Pacific’s boys captured the Class 1A boys title Saturday, beating Prairie City 73-50 in the championship game at Baker High School.
The Pirates capped a season in which they were ranked No. 1 most of the season.
“Last night was a night that our team, our community and I will never forget,” Pacific senior Josh Engdahl said Sunday. “Our best basketball was played during this weekend. The crowd of the state championship was unreal, easily the loudest game I’ve ever played in.”
Pacific outscored Prairie City 25-12 in the first quarter and never looked back.
Jack Lehnherr had 19 points and 16 rebounds and John Morrill-Keeler added 15 points and 17 rebounds. Justin Hall had 16 points and Steven White 12. White had a trio of big 3-pointers for Pacific.
“I think we played good team basketball this weekend,” Morrill-Keeler said, stressing the value of Pacific’s unselfish nature.
Engdahl had five assists and four steals.
The big key in the win, Pacific coach Ben Stallard said, was his team’s defense against Prairie City star Dorran Wilson.
“Once again, superb defense prevailed,” Stallard said.
Wilson had 14 points for Prairie City, seven in each half.
“Extra props to Josh and Justin in that endeavor,” Stallard said. “That kid can really play. We boxed him in pretty well.”
Lehnherr and Morrill-Keeler both were named to the all-tournament first team. Wilson was the lone unanimous selection.
Pacific finished the season with just two losses a year after just missing the state playoffs.
“I am grateful that all our hard work over the years has paid off and to have played that one last game under two hard-working coaches (Stallard and Bob Lemerande) that worked their butts off, and with my teammates who deserve every bit of this moment,” Engdahl said.
Pacific also won the state track title last spring, with Hall and Engdahl leading the way.
“It’s amazing winning the state championship,” said Morrill-Keeler, who also contributed to the track title. “Winning it in track was great, but basketball is more my sport, so this one felt a little better to me.”
In the girls final, Country Christian scored the last 10 points to edge Nixyaawii 56-54.
Mollie Lewandowski had 26 points and 10 rebounds and hit the game-winner at the buzzer for Country Christian. She also tied the game with 56 seconds to go. Meghan McGrath added 13 points and 12 rebounds for Country Christian.
Mary Stewart had 28 points for Nixyaawii.
Columbia Christian edged top-ranked Western Mennonite 65-61 in the boys championship game at Pendeton.
Ben Gregg had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead Columbia Christian. Elijah Munyan added 13 points.
Payton Richardson had 22 points, Keaton Hull 17 and Johnny Williams 16 for the Pioneers.
Columbia Christian made 10 of its 12 free throws in the final 2:38 of the game to hold on.
In the girls championship game, top-ranked Kennedy beat Monroe 53-40.
Kaylin Cantu had 12 points and Sophia Carley 11 for the Trojans in the win.
Madison Ballard and Peyton Greene had 12 points each for the Dragons.