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.
TACOMA — The Wenatchee boys track and field team is on target to reach Panther coach Bob Bullis’ expectations through two days of competition at the Class 4A state championships at Mount Tahoma Stadium. Isaiah Brandt-Sims had the best qualifying time in the 200-meter preliminary heats, clocking a 21.77, and Nicholas Boersma had a similarly relaxing heat in the 800.
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.
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys soccer team is still missing that finishing touch. The Panthers created opportunities to score in a home fixture with Chiawana on Tuesday night, but rued those missed chances after the match and the 3-1 loss.
MOSES LAKE — Max Angilley scored in the 73rd minute to lift the Wenatchee boys soccer team to a 2-1 league win at Moses Lake on Tuesday. Each team had a first-half goal — Wenatchee’s Ozzy Mejia scored in the 10th minute, and Moses Lake’s Derrick Gonzalez answered in the 27th minute — and the game was deadlocked at 1-1 for more than 45 minutes before Angilley put Wenatchee back in front.
SPOKANE — The Lake Roosevelt girls basketball team rebounded from a gut-wrenching loss to Toutle Lake to claim their highest-ever finish at the state tournament, defeating Darrington 59-50 on Saturday to take home third place. It was the first state trophy for the Raiders sicne finishing seventh in 2005.
SPOKANE — Brad Wilson said that the hardest trophy to win at the state tournament, after the big one, is the award given to the fourth-place team. That trophy is given to the team that loses its first-round game, sees its state championship hopes go up in flames, but is able to regroup to win games in the next two days.
SPOKANE — The first few minutes of Lake Roosevelt’s consolation game with Waitsburg-Prescott in the boys Class 2B state tournament on Friday provided a portent of how the rest of the matchup would unfold. After the Raiders suffered through a brutal seven-point first half in its quarterfinal loss to Napavine on Friday, getting off on the right foot was paramount for Lake Roosevelt coach Brad Wilson.
SPOKANE — With 6:02 remaining in the fourth quarter in Friday’s Lake Roosevelt-Toutle Lake semifinal matchup, Raiders guard Jada Desautel drove between three Duck defenders, banking in a layup to give her team a 38-37 lead. That seemingly meaningless basket nearly became the one that spurred the Raiders into the state championship game.
SPOKANE — A month ago, Pee Wee Pleasants could never have envisioned this. The Lake Roosevelt girls basketball team continued its magical postseason run on Thursday, clinching a berth in the Class 2B state semifinals with an emphatic 50-30 victory over Adna at the Spokane Arena.
COULEE DAM — When Adna girls basketball coach Jeff Peasley began reviewing film of Class 2B state quarterfinal opponent Lake Roosevelt, a chill went up his spine. The Raiders were just like his Pirates, and it made him nervous.
COULEE DAM — When Ty Egbert is asked how he’s feeling leading up to his Lake Roosevelt Raiders’ Class 2B state quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, the junior center is at once excited and nervous, confident and reluctant. The team’s leading scorer and top defensive presence, the 6-foot-8 Egbert is happy that the Raiders are on the verge of claiming the school’s first state trophy since 1979.
Three North Central Washington teams are headed to Spokane for state basketball tournament action this week, beginning Thursday, while another one is on a slightly different course. The Chelan boys are headed to Yakima for the Class 1A state tournament. The team doesn’t play until 9 p.m. Thursday, the last of four quarterfinal games. So the Goats aren’t leaving for the tournament the night before the tournament like they usually would.
WENATCHEE — Friday’s first-round state 2B boys basketball game between Lake Roosevelt and Northwest Christian featured teams with similar styles. Both squads prefer to take advantage of their height and pound the ball inside to their skilled post players, and kick the ball out to their shooters for open looks as a fallback option.