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.
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.
WENATCHEE — Trailing Walla Walla by five at halftime on Saturday night, Wenatchee boys basketball coach Ron Stone thought if his team could keep a handle on the ball, it could keep pressure on the Blue Devils. Things didn’t work out that way, as the Panthers turned it over seven times in the third period alone and Walla Walla pulled away for a 58-40 victory
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 — Among Brent Darnell’s goals for the Eastmont girls basketball team this season were clinching a playoff berth, winning its division and ending the run of dominance Wenatchee has held against it. The first two are still in play.
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.
MANSON — After losing to Entiat in its season opener, the Manson boys basketball team did not have to wait long to get its revenge. Due to a scheduling quirk, the Trojans played both the first and second games of their season against the Tigers, and they got a much better outcome the second time around.
KENNEWICK — The Wenatchee Panthers’ defensive pressure induced 28 turnovers in a 64-52 road victory at Kennewick on Friday night. The win moves the Panthers to 3-0 entering Saturday night’s rivalry clash with Eastmont at the Town Toyota Center.
YAKIMA — Mike Waters thinks he’s found a way to take advantage of his Eastmont boys basketball team’s speed and athleticism — and it just may become its calling card. The Wildcats turned up the defensive pressure in the second half against Eisenhower on Friday night, limiting the Cadets to 12 points in the second half en route to a 56-42 win.