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Panthers beat ‘Cats at their own game

EAST WENATCHEE — When the Big Nine’s best defense met the conference’s most explosive offense, defense won. Only it wasn’t the defense you would think.

Roundup: Ephrata shuts down Selah

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.

Ephrata’s Martin track coach of the year

Longtime Ephrata track and field coach Dan Martin was named the 2012 Washington state boys track and field coach of the year by the Washington State Track and Field Coaches Association.

Roundup: Ephrata comes back to beat Quincy

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.

Ephrata golfer wins WJGA championship

CLE ELUM — Aaron Whalen of Ephrata edged East Wenatchee’s Aaron Seabrook for the boys 14-15 age division Washington Junior Golf Association District 4 championship Tuesday at Suncadia Resort. Whalen won a playoff after he and Seabrook both shot a two-day total of 155.

Reid Forrest cut by Bills

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Former Washington State University and Ephrata High School punter Reid Forrest was among six players cut by the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Forrest struggled in a 35-32 preseason win over Jacksonville Saturday, averaging just 28.5 yards on two punts.

Ephrata punter has foot in door with NFL

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Reid Forrest hasn’t allowed himself many take-it-all-in moments in the four weeks that he’s been in training camp with the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League. For a rookie free agent punter trying to take the job of an 11-year incumbent, the stakes are too high for wide eyes.

All-league lists dominated by top teams

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.

Former Ephrata coach joins Hall

RENTON — Dave Johnson, winner of eight state baseball championships at Ephrata High School and the all-time winningest coach in state history, was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Hall of Fame on Wednesday night. Johnson is one of four coaches in the Class of 2011. He was joined by Gene Smith, Kim Cox and Denny Humphrey.

Prep roundup

OTHELLO — One big inning ended the Ephrata baseball team’s season. Leading by three after 3 1/2 innings in a CWAC district game at Othello, the Tigers allowed the Huskies to plate five runs in the fifth inning, and lost 5-3 on Wednesday.

May means playoff time

Ed Knaggs has remarked often this spring about how quickly the prep baseball season flashes by. The Wenatchee baseball coach has led the Panthers onto the field for 12 regular-season game dates since March 15, and will do so again today in the postseason.

Prep roundup

EAST WENATCHEE — After his team had controlled play in the first half, Eastmont soccer coach Eric Duffey thought the Wildcats were well on their way to a victory after breaking a scoreless tie in the 50th minute. But Southridge had other plans.

Prep roundup

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont fastpitch softball team launched an early salvo in its battle for the third seed to the Big Nine 3A district playoffs. The Wildcats routed Pasco 12-2 and 16-1 Thursday, and in doing so, launched themselves into the preferred third spot — for the time being.

Prep roundup

WENATCHEE — Tuesday’s boys tennis match between Wenatchee and Richland was supposed to be a showdown between two undefeated Big Nine 4A teams. It turned into a rout.

Prep roundup

CASHMERE — The Cashmere Bulldogs’ dominance over the rest of Caribou Trail League took on a new level Saturday afternoon. Nick Tarver and Trenton Johnson threw back-to-back no-hitters as the Bulldogs (9-0 Caribou Trail League) rolled to wins of 27-0 and 26-0 over the Tonasket Tigers.

Prep roundup: Wildcats lose second game in extra innings

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont baseball team won an uncharacteristic pitcher’s duel in the first game of a Big Nine 3A doubleheader against Hanford on Friday, but lost the nightcap in extra innings. Ian Sagdal tossed a complete-game five-hitter for the Wildcats, out-dueling Hanford ace Dan Schiebe in a 3-0 victory.

Prep roundup: That home feeling

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee girls golf team took advantage of its home-course advantage on Tuesday, as three of the Panthers’ top six golfers registered personal-best scores at Three Lakes to help the team to a second-place finish in the third Big Nine 4A pod. Wenatchee junior Jordan Takasugi led the way, firing a 9-over 81 on the par-72 course to rank second among individuals, two strokes in front of Richland’s Kristin Strankman.

Prep roundup

EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont High School soccer team lost to Sunnyside in double overtime on March 19. When the two teams got together for a rematch on Saturday, the Wildcats wanted to make sure that the contest wouldn’t need extra time. They did just that, scoring four goals in the first half and adding three more in the second half to record a 7-1 win over the Grizzlies.

Panthers rally, top Bulldogs

WENATCHEE — Wenatchee’s offense was getting good swings off Cashmere early in the non-league tilt between the two teams on Friday, but nothing was dropping for the Panthers. That changed in the later innings.