Sports and Outdoors

Tonasket’s John Stedtfeld plays in all-star game

Tonasket senior John Stedtfeld was selected to play in the 15th annual Wenatchee Central Lions All-star Boys Basketball game on Saturday, March 17.

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Tonasket track, baseball, tennis highlights

YAKIMA – Five Tonasket tracksters braved cold conditions on Saturday, March 17, as they traveled to the Papa Wells Invitational at East Valley (Yakima) for a season-opening meet against 29 other schools, including several 3A and 4A teams.

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Youth wrestlers compete at Pateros meet

PATEROS – Youth wrestling action last weekend took place at Pateros, where 150-200 pre-school through sixth-graders from Cashmere, Wenatchee, Chelan, Brewster, Omak, Okanogan, Liberty Bell, Tonasket, Pateros and Oroville competed.

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Braman looks forward to next steps for family, hoops

TONASKET – Glenn Braman says he’s looking forward to a new stage after resigning as Tonasket’s varsity basketball coach last week.

The fifth-year coach, whose team snapped a 49-game Caribou Trail League losing streak in what turned out to be his next-to-last game as the Tigers’ coach, wasn’t interested in a public rehashing of all the reasons he decided to step down. Instead, he’s focusing on his next steps.

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Tonasket's Oscar Avilez (16) fights for position as he looks for a header against Manson on Saturday, March 17.

Tigers battle back to tie Manson

For the Tonasket boys soccer team, a new sense of resolve that was immediately evident in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with visiting Manson. The Tigers bounced back from a 3-1 deficit with two goals in the final seven minutes to tie the Trojans, who last year dominated Tonasket 5-0.

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Photo by Brent Baker - The Hornets' Sierra Speiker cuts past Lake Roosevelt's Briana Monaghan on the way to the basket during Wednesday's season-ending loss to the Raiders.

Raiders end Oroville girls’ season

EAST WENATCHEE – The Oroville girls basketball team’s district tournament run came to a swift and decisive halt on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as an angry Lake Roosevelt team dispatched the Hornets 54-15 in a loser-out contest at Eastmont High School.

Lake Roosevelt hadn’t expected to be in this game; the Raiders had been upset on Monday by Mandy Southard’s Entiat team, which Oroville coach Mike Bourn had expected to play.

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Photo by Brent Baker - Jeffrey Stedtfeld tries to get control of Elma's Tanner Sample during Friday's consolation semifinal match.

Tonasket wrestlers go to the wire at Tacoma Dome

TACOMA DOME – Close matches are the norm at the state wrestling finals, and the four Tonasket wrestlers competing last Feb. 17-18 at the Tacoma Dome seemed to wrestle more than their share of battles that went to the wire. Jared Stedtfeld, the lone senior of the four, was the only one to come home with a state medal. But all earned at least one state tournament victory and coach Dave Mitchell said his team is already looking forward to next year.

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Photo by Brent Baker - The Hornets' Alex Alvarez scored a 16-5 victory over Darrington's Forrest Thompson in opening-round action at the state 1B/2B wrestling tournament on Friday, Feb. 17.

Another silver for Perez

TACOMA – In the end, a state championship just wasn’t in the cards for Nick Perez. The Oroville senior earned his third straight second-place finish at the Class 1B/2B state wrestling finals in the Tacoma Dome on Saturday as he and Alex Alvarez combined to lift the Hornets to a ninth-place finish in the team standings. Perez (145 pounds) had the misfortune to run into Republic’s Kyle Kirkendall in the state championship match. Kirkendall, who won state titles in 2009 and 2010, had beaten Perez in the Eastern Regional meet last week.

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Photo by Caleb Haney - Oroville's Connor Hughes looks to score during the Hornets' 60-58 victory over Warden on Friday, Feb. 17.

Oroville boys earn Spokane regional date

EAST WENATCHEE – It wasn’t easy, but few things are come playoff season.

The Oroville boys basketball team clinched a spot in the regional round of 16 — formerly known as the first round of the state tournament — with a 60-58 victory over Warden on Friday, Feb. 17.

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Half-Baked: Face-to-face at center circle

It’s taken me years to figure out why I’ve come to love the sport of wrestling. Not the WWE variety; the “Olympic” style that concluded its high school season at the WIAA’s Mat Classic XXIV in the Tacoma Dome this past weekend. Wrestling has been an acquired taste for me. There’s not much pretty about it: it doesn’t feature the ballet-like athleticism of high-level basketball, the explosive playmaking of football, the languid pace punctuated by feats of impossible speed and precision of baseball.

What’s to love about a sport that features equal parts blood, sweat, pain and the constant threat of heartbreak?

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