Outpost [Sports] Roundup
Ryan Gunderson has been a one-man wrecking crew for the Lakeside Eagles (15-7) this season, and his efforts were once again on display during the District 7 1A tournament last week.
Gunderson tallied his 16th and 17th double doubles of the season, combining for 29 points and 24 rebounds in wins against the Newport Grizzlies (12-11) and the Colville Indians (12-10).
The victory over Colville in the district title game gave the Eagles a No. 1 seed to the Bi-District tournament and a first round bye.
Bi-Districts will match the top three teams from the Northeast A League and the top three teams from the Caribou Trail League.
In first round matchups in Moses Lake, Colville will play Okanogan and Chewelah (7-16) will play Cashmere. The Cougars advanced to state with a 70-62 win against Newport, getting 14 points apiece from Nate Biancardi, Nick Naccarato and Derek Smith.
In the Great Northern League, regular season co-champions West Valley (19-3) and Clarkston (19-4) will represent the league at subregionals, playing teams from the Central Washington 2A league.
The Eagles, who won the district title game 71-68 in overtime against the Bantams will play East Valley-Yakima. Clarkston, which rallied the next day to eliminate Pullman (17-6), will face off against host Ellensburg.
For the third time in as many tries, the Lakeside Eagles (15-8) found themselves unable to solve the strong defense of the Freeman Scotties (21-1).
The Scotties ran roughshod over the NEA in the regular season and did so again in the District 7 1A tournament, beating Lakeside 37-30 to push their record against league opponents to 12-0.
Freeman will take the league's first-round bye into Bi-Districts.
Despite their loss in the title game, the Eagles still secured a spot in the next round of games, advancing as the No. 2 seed after beating Colville (17-5) for the first time in three tries. The Eagles were led by a combined 27 points from Lexie Zappone and Taylor Flemming, outscoring the Indians 22-10 in the fourth quarter for a 57-43 victory. They will play Cashmere in the first round of Bi-Districts in Moses Lake.
The Indians earned the third and final ticket to Bi-Districts, beating Newport (15-8) 41-38 and will play Okanogan.
GNL champion Clarkston (17-5) beat West Valley (18-5) 59-46 as Jamie Weisner poured in 26 points. The Bantams used a 39-24 edge in the second half to pull away for the win.
In the 2A subregional, the Bantams will play Ephrata in the first round loser-out game Friday at 5 p.m. West Valley, which eliminated Pullman (12-11) in the consolation game, will face East Valley-Yakima at 7 p.m.
Trailing by one after the first day of the regional tournament, Deer Park looked vulnerable for the first time since first embarking on its current three-year run of state titles.
But any doubts quickly went by the wayside Saturday as six finalists out of seven one individual championships to lift the Stags to a 226-170.5 victory over Othello. East Valley finished third with 147.5 points in its first year at the 2A level.
Two-time state champion Shawn Burton earned region wrestler of the year, pinning his way to a regional title at 285 pounds. Sophomores Jake Konzal (112 pounds) and Cole Harris (119) each joined Burton atop the podium.
At 160 pounds, Dylan Miller, a third-place state finisher last year, won his regional title by injury default, advancing to the finals via a 1-0 victory. Billy Rhodes needed overtime but defeated Othello's Eddie Garza 4-2 to advance to state and sophomore C.J. Rodriguez won his title match 9-7 to win the 215-pound final.
The Stags will lead the region with 10 of the GNL's 23 state wrestlers. The field for state will be 56 wrestlers.
Michael Baumgarden and Josh Lauderdale have been the face of the Lakeside Wrestling program all season and Saturday they both won regional titles to lead the Eagles in Tonasket.
Baumgarden won the 119-pound title, beating Omak's Cody Harvill in a 12-4 major decision. Lauderdale, meanwhile edged Cashmere's Dillon Miller 4-3 in the 160-pound final.
Freshman Hoodie Judd earned his title at 103 pounds with a fall of Ethan Visser from Cashmere in 1:30.
Lakeside's Davina Carr will be the Eagles' lone representative at the State Gymnastics meet after finishing second in the all-around scoring at the Regional 3A/2A meet Friday at University High School.
Carr scored 37.25 points to finish behind Mt. Spokane's Courney Bray, who tallied 37.625 points with a win in the balance beam (9.7) and third-place scores in the bars (9.2) and floor exercise (9.5). Carr won the uneven bars competition with a score of 9.375 to give her her best score of the night.