The coaches of both the Lake Roosevelt and Brewster boys basketball teams are placing a great deal of importance on controlling the boards entering the first round of the Class 2B state tournament this weekend. Both teams’ opponents — Northwest Christian Colbert for the Raiders and Waitsburg-Prescott for the Bears — have the size and skill to hurt opponents if they get second looks at the basket.
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.
TACOMA — Eighteen NCW wrestlers, including a pair of defending champions, are still in the hunt for state titles after the first day of action at Mat Classic XXIII in the Tacoma Dome. Only one of the remaining champs will defend his title, as Cashmere’s Roman Velazquez and Tonasket’s Keegan McCormick are semifinalists in the 171-pound bracket.
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 — Picture a wrestler competing in Mat Classic, maybe for the first time. In his or her first match in the bustling Tacoma Dome, the wrestler comes out like a ball of fire but — unfortunately — out of control, and gets caught for a pinfall in the first period.
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.
PASCO — The Eastmont wrestling team qualified two wrestlers for next weekend’s Mat Classic state meet during Saturday’s Region IV 3A tournament. Fabian Wickham and Johnny Martinez will represent the Wildcats in next weekend’s state meet.
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.
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.
COULEE DAM — When it comes to the Lake Roosevelt Raiders, the second time was the charm for the Chelan Goats. A month after the Raiders beat the Goats on their home floor, Chelan returned the favor Saturday night, beating Lake Roosevelt 60-51 in a non-league clash between a pair of league leaders.
WINTHROP — Lake Roosevelt continued its quest for Central Washington League North titles Thursday with a sweep of Liberty Bell. The Raiders boys beat the Mountain Lions 72-35 to remain unbeaten in league play, while the girls defeated Liberty Bell 64-33 to keep the pressure on league-leading Brewster.
OKANOGAN — It was like coach Mike Carlquist flipped a switch in the fourth quarter. “We stopped screwing around and started taking the ball to the basket,” Carlquist said of his team’s change in attitude in the fourth quarter.