View Full Version : Big Games for Grant Gibbs, Andy Poling, and Jeff Taylor Fri. and Sat., 3/7 and 3/8

03-06-2008, 04:45 PM
Andy Poling, Grant Gibbs, and Jeff Taylor: All three of these young men have big games coming up this weekend, Grant tomorrow and Andy and Jeff on Saturday. Grant will also be playing Saturday, in either the championship game or in the consolation game.

Grant Gibbs: Grant and his Linn-Mar Lions (19-4) advance to the semi-finals of the Class 4A basketball championship (http://www.thehawkeye.com/Story/Boys-basketball-pairings-030608) against Iowa City High (23-1). Boy, this one looks like it’s going to call on Grant, Zach Bohanon, and the rest of the Linn-Mar Lions to reach deep into their bag of tricks to pull out a win. I think Iowa City has already beaten Linn-Mar twice during the regular season.

Time Friday for Grant's First Game: 11:35 a.m. (1:35 pm Iowa time)
1600ESPN.Com Radio (http://www.1600espn.com/index.php)

We need to have our tiny heads leaned up against the radio dial screaming for the Lions. Semifinal winners will meet in the chanpionship game at 6:00 pm Saturday (8:00 pm Iowa time); consolation game at 11:45 a.m. Saturday (1:45 pm. CST).

Go Big Time, Grant!

Jeff Taylor: The Hobbs Eagles play in the first round of New Mexico 5A tournament play, as the #2 seed (Clovis is #1 seed). I believe their opponent will be the #15 seeded Valley Vikings of Albuquerque.

Valley's MaxPreps page (http://www.maxpreps.com/FanPages/Team.mxp/AreaID-22f34d9a-c790-4320-b10e-6a8742529bbb/SchoolID-b8961f95-b9fb-4d2d-9fae-0bae5f736d10/Boys_Varsity_Basketball_Winter_07-08/NewMexico)

Place: Hobbs
Time Saturday for Jeff's Game: 6:00 PM (7:00 PM Hobbs time)
Radio (http://www.hobbsschools.net/)

Andy Poling: Andy’s Westview team plays Grant in the second Round of the OSAA Class 6A basketball tournament.

Brackets (http://highschoolsports.oregonlive.com/tournament/401/)
Radio (http://www.kuik.com/default.asp)
Time Saturday for Andy's Game: 7:00 PMNote: I’m leaving for the WCC tournament at 11:00 am Friday and am uncertain about internet connections at our hotel in SD, so I’m posting this ahead of time.

03-07-2008, 01:15 AM
Game Day Story for Grant Gibbs Linn-Marr v. Iowa City Meeting (http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080306/SPORTS/740581629/-1/rss02&rssfeed=rss02):

[B]Despite state history, Linn-Mar takes underdog role
By Jeff Dahn
The Gazette
March 06. 2008 10:50PM

DES MOINES Linn-Mar is the defending Class 4A state champion and with five straight appearances at the state tournament is enjoying the best run of any Metro program since Cedar Rapids Regis made seven straight trips to the capitol city from 1989 through 1995.

Yet heading into the first of today's 4A state semifinals opposite Mississippi Valley Conference rival Iowa City High, the Lions feel like a decided underdog. Or at least they're talking that way.

"We're big underdogs going into that," Linn-Mar senior leader Grant Gibbs said. "We're happy just to have another chance at them as good of a team as they are. Hopefully, it's going to be a great game. They're an incredible team and (they have) great talent and they really play well together, so it's going to be a great test."

Top-ranked and top-seeded City High beat Linn-Mar twice during the regular season and handed the Lions their only loss last season.

"The two first ones were good and they went to the wire," Linn-Mar Coach Chris Robertson said. "We just hope we can hang around and compete to the end and maybe we'll have a shot at the end."
Linn-Mar is in the midst of its fifth straight 20-win season and its fifth straight final four appearance, but the Lions are still poor-boying it a little bit when talk turns to City High.

"Obviously, it all starts with Gatens and you're going to have to defend him because he's the real deal," Robertson said."

Linn-Mar junior Zach Bohannon is looking forward to the weekend.

"It's one awesome opportunity for us," he said. "We have two games left in our season and we're just going to come out there and give it our best shot versus City High and hopefully we can come out victorious."Bolding added for emphasis;)

03-08-2008, 10:34 AM
Bumping for the consolation round game for Grant at 11:35.

Game story for Grant here (http://www.gazetteonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?Date=20080307&Category=SPORTS&ArtNo=392102636&SectionCat=rss02&Template=printart).

Try as he did Friday, the Grant Gibbs still healing from a broken wrist suffered in January wasn't the same player as the junior who helped Linn-Mar win it all a year ago. With full health, he'll be an asset to Gonzaga's perennial powerhouse the next few years.

03-08-2008, 10:39 AM
We're counting on posters from Hobbs and Iowa for reports since ace reporter ZagNative is basking in the San Diego sun.

03-08-2008, 06:56 PM
Jeff was given the game ball after the end of the game and it was really neat that he was emotional, shedding tears. He seems to really understand the history here and the appreciation that the fans here had for him. He is now the all time leading scorer in Hobbs High history. 1625 in two years. Hopefully three games left. I believe they play wednesday at 4:25 pm in albuquerque at The Pit in the quarterfinals of the state tourney. Unfortunately I will be in Houston from Monday until Friday. Pray that they make it to Saturdays championship game for a possible fourth game against Clovis.

03-09-2008, 09:06 AM
Thanks, crescd. Jeff sounds like another European we had here at Gonzaga who wore his emotions on his sleeve: Ronny Turiaf.

Good luck and congrats to Jeff and Hobbs!

03-09-2008, 09:47 AM
Congrats to Jeff Taylor on becoming the Hobbs High School All-Time Leading Scorer :) Good luck in the quarter finals...

03-09-2008, 11:44 AM
I was sorry to have missed Andy and Grant's last games in high school, including Andy' last game for Westview. From The Oregonian (http://www.oregonlive.com/prepboysbasketball/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/sports/1205047507120160.xml&coll=7),

Class 6A boys playoffs
Sunday, March 09, 2008
The Oregonian Staff

The roster said Josh Hardin was eight inches shorter than Andy Poling, but the Grant senior didn't give an inch under the basket Saturday.

Hardin scored 10 of his season-high 14 points in the first quarter and helped ignite the Generals to a 73-57 victory over Westview in second-round OSAA Class 6A playoff basketball at Grant High School.

The win propelled Grant (19-6), a Portland Interscholastic League No. 1 seed for the first time in 21 years, to the eight-team championship tournament, which begins Thursday in Eugene.

The loss meant the end of the road for Westview (13-13) and closed the book on a prolific four-year prep career for the 7-foot Poling.

After falling behind 10-2, Grant caught fire and Hardin went directly at Poling three times for baskets under the rim that the Westview center couldn't swat away.

"Those baskets were huge for us -- and unexpected," Grant coach Tony Broadous said.

Hardin came into the game averaging 3.7 points. He practiced shooting over Poling by going against 6-8 teammate Mike Moser.

"The coaches told me to go straight at him," Hardin said. "I'm used to being the small guy inside."
Poling, who scored one point in the first half and didn't make a field goal until there was 1:12 left in the third quarter, finished with 10 points. The Gonzaga-bound player scored 1,661 in his Westview career.See you on campus soon, Andy! Have a great summer!

03-09-2008, 03:36 PM
Good for Jeff! The last article I saw, he was not listing an offer from Gonzaga. Looks like a great kid, though.