SELAH — The Ephrata Tigers are making a case for themselves in the Central Washington Athletic Conference. The running game was hitting on all cylinders in the Tigers’ 23-6 victory over Selah on Friday night, moving them to 3-2 in CWAC play and 4-2 overall.
QUINCY — Did Sergio Magana run into the end zone to score a two-point conversion and give the Ephrata football team a one-point lead over arch-rival Quincy with less than 90 seconds to go in Friday’s Battle of the Basin contest at Jaycee Stadium, or didn’t he? That’s a question that surely will debated in both Columbia Basin towns in the coming weeks, months and possibly years. Heck, even the referees couldn’t agree if Magana had crossed the goal line or not.
A number of area teams were dominant on the diamond, track or court this season, and that dominance carried over to post-season awards. The Wenatchee boys tennis team, Panthers boys track squad and Cashmere baseball team are just a few of the teams that racked up awards just like they had victories during the season.
SEATTLE (AP) — High-scoring Kentridge guard Gary Bell and Holy Names’ Erika Johnson have been voted the Associated Press Washington prep basketball players of the year for the 2010-11 season. Bell and Johnson were the winners in voting conducted by sports writers and editors from around the state and announced on Thursday.
SPOKANE — With his team’s season on the line, Lake Roosevelt girls basketball coach Pee Wee Pleasants drew up a play designed to go straight to the basket. “There were options off ot it, one of which was a 3-pointer,” Pleasants said. “That’s the one that happened to pop open.”
Two of the three NCW teams playing in this weekend’s Class 2B state tournament will be playing for their playoff lives right off the bat, but the team with the least to lose might have the toughest battle of all. Entiat and Lake Roosevelt will take the court on Friday hoping to play on Saturday for the right to go to Spokane next weekend for the round of eight, but Brewster — undefeated since December — will have to beat state co-No. 1 Reardan for a top seed.
WENATCHEE — Wednesday’s tears were replaced by smiles Friday for the Lake Roosevelt girls basketball team. Two days after losing a heart-breaker to White Swan, the Raiders rebounded for a 47-39 victory over Riverside Christian to clinch a state tournament berth.
WENATCHEE — The Entiat girls basketball team made the fifth-ranked Brewster Bears sweat for a little while on Wednesday night, which is more than most teams can say this season. Entiat led the Bears by three after a spurt to begin the second quarter, but Brewster regrouped and went on to thump the ninth-ranked Tigers 74-43 in a Class 2B district semifinal game at Wenatchee.
WENATCHEE — The Pateros girls basketball team had the element of surprise. Entiat had Mandy Southard. Southard made the Nannies pay for trying a man-to-man defense against the Tigers, scoring 37 points in Entiat’s 69-47 victory Monday during the first round of the Class 2B district tournament at Wenatchee High School.
MANSON — By virtue of its 77-41 victory at Manson on Thursday, the Brewster boys basketball team secured the No. 2 seed from the Central Washington League’s North Division, finally breaking a three-team logjam. The Bears, who had four double-digit scorers in its win over the Trojans, will play Kittitas, the CWL South’s No. 3 seed, at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Eastmont High School to begin the postseason.
LAKE ROOSEVELT — The Lake Roosevelt boys played inspired basketball against Oroville on Tuesday night even though the Raiders clinched the North Central Washington League’s North Division title last week. The contest marked the final home game for the Raiders’ seniors. It also came a day after the school’s principal, Steve Breeze, passed away.
EPHRATA — The Ephrata boys basketball team’s bid for its first win of the season in its last game of the year fell inches short on Friday. Zach Allen’s three-quarters-court shot hit the rim and bounced away at the final buzzer, giving Othello a 59-57 victory over the Tigers. Ephrata finished the season with an 0-20 record a year after advancing to the Class 2A state tournament.