Gabrielle Wener joins wave of Maine players succeeding in Division I women’s college basketball

Imagine taking a final exam, but all the classes leading up to it were canceled. Good luck.

That’s essentially where Gabrielle Wener was heading into this women’s basketball season, her first with Division I Monmouth University. The pandemic wiped out summer sessions for the team, forcing the newcomers to play catch-up, and fast.

“It’s definitely been crazy, it’s been very intense,” she said. “My freshman class was definitely thrown into this. … We’ve had to take on a lot in a short amount of time.”

If the season opener were any indication, Wener is handling the learning curve. The former Messalonskee standout started in Monmouth’s first game, playing 23 minutes in the Hawks’ 82-38 loss to Rutgers on Friday. Wener scored seven points on 2-of-4 shooting, both 3-pointers, while notching two rebounds and a team-high three assists.

“My coaches were able to trust in my play, and I was able to execute,” she said. “I had a feeling (I’d start), but (coach Jody Craig) didn’t say anything directly to me, so I didn’t really get the confirmation until I looked on the board and I saw my name as a starter. That was really cool, though.”

Maine players making an impact in Division I women’s basketball has become something of a trend. Gorham’s Mackenzie Holmes has become a core player for No. 13 Indiana, earning Big Ten All-Freshman recognition last year and netting a team-high 26 points in the Hoosiers’ opener last Wednesday.

Greely’s Anna DeWolfe started last year as a freshman for Fordham and had a team-high 25 points in the Rams’ opener Wednesday, and Boothbay’s Faith Blethen likewise started in her first year at George Washington and has started all three games for the Colonials this season. Sanford’s Paige Cote is the first player off the bench as a freshman for the University of New Hampshire, and Gorham’s Emily Esposito will be a redshirt junior at Boston University after playing all 32 games in her freshman year at Villanova.

“I feel like Maine is very underrated,” Wener said. “There’s a lot of great talent in Maine. Sometimes I think it’s hard to get that exposure.”

Wener got it with her time at both Messalonskee and the Firecrackers AAU team, but she still had work to do handling the challenges of the Division I level — particularly the mental side of the sport.

“There are countless plays,” she said. “There’s a lot to learn, and figure out (with) new habits you need to get into and old habits you need to break, in order to be quicker and more effective at this level.”

As both a forward and a guard, Wener has had to learn all those plays, and from a variety of angles.

“With every single set play, I have to learn it in the 2 spot, the 3 spot and the 4 spot,” she said. “If we have five plays, let’s say, I have to learn it basically in 15 total positions.”

Wener’s coaches kept reinforcing that

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Competition that increases depth has been crucial for third-seeded University in Division II | High School Sports

No one questions the importance of competition in an LHSAA football playoff game. However, University High coach Andy Martin said competition within his own team is just as important.

Case in point? The return of the Cubs’ top rusher Derrick Graham to the lineup last week and what transpired before that.

Graham ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns in a 55-12 win over Evangel Christian to open the Division II select playoffs. Third-seeded U-High (7-1) hosts No. 6 Vandebilt Catholic (6-1) for a quarterfinal game set for 7 p.m. Friday.

If you did not notice Graham missed a few games with bruised chest/collar bone, including a District 7-3A showdown with Madison Prep, you are not alone. Brian Beck rushed for 339 yards and three TDs and now is the complement to Graham, who has 367 rushing yards and eight TDs.

“No matter how good you are, competition makes you better,” Martin said. “When Derrick got hurt, Brian Beck came on and played well. Now they push each other in practice every day and for us, I think that is a good thing.

“Really, guys stepping in to play when another player goes down has been a big part of this season for us. We have had guys step into starting roles or on special teams who have responded when they are called on.”

Martin said his team did two things that impressed him last week. First, they played through a stormy night instead of being played by the elements. Most importantly, they found ways to improve while winning their seventh straight game.

“I tell them every week, I want to be able to turn in the film and see that we got better as a team,” Martin said. “Even though we pulled our starters early, I saw that.”

Broncos can extend streak

Third-seeded Zachary hosts No. 14 New Iberia (7-2) at 7 p.m. Friday with a notable streak on the line. A win would put the Broncos in the Class 5A quarterfinals for the eighth straight season.

Zachary advanced to the quarterfinals in 2013 under Neil Weiner, now the head coach at Dunham. David Brewerton took over in 2014 and has coached the Broncos to three Class 5A titles and to six consecutive semifinal berths.

