South county roundup: Othello boys crown two district champions

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ELLENSBURG — Othello boys wrestling qualified 13 for the upcoming Region IV Tournament in Spokane this weekend.

Although the Huskies were no match for the state’s top team in Toppenish, Othello placed a respectable second at the District 5/6 Tournament in Ellensburg.

Arturo Solario (145) and Isaiah Perez (285) were tournament champions; Jaxon Rocha (138) and Jonathan Gomez (152) were tournament runners-up.

Saturday’s regional tournament begins at 10 a.m. at East Valley (Spokane) High School.

Team scores: 1. Toppenish 405.5, 2. Othello 279, 6. Ephrata 130, 8. Quincy 106.5.

Othello placers: 126, Forrest Roylance, 4th; 126, Miguel Amezola, 6th; 132, Kyler Freeman, 5th; 138, Jaxon Rocha, 2nd; 138, Andrew Velazquez, 6th; 145, Arturo Solario, 1st; 152, Jonathan Gomez, 2nd; 152, Ethan Medina, 4th; 160, Nathan Garza, 3rd; 170, Liddell Giles, 5th; 182, Alexis Espindola, 5th; 195, Eric Gomez, 5th; 195, Josue Solorio, 4th; 220, Elijah Roylance, 3rd; 285, Isaiah Perez, 1st.

Girls District 5 Tournament

Top four placers to regionals

Team scores: 1. Toppenish 173, 2. Othello 148, 9. Warden 71, 11. Wahluke 58, 15. Royal 35.

Othello placers: 100, Virginia Pineda, 4th; 110, Emily Mendez, 1st; 110, Alexis Monday, 2nd; 115, Iyazely Barraza, 1st; 115, Mercedes Gonzalez, 4th; 120, Hazel Gonzalez, 6th; 130, Lisbeth Vasquez, 4th.

Warden placers: 105, Aaliyah Escamilla, 2nd; 135, Alexia Hernandez, 3rd; 145, Marilee Garza, 6th; 155, Angalee Beck, 3rd.

Wahluke placers: 120, Haley Felker, 5th; 140, Keila Maravilla, 5th; 155, Laly Gonzalez, 2nd.

Royal placers: 155, Alondra Morales, 1st.

Boys basketball

Warden 67, Wahluke 59

WARDEN — The Cougars came back to win their second-straight game on Friday after trailing by two at the half to force the playoff-tiebreaker on Saturday against the Warriors 67-59.

Kaden Skone led the