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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.

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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.

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CASHMERE — The Cascade softball team is serving notice that it intends to dominate the Caribou Trail League softball season for a third consecutive season. The Kodiaks received a two-run home run from Laura Hester and went on to post a 10-0 five-inning victory over Cashmere on Tuesday, running their CTL record to 4-0.

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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.

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WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee boys track team slipped past Kentwood and Lake Stevens by the slimmest of margins to win the team title at the Ray Cockrum Relays on Saturday on a rain-soaked track at WHS. The Panthers finished with 80 points, a half-point ahead of the Conquerors and a full point clear of the Vikings.

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EAST WENATCHEE — The bats have pop, the pitchers are hitting their spots, but there’s still one problem for the Eastmont baseball team: driving in runners on base. The Wildcats smacked four home runs behind a solid outing from starting pitcher Ian Sagdal, but they gave up five runs in the top of the seventh in a 7-5 loss to University of Spokane in a non-league tilt at Dan White Field on Saturday.

Baseball preview: Cashmere aiming for state again

CASHMERE — They’re the defending state and league champs, and any hope the other teams in the Caribou Trail League had of knocking them off this season may have been extinquished thanks to a couple of timely transfers. Luke Dilly, Spencer Lee and Jacob Andruss played key roles for the Cashmere Bulldogs last season, and replacing them was going to be a challenge for coach Jeff Carlson. But not anymore.

Okanogan outlasts Zillah to advance

SPOKANE — Okanogan staved off runs by Zillah, both early and late, to avoid elimination Friday night and live to play again Saturday at the Class 1A girls state basketball tournament at Mount Spokane High School. Okanogan will face Connell, the team that eliminated it from the state tournament last season, with a berth in the final eight in Yakima on the line Saturday.

Class 1A girls: Health is Okanogan’s concern

SPOKANE — A lot of basketball coaches are scrambling this week to find out as much as they can about their upcoming state basketball tournament opponents. But rather than scouting reports, Okanogan girls coach Gary Smith is waiting to hear medical reports on his team, which has been beset by a series of ailments and injuries this season.

New-look for hoops

March is approaching, which means one thing in Washington state: the state prep basketball tournaments are almost here. Except this year, there’s a new look to it all.

Cascade, Okanogan girls set to tangle again

SPOKANE — Cascade and Okanogan failed to clinch state tournament berths Friday night. Now one will have to go through the other to get there. Both lost semifinal games to NEA teams — Cascade 56-43 to Lakeside and Okanogan 49-43 to Freeman — and now will go head-to-head Saturday for the third and final state spot from District 5/6.

Class 1A girls: Okanogan back at full strength

MOSES LAKE — The Okanogan girls basketball team is now at full strength. Considering the way the Bulldogs played against Colville on Tuesday in their Class 1A regional tournament contest, that could be a scary proposition for their future opponents. “Now that we’ve got our top inside player and top outside player, I think we’ll be tough to deal with,” said coach Gary Smith.

Class 1A boys: Cashmere boys a win away

MOSES LAKE — Cashmere boys basketball coach Keith Boyd is feeling pretty good about his team right now. He should be. After the Bulldogs beat Chewelah 54-46 on Tuesday in a Class 1A regional tournament elimination game, they are just one win away from clinching a state berth.

Regional wrestling roundup

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.

Girls CTL district roundup

CASHMERE — The Cascade girls basketball team lost to Okanogan by 44 points on Jan. 21. When the squads matched up Saturday for the Caribou League Trail district tournament championship, the Kodiaks used the memory of that loss as motivation. Cascade rallied from an early deficit to post a 40-34 victory, handing regular season CTL champion Okanogan its first loss to a league foe this year.

Boys CTL district roundup

CASHMERE — Bronson Louie hit a pair of key 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to help Chelan to a district title Saturday. Earlier in the day, nearly everyone had a big fourth quarter for Okanogan, which scored 29 in the period to rally past Cascade in their elimination game.

Round III for Goats and Bulldogs

CHELAN — Chelan squeaked by, while Cashmere got even, and those two teams will now play for a district boys basketball title on Saturday. The Goats got two late free throws from Michael Amsel Jr. to edge Okanogan 42-41. Cashmere, meanwhile, beat Cascade 52-41 in the fourth meeting of the season between them. Each won two games.