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.
QUINCY — Bob Woodworth had, by his own admission, strict rules for his players when he coached the Quincy boys basketball team from 1955 to 1972. Woodworth demanded accountability, preparedness and self-control from his athletes, among other things, and developed his own unique style of coaching that helped him achieve a long-lasting, unprecedented run of success. Over the years, he cultivated that coaching style into something more, something that almost took on a life of its own in the small Columbia Basin town.
QUINCY — Jacob Durfee drained four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and went 4-of-6 at the free throw line down the stretch to play a big role in Quincy’s 66-58 win over Cashmere on Tuesday. “It was a real high-scoring game if you love watching offense,” Quincy coach Wade Petersen said.
COLVILLE — Colville is a tough scene to play in, and it took all hands for defending 1A girls basketball champ Okanogan to finish on top 54-42 on Saturday night. Okanogan made do without its star Kara Staggs, who had been averaging 28 points per game, as she was fouled three times and left the first half in Colville.
The Brewster girls basketball team lost to Reardan in last year's 2B state championship game. The Bears had an opportunity Friday to avenge the loss, and they were able to do just that, even without the services of one of their best players. Brewster, playing without point guard Becky Mae Taylor, held on for a 69-66 victory.
CASHMERE — If the Eastmont boys basketball team is going to have success this season, it’s going to need to get good play from its bench. The Wildcats like to do a lot of pressing on defense, which means that head coach Mike Waters is going to have to rotate players in and out of the game on a frequent basis to keep them fresh. First-year varsity player Devin Schall showed in Tuesday’s game against Cashmere that he’s got the talent to become one of Waters’ go-to reserves.
OKANOGAN — The Okanogan girls basketball team opened its defense of the 1A state championship with a decisive 76-22 win over Lake Roosevelt on Thursday night. Kara Staggs scored 13 of her 33 points in the second quarter for Okanogan, which built up a 52-10 halftime lead on visiting Lake Roosevelt.
KENNEWICK — The Quincy Jacks defense waged a losing battle over the course of three quarters. Finally, after a River View Panther drive that coursed the length of the field, the Jacks folded on a 1-yard quarterback sneak up the middle.
YAKIMA — After one day of play, nobody is looking better than Cascade at the 1A state volleyball tournament. The Kodiaks were the only team to avoid losing a single set in two Friday contests, setting up a semifinal battle against top-ranked Castle Rock at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
An intense burst of positive energy has been crackling through the hallways of Cascade High School during the past couple of weeks. Athletic director Elia Ala’ilima-Daley can’t say for sure that the good feelings have been directly caused by the success of the school’s fall sports teams, but he knows that the squads’ collective prosperity certainly hasn’t hurt matters. For what is believed to be the first time in school history, all three of the Kodiaks’ fall sports squads have qualified for their respective 1A state tournaments in the same ...
WENATCHEE — Local sports fans will have an abundance of events to keep tabs on as the fall prep sports postseason kicks into high gear this week. Here’s a look at what’s on tap in state playoff action.
WENATCHEE — In 2010, the Wenatchee High School volleyball team advanced to the 4A state tournament. “We felt like we were lucky (to get there that year),” said coach LeAnne McGahuey. “We got there by chance.” The next year, the Panthers earned a repeat trip to state. “The second time, we worked really hard for it,” McGahuey said, “but it still took a little luck.”
MOSES LAKE — Only one Big Nine team will play in the 4A girls soccer state tournament, and that team won’t come from the Wenatchee Valley. Eastmont and Wenatchee, the third and fourth seeds in the Big Nine’s four-team district playoffs, were eliminated on the road in the first round Tuesday. Eastmont fell to No. 2 Moses Lake 3-1, and top-seeded Davis took care of Wenatchee 2-0.