Johnson’s big-game numbers

Eighth-seeded Donaldsonville showed no letdown coming off two weeks of COVID-19 quarantine in last week’s 46-0 win over Loranger in large part to running back Rae’land Johnson.

Johnson, who ran for 246 yards and three TDs, has 439 yards and six TDs in the Class 3A Tigers’ most significant games this season. He rushed for 193 yards and three TDs in a 50-28 victory over St. James earlier in the season. The Tigers (5-2) host No. 9 Madison Prep (6-2) Friday night.

Other numbers

Passing numbers can be deceptive, but St. James’ Marquell Bergeron (1,379 yards in nine games) and Zachary’s Eli Holstein (1,262 yards in six games) have been impressive in an abbreviated season.

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Thanksgiving weekend: How former Oregon high school players are faring in Division 1 college football

In October we posted a list of the nearly 100 athletes we found on Division I FBS college football rosters in 2020.

This week and throughout this strange, coronavirus-altered college football season, we’ll focus on the former Oregon high school football players logging stats at the Division 1 FBS level this season.

Oregon-Oregon State on the day after Thanksgiving was the marquee matchup, with the Beavers scoring a 41-38 upset of the Ducks.

Read on to find out which local kids played in Thanksgiving weekend’s FBS games.

Cody Anderson, Oregon State

Junior

Defensive lineman

Thurston High School

Anderson has played in all four of the Beavers’ games but hasn’t recorded any stats.

Trevon Bradford, Oregon State

Senior

Wide receiver

Oregon City High School

Bradford had his best game of the season in the Beavers’ 41-38 win over the Ducks, making eight catches for 93 yards and adding two carries for 14 yards along with a 23-yard punt return. Bradford leads the Pac-12 with 21 catches and is fifth in receiving yards with 219.

Chase Cota, UCLA

Junior

Wide receiver

South Medford High School

Cota has played in all four games for the Bruins this season, but Saturday’s 27-10 win was the first in which he made no catches.

MJ Cunningham, Oregon

Sophomore

Linebacker

Madison High School

Cunningham played in Oregon’s 41-38 loss Friday at Oregon State but didn’t record any stats. He’s played in three games this season and made one tackle.

Casey Filkins, Stanford

Freshman

Running back

Lake Oswego High School

Filkins played in Stanford’s 24-23 win Friday over Cal but didn’t record any stats. He’s played in three games this season and has one catch for minus-6 yards.

Alex Forsyth, Oregon

Junior

Offensive lineman

West Linn High School

Forsyth started at center again for the Ducks, who rushed for 183 yards in their loss to the Beavers.

Anthony Gould, Oregon State

Redshirt freshman

Wide receiver

West Salem

Gould got in his first game of the season in Friday’s win over Oregon, as he started at wide receiver but didn’t record any stats.

Jaydon Grant, Oregon State

Junior

Defensive back

West Linn High School

Grant continued to be one of the Beavers’ best defensive players this season, as he made four tackles and grabbed his second interception of the season.

Daniel Green, Kansas State

Sophomore

Linebacker

Madison High School

Green had a career game Saturday at Baylor, making 13 tackles (2.5 for loss) and getting 1.5 sacks and a pass breakup in the Wildcats’ crushing 32-31 loss. Green has 38 tackles (4.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks this season.

Jordan Happle, Oregon

Senior

Safety

Jesuit High School

Happle followed up his week as Pac-12 defensive player of the week with another solid game Friday at Oregon State, making seven tackles to give him 24 on the season.

Nate Heaukulani, Oregon

Senior

Linebacker

Jesuit High School

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How former Oregon high school stars are faring at the Division 1 level

The college basketball season is officially underway, and the Beavers are off to a hot start while the Ducks will finally tip off their season tonight.



a group of people posing for the camera: Oregon State's Zach Reichle is introduced before the Oregon State Beavers take on the California Golden Bears in a Pac-12 men's basketball game at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Oregon State won 71-63.


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Oregon State’s Zach Reichle is introduced before the Oregon State Beavers take on the California Golden Bears in a Pac-12 men’s basketball game at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2020. Oregon State won 71-63.

Portland State will start its season against the University of Portland on Saturday after Gov. Kate Brown granted the team an exemption.

Last week we posted a list of the 33 former Oregon high school standouts we found on Division 1 college basketball rosters this season.

