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By the numbers: Wenatchee vs. Eastmont

The revamped Big Nine league threw a curveball into the prep basketball schedules this season, resulting in teams dueling with each league member three times. That’s added a lot more sizzle to the Wenatchee and Eastmont Bridge of Sportsmanship rivalry, which will be renewed Friday with their final of three regular season doubleheaders at Eastmont. So far the meetings have been all Wildcats — the EHS girls and boys are both 2-0 against the Panthers. But the records only tell a small portion of the story.

Local football stars to play in All-State game

Local football standouts Darin Hardgrove of Eastmont and Nick Sells and Ryan Osterlund of Wenatchee will play in the All-State football game in Moses Lake this summer. Trenton Osborn and Trea Thomas of Eastmont were named as alternates, and Eastmont’s Doug McGill will coach.

Eastmont teams blow out Ike

EAST WENATCHEE — A dominant third quarter helped the Eastmont girls take a 53-37 win over Eisenhower on Friday night, one the Wildcats hope will give them momentum as they make a push for the Big Nine’s No. 2 seed down the stretch in league play. “For this team, it’s (the win) a big deal,” said Eastmont coach Tessa Bromiley, whose team improved to 7-4 in the Big Nine, one game behind second-place Davis. “This team seems to play best at home, so we hope we can take that and ...

Wildcats bounce back against Grizzlies

YAKIMA — The Eastmont Wildcats’ unblemished league record is no more. Led by an explosive second half from Nikhil Lizotte and aided by a pair of controversial calls, the Davis Pirates handed the No. 8-ranked Wildcats a 56-53 loss in overtime Friday night. It was the first defeat in Big Nine play this season for Eastmont (12-2 overall, 8-1 league).

Depleted Wildcats fall to Sunnyside

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.

EHS wrestling’s league title hopes pinned on Grizzlies

EAST WENATCHEE — The road to the Big Nine wrestling championship goes through Sunnyside. Eastmont hopes it doesn’t turn into a dead end tonight. The Wildcats (2-1) face off with the undefeated Grizzlies (3-0) in their final home dual meet of the season at 7 p.m. tonight, but they’ll do so with a beat-up roster.

3-pointers, steals keying Wildcats’ success

EAST WENATCHEE — With just one look over the Eastmont Wildcats stat sheet from this season, it’s easy to find numbers that have directly contributed to their 8-0 Big Nine record and 12-1 overall standing. The Wildcats, who moved up two spots to No. 8 in the Associated Press’ Class 4A state poll Wednesday, have been shooting lights out from the perimeter and stifling on defense, a winning combination for any team.

Wildcats bury Chiefs with big turnaround

EAST WENATCHEE — Most teams don’t come back from three-point halftime deficits by scoring 20 more points in the second half than their opponents score in the entire game. Clearly the Eastmont Wildcats aren’t most teams.

Okanogan skid continues vs. Goats

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.

EHS boys smother Sunnyside

SUNNYSIDE — Defensive performances don’t get much better than this. Eastmont smothered Sunnyside in a 68-21 win as Big Nine play restarted after the holiday break Saturday, completing a perfect run through the first of three rounds of league action for the Wildcats (9-1 overall, 5-0 league).

’Cats own their mats

EAST WENATCHEE — Eastmont wrestling coach Ken Hoyt hasn’t been easy to impress this year, grading his team’s performances with ‘atta boys’ and having a rather pedestrian reaction to a team title at the 32-team Central Kitsap Hammerhead Invitational two weeks ago. Hoyt was singing a different tune Saturday, though, after his Wildcats wrapped up their first title in five years at their own 15-team Paul Reasor Memorial Cats Classic tournament.

Eastmont boys handed first loss

EAST WENATCHEE — Nine games into the 2012-13 campaign, the Eastmont boys basketball finally met its match. The Wildcats couldn’t work around the height of Lakeside of Seattle in a 51-39 loss at the Wenatchee Basketball Tournament on Saturday. It was Eastmont’s first loss of the season.

EHS aims to stop Classic skid

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont wrestling team is looking to start one streak and end another, all in one fell swoop. Coming off the heels of a championship at the Central Kitsap Hammerhead Invitational on Dec. 15, the Wildcats will be in the mix Saturday to win their own annual Paul Reasor Memorial Cats Classic. And if they do that, they’ll also stop a five-year drought since their last Cats Classic title.

Classic goes to ’Cats

WENATCHEE — When the final buzzer rang, the Eastmont Wildcats were 58-55 overtime victors Friday night for their second straight win over rival Wenatchee at Town Toyota Center. But eight minutes of game clock from the end, the Wildcats looked about as far away from a victory as could be.

Wildcats too much to handle for Panthers

WENATCHEE — A 6-0 start. A combined 12 seasons of varsity starting experience. A seasoned coach eight years into his tenure. That combination brought to the hardwood by Eastmont Friday at Town Toyota Center was too much for an overmatched and out-hustled Wenatchee Panther squad, and it resulted in a 52-43 win for the Wildcats.

Fight to the finish

EAST WENATCHEE — There’s no drama like the drama of a wrestling dual meet between bitter rivals. But add a little controversy, and suddenly it can reach a fever pitch. Tuesday night’s Big Nine meet between Eastmont and Wenatchee was that kind of clash.

EHS boys stay unbeaten

EAST WENATCHEE — The pressure is still working, the players are still sharing the ball, and the Eastmont boys basketball is still undefeated. The Wildcats came through with a 51-43 win over Moses Lake in their first league road game Saturday, improving to 5-0 overall for what coach Mike Waters estimated to be the first time in his eight years at Eastmont.

Roundup: Okanogan girls hang on in Colville

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.

Eastmont hoops team stay unbeaten

EAST WENATCHEE — The pressure is still working, the players are still sharing the ball, and the Eastmont Wildcats are still undefeated in basketball. And yes, that applies to both teams.