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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves bounce back from season-opening loss to crush Bruins on home court


December 5, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Junior Corbin Bland goes up for a shot inside during last season's home game against Royal. Bland finished with eight points in Tuesday's win over the Bruins.

The Goldendale boys were still trying to get into a flow with each other and build team chemistry during the beginning weeks of this hoops season, and still looked like they had some work to do after last Friday's nonleague 88-52 loss to the Wahluke Warriors.

However, they bounced back during Tuesday's home opener against county rival Columbia, crushing the Bruins throughout the second half for a 64-37 win.

After a closely contested first and early second quarter, the Wolves finished the first half on a 15-7 run sparked by a pair of layins from junior Corbin Bland with 5:00 left in the second. Junior Curtis Kayser capped the run with a 3-pointer with 25 seconds left in the half that put the Wolves up 31-23 going into the break.

Goldendale's run didn't end there though. They came out hot in the third, but not just on the offensive end of the court. Head Coach David Stelljes put the full court press on for most of the third and the Bruins seemed lost. Goldendale forced turnover after turnover and hit shots from all over the court.

Junior Napoleon Owen scored the first five points of the quarter with a layin followed by an old fashion 3-point play, and the Wolves also got long distance 3-pointers from junior Nick Lee and Kayser.

Goldendale's press put the Bruins in a funk, with their only offense over the eight minutes in the third coming from two free throws. Entering the fourth, Goldendale held a 52-25 advantage and cruised through the fourth.

Stelljes was fired up seeing the Wolves fly around the court, tipping passes, and creating turnovers. He encouraged the crowd to get excited and get loud, and if the Wolves continue to play with that intensity on their home court, the Goldendale High School gym soon will be rocking every time the Wolves, both girls and boys teams, take the floor.


A strong first quarter in which the Warriors outscored the Wolves 22-9 was too big a deficit for the Wolves to overcome, but the home team also outscored Goldendale in the second, third, and fourth quarters as well.

The biggest factor, said head coach David Stelljes, was all the giveaways the Wolves had. As a whole, Goldendale committed 31 turnovers which led to handfuls of extra possessions and fastbreak opportunities for the Warriors.

Aside from the turnovers against Wahluke last weekend, the Wolves also struggled shooting from beyond the arc, hitting just two of 12 shots from 3-point range. Junior Curtis Kayser connected for both of Goldendale's baskets from downtown, but the rest of the team combined to shoot 0 for 8 from long range.

When they were able to break the Warrior press, the Wolves quite often found themselves at the free throw line. Nine Timberwolves shot two or more free throws, while the team combined to knock down 16 of 28 attempts.

Gdale 9 18 7 18 - 52

Wahluke 22 20 19 27 - 88

Goldendale scoring: Napoleon Owen 12, Corbin Bland 8, Hayden Lorton 7, Curtis Kayser 6, Lane Siebert 4, Nick Lee 4, Andrew Ihrig 3, Skylar Lowe 3, Cameron Mains 3, Dylan Layfield 2.

Wahluke scoring: Tanu Buck 19, Alex Valdez 19, Luke Yorgesen 10, Alan Contreras 8, David Ramirez 8, Logan Marlow 7, Sebastian Soto 5, Charlie Garza 4, Trenton Zirker 3, Jesus Cisneros 3, Jaun Mendoza 2.

Goldendale assists: Siebert 5, Lee 3, Lorton 2, Lowe 1, Bland 1, Ihrig 1, Owen 1, Mains 1.

Goldendale rebounding: Lorton 5, Kayser 4, Siebert 4, Bland 4, Owen 4, Mains 3, Lowe 2, Lee 2, Layfield 1, Ihrig 1.

Up next

After topping the Bruins on Tuesday, Goldendale will be back at home on Friday for another nonconference contest against another SCAC East team.

The Kiona Benton Bears will be in Goldendale on Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tip. The Bears were one of four East teams to reach districts last year, but like Goldendale, have a lot of new varsity players.

They will be back on the road on Saturday, traveling to River View in another matchup with an SCAC East team. The Panthers, as of Monday night, are 1-0 with a win over Columbia Burbank on Dec. 1.

Next Monday, Goldendale will be in White Salmon for their second of two matchups with the Bruins. That game will tipoff at 7:30 p.m.


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