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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.
The Ellensburg Bulldogs did something on Saturday that no other team was able to do this fall: slow down the Deer Park Stag offense.
The Stags, who averaged 36.6 points per game during the regular season, were held to fourth quarter touchdown in the opening round of the state Class 2A playoffs on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (9-3) , who defeated Cheney 36-35 in overtime in a play-in game on Nov. 8, will now move on to play Prosser following the 21-7 win. The Stags finished their most successful campaign in school history with a 9-2 record.
The Ellensburg Bulldogs will visit Deer Park to open the state Class 2A football playoffs at 1 p.m. on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (8-3), the fifth seed from District 5/6/7, defeated the Great Northern Leagueâ€™s Cheney Blackhawks 36-35 in overtime on Tuesday.
Ellensburg used the quarterbacking duo of Garrett Hull and Matt Bennett against the Blackhawks. Tailback J. Foley, who rushed for 79 yards against Cheney, handled most of the ground game duties.
For the Stags (9-1) it will be their first state playoff game at home since they hosted Cashmere in 2000.
The Deer Park boys cross country team ended its most successful season in historic proportions.
The Stags, ranked in the bottom half of the top 10 state rankings for the entire season, proved the pollsters wrong at the Class 2A state cross country championships on Saturday at the Twin Willows Golf Course in Pasco.
Deer Park finished the race in third place, the first time the program has ever earned a place on the awards stand reserved for the top four team placers. The Stagsâ€™ 148 points trailed only eventual champion Lindberg (112 points) and Sehome (113) in the team standings.