Three North Central Washington teams are headed to Spokane for state basketball tournament action this week, beginning Thursday, while another one is on a slightly different course.
The Chelan boys are headed to Yakima for the Class 1A state tournament. The team doesn’t play until 9 p.m. Thursday, the last of four quarterfinal games. So the Goats aren’t leaving for the tournament the night before the tournament like they usually would.
Instead they’re heading to Yakima on Thursday morning, and will probably be looking for something to do other than sitting around their hotel rooms all day.
One possibility is mini-golf.
“We talked about going putt-putt golfing,” Chelan senior Evan Reister said. “That’s what we did before the Lakeside game in Spokane.”
Reister said his putting game is in top form.
“I’m pretty good, I’m not gonna lie,” he said. “Coach thinks he’s the best, but (Michael) Amsel and I have something to say about that.”
Back in State B
Brewster has quite the legacy at the Class B state tournament at the Spokane Arena, but the last time any Bears team made the trip to the Inland Empire was in 1992. A lengthy stay in the Class 1A ranks kept Brewster away from Spokane for almost two decades, but that all changes when the Brewster girls meet Toutle Lake at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the 2B state tournament.
Some members of the community are happy the Bears are back at State B, said Brewster girls basketball coach Randy Phillips, who was the school’s principal for nine years during its 1A run.
“When I was principal we opted up to the As, and a lot of people probably weren’t happy we pushed that,” Phillips said. “I think a lot of them are pretty happy to be back in the Bs because those are their roots.”
They certainly are. The Brewster boys have 21 appearances, 16 trophies, and five titles in the B ranks, while the girls have three B appearances and one trophy to their credit.
That history of success works both for and against the Bears.
“There’s a lot of people that want us to win, and a lot of people that want to see us get beat,” Phillips said.
The Lake Roosevelt girls are still alive thanks in large part to the play of Dominique Pleasants and Jada Desautel, two pint-size players who pack a lot of punch.
“She didn’t want to go home,” coach Pee Wee Pleasants said of his daughter’s efforts in the district tournament. “She and Jada are cousins, and they just sort of made the decision to pick it up and go with it.”
The cousins are close off the court and were also pretty close on it, at least in the scoring column. Desautel scored 184 points in the regular season, and Pleasants had 183.
The Lake Roosevelt boys have an interesting — not to mention complicated — history at the state tournament.
As Lake Roosevelt, the Raiders have placed just twice — sixth in 1976 and again in 1979 — in 10 state tournament appearances. When they were Coulee Dam, the school placed in three of its four state trips between 1958 and 1963.
The team also made two state appearances as Grand Coulee, taking sixth way back in 1939, and winning it all in Class 2B in 1960.