TONASKET – The Tonasket Little League Wrestling Tournament was held last Saturday and was a huge success say organizers. The tournament included competitors from Kindergarten to sixth grade with kids from Tonasket, Oroville, Omak, Okanogan, Methow Valley, Brewster and Pateros.
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WENATCHEE – Oroville led the league in boys basketball this year, unfortunately they had to share the spotlight with Liberty Bell and Kittitas who proved to be too much for the Hornets in the post season – knocking them out of their bid for the NC2B’s sole place in the state tournament this year.
Two hard games spelled the end for the Tonasket girl’s basketball season.
They went to the district tournament in Chelan last week only to bounce out in the second round of play.
“We were knocked out earlier then we anticipated,” said head coach Greg Moser.
Tonasket lost two close games, first against Okanogan Feb. 12 and then against district champion Lake Roosevelt Feb. 13.
“I’m real satisfied overall,” Moser said. “It was a great year. It hurts in your heart to get knocked out so early, when you shouldn’t have been.”
TACOMA – The Tigers wrapped up their wrestling season with a trip to the Tacoma Dome last weekend, where they placed 22 of 48 1A teams.
“It went pretty good,” said head coach Dave Mitchell. “Not as good as we would’ve hoped, but still pretty good.”
Eight Tonasket wrestlers crossed the mountains Feb. 15 and 16. Nine originally qualified, but Andrew Grillo was ill and unable to attend.
“That was a real bummer,” Mitchell said. “Before we even got there we had a big disappointment. But he’s a sophomore, so he still has two more years he can go.”
MOLSON – Although the number of anglers was down somewhat from last year, the overall attendance at this year’s fourth annual North Central Washington Ice Fishing Festival was more than 400, according to event organizer Robin Stice.
The Grand Prize winner for 2008 was a “local,” Tim Roberts, from Molson. For his single heaviest fish of 2 lbs., 4.2 oz. Roberts took home a bright yellow NuCanoe valued at over $1,100. The newfangled, lightweight and very stable craft was donated by the manufacturer after being contacted by Ed Lawrence, owner of Extreme Adventures in Oroville.
Taking first prize in the Youth Division was 11 year-old Connor Forthun who was fishing with his grandpa Bud Forthun on Saturday. Connor’s fish weighed 1 pound, 3.5 oz. and was good enough to win him a $100 cash prize donated by Choice Auto of Omak and a $25 Gift Certificate from Yo Yo’s Restaurant in Oroville. Selah Valencia from Chelan took second place in the Youth category with her 7.3 ounce fish and won $50 donated by Harts Automotive of Oroville.
OROVILLE – The Oroville Hornets traveled to Liberty Bell last Friday hoping to prove once and for all who would be the sole league champ, but came away from a loss that had them sharing the title with not only Liberty Bell, but Kittitas as well.
Despite the tie, Oroville had the luck of the draw and will be the number one seed at the playoffs with Liberty Bell seeded second and Kittitas third. (see full story for schedule details).
“We ended the season with a three way tie for the league championship with
Kittitas and Liberty Bell, but we got the tie breaker for the #1 seed because of a higher draw,” said Oroville Coach Carl Iverson. “We play Saturday at 2:30 at Wenatchee High School against the winner of Soap Lake at Bridgeport game.”
Against Liberty Bell on the Mountain Lion’s home court the game was perhaps closer than its 65 to 51 score might lead one to believe. Oroville trailed after the first quarter by four, but cut the Mountain Lion’s lead to just three going into the locker rooms at half time. However in the third quarter Liberty Bell outscored the Hornets two to one, increasing their lead to 12. Oroville was unable to come back from the deficit and their rivals for top league honors finished ahead by 14 points.
The Lady Tigers rallied last week for two wins at home, improving to a 7-4 league record and 11-6 overall.
They beat Omak 59-36 Jan. 29, then Cashmere 50-46 Feb. 2. This week, they played Chelan Feb. 5 (scores unavailable at press time) and will play at Brewster Feb. 9. At press time, Brewster and Chelan were the top two teams in the league, tied at 11-1 in league wins and 14-3 overall. Tonasket is ranked third behind the tied teams.
OROVILLE – They might just have to start calling Zac Kinman the “K” man — “K” as in one-thousand — one-thousand points scored over a standout high school career playing basketball for the Oroville Hornets.
A regional match-up between Oroville and Tonasket proved victorious for the Tigers, including pins from Peter Williams, Keegan McCormich and Rafael Padilla.
Oroville won the annual battle with Tonasket Dec. 13, besting their southern rivals 69-62.
Both teams played well in what Tonasket head coach Glenn Braman, a WSU graduate, called “The Apple Cup of the north.”
“Zac Guenther was the difference,” said Oroville head coach Carl Iverson. “He took the game over in the last 11 minutes. He scored 12 points in that time, but as importantly, he had five big assists in that time. That, along with Luke Rowton hitting three threes in the second half, ended up being the difference.”