Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) and Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) both reached their respective finals with wins on Saturday morning at the 2A state wrestling tournament.
Michael Wilson put up 20 points in a crucial stop on Grangeville's road back to the 2A boys basketball state tournament. St. Maries claimed the north's top seed by winning the district championship earlier in the week, but GHS extended its season with a 60-35 victory over New Plymouth Saturday afternoon.
Orofino nicked Grangeville twice in the final three meetings between the Central Idaho League rivals, but only the last one counted -- and after falling to the Maniacs earlier in the tournament, GHS took the 2A District I-II consolation playoff 47-40 to set up a meeting with District III's third best team, New Plymouth, at 1 p.m. MT in McCall, Saturday, Feb. 28.
Seven lead changes during the first half signaled a close game, but for much of the contest, Lapwai stood firmly in control of the 1AD1 District II boys district title game Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center. During the short stretches when the Pirates' shots were falling, Prairie evened up the game -- but a bit of treachery in the Pirates' shooting touch combined with timely shooting by the Wildcats allowed Lapwai to sustain scoring runs up to double-digit leads early and late in the game.
Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) and Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) both aced their state wrestling competition, and will wrestle as two of the area's eight remaining medal hopefuls tomorrow.
“Those guys can shoot,” Bulldogs coach Skip Hall said of the Orofino squad after the Maniacs posted a second successive win on the GHS boys basketball court last week.
St. Maries defeated Orofino by a point, locking up a state tournament berth for the Lumberjacks and forcing an Orofino-Grangeville rematch Wednesday night, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. in Orofino.
Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play.
Grangeville trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half of its first round 2A state tournament matchup against Wendell, but charged back to win 46-44 in overtime Thursday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School.
Grangeville's 2A girls basketball tournament first round begins today at 3 p.m. MT at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. Prairie's 1AD1 girls basketball tournament first round begins today at 8 p.m. MT at Columbia High School in Nampa.
The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.
Prairie ran into a buzz saw in its district title matchup against the team most observers favor at the outset of the 1AD1 state tournament. But as the only team in the tournament to have played a close game against Lapwai this season, the Pirates may be primed to force a rematch in the classification’s biggest game.
The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.
Clearwater Valley’s Trey Pfefferkorn found a lane to drive and scored two points on this play during the 1AD1 District II tournament play-in game held on Presidents’ Day afternoon last Monday, Feb. 16 in Kooskia. Potlatch grabbed an early lead, blunted the Rams’ charge during the second quarter, and held on to win 56-45. Bracket play began after the Tuesday, Feb. 17, print deadline with top-seeded Prairie preparing to play the Kamiah-Troy winner this afternoon, Feb. 18, at the LCSC Activity Center in Lewiston. Prairie, the 2014 1AD1 state champion and the WPL’s 2015 regular season champion, will open at 7 p.m.
Four locals won their respective weight classes last Saturday, Feb. 14, at the last regular season wrestling event of the year.