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.
TONASKET — The Cashmere boys basketball team needed a win and a Cascade loss on the final day of the regular season, and got both. The Bulldogs topped Tonasket 77-65 while the Kodiaks fell 69-40 at Chelan. That gave the Bulldogs the No. 2 seed, so now when Cashmere and Cascade meet Thursday for the fourth time this season, the game will be in Cashmere.
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.
MANSON — Manson boys basketball coach Jeremy Crollard constantly reminds his team of his three keys to winning games: not turning the ball over, making free throws, and rebounding. The Trojans didn’t fare well in any of those categories during their 62-57 loss to Oroville on Tuesday in CWL North action.
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.
The big guns are gone, several leagues are dominated by one or two teams, and even the number of ranked teams has dwinded to a couple. High school basketball in North Central Washington is lacking in firepower this season.
WILBUR — Playing with five guys all game, the Mansfield Kernels steamed out to a nine-point lead after three quarters and hung on for a 55-52 road victory at Wilbur-Creston on Tuesday night in Central Washington 1B play. “We just aren’t very deep, and by the fourth quarter those five were getting pretty pooped,” Mansfield coach Ric Bayless said. “We were able to outlast their press. We kept our composure and finished it.”
COULEE DAM — A talented 6-foot-7 post, a number of stifling defenses, and a quality supporting cast. It’s all added up to the Lake Roosevelt boys basketball team emerging as the class of the Central Washington 2B League’s North Division. Led by lanky junior Ty Egbert, the Raiders are 10-2 overall and 5-0 in league play, and figure to challenge for a state title when March rolls around.
ENTIAT — Riverside Christian roared back in the fourth quarter Friday, outscoring Entiat 21-7. Fortunately for the Tigers, they’d built an enormous lead over the first three quarters and held on for the 63-49 victory. The Tigers were able to pull ahead by clamping down on Kendra Stamates in the first half.
CHELAN — Chelan outscored Cashmere 9-0 in the final two minutes of the first quarter, part of an 11-0 run from which the Bulldogs could never recover in a 66-50 Chelan win. With the victory the Goats move into a first-place tie with Cascade at 3-0 in Caribou Trail League play.
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.
The Tonasket boys basketball team lost for the first time this season on Tuesday, while the Waterville girls posted a victory for the first time in two years. Brewster came up big from outside in the third quarter to pull away for a 69-53 victory over Tonasket on the first day of play in the Brewster Christmas Tournament.
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.