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March 6th, 2014
Big fourth quarter propels Bulldogs to Yakima
Nothing came easy for scrappy, undersized Colville High in the Indiansâ€™ 2A regional girlâ€™s basketball game at Big Bend Community College (Moses Lake) last Saturday night against third-ranked Ellensburg.
Ellensburg held game Colville (18-6), the second-seed from District 7 2A (Great Northern League) to 15 second half points and only six in the pivotal fourth quarter of a 51-36 win.
Colville trailed by two points heading into the fourth quarter. Ellensburg outscored the Indians 19-6 in the period.
Colville turned up the defensive heat in the second half of last Saturday nightâ€™s District 7 2A girlâ€™s loser-out, winner to regional game at CHS and the result was an impressive 53-29 dismantling
of a Clarkston team that has given the Indians fits all winter long.
The win was the rubber match of the five-game season-long â€śseriesâ€ť with the Bantams (13-12), whose season ended.
Colville (18-6), second-seeded into the District tournament behind Great Northern League champion East Valley (19-3), avenged a 51-45 loss at home last Wednesday to Clarkston in District play.
Most 10-year-olds arenâ€™t thinking about hooking up a team of sled dogs and hopping
on the back end of a sled for a ride through the snow-covered woods in the dead of a Northwest winter. Usually, itâ€™s video games or playing some sport that involves the use of a ball.
Lane Esvelt isnâ€™t any 10-year-old.
Sure, Lane likes playing football and baseball. He shoots trap. But what the fifth-grader at Kettle Falls Middle School really gets excited about is hanging
with and running his dogs.
No, thatâ€™s not a bowl of oatmeal in the morning.
Colville High captured the 2A regional wrestling tournament last Saturday
at West Valley High School, holding off Central
Washington Athletic Conference champion Othello, 173.5 to 171.5. Colville qualified seven wrestlers for this weekâ€™s Mat Classic state championships
at the Tacoma Dome: regional champions
Ryley Smith and Ian Cox, Jesse Morrison, Ben Knight, Tyler Ward, Trenton
Welton and TJ Baun.
Unlike last yearâ€™s District 7 2A Wrestling Tournament, where Colville High won by the slimmest of margins, the Indians won last weekâ€™s District 7 2A championship at East Valley High School by a comfortable margin over the host Knights and perennial State 2A power Deer Park.
The Indians advance 17 of their 21 District wrestlers to the regional tournament at West Valley.
Kettle Falls High (4-6, 10-8), currently in fourth place in the Northeast A League girlâ€™s standings heading into the final week of regular season play, will play host to NEA no. 5 in loser-out action next Monday night.
Currently in fifth place in the standings is Medical Lake (3-8, 5-13). Riverside and Chewelah are both 2-8 in NEA play.
The other loser-out game will feature NEA no. 6 at NEA no. 3 (Newport is currently
Freeman (10-0, 14-4) holds a one game lead over second place Lakeside (9-1, 16-2).
The top four teams will advance to Bi-District play against the surviving
Colville High (8-8, 3-5) dropped a pair of Great Northern League boyâ€™s basketball
games last week.
The Indians battled East Valley (14-3, 7-2) on nearly even terms before a pair of late three-pointers by Tanner Jacobs keyed a 57-54 Knightsâ€™ win Friday night in Spokane.
One afternoon later in Colville, the Indians hung with high-flying Clarkston (14-2, 6-2) before the Bantamsâ€™
superior firepower and speed took over and the visitors raced to a 71-58 win.
Colville had no answer for 6-foot-1 swingman Kage Sobotta, who poured in 27 points.
Matt Hubbard led Colville with 23 points.
I will be the first to admit that I am not a big NFL fan. Mostly, thatâ€™s because I work the Statesman Sunday Sabbath and donâ€™t see many games.
But I have always been a Seattle Seahawksâ€™ fan and Iâ€™ve been a fan of a couple of the teamâ€™s key playersâ€”quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman.
Yes, Pete and the boys have put together a juggernaut full of interesting characters.
While the schedule indicated that Colville High would be in the Dream Duals field at East Valley High School last Saturday, in reality, the Indians were competing in a much bigger and more prestigious tournament in Vancouver (Heritage High School).
The Jenkins High girls picked up their second Northeast A League basketball win last week with a 55-37 decision over Riverside.
During a busy week, Chewelah also lost 46-36 to Kettle Falls and 59-36 to Lakeside.
The Cougars played well in stretches, but couldnâ€™t consistently play four complete quarters. One difficult quarter decided a pair of games last week.
Chewelah opened their week with a difficult loss to Kettle Falls (9-7, 4-5).