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March 19, 2014

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Egbert contributes valuable minutes Joe Harris, who played hoops at Chelan, may well be the first athlete from the region named a Most Valuable Player in a major Harris college conference basketball tournament. Harris and No. 6 Virginia (28-6) topped No. 7 Duke (26-8), 72-63, in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday. Harris, the team’s captain, finished with 15 points, 13 in the second half, on 5-of-11 shooting, including a critical 3-pointer to give Virginia a 64-57 lead with just under 2 minutes to play. The victory was Virginia’s first ACC championship since 1976 and only second in the school’s history. Duke (26-8) was making its 31st appearance in the championship game and was seeking its ACC-record 20th title. Duke won a regular season meeting by four points in a win that came down to the final seconds. Virginia received a No. 1 seed to the NCAA tournament that starts this week, taking on No. 16 Coastal Carolina on Friday evening. No. 3 seed Duke opens against No. 14 Mercer at 12:15 p.m. (Eastern) on Friday. ◆◆◆◆◆ Ty Egbert came off the bench and provided valuable minutes for the University of Idaho men’s basketball team during the Western Egbert Athletic Conference tournament last weekend at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Egbert played 17 minutes in the No. 5 seed U of I’s 7370 first-round victory over fourth-seeded MissouriKansas City on Thursday. He pulled down 3 rebounds after starting center Joe Kammerer played only 7 minutes. In the semifinals Friday, Egbert came off the bench for a team-high 7 rebounds, including three on the offensive end, in an upset of No. 1 seed Utah Valley, 7469. Egbert played 21 minutes and was 2-4 on free throws for 2 points. Idaho (16-18) fell in the WAC championship game, 77-55, to No. 2 New Mexico State on Saturday. Egbert played 9 minutes, scored 3 points and had 3 rebounds. For Idaho, it was the first conference title game since 1993 and first for an NCAA berth since 1990. The Vandals won six of its last seven games before falling in the championship. The streak started Feb. 15 after a one-point loss at Utah Valley. During the run, Egbert played 23 minutes in an 8780 win over Kansas City on March 8. He finished with 2 points, 2 rebounds, 3 blocked shots and an assist. Against Chicago State on March 6, Egbert played 12 minutes in a 79-76 win.

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Dallin Evans, center, keeps a close watch on the Saturday sponsors race — note Sheriff Frank Rogers’ patrol car with flashing lights.


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OMAK – Cars careened off the track. One stopped prematurely and one lost a wheel. Photo finishes dominated the annual running of the region’s best Pinewood Derby cars Saturday at Sunset Chevrolet. “This year’s event was an extremely good showing from local packs and some really nice looking cars,” Okanogan Valley District Cub Scout Chairman Dave Yarnell said. When the splinters and popcorn – free to the kids – cleared, Dallin Evans, 10, of Omak’s Pack 52 came out the winner. This is the second straight year that fifth-grader Evans won the event. “I pretty much used last year’s idea and tried to make it better,” Evans said. “Last year’s car was aerodynamic. I wanted it to push down the track instead of pull. I put the weight in back.” As to why the car was so fast, Evans said, “Probably because we used graphite and all the weight was in the back of the car. It was really slim, too.” Evans raced last year’s winning car and this year’s winner, both of which look like wedges, in a grudge match after the regular competition finished. “This year’s car won by maybe an inch or so,” he said. Racers can compete for three years, so Saturday was Evans final race. He will be in Boy Scouts next. But look out next year when his younger brother, Landin, will be eligible to compete. “Have you ever seen (the movie) ‘Cars?’” Evans said. “He wants to do a Francesco Bernoulli car.” The open-wheel car looks like it could go more than 200 mph in Indy or CART races. “His first year, he finished

FIFE – Jessi Dowers and Chloe Gill of Pateros and Brette Boesel of Brewster competed in the Washington State Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Volleyball Matches on Saturday. Dowers Dowers and Gill played on the 1B/2B Black team with players from Colton, Rainier Christian and Entiat. Dowers’ father, Gene Dowers of Gill Pateros, along with Alisa Piesch of Rainier Christian coached the team. Boesel played on the 1A/2A Red team, coached by Boesel her mother Marcy Boesel of Brewster and Donene Hendricks of Chelan. Jessi Dowers will attend Montana State University to study architecture. She will be visiting the Bobcat volleyball program during spring break. Gill will attend Wenatchee Valley College and be the libero for the Knight’s volleyball team. Boesel will attend Western Washington University and play as a setter in the Vikings volleyball program.

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and back. “I will tell you, he did better than I did” in the Pinewood races, Brian Evans said. “I finished third and there were only three kids racing.” This year, Daniel Haley of Pack 60 from Omak was second. Paul Stout of Pack 24 from Coulee Dam was third. A popular entry was Sheriff Frank Rogers’ car, which included 21 flashing lights on top and bottom. “It’s fun, I love doing it,” Rogers said of creating a racer. “I love watching these kids and what they build. Every one of their cars is faster than mine every year.” Roger said the toughest part of his creation was hollowing out the block of wood. “It took about two months of whittling,” he said.

SAMMAMISH – Justin Rivas of Okanogan and Easton Driessen of Brewster will be playing in the 2014 Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Rivas Association all-state games Saturday. They were selected to play in the 1A vs. 2A game at 4 p.m. at Eastside Catholic High School, 232 Driessen 228th Ave. S.E. Dylan Boyd of Cashmere also was on the 1A roster. WIBCA Players of the Year Mr. Basketball: Jason Todd, Jackson High School 4A Player of the Year: Nathan Streufert, Richland 3A Player of the Year: Shaqqan Aaron, Rainier Beach 2A Player of the Year: Phil Winston, Clover Park 1A Player of the Year: Trey Drechsel, Cedar Park Christian 2B Player of the Year: Dexter Sienko, St. George’s 1B Player of the Year: Jake Straughan, Colton

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Weston Wood from Omak’s Pack 52 built a car with rifle shells and flames. In the foreground is Dallin Evans’ wedge-shaped car that took first place.

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Undersheriff Joe Somday’s picture was pasted in the passenger seat of the Sheriff’s Office sponsor entry, a crowd favorite that included 21 working lights. Sheriff Frank Rogers, right, peers out of the window. second in his pack and eighth at district,” Dallin’s dad, Brian, said. “The first year he wanted his car to look like a Hummer. The second year it was all pure aerodynamics.” The younger Evans said he painted the car maybe 20 or 30 times trying to feather the two

colors of paint together. “He probably spent 40 hours on the car,” his dad said. “He polished the tires and the nails. He wanted to paint it perfect, but there always seemed to be wind blowing just a little bit. He was trying to blend two colors of paint (yellow and gold), front

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