This week and every week throughout the season, we’ll keep you posted on how those players are faring.

Read on for a list of who played in Week 1 and how they did.

Immanuel Allen, Lakeridge

Abilene Christian

6-4 sophomore guard

Allen is off to a solid start with Abilene Christian, shooting 60% from the field and making both of his three-point attempts through three games. He’s averaging 7.3 points per game off the bench.

Nolan Bertain, West Linn

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

6-4 senior guard

Bertain has come off the bench in Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s first three games and is averaging 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds per game.

Isaac Bonton, Parkrose

Washington State

6-3 senior guard

Bonton is Washington State’s leading scorer through two games at 19.5 points per game, but he’s struggled with his shot. He’s shooting just 24.4% from the field and 25% from three-point range in the Cougars’ two narrow victories to open the season.

Robert Ford III, Jefferson

Idaho State

6-0 junior guard

Ford has started all three of Idaho State’s games, averaging 9.3 points and three assists in his first season playing Division 1 basketball.

Will Graves, South Eugene

Gonzaga

6-5 junior guard

Graves played one minute in Gonzaga’s blowout win over Auburn and grabbed a rebound for the No. 1-ranked Bulldogs.

Matthew Lang, Jesuit

Gonzaga

6-3 junior guard

Lang also logged one minute in Gonzaga’s 90-67 win over Auburn, but he didn’t record any stats.

Wilfried Likayi, Parkrose

New Mexico State

6-9 junior forward

Likayi had nine points and five rebounds in his debut with New Mexico State. He played 18 minutes in the Aggies’ 83-77 win over Arizona Christian.

Cameron Parker, Jesuit

Montana

6-2 junior guard

Parker started at point guard in the Grizzlies’ 76-62 season-opening loss to USC. Parker had four points, two assists and two steals while playing in foul trouble.

Zach Reichle, Wilsonville

Oregon State

6-5 senior guard

Reichle has enjoyed a solid start to the year for the 2-0 Beavers, scoring 11 points with four assists against Cal and 12 points with five assists against Northwest University. He’s shooting 75% from the field and 60% from three-point range.

Marcus Tsohonis, Jefferson

Washington

6-3 sophomore guard

Tsohonis finished his freshman

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Division II-member Queens University (NC) beats Howard 85-71

WASHINGTON — Kenny Dye had 16 points and seven assists as Division II-member Queens University (N.C.) defeated Howard 85-71 on Friday in the Paradise Jam.

Queens replaced Northeastern in the tournament and lost to George Mason 66-65 on Thursday. The Royals are scheduled to face Belmont on Saturday.

Gavin Rains had 14 points and seven rebounds for Queens. Justin Thomas added 11 points and Kelyn Pennie had 10. The Royals scored 25 points off 18 Howard turnovers and shot 51.6% from the floor.

Makur Maker had 12 points for the Bison (0-2). Steve Settle III added 12 points and seven rebounds, and Sam Green had 12 points and nine rebounds.

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Men’s college basketball: Where former Oregon high school stars will play at the Division 1 level in 2020-21

The 2019-20 men’s college basketball season screeched to a disappointing halt with no NCAA Tournament because of the coronavirus.

Division 1 teams return to the hardcourt this week in hopes of a more complete 2020-21 season, complete with a bubble finish.

From Seattle in the Northwest to Jackson, Mississippi, in the Southeast, and from Las Cruces, New Mexico, in the Southwest to Burlington, Vermont, in the Northeast, we found 33 Oregon high school graduates who will be playing Division 1 men’s college basketball this winter.

Below are the Division 1 locals. If you know of any local men playing Division 1 basketball not on this list, email Mike Swanson at [email protected]

Immanuel Allen, Lakeridge

Abilene Christian

6-4 sophomore guard

Isaiah Amato, Central Catholic

Eastern Washington

6-5 freshman guard

Alexis Angeles, Tualatin

Portland State

6-2 junior guard

Nolan Bertain, West Linn

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

6-4 senior guard

Justin Bieker, Jesuit

San Francisco

6-5 redshirt freshman guard

Isaac Bonton, Parkrose

Washington State

6-3 senior guard

Jalen Brown, Jefferson

Pacific (California)

