Sports and Outdoors

C.J. Mathews spots a teammate for an open layup during the Hornets' 66-52 upset of Riverside Christian on Monday, Feb. 13.

Hornets swarm Crusaders to open district tourney

WENATCHEE – The post-season is a new season, and the Oroville boys basketball team is now 1-0 on the road to the state tournament.

Playing with both verve and nerve, the Hornets overcame a serious bout of foul trouble and stanched a furious Riverside Christian rally in the fourth quarter to upset the Crusaders 66-52 Monday, Feb. 13, in the opening round of the Class 2B District 5/6 tournament.

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Stats -n- Stuff Feb 6-13

High School JV / Varsity Sports This Week Friday, Feb. 17 WR – Oroville / Tonasket qualifiers at State Finals, Tacoma Dome – first session begins 10:00 a.m. BB (Var) – Oroville vs. Manson at 2B District 5/6 Tournament – at Eastmont High School 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 WR – Oroville / Tonasket qualifiers [...]

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Photo by Brent Baker — Luke Kindred gets past Bridgeport's defense for two of his 10 points during Oroville's rout of the Mustangs last Tuesday.

Brewster hounds Oroville girls into submission

OROVILLE – There wasn’t much that Oroville girls basketball coach Mike Bourn liked about the Hornets’ 61-22 loss to Brewster on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The Bears threw their relentless full court pressure at the Hornets – for all 32 minutes, even though the game was quickly in hand – and were never challenged in handing Oroville a decisive defeat.

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Photo by Brent Baker — The Hornets' Alex Kelly battled through a painful back injury to clinch a spot at next week's eastern regional tournament before settling for a sixth-place finish on Saturday.

Hornets send seven to regionals

COULEE DAM – Seven of eight Oroville wrestlers survived Saturday’s Class B sub-regional at Lake Roosevelt to advance to next weekend’s regional tournament and a chance to qualify for the state finals.

Kittitas claimed team honors, edging Liberty Bell by 12 points for the top spot. Oroville placed eighth out of 12 teams.

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Photo by Brent Baker — Michael Orozco scored eight key fourth quarter points in the Tigers' victory over Omak, but his defense on the Pioneers' Country Pakootas was a big reason for Tonasket's victory.

Fantastic finish ends CTL streak

TONASKET – With one mad full-court dash to cap a desperate fourth quarter rally, four years of frustration ended in sweet, tearful bedlam for the Tonasket boys basketball team.

Just as the Tigers cut down a 49-game Caribou Trail League losing streak with Thursday’s 56-55 victory over Omak, so did they cut down the net as part of an emotional post-game celebration with families and classmates that was more a catharsis than it was pure jubilation.

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Photo by Brent Baker — Tonasket girls basketball coach Mike Larson (left) and athletic director Kevin Terris (right) accept the Okanogan Valley Officials Association Good Sportsmanship Award prior to Thursday's game with Omak. Presenting the award on be

Defense not enough for Tiger girls

TONASKET – Defense may win championships, but not without the rebounding and offense to go with it

Though the score didn’t show it, the Tonasket girls basketball team played a far better overall game against Omak in their second meeting with the Pioneers on Thursday, Feb. 2, than it did a couple of weeks ago. Difficulties with rebounding and scoring proved to be the difference in a 47-30 loss that was was much closer than that through the first three quarters.

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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 Brent Baker — The Tigers' Ryker Marchand looks for instruction moments before he pinned his Cashmere opponent on Friday, Feb. 3. Marchand finished third at 126 pounds to qualify for regionals.

Tigers take third at district, send 13 to regionals

At the start of the season, even Tonasket wrestling coach Dave Mitchell wasn’t sure what to expect from his youthful squad. With 13 Tigers advancing to this weekend’s regional meet, including four freshmen and four sophomores, Tonasket’s third place finish Saturday at the 1A District 6 tournament was what Mitchell had hoped for.

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Stats -n- Stuff, Jan. 30-Feb. 4

High School JV / Varsity Sports This Week Thursday, Feb. 9 BB (JV/Var) – Oroville at Liberty Bell 6:00 / 7:30 p.m. GB (Var/JV) – Oroville at Liberty Bell 6:00 / 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10 WR – Oroville qualifers at Regionals (at Kittitas) TBA Saturday, Feb. 11 WR – Tonasket qualifiers at Regionals (at [...]

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John Stedtfeld (10) is mobbed by teammates, coaches and fans after his buzzer-beater lifted Tonasket to its first CTL victory since 2008.

It’s Over!!!

John Stedtfeld went coast-to-coast in the final 4.9 seconds and hit a short jumper at the buzzer to lift Tonasket to a 56-55 victory over Omak on Thursday, Feb. 2. It snapped a 49-game Caribou Trail League losing streak for the Tigers dating to Jan. 29, 2008, when they beat Omak 58-54.

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