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.
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.
PASCO — No matter how many times the Eastmont Wildcats face elimination, they won’t go away. Hernán Mendoza headed Mauricio Perez’s corner kick into the net in the second overtime to lead Eastmont to a 1-0 victory over Pasco in a Class 3A state tournament opener Tuesday night, giving the Wildcats their fourth straight victory in a loser-out situation.
SPOKANE — All season long, the defending 1A state champion Cashmere baseball team has been defeating its opponents by big margins. On Saturday, however, the Bulldogs had to win two one-run games to claim the Caribou Trail League/Northeast A League Bi-District championship.
MOSES LAKE — Walks and errors doomed the Cascade baseball team in Tuesday’s Bi-District playoff game against Colville, as the Kodiaks were eliminated with a 7-2 loss. Cascade’s defense committed five errors, four of which game in the first three innings and led to six runs for the Indians.
LEAVENWORTH — For the first 13 holes on Thursday, Jason Vanderweide’s round was nothing special in a match involving his Okanogan High School team along with Cascade and Quincy. But that changed in a big way on the 14th hole, where the Bulldog golfer scored a hole-in-one on the 321-yard, par-4 hole. Vanderweide also had a pair of pars on the back nine on the way to a 91 for the day.
OKANOGAN — Gary Smith, the Caribou Trail League’s all-time wins leader for girls basketball, has resigned from his post as head coach at Okanogan High School. According to athletic director Steve Chamberlin, Smith submitted a letter of resignation, which the Okanogan School Board accepted, at its meeting on April 27.
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.
OKANOGAN — The third annual Okanogan Athletic Booster Club benefit dinner and auction will be held Saturday, May 7, at the Okanogan Agriplex. Tickets at $20 each of $180 for a table of 10 and are available at Heatstroke, Pete Peterson Plumbing or from booster club members.
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.
OKANOGAN — Garrett Martin’s first season as Okanogan’s baseball coach ended a little sooner than expected. After the school’s most recent academic progress reports came out earlier this week, a number of players became academically ineligible.
EAST WENATCHEE — The Eastmont boys soccer team rallied from a two-goal deficit Wednesday only to lose to Kennewick in a shootout. The Lions also beat the Wildcats in a shootout the first time the teams met this season, only where that game was tied 0-0 at the end of regulation, Wednesday’s contest was knotted 3-3.
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.
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.