6-3 sophomore guard

Ja’Vary Christmas, De La Salle North

Idaho

6-4 senior guard

Aaron Deloney, Grant

Vermont

6-0 sophomore guard

Myles Fitzgerald-Warren, Madison

Washington State

6-3 junior guard

Robert Ford III, Jefferson

Idaho State

6-0 junior guard

Elijah Gonzales, Clackamas

Louisiana-Monroe

5-11 junior guard

Will Graves, South Eugene

Gonzaga

6-5 junior guard

Kyle Greeley, West Salem

Portland State

6-5 sophomore guard

Darius Guinn, Grant

Bryant

6-7 junior guard

Kamaka Hepa, Jefferson

Texas

6-9 junior forward

Evan Inglesby, Barlow

Gonzaga

6-4 freshman guard

Charles Jones, David Douglas

Portland State

6-2 senior guard

Matthew Lang, Jesuit

Gonzaga

6-3 junior guard

Matthew Levis, Jesuit

Seattle

6-1 freshman guard

Wilfried Likayi, Parkrose

New Mexico State

6-9 junior forward

Chuka Mekkam, Jesuit

Drexel

6-1 junior guard

Jaden Nielsen-Skinner, South Salem

Portland State

5-9 freshman guard

Kaelan O’Neil, Churchill

Eastern Washington

6-5 freshman guard/forward

Luke Osborn, Tualatin

Oregon

6-6 senior guard

Cameron Parker, Jesuit

Montana

6-2 junior guard

Hezekiah Quinlan, Life Christian

Jackson State

6-7 junior forward

Gabe Reichle, Wilsonville

Oregon

6-2 freshman guard

Zach Reichle, Wilsonville

Oregon State

6-5 senior guard

Joseph Smoyer, Franklin

Columbia

6-11 senior forward/center

Khalid Thomas, West Linn

Portland State

6-10 senior forward

Marcus Tsohonis, Jefferson

Washington

6-3 sophomore guard

Joe Wall, Jesuit

Seattle

6-7 sophomore forward

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How former Oregon high school players are faring in Division 1 college football

Last week we posted a list of the nearly 100 athletes we found on Division I FBS college football rosters in 2020.

This week and throughout this strange, coronavirus-altered college football season, we’ll focus on the former Oregon high school football players logging stats at the Division I FBS level this season.

Most of the Division 1 college football players from Oregon high schools play in the Pac-12, which starts Nov. 6-7. But the Mountain West started last weekend, and Nevada’s Cole Turner had a huge game in the Wolf Pack’s debut.

The Clackamas alum had seven catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns in his first game playing tight end as Nevada beat Wyoming 37-34 in overtime Saturday.

Read on to find out which players saw some action in last weekend’s games.

Nick Abbs, Fresno State

Senior

Offensive lineman

Gresham High School

Abbs got in the game but didn’t start in Fresno State’s season opener, which the Bulldogs lost 34-19 to Hawaii.

John Bates, Boise State

Senior

Tight end

Lebanon High School

Bates got off to a solid start in his final season with Boise State, tying his career high with five catches for 44 yards in the No. 25-ranked Broncos’ 42-13 win over Utah State. Bates was named All-Mountain West honorable mention at tight end as a junior.

Daniel Green, Kansas State

Sophomore

Linebacker

Madison High School

Green has 10 tackles a sack through five games for No. 16-ranked Kansas State. He made one tackle in the Wildcats’ 55-14 win Saturday over Kansas.

Wesley Kommer, Nevada

Freshman

Running back

Thurston High School

Kommer got in the game in his college debut but didn’t record any stats in the Wolf Pack’s 37-34 overtime win over Wyoming.

Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame

Junior

Wide receiver

Tigard High School

Lenzy has played in four of the No. 4-ranked Irish’s five games and started against Florida State. He has six catches for 63 yards and a touchdown along with three carries for 8 yards this season. Lenzy had 254 receiving yards and 200 rushing yards last season, with four total touchdowns.

Patrick Maddox, Utah State

Sophomore

Safety

Westview High School

Maddox saw the first college football action of his career in Utah State’s loss to Boise State on Saturday, but he didn’t record any stats.

Tobe Okafor, Navy

Senior

Defensive lineman

Central Catholic High School

Okafor has played in all six games for Navy in his senior season. He’s had his best two games of the season the past two weeks, with two tackles and a pass breakup Saturday against Houston and three tackles (one for a loss) and a blocked kick Oct. 17 at East Carolina.

