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Girls' hoops team repeats as district champs

Photo by Sebastian Moraga
Cashmere girls’ basketball team celebrates a second consecutive district title. Next up is a game in Wenatchee against Kiona-Benton Saturday at 10 a.m.
Cashmere overcame a slow first quarter to win a second consecutive district title and earn a ticket to the regional round of playoffs after defeating the Chelan Goats 60-41.

The Bulldogs will now play Kiona-Benton 10 a.m. Saturday at Wenatchee High School. The loser goes home, the winner qualifies for the state tournament the first full weekend in March at Yakima's SunDome.

The Cashmere girls played in front of the biggest crowd they had seen all year, and that affected the team at first, Head Coach Brent Darnell said, adding the team played "horrible" in the first quarter, which ended tied 12-12.

"We weren't playing very smart in the first quarter, we were kind of playing in the moment, you know, big crowd and we kind of got caught up in it a little bit," he said.

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The sixth-grade way to hoops
Huh? Huh.

Yep, that's the sound. That's the sound that keeps a bunch of girls hoops-mad, keeps the deficit down and keeps the republic united.

OK, one out of three. But it's true, the girls from Cashmere's AAU sixth-grade team love the Huh! sound opponents make when they are on the receiving out of an orange-and-black box-out.

The physical aspect of the sport makes basketball win out over sports like soccer and volleyball, members of the team agreed.

"In other sports, you don't get to wrestle around," said Maggie Finch, surrounded by six of her teammates.

The games get pretty competitive, and the girls rise to the occasion. There are a few tears, like last week against Ephrata, but they keep playing. Hannah Tyler played with a twisted ankle a few weeks back.

"It's more fun when people get really aggressive," Finch said. "And they start fouling. I don't like it when someone gets super-hurt, but if it's just someone who fell over, it's funny sometimes."

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Goats clip streak, end season for Cashmere boys
A season of big strides came to a halt last Saturday with Cashmere losing by 18 points at home to the Chelan Goats.

The loss gave the district title to Chelan and eliminated Cashmere from the postseason. The loss also snapped Cashmere's two-game winning streak over the Goats, and a nine-game winning streak dating back to a mid-January's loss to Mabton.

The Goats started strong, setting the pace and getting a rambunctious Cashmere crowd out of the game for long stretches.

"They jumped up on us early and made some big shots," Cashmere head coach Levi Heyen said, later adding "They played really tough defense and we struggled around the basket."

Heyen laid the blame for the loss on his own shoulders, saying he got outcoached.

"The biggest thing is, I thought I had a game plan ready to go for us to be successful and I didn't," he said. "I'm going to have to live with that."

Cashmere never led and got within five late in the third quarter but could not get any closer.

"The kids played as hard as they could," Heyen said of Cashmere's players. "They battled and they scrapped and we just had a hard time getting the ball in the basket and that's on me."

Despite the heartbreak of seeing players in green cut the nets down on their own floor, Cashmere players took the defeat on the chin.

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Boys enter districts on a major upswing
Cashmere's boys basketball team closed its regular season on an eight-game winning streak and a 39-point pummeling of Omak on the road 68-29, which bodes well for the Bulldogs' first game of Districts.

Their opponent this Thursday at 7 p.m. in Cashmere? the fourth-seeded Omak Pioneers.

The winner of Cashmere-Omak will play the winner of Chelan-Cascade Saturday. As top seeds, the Bulldogs hold homecourt advantage, so if Cashmere beats Omak, either the Goats or the Kodiaks have to pay them a visit.

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Girls go unbeaten in league play
Cashmere's girls basketball team saved the best for last, putting on a stout defensive effort on the last game of the regular season, a 51-25 win at Omak.

Omak's 25 points were the fewest allowed by Cashmere all season. The second-fewest were the 27 points scored by Brewster on the second game of the schedule, back in early December.

The Pioneers did not reach double figures scoring in any quarter.

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Season over for wrestling team
Cashmere wrestlers ended their season with a bitter afternoon in Leavenworth, going 0-for-5 in chances to qualify for the state tournament in Tacoma.

Ryleigh Spaeth and Zack Traikovich lost in the pigtail matches to qualify for the regional brackets. Bryant Bubel and Austin Steele lost in the first round of consolation, and Andres Zurita lost in the match for fifth-and-sixth places.

If Zurita had won, he would have qualified to the Mat Classic as an alternate.

"It was a tough day," Head Coach Patrick Valeri said. "I was really hopeful going into this weekend that we had some kids who had an opportunity to qualify for state, but you gotta wrestle for it, you gotta have a good day."

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