2012 Feel-Good Moments

By From page A9 | January 04, 2013

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AN EMOTIONAL moment occurred between Ponderosa High Head Coach Noel O'Donnell and Ali Ryan after she scored during her one minute of play against Oak Ridge. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Ali Ryan — One of the area’s top scorers for the Ponderosa Lady Bruin basketball program before injuries — two ACL tears — cut her prep career short beginning midway through her junior season. In a much-anticipated return, Ryan suited up for her Senior Night against Oak Ridge.

The plan was a minute of court time and the stage was set for Ryan to drive through an open lane for a layup before taking a seat on the bench. The Trojans, aware of the plan, obliged but Ryan went off script and drilled a three-pointer from the wing.

Recovering, Ryan undertook the discus and shot put for the spring track and field team and excelled. Among her accomplishments were: winning the Meet of Champions; setting a school record for the shot put; the shot put Delta River League champ; coming in second at Masters’ and a state qualifier. Ryan was also the Girl Athlete of the Year for the Bruin program. She is now at the University of Portland.

Josh Hufford — Another big shot … by another Bruin. The Ponderosa-Oak Ridge basketball matchups pack ’em in and records mean little. Hufford avenged an earlier 22-point loss to the Trojans by draining the winning 15-foot shot at the buzzer for a 52-51 win to spoil Oak Ridge’s Senior Night and erase the last of the Bruins’ 14-point fourth-quarter deficit.



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