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.
Sports and Outdoors
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
High School JV / Varsity Sports This Week Friday, Feb. 24 BB – Oroville vs. Colfax at 2B Regionals (Mt Spokane) 8 p.m. (if Hornets win, they next play Thursday, Mar. 1, in 2B State Tournament at Spokane Arena) WRESTLING Class 1A State Tournament Team Scoring (top 10): Orting 166, Chelan 135.5, Zillah 131.5, Granger [...]