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WVC women win 2, eliminated from postseason contention

WENATCHEE — Everything went right for the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team during the past two days — except for Yakima Valley’s Friday win, that is. Even though the Knights won their final two home games of the season (they beat Blue Mountain 67-65 on Friday and Treasure Valley 75-49 on Saturday), they were eliminated from postseason contention after the Yaks posted a win over the Chukars.

Loe’s late layup lifts Knights

WENATCHEE — With the score tied and time running out Friday in her team’s contest against Blue Mountain, Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball coach Rachel Bromiley-Goetz called a play to get the ball into the hands of either of the Knights’ two leading scorers. Things didn’t quite go as planned, however. The play was quickly broken up, and neither Kassy Larson or Dani (Hallberg) Bray got a chance to hit the game-winning shot.

WVC women cling to faint playoff hopes

WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team is still technically alive for the Northwest Athletic Association of Community College East Region’s fourth and final playoff spot. The Knights’ chances of taking that spot, however, aren’t favorable. They need to win their last three games of the regular season and hope for particular combination of losses by teams ahead of them in the standings to work their way up into fourth.

Knights women post comeback win over Hawks

WENATCHEE — Down but not out, beaten but not broken, the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team decided that enough was enough. Entering their Wednesday contest against Columbia Basin at Smith Gymnasium, the reeling Knights were determined to show not only the Hawks but themselves that they’re still firmly capable of playing efficient, disciplined basketball and pulling out victories, as they were doing earlier in the season.

Knights men remain optimistic despite roster shakeup

WENATCHEE — Three of the players that started for the Wenatchee Valley College men’s basketball team in its first game of the season didn’t play in the Knights’ 104-72 loss to Spokane on Saturday, and won’t play for the rest of the campaign. Obviously, the season hasn’t quite gone how Knights head coach Coby Weidenbach had envisioned back in November. Two sophomores — starting shooting guard Ryan Skurdal and key reserve Matt Franz — were dismissed from the team in December. A couple of weeks ago, starting forward Jason Dresker ...

WVC basketball teams fall to Yakima Valley

WENATCHEE — Before the Wenatchee Valley College men’s basketball team can put together complete 40-minute performances during games, it needs to put together complete two-hour performances during practice sessions. That’s something the Knights currently aren’t doing on an every-day basis. After WVC’s 89-76 loss to Yakima Valley at Smith Gymnasium, a defeat that knocked their Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region record to 2-6, sophomore guard Colton Ayers and head coach Coby Weidenbach talked about a need for some self-reflection.

WVC squads building confidence

WENATCHEE — Even though the Wenatchee Valley College men’s basketball team didn’t get the sweep it desperately needed in Oregon last weekend, head coach Coby Weidenbach felt pretty good after watching his team beat Treasure Valley on Friday and fall to Blue Mountain on Saturday. Weidenbach clearly saw some of the changes that were made (mostly on the defensive end) during last week’s practice sessions take affect against the Chukars and Timberwolves. Now the Knights will need to carry that increased defensive intensity into their Wednesday game against Yakima Valley ...

WVC men lose, women win at Blue Mountain

PENDLETON, Ore. — The Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team won its second straight Northwest Athletic Associatoin of Community Colleges East Region contest on Saturday, beating Blue Mountain 79-68. Dani (Hallberg) Bray led the Knights (2-5 East) with 27 points on 10 for 20 shooting. Kate Patenaude scored 13 points, and Lindsay Loe scored six and pulled down 11 rebounds.

WVC squads desperate for victories

Both Wenatchee Valley College basketball teams need to start winning soon, or else they’re not going to be able to get back into the race for a postseason berth. It’s as simple as that. The men’s team has started Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region play with a 1-4 record, while the women are 0-5 after winning nine of their 14 non-region games and earning a spot in the NWAACC coaches poll. The men are two games behind Treasure Valley and Walla Walla for fourth place (the top ...

Perry thriving for Knights after knee injury

Jordan Perry maintained a positive attitude after suffering a major knee injury that forced him to miss his senior basketball season at Vista Murrieta (Calif.) High School. At the time of the injury — a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, sustained during an Oct. 2011 contest — Perry knew that he was capable of playing at the next level. He worked vigorously to rehabilitate the joint, but couldn’t help overhearing what some people around him were saying about his chances of returning to the court ...

East-leading Walla Walla downs WVC women

WENATCHEE — Improved shooting from the field and the line in the second half led the NWAACC East Region-leading Walla Walla Warriors past the Wenatchee Valley Knights 69-55 on Saturday. The Warriors (16-1 overall, 5-0 East) buried 15 of 17 free throws after halftime, and they hit 40.7 percent of their shots from the floor to extend a four-point lead at the break to 14 by the final buzzer.

WVC men pick up 1st East victory

PASCO — The Wenatchee Valley College men’s basketball team won its first Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region game Wednesday, beating Columbia Basin 78-70. The Knights (7-10, 1-3 East), who shot 29-of-60 (48 percent) from the field, were led by Patrick Manning and Jordan Perry, who scored 18 points each.

WVC’s Loe, Brandenburg carrying on family legacy

Members of the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team were huddling before the start of their Nov. 25 contest against Everett at Smith Gymnasium, the Knights’ first home contest of the season, when Bryan Brandenburg walked into the gym, along with a few family members. Kasara Brandenburg, Bryan’s daughter and a WVC freshman, took notice of her father’s presence immediately.

Knights women can’t overcome slow start

WENATCHEE — Kassy Larson was so focused on her responsibilities that she had no idea that the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team was down by 18 points about 10 minutes into its Wednesday game against Spokane at Smith Gymnasium. After picking up her second foul, the Knights post finally looked up at the scoreboard and realized the gravity of the Knights’ predicament. From that point on, Larson and her teammates began to play with much more energy and precision, and actually outplayed the Sasquatch during the last 30 minutes ...

WVC hoops: Knights happy to return home

WENATCHEE — After a recent practice, Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball coach Rachel Bromiley-Goetz sat behind a desk in her office and talked about why her team has gone so long between home games. The Knights last played at Smith Gymnasium on Nov. 25. Since then, they’ve played 12 games — all on the road. Bromiley-Goetz said that many teams from the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges West, North and South regions can find a full slate of non-region contests by simply traveling up and down Interstate 5, and ...

WVC hoops teams drop league openers

YAKIMA — A poor second half left the Wenatchee Valley College women’s basketball team’s on the losing side of a 69-61 decision against Yakima Valley in the opening game of NWAACC East Region play for both squads. The Knights (9-5 overall, 0-1 East Region) led 31-30 at halftime, but were outshot from the field, 3-point land and at the charity stripe by the Yaks (8-6, 1-0) after the break. Their 26 turnovers (compared to just 12 by the Yaks) did them no favors, either.

WVC hoops squads to open East Region play at Yakima

WENATCHEE — At the start of the season, JT Reynolds wasn’t a member of the Wenatchee Valley College men’s basketball team — not officially, anyway. Reynolds, a Mabton High School graduate, was brought in to be a practice player. The Knights coaching staff quickly became enamored with Reynolds’ play, however, and elected to promote him to the squad last month as the team was dealing with some injuries. On Saturday, Reynolds will be in the starting lineup as WVC opens Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges East Region play at ...