QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.
Imagine, after years of toiling in the minors, finally breaking onto the roster of a Major League Baseball team. Imagine working your way into a regular spot as a relief pitcher for that same team, helping them fight a longtime rival for the division title.
A number of area teams were dominant on the diamond, track or court this season, and that dominance carried over to post-season awards. The Wenatchee boys tennis team, Panthers boys track squad and Cashmere baseball team are just a few of the teams that racked up awards just like they had victories during the season.
YAKIMA — Eastmont’s Ian Sagdal and Brewster’s Stockton Taylor have both been picked to play in the All-State Baseball Series this weekend in Yakima. Four teams will play Saturday and Sunday in Yakima. Sagdal and Taylor have both been assigned to Team Rainier, which will take on Team St. Helens at 3:15 p.m. Saturday. Team Adams will meet Team Baker at noon Saturday. The third-place game is 10:25 a.m. Sunday, followed by the championship at 1:35 p.m.
YAKIMA — Fifteen runs is usually enough to win several softball games, let alone a single one. But it wasn’t enough for Brewster to avoid elimination at the state Class 2B softball tournament Friday. After losing their first tournament game 13-2 to Mossyrock, the Bears put 15 on the board against LaConner in their second game, only to fall short in a 16-15 season-ending loss.
PASCO — No matter how many times the Eastmont Wildcats face elimination, they won’t go away. Hernán Mendoza headed Mauricio Perez’s corner kick into the net in the second overtime to lead Eastmont to a 1-0 victory over Pasco in a Class 3A state tournament opener Tuesday night, giving the Wildcats their fourth straight victory in a loser-out situation.
LEAVENWORTH — It took a little longer than they expected, but the Cascade fastpitch softball team is the champion of District Six. The District 6 1A tournament was originally set for Saturday in Chelan, but heavy rains washed those games to Tuesday in Leavenworth, where Cascade rolled to a pair of easy wins.
SPOKANE — All season long, the defending 1A state champion Cashmere baseball team has been defeating its opponents by big margins. On Saturday, however, the Bulldogs had to win two one-run games to claim the Caribou Trail League/Northeast A League Bi-District championship.
WENATCHEE — Wenatchee Valley College has announced four individuals and one team to be inducted into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony on June 4. Former men’s basketball great Dwight Pflugrath, women’s basketball coach Steve Stamps, track standout Jennifer Lemke, community booster Don Schoening, and the 1956 WVC football team will all be honored at the event, which will be held at Van Tassell Center on the WVC campus.
CHELAN — Chelan needed one win against Omak in its final doubleheader of the regular season Friday, and got it in the first game. The Goats came into the day a game up on the Pioneers for the third and final playoff spot from the Caribou Trail League, so their 4-3 victory in the first game was enough to put them over the top.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont fastpitch softball team launched an early salvo in its battle for the third seed to the Big Nine 3A district playoffs. The Wildcats routed Pasco 12-2 and 16-1 Thursday, and in doing so, launched themselves into the preferred third spot — for the time being.
CASHMERE — The Cashmere Bulldogs’ dominance over the rest of Caribou Trail League took on a new level Saturday afternoon. Nick Tarver and Trenton Johnson threw back-to-back no-hitters as the Bulldogs (9-0 Caribou Trail League) rolled to wins of 27-0 and 26-0 over the Tonasket Tigers.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls golf team took advantage of its home-course advantage on Tuesday, as three of the Panthers’ top six golfers registered personal-best scores at Three Lakes to help the team to a second-place finish in the third Big Nine 4A pod. Wenatchee junior Jordan Takasugi led the way, firing a 9-over 81 on the par-72 course to rank second among individuals, two strokes in front of Richland’s Kristin Strankman.
EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont soccer coach Eric Duffey will take a win any way he can get one, but at the same time, he’d like to see his team put away its opposition earlier in games. The Wildcats scored four second-half goals to break open a tight game and pull away for a 5-1 win over Hanford on Saturday.
SEATTLE (AP) — High-scoring Kentridge guard Gary Bell and Holy Names’ Erika Johnson have been voted the Associated Press Washington prep basketball players of the year for the 2010-11 season. Bell and Johnson were the winners in voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around the state and announced on Thursday.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys soccer team is still missing that finishing touch. The Panthers created opportunities to score in a home fixture with Chiawana on Tuesday night, but rued those missed chances after the match and the 3-1 loss.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys track team slipped past Kentwood and Lake Stevens by the slimmest of margins to win the team title at the Ray Cockrum Relays on Saturday on a rain-soaked track at WHS. The Panthers finished with 80 points, a half-point ahead of the Conquerors and a full point clear of the Vikings.
SPOKANE — Whitworth guard Michael Taylor has been named the NCAA Division III Player of the Year by the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The former Brewster star, who was also the Northwest Conference player of the year, led Whitworth in scoring (20.3 ppg.) and assists and led the league in both free throw percentage (88.4) and 3-point percentage (52.8). The Pirates went 28-2 this season, the best record in school history.