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March 12, 2014

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Omak lifters strong Pioneer teams place in Top 3 Omak Extreme Powerlifting returned with its girls finishing second and boys third at the state qualifier March 1 at Ocean Shores. Shawnee Covington was named the best overall female lifter at the meet with a 780-pound total. “Shawnee is on track to set at least two state records in the bench press and best three-lift total for her weight class of 132 pounds,” coach Jordan Lesamiz said. “Shawnee Covington will be one of just a couple girls in Washington state history to hold records in two weight classes.” She set the bench press state record last year at 148 pounds. Jacob Cutrell finished first at 220 pounds after posting the highest overall total for the boys with 1,410 pounds. “Jacob is on track to challenge Cutrell Dylan Green’s state records in the back squat and 3-lift total for the 220 pound class,” Lesamiz said. Also finishing first was Kellie Foth at 123 pounds with a total of 665. “Kellie’s total is the highest in the state thus far for the 123-pound weight class, making her a state favorite,” Lesamiz said. The state tournament will take place May 3 in White Salmon. Girls: 7, Cassie Birraine, 132; 3, Diane Hilderbrand, 148; 4, Mercedes Gariano, 148; 3, Lyric Stidman, unlimited; 1, Kellie Foth, 128; 1, Shawnee Covington, 132; 4, Ruby Orozco, 105; 5, and Rachel Blakemore, 123. Boys: 2, Russell Daffern, 181; 2, Yurian Gaytan, 198; 3, Cody Bidlen, 198; 7, Carlos Avila, 198; 1, Jacob Cutrell, 220; 5, Craig Conway, 242; 3, Dallas Joe, 114; 6, Chase Miranda, 114; 9, Larry Allen, 165; 2, Brandon Zaragoza, 242; 5, Brandon Landers, 181. ◆◆◆◆◆ Let’s catch up with ultra runner Jason “Ras” Vaughan of Havillah. His contract as an ambassador for Altra shoes, which started last year, was recently Vaughan renewed with a twist:

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The Okanogan High School boys basketball team poses with its third-place state 1A trophy Saturday at the Hardwood Classic tournament in the Yakima SunDome.

rd place in state Okanogan boys, Pateros girls bring home trophies By Al Camp The Chronicle YAKIMA – Two local teams brought home third-place trophies from their respective state tournaPurple ments. Power The • For a look Okanogan boys at Pateros’ picked up their state 1B hardware success, see by beating Seattle Page B3. Academy, 56-37, in the state 1A tournament Saturday at the Yakima SunDome. Meanwhile in Spokane, the Pateros girls earned a trophy at the 1B tournament. See story

Sometimes you don’t know how bad kids want to win until they lose. Coach Mike Carlquist

” on Page B3. Back in the SunDome, the Bulldogs rebounded off a devastating, last-second loss to King’s, 49-48, in the semifinals Friday. “That might have been the toughest loss of my life,” Coach Mike Carlquist said. “Sometimes you don’t know how bad kids want to win until they lose,” Carlquist said. “I just did not want to lose the last game.”

Okanogan opened state with a 70-60 overtime victory over Cedar Park Christian. In the trophy game against Seattle Academy, the Bulldogs trailed 22-21 at the half, before taking control of the boards. The Bulldogs won the third quarter, 15-4, and expanded their lead with a 20-11 fourth quarter that included lots of time from bench players.

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The Pateros High School girls basketball team hoists its third-place state 1B trophy Saturday in the Spokane Arena. See Page B3 for story and more photos.

Bulldog girls rally to grab fourth in state ’Dogs knock off Spartans for trophy

Okanogan’s Janice Romero takes the ball away from Mabton’s Desenay Guerrero during a state loser-out game Friday in the Yakima SunDome.

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YAKIMA – The Okanogan girls basketball team’s dream of a state championship evaporated in their state opener, but the Bulldogs rallied Saturday for a fourth-place state trophy. Okanogan lost to King’s, 3832, on Thursday in the first round of the state 1A Hardwood

Classic in the SunDome. Their trophy, however, came Saturday after handily beating Granger, 47-33. To reach the trophy game, Okanogan took out a stubborn Mabton squad, 57-53, in a loserout game Friday. “Obviously, everyone who gets to the SunDome sooner or later loses,” Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel said. “As you lose, you regroup, refocus. Not everyone ends on two wins.” Each game, the coach said, someone stepped up to start rallies.

Against Granger, Okanogan trailed 6-4 when Jordyn Boesel started a 11-0 run by scoring on an assist from Jill Townsend. In the run, Alexis Jones hit a 3-pointer, Townsend scored a pair of layups and Cayden Diefenbach scored. “We had a bunch of up-anddown games,” Jones said. “I thought we played our best game today (Saturday’s trophy game). We played really hard.” A 19-9 first quarter lead expanded to 28-11 at the half (Granger’s lone points were a put back with 2:50 left in the

second quarter) and went to 3920 after three quarters. “We got that big lead and we kept it,” coach Boesel said. “Anybody can start the rally. “Today, Cameron Moses stepped up. She didn’t play against La Salle because of an ankle. It was good to see her play well.” Moses iced the ankle after each state game. “I just made my shots this time,” she said. “I had not hit them all weekend.”

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