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.
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.
EPHRATA — Despite leading nearly the entire game, the Pateros boys basketball team lost 68-64 to Soap Lake in overtime on Tuesday at a 1B district basketball contest. The Billygoats’ Carlos Cineceros hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left in the fourth quarter to force the overtime. Mikey Piechalski and Cineceros scored 21 points each to lead Pateros in scoring.
Ephrata’s aspirations of making a run in the Central Washington Athletic Conference took a shot with the injury of star point guard Layton Lange. Lange, who averaged 11 points per game and was a second team all-league selection last season, suffered a dislocated knee cap in practice before the season started and is expected to miss at least 6-8 weeks. He helped lift the team to a 9-12 record last year, a drastic improvement from 2010-11’s 0-20 finish.
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.
OMAK — Michael Amsel, Jr. wasn’t rusty. Not even close. Chelan’s star senior quarterback, safety and return man played every bit like a former league most valuable player in his first game of the season, a 67-6 eviceration of Omak on Friday night.
Former Ephrata High School star Patrick Simon has been granted his release from his basketball scholarship at Washington State, and plans to transfer, according to a release of the school’s athletic web site on Wednesday.
TACOMA — If there ever was a way to go out with a bang, Berlie Walker did it. In the final athletic event of the Eastmont senior’s high school career, Walker busted off a lifetime-best 14-foot, three-inch pole vault to claim the 3A boys championship at Mt. Tahoma High School on the first day of the state meet Thursday.
SPOKANE — One bad hole in the 4A girls golf state tournament Tuesday had Wenatchee’s Jordan Takasugi doubting her chances of making Wednesday’s final round. But instead of panicking, Takasugi recalled something for last week’s district tournament. “I honestly thought after that hole I was done, but I remember a girl at districts that shot nine on a hole and still shot in the 70s, so I had to keep fighting,” she said.
WENATCHEE — In preparation for her third 4A state tournament in as many years, Wenatchee senior golfer Jordan Takasugi has seemed at ease since qualifying at regionals last Monday. The Panthers hope that will help calm freshman Carly Bozett, who will join Takasugi at Spokane’s MeadowWood Golf Course when the state kicks off Tuesday morning.
WENATCHEE — In a doubleheader as big as any that has been played in Recreation Park in some time, the Wenatchee Panthers and Richland Bombers split in two games that lived up to the billing. The two teams entered Tuesday tied atop the Big Nine 4A division and they left it in the same slots after Davis split at Walla Walla in other league action.
PASCO — The Wenatchee boys’ track team put their overflowing depth of talent on full display Wednesday, taking 14 of the 17 events in cruising to a pair of victories over at a Big Nine 4A tri-meet with Davis and host Chiawana. In the two hurdling events and the long jump, the two events that didn’t end with a Panther atop the podium, Wenatchee finished second.
EAST WENATCHEE — The second go-round in league play is always tougher than the first. That was certainly the case for the Eastmont Wildcats on Tuesday, who had to come from behind for a 3-1 victory over West Valley, a team they defeated 9-3 just three weeks before.
KENNEWICK — The Eastmont boys track team turned in four first-place finishes at a Big Nine 3A league meet at Kamiakin Thursday. Dylan Guilmette (800), Collin Doneen (110 hurdles), Jordan Frazier (javelin) and Trenton Osborn (long jump) each ascended the podium for the Wildcats, who host their annual invitational today.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont Wildcats didn’t have it on Tuesday. Lucky for them, it only resulted in one addition in the loss column. Eastmont had no answers for Moses Lake’s lineup in a 22-1 loss in the first game of a doubleheader, but the second game was postponed due to rain with the Chiefs leading 7-0 in the bottom of the first.
TOPPENISH — The rebuilding Wenatchee boys soccer team played one of the best teams in the Central Washington Athletic Conference on Thursday. The final result of the contest showed the disparity in the squads’ level of experience. The Wildcats posted a 3-0 victory that dropped the Panthers’ record to 1-4 overall.