys basketball with the end of regular season Friday night. Gabe Kauffman, averaging 18 points per game during league play, nine rebounds per game and four assists per game. was named to the first tearfl. ~ ~- ~-". Colton Emmerl, averaging ~ 1~3 points, three rebounds and three as- sists, and Ryan Graville, averaging 11 points, were named to the second team. Graville also scored 22 threes during league play, shooting 46 per- cent from the three-point line. Josh Riggs, averaging five re- Coach Tim Little was named Val- Co Coach of the Year. He credited the "good kids" around him for winning the award. Philomath's David Sturner was named Val-Co Player of the Year. The girls basketball awards will be announced on Friday, Sweet Home bounds pergame, received honorable High School Athletic Director Dave mention. -- - Goetz said. !