SHS, MHS basketball kicks off winter sports season together tonight

Nov. 28, 2018 — The winter sports season officially gets underway tonight in a rare match-up between Siuslaw and Mapleton, with girls and boys basketball teams from both schools playing in an endowment game at Mapleton High School.

The total number of games teams can play in a season are limited by the Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA). The exception is endowment games, in which a school uses the event as a fundraiser (with a percentage of the proceeds going to the OSAA).  These games are excluded from the total number of games a team plays.

Tonight, Siuslaw’s varsity girls and boys teams will play Mapleton’s boys and girls teams during the opening match-ups of the season for both schools, each of which has new girls’ team coaches — Chad Smith for the Lady Vikings and Melissa Duffy for the Lady Sailors.

Returning to the helm for the Viking boys will be Dylan Perry, with Eric Wolgamott back for his second year as head coach of the Sailors.

The girls’ game tips off at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys’ game at 7 p.m.

Come Friday, Siuslaw’s wrestling team will take to the mats for the first time this season when the Vikings travel to Harrisburg for the Deven Dawson Memorial wrestling meet.

Matches begin 10 a.m.

Siuslaw has three home meets this season, beginning with the Siuslaw 3-Way Dual, Tuesday, Jan. 15, which will include teams from Siletz Valley and Toledo. Matches start at 6 p.m.

The Nick Lutz Memorial Invitational take place Saturday, Jan. 9., and the final home meet will be Thursday, Jan. 31, during the Siuslaw Senior Night Duals.

Viking basketball fans waiting for the first home game won't have to wait long, with both teams tipping off at Glen Butler Court this Friday, against Tillamook. The boys will tip off first against the Cheesemakers at 5:30 p.m., followed by the girls at 7 p.m.

Mapleton’s next game will be Dec. 5, at home, against Willamette Valley Christian, starting with the Sailor boys’ game at 5:30 p.m.

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