Archive - Dec 2011 - Sports Article
It is understandable if Riverside head boys basketball coach KC Ahrens has a flashback to his teenage years when the Rams face Columbia-Burbank on Friday as part of the Sun Dome Shootout.
The Coyotes are coached by D.J. Traver, a teammate of Ahrens at Riverside in the mid-1990s.
Traver, a member of the Ramsâ€™ 1993 state championship football team, would eventually move to the Tri-Cities and graduate from River View High School.
Deer Parkâ€™s Jesse Molina has seen both sides of the Mat Classic and he doesnâ€™t need to be reminded on which one he likes best.
The 132-pound junior earned a berth to the state wrestling championship in his freshman season, but was forced to watch last yearâ€™s proceedings as a spectator after not getting past the regional round.
â€śIt takes a lot of work to get there (the Mat Classic),â€ť Molina said.
A wrestler since his grade school days, Molina is prepared to get a closer look at the Tacoma Dome than last year view as a spectator.
The Deer Park girls basketball team unleashed a strong defense and uncanny free throw shooting to defeat rival Riverside 62-48 on Dec. 13.
The Lady Stags rushed out to a 13-4 lead in the opening quarter, thanks, in part, to Tessa Heins work on the free throw line. The senior guard hit 9 of 10 free throws in the first eight minutes of the game.
The Riverside boys basketball team, sparked by the play of freshman point guard Taylor Axtell, rallied to defeat rival Deer Park 59-54 in a non-league game on Dec. 13.
The Rams, hurt by cold shooting and the Stagsâ€™ strong inside game, trailed 45-36 going into the fourth quarter.
A short time later, Axtell, who tossed in a team-high 16 points, took over. He scored seven straight points to trim the Stag lead to 47-46 with 4 minutes to play.
The Deer Park wrestling team, bolstered by championships by Joe Grable at 138 pounds and C.J. Rodriguez at 220 pounds, placed third at the highly competitive Inland Empire Tournament at Central Valley last weekend.
Mead won the title with 205 points, followed by Post Falls at 194.5 and Deer Park at 180.5
In addition to two individual championships, Deer Parkâ€™s Aaron Klauder (106 pounds), Cody Dehn (126), Cole Harris (132) and Dylan Miller (160) brought home runner-up medals.
In a match-up of two of the top Class 2A wrestling programs in the state, the top ranked Deer Park Stags easily dispatched the 16th ranked Clarkston Bantams 58-18 on Wednesday.
It was the Great Northern League opener for both schools.
The Stags, who trailed 6-0 after the first match (at 160 pounds), won the next four to 16-6 lead.
Among the wins in that stretch was a hard-pounding 4-2 decision by Dylan Miller at 170 pounds over Brock Beeler. Miller, a state runner-up last season, scored the win with a takedown with only 2 second left in the match.
For the second straight game, the Deer Park boys basketball team jumped out to an early lead then held on in the second half. The latest victim of this scenario was the Lakeside Eagles, who fell 63-55 on Tuesday.
The non-league win improved Deer Parkâ€™s record to 2-0 while Lakeside fell to 1-1.
The Stags, who led 18-8 after one quarter, expanded the lead to 16 points midway through the second quarter before the Eagles started chipping away at the margin. Deer Park regrouped to take a 50-39 lead with eight minutes to play and held off Lakeside down the stretch.
The Deer Park boys basketball team, using a 8-3 run to close out the game, defeated the Chewelah Cougars 63-56 on Thursday in the season opener for both schools.
The Cougars, who trailed by as many as 18 points in the first half, trimmed the Deer Park lead to 55-53 on a basket by Brandon Smith with 2 minutes to play. The Stags responded with free throws by Reese Ferguson and Uconn Peone sandwich between a jumper by Zach Mohr to extend the margin to 60-53 with less than a minute to play.
The Deer Park girls basketball team, paced by four players in double figures, easily dispatched the Chewelah Cougars 61-32 on Thursday in the season opener for both schools.
The Lady Stags wasted little time taking control of the game, building a 10-2 lead in the first couple of minutes. The margin grew to 28-8 midway through the second quarter on Alison Ruygrokâ€™s second three-pointer of the game. A Kimmie Brazington put-back gave the Lady Stags a 44-18 lead just before halftime.
The Deer Park volleyball team, coming off its best season in almost a decade, had one player earn postseason honors in voting by conference coaches.
Middle hitter Kimmi Brazington was selected to the second team.
Named to the first team were outside hitter Jaime Weisner and KC McConnell, both of Clarkston; outside hitter Sequoia Lofton, middle blocker Latasha Lofton and setter Aaliyah Ashley-Meek, all of West Valley; and libario April Oviatt and outside hitter Brittany Harvey, both of Pullman.