It’s time for the yearly adventure into the northeast corner of the Beaver State. Friday both Knight teams play in the city well known for its annual rodeo, and then Saturday move on another time zone to play a school with a partridge as a mascot.
WOMENS BASKETBALL (3-7. 11-14)
Friday, Blue Mountain (5-5, 16-7) away.
“Kick’em while they’re down.” Well, not figuratively, but the time may be right. Blue Mountain has dropped three straight games after winning five in a row. Two and a half weeks ago the Timberwolves got off to a big first half lead and hung on to defeat Wenatchee Valley 61-51. It was the seventh win in the last nine games for the Pendleton outfit against WVC. The series used to be tilted the other, well it still is in the long run. The Knights at one time were up 50 to 11 and now lead 52 to 18. And they lead south of the border 22 to 12.
Saturday, Treasure Valley (0-10, 2-21) away.
This series has sort of been played in three phases. First Wenatchee Valley won 13 of 14. Following that Treasure Valley won six straight, and now the Knights have rung up five in a row to take an 18-7 lead. Wins have been hard to come by for the Chukars this season as they’ve won but two of 21, and have a 17-game losing streak going. The Black and Silver blasted them 82-55 at W.B. Smith Gym last month. By the way, the 82 is the most the gals have scored in their last 64 league games. WVC is 9-3 in Ontario.
Darian Gasseling poured in 30 points at Columbia Basin last Wednesday. The 5-5 freshman is the 14th Knight to score 30 or more in a game. All together it is occurred 25 times, the most recent was when current WVC assistant coach, Lauren Daley, tallied 30 five seasons ago against Yakima Valley.
Standings: Columbia Basin 10-0, Walla Walla 8-2, Big Bend 6-4, Blue Mountain 5-5, Spokane 5-5, Wenatchee Valley 3-7, Yakima Valley 3-7, Treasure Valley 0-10.
MENS BASKETBALL (4-6, 10-13)
Friday, Blue Mountain (0-10, 4-18) away.
There is still a shot. A chance that is of finishing in the top four in the East and making the NWAACC tourney. Only two games separate five teams occupying third through fifth in the standings. Big Bend and Spokane are 6-4, Yakima Valley 5-5 and Wenatchee Valley and Walla Walla 4-6. Everyone has four games remaining. After these two, the Knights finish with Big Bend and Yakima Valley here at home. In their first matchup with the Timberwolves Wenatchee won 54-44. Overall in the series WVC leads 40-26 and they are 15-15 in Pendleton.
Saturday, Treasure Valley (7-3, 14-8) away.
In possibly their best game of the year, Wenatchee Valley upended Treasure Valley 84-62 the 24th of last month in Smith Gymnasium. It was the first league loss for the Chukars after four straight wins. They now go to Ontario where WVC has done quite well over the years, winning nine and only losing five. The Chukars come into the game on a two-game losing streak. In 34 games TVCC leads in wins 19 to 15.
Standings: Columbia Basin 8-2, Treasure Valley 7-3, Big Bend 6-4, Spokane 6-4, Yakima Valley 5-5, Wenatchee Valley 4-6, Walla Walla 4-6, Blue Mountain 0-10,
What’s with this Partridge?
A chukar is a partridge. From Wikipedia and the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife. The Chukar is a rotund (13–14”) long partridge, with a light brown back, grey breast, and buff belly.The chukar partridge is an introduced species found in the dry, rimrock country of eastern Oregon. Extensive areas in eastern Oregon provide ideal habitat for chukars. Cheat grass provides one of their most important year-around food resources. Its habitat is generally steep, rocky, dry, and largely unsuitable for development, agriculture or other commercial uses except grazing. Much of Oregon's chukar habitat might be described as "the land no one wanted."