There’s just something different about a player who grows up around a sport. They think a step ahead. They have the ability to take over a game. They make all of their teammates better. That’s Entiat’s Mandy Southard in a nutshell.
COULEE DAM — The Lake Roosevelt Raiders’ take over of the Central Washington League North Division is official. The Raider boys handed Brewster a 73-50 defeat on Tuesday night, improving to 9-0 in league play and locking up at least a share of the North Division title with three games to go.
BREWSTER — Friday’s contest between the Pateros and Brewster boys basketball teams had a playoff-type atmosphere, according to Bears coach Dwight Plugrath. That’s not surprising, considering the Billygoats entered the game in second place in the Central Washington League North, and the Bears were in third.
CHELAN — When it comes to defense, it doesn’t get much better than the Chelan girls basketball team’s performance on Saturday night. The Goats shut out Tonasket in both the first and fourth quarters to beat the Tigers 49-15 in Caribou Trail League play.
The big guns are gone, several leagues are dominated by one or two teams, and even the number of ranked teams has dwinded to a couple. High school basketball in North Central Washington is lacking in firepower this season.
WILBUR — Playing with five guys all game, the Mansfield Kernels steamed out to a nine-point lead after three quarters and hung on for a 55-52 road victory at Wilbur-Creston on Tuesday night in Central Washington 1B play. “We just aren’t very deep, and by the fourth quarter those five were getting pretty pooped,” Mansfield coach Ric Bayless said. “We were able to outlast their press. We kept our composure and finished it.”
ENTIAT — Riverside Christian roared back in the fourth quarter Friday, outscoring Entiat 21-7. Fortunately for the Tigers, they’d built an enormous lead over the first three quarters and held on for the 63-49 victory. The Tigers were able to pull ahead by clamping down on Kendra Stamates in the first half.
CHELAN — Chelan outscored Cashmere 9-0 in the final two minutes of the first quarter, part of an 11-0 run from which the Bulldogs could never recover in a 66-50 Chelan win. With the victory the Goats move into a first-place tie with Cascade at 3-0 in Caribou Trail League play.
The wild and woolly Caribou Trail League is back, and with a vengeance. The first week of league play was capped off Saturday night, with three games decided by five points or less, and a surprise or two thrown into the mix.
BREWSTER — Earlier in the season, Brewster girls basketball coach Randy Phillips experimented with lineups and player rotations, eager to find the team’s best combination. It’s becoming apparent that he might have found what he’s been looking for, as the Bears are playing at a high level right now.
WENATCHEE — Desperate for a win, the 0-6 Ephrata boys team knocked arch-rival Quincy on its heels early on Monday night, but the Jacks’ experience saw them through to a 54-45 victory. Ephrata led 17-11 after eight minutes in the headliner of the NCW Prep Showcase’s opening night at the Town Toyota Center, but Quincy got a putback in the waning seconds of the first half to take the lead and pulled away for good in the second half.
WENATCHEE — The NCW High School Basketball Showcase is back, and it’s bigger than ever. The Showcase at the Wenatchee’s Town Toyota Center will feature 18 games over three days starting Monday, expanding from its previous format of 12 games.
COULEE CITY — Almira/Coulee-Hartline put a damper on Mike Carlquist’s homecoming Friday night, outworking and outhustling his Okanogan boys team for a 62-48 victory. The Warriors, who Carlquist guided to a seventh-place finish in the Class 1B state tournament last season, used a strong second half to beat their old mentor.
The Eastmont football team turned itself around this season, going from a perennial middle-of-the-pack finisher to one win away from a league title and a state tournament berth. As a result, two of the biggest reasons for the turnaround have some hardware to show for it.