BEND — The future is bright for Warrenton boys basketball, following a runner-up finish in a state tournament last weekend.
Warrenton’s fifth-grade boys team advanced to the championship game of the Silver Division, in the Oregon Middle School state tournament Friday through Sunday in Bend.
Warrenton opened the tournament with a 25-14 win over Lake Oswego, then followed with a 28-17 victory over St. Mary’s (Regis) in the quarterfinals, and a 39-29 decision over North Marion in the semifinals.
In the championship game against West Linn’s fourth grade A team, Warrenton came up on the losing end of a 25-22 score.
“The championship game was a defensive battle,” said Warrenton coach Dave Wines, with the boys from Warrenton missing multiple 3-point attempts in the final seconds that would have tied the game.
Austin Palmer led Warrenton with five points, 17 rebounds and four steals, with Tyson McGrorty adding four points. Calvin Olson tossed in three points with two rebounds and two assists.
The Warrenton roster includes Matteus Avanozian, Josh Baker, Jacob Cox, Ian McCormick, Talon McGrorty, Tyson McGrorty, Calvin Olson, Austin Palmer, Odin Wilson and Brian Xochipiltecatl. Coaches are Chris Palmer and Dave Wines.