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.
Eastmont's stellar senior class led the Wildcats to their first league title since 1994 and the top seed to the Big Nine district playoffs. On Friday night, those same veterans made sure the team lived up to its top billing.
The road was not kind to the Wenatchee Panthers and Eastmont Wildcats on Thursday night. Both girls basketball teams came up short in loser-out Big Nine district play against higher-seeded teams — the Panthers fell 59-28 to the league champion Moses Lake Chiefs, while third-seeded Eastmont lost 46-33 to a second-seeded Davis team it had beaten just six days prior.
SPOKANE — The Wenatchee Valley will be all over the Tacoma Dome next weekend. Ten local wrestlers advanced past Saturday’s regional tournament at Central Valley High School and will be in the 4A bracket of next weekend’s Mat Classic state tournament in Tacoma.
EAST WENATCHEE — The objectives were clear for Eastmont on Friday night — avenge a bitter Jan. 18 overtime loss to Davis and clinch the program’s first league title since 1994, all in one fell swoop. That’s exactly what the tenth-ranked Wildcats did, in the most emphatic way possible.
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.
EAST WENATCHEE — If the Wenatchee Panthers were finally going to knock off the Big Nine-leading Eastmont Wildcats this season, it makes sense that it would happen in a nail-biting thriller. And it makes even more sense that Dillon Sugg would be right in the middle of it. That’s exactly how it went down Friday night, as Sugg hit a short baseline jumper with four seconds left to lift Wenatchee to an emotional 47-46 win on Eastmont’s home court.
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 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.
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 ...
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).