The Bruins jumped back into their season after the holiday break on Saturday with the Rumble on the Rogue Invitational wrestling tournament at Rogue River. The Bruins left with a total 33.5 team points at 12th place overall.
Several of the Bruins placed high in their divisions, led by Alexandria Contreras, who placed first in the 145 weight class of the girl’s division. For the boys, Louie Blandell finished third in the 220 weight class, while Averi Winn came in not far behind at fifth in the 220 bracket.
According to Bruins coach Alonzo Nalls, the Rogue River tournament is a good one to help the team get back into the full swing of their season after a lot of downtime from the holidays.
“Winter sports struggle during that time trying to get kids to participate in practice or find competition,” Nalls said. “In wrestling, this is particularly a struggle because it’s the right conditioning and time spent on the mat that puts you at the top of your game when it counts.”
The Bruins next tournament will be this weekend when they travel to Siuslaw High School to compete in the Nicholas Lutz Invitational tournament starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Panthers boys basketball
The Gold Beach Panthers basketball team took on the Reedsport Braves last Friday on the road. The Braves came out on top, taking a 59-44 win over the Panthers.
The Panthers traveled again on Tuesday to play the Bandon Tigers in another league game. The Panthers will then travel to take on the Toledo Boomers on Friday at 7 p.m.
Panthers girls basketball
The Gold Beach Panthers traveled to take on the Reedsport Braves. The Braves took the win at 60-52 after maintaining a small lead for most of the game.
The Braves took the lead in the first quarter at 9-6. While the Braves managed a big second quarter with 18 points, the Panthers kept pace with 15 of their town to take thins to 27-21. The Panthers returned the favor in the third quarter with their own 18 points to the Braves 11, taking the game to a close 39-38 in the Panthers favor. The Braves finally ran away with things in the fourth, outscoring the Panthers 10-2 to end at 60-52.
Jenifer RisenHoover was the top scorer for the Panthers with 21 points, followed closely by Briana Seuser-Smith at 20.
The Panthers played the Bandon Tigers on Tuesday and travel to play the Toledo Boomers at 7 p.m. on Friday.