Andrew Peasley, Utah State

Sophomore

Quarterback

La Grande High School

Peasley got in the game late during Utah’s lopsided loss at Boise State. He didn’t throw any passes but had one carry for 2 yards.

Malakai Salu, UNLV

Sophomore

Linebacker

Central Catholic High School

Salu started at

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Former Oregon high school players competing in Division 1 college football in a season shortened by coronavirus

We’re several weeks into a lot of teams’ college football season, but this is a one-size-does-not-fit-all season from conference to conference because of the coronavirus.

Most of the Division 1 college football players from Oregon high schools play in the Pac-12, which starts Nov. 6-7. But the Mountain West starts this weekend, with Wyoming at Nevada kicking off the conference action at 3 p.m. Saturday on CBS Sports Network.

Nevada has three players from Oregon — Cole Turner (Clackamas), a 6-foot-6 wide receiver converting to tight end this season, along with Wesley Kommer and Grant Starck, two freshmen who won back-to-back state titles for Thurston.

Here are the nearly 100 athletes we found who are playing Division 1 FBS college football in 2020. Did we miss anybody? If so, email Mike Swanson at [email protected]

Nick Abbs, Fresno State

Senior

Offensive lineman

Gresham High School

Andy Alfieri, California

Freshman

Linebacker

Jesuit High School

Mikey Alfieri, Oregon State

Sophomore

Running back

Jesuit High School

Jontae Allen, Oregon State

Freshman

Linebacker

Mountainside High School

Cody Anderson, Oregon State

Junior

Defensive lineman

Thurston High School

Jaren Banks, Rice

Junior

Linebacker

Sheldon High School

John Bates, Boise State

Senior

Tight end

Lebanon High School

Josh Bowcut, Utah State

Redshirt freshman

Defensive tackle

Sherwood High School

Trevon Bradford, Oregon State

Senior

Wide receiver

Oregon City High School

Bryce Bramscher, Oregon State

Junior

Tight end

St. Mary’s High School (Medford)

Marco Brewer, Oregon State

Sophomore

Offensive lineman

Corvallis/Grant High School

Draco Bynum, Washington

Sophomore

Defensive lineman

Wilsonville High School

Chase Cota, UCLA

Junior

Wide receiver

South Medford High School

MJ Cunningham, Oregon

Sophomore

Linebacker

Madison High School

Keishon Dawkins, Oregon State

Sophomore

Defensive lineman

West Linn High School

Brian Espinoza, Oregon State

Redshirt freshman

Offensive lineman

Clackamas High School

Jacob Ferenczi, Oregon State

Freshman

Offensive lineman

North Bend High School

Casey Filkins, Stanford

Freshman

Running back

Lake Oswego High School

Alex Forsyth, Oregon

Junior

Offensive lineman

West Linn High School

Anthony Gould, Oregon State

Redshirt freshman

Wide receiver

West Salem

Jaydon Grant, Oregon State

Junior

Defensive back

West Linn High School

Daniel Green, Kansas State

Sophomore

Linebacker

Madison High School

Jordan Happle, Oregon

Senior

Safety

Jesuit High School

Marcus Harris, Oregon State

Redshirt freshman

Defensive back

Grant High School

Nate Heaukulani, Oregon

Senior

Linebacker

Jesuit High School

Kelsen Hennessy, Oregon State

Redshirt freshman

Defensive lineman

Clackamas High School

Patrick Herbert, Oregon

Redshirt freshman

Tight end

Sheldon High School

Kaelin Himphill, San Diego State

Senior

Linebacker

Liberty High School

Logan Horton, Oregon State

Freshman

Running back

Jesuit High School

Talanoa Hufanga, USC

Junior

Safety

Crescent Valley High School

Dawson Jaramillo, Oregon

Sophomore

Offensive lineman

Lake Oswego High School

Tevin Jeannis, Oregon

Sophomore

Wide receiver

Scappoose High School

Jalen John, Arizona

Freshman

Running back

Lakeridge High School

Cooper Justice, Utah

Freshman

Quarterback

Lakeridge High School

Malik Kelley, Oregon State

Freshman

Tight end

Roosevelt High School

Nous Keobounnam, Oregon State

Senior

Offensive lineman

Centennial High School

Jaxson Kirkland, Washington

Junior

Offensive lineman

Jesuit High School

Wesley Kommer, Nevada

Freshman

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