YAKIMA — Several members of the Chelan girls basketball team are star players in other sports. Courtney Dietrich and Abby Phelps, for example, have been a part of the Goats’ perennially successful volleyball squad, and Megan Robinson was a member of the Goats’ state championship-winning tennis team a year ago. They certainly don’t have a squad full of basketball specialists. But what they do have is a team full of good athletes with high character, and those qualities can lead a team to where it wants to go just as ...
YAKIMA — On Jan. 3, the Cashmere boys basketball team beat Okanogan 85-57. Three weeks later, Okanogan defeated Cashmere 88-75. Saturday’s contest between the two Bulldogs squads — a 1A Hardwood Classic consolation match-up at the Yakima Valley SunDome — was nothing like the previous two games.
YAKIMA — Throughout the course of this season, the Brewster girls basketball team’s players periodically got together for what they call ‘pedi parties.’ At those get-togethers, the players painted all of their fingernails red — except for the ring finger. “We painted that one gold,” said junior wing Monica Landdeck. “We call it the ‘gold ball’ nail.”
There is no doubt about it — the Brewster Bears are the best Class 1A girls basketball team in Washington state. The Bears claimed the state title with a resounding victory Saturday over the previously undefeated Castle Rock Rockets at the Yakima SunDome.
YAKIMA — There will be a new 1A girls basketball state champion this season. Okanogan’s heartbreaking loss to King’s in a Thursday Hardwood Classic quarterfinal contest at the Yakima Valley SunDome ensured that fact. A Caribou Trail League squad still has a chance at winning a title, however, thanks to big victories by Brewster and Chelan. In fact, the Goats and Bears are each one win away from meeting for a fourth time this season — with a state championship at stake.
YAKIMA — Because the Cashmere and Lynden Christian boys basketball teams played each other on Dec. 27, it seemed clear that the team that could make better adjustments for the squads’ Thursday rematch in a 1A Hardwood Classic quarterfinal contest at the Yakima Valley SunDome would be the team that would prevail. In the end, it was equally apparent that the Lyncs were able to make the changes that they needed to make, and the Bulldogs weren’t.
TACOMA — A misstep drove Asa Schwartz all season long and repentance propelled him onto the first-place podium Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Schwartz (220 pounds) clinched his first state title as a junior and helped Chelan to a fifth place team finish in a 6-4 overtime win by scoring a takedown.
OMAK — The Caribou Trail League dominated the Northeast A League in the bi-district basketball tournaments. CTL teams lost just one game to NEA squads during the course of the tourney, which began last weekend in Spokane and concluded Friday and Saturday in Omak and Okanogan.
TACOMA — Hugh Chang lifted his stepson and protégé, Fabian Wickham, off the dirty concrete floor of the Tacoma Dome and carried the brawler for a brief period after the last match. Three third-place finishes in three years is nothing to sneeze at, and Fabian Wickham (106) was collected but appreciative of everything that’s come to him during his long tenure as the best lightweight grappler Eastmont had to offer.
SPOKANE VALLEY — Every time the Chelan girls basketball team plays Okanogan, the game — and the result of the game — means a little bit more to the Goats. The two squads have developed a nice rivalry over the past couple of years. That’s not entirely surprising considering the fact that the teams have played each other eight times in the past 15 months.
A new tradition was started Wednesday at Wenatchee and Eastmont, as the two schools honored student-athletes that have committed to play sports at colleges on National Letter of Intent signing day with a ceremony in the evening. Each school had four athletes sign with four-year schools.
BREWSTER — The Brewster girls basketball team wanted to go unbeaten this season. That’s not going to happen, not after Chelan handed the Bears their first loss of the season on Saturday. Brewster’s players were able to learn some things about themselves in defeat, however — lessons that they will surely apply to the rest of their season. They knew that they’d have to play very well to beat Okanogan, the defending 1A state champions, on Tuesday, and they were able to do just that — thanks in part to ...
BREWSTER — Justin Rivas might be the quickest player in the Caribou Trail League, which is why he’s so good at getting back in transition for easy layup opportunities. The Okanogan guard entered the Bulldogs’ Tuesday game against Brewster second in the league in scoring, and against the Bears he demonstrated how he’s been able to rack up a large share of his points this season.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont wrestling team has had some definite highlights this season. Thursday night was not one of them. Undefeated Sunnyside trounced the depleted Wildcats 43-19 in their final home Big Nine dual meet of the season, eliminating Eastmont (2-2) from league title contention.
CASHMERE — The Brewster girls basketball team almost won the 2B state championship last season. The Bears might have just as good a chance to win the 1A title this season. Through the first half of Caribou Trail League play, Brewster has clearly asserted itself as the league’s top team; during the past week, the unbeaten Bears have defeated the three other top teams in a ridiculously talented CTL — Okanogan, Chelan and Cashmere, which fell to Brewster 52-38 on Tuesday at Ron Doane Gymnasium.
CHELAN — Kara Staggs did plenty of damage and finished with a game-high 29 points, but the impressive individual effort was no match for Chelan’s balanced offensive attack and Okanogan lost 60-46 for the third straight time after opening the year 10-0. Okanogan (10-3 overall, 4-3 Caribou Trail) pulled out to a 20-5 lead after the first quarter behind Staggs’ 15 points.
OKANOGAN — Okanogan may be the defending 1A girls basketball champion, but it no longer lays claim to the top spot in its own league’s standings. That distinction belongs to Brewster, who took down the Bulldogs 67-62 in a battle of unbeaten Caribou Trail League teams Thursday night.
Right now, there seems to be absolutely so sign that any team is capable of beating the Okanogan and Brewster girls basketball squads. Both teams entered the season motivated to prove that what they accomplished last year (the Bears won the 1A state title, the Bears took second at the 2B state tournament) wasn’t a fluke, and they appear to be getting better and better each time they step on the court. That’s not a good sign for the rest of the Caribou Trail League.