Half-Baked

Photo by Brent Baker — Tears flowed freely for John Stedtfeld and the Tonasket boys basketball team after the dramatic finish to their 49-game Caribou Trail League losing streak on Thursday, Feb. 2.

Half-Baked: Exciting, sure, but what does it mean?

When it comes to high school sports, it’s always about much more than just the final score.

Admittedly, moments like those following Tonasket’s streak-breaking, 56-55 victory over Omak last Thursday that make the value of school sports easier appreciate.

It was a sweet victory for the Tigers, to be sure. And while it’s easy to get excited about a one-point buzzer-beater, the depth of emotion in the post-game celebration spoke to a lot more than just a victory in a game.

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Photo by Owen Blauman / Provided by the <I>Mercer Island Reporter</I>Unforgettable: two of the writer's classmates, Kyle Pepple (left) and Doug Gregory, can't believe what they see as they're about to cut down the net. Thirty seconds after the 1981 state

Half-Baked: Some things we never forget

It’s still the most telling sports photo I’ve ever seen. Two kids on a ladder, about to cut the net down from a basketball rim. A typical pose after championship games. But what’s different is the looks of crushing shock on their faces, mouths wide open, the net beside them hanging untouched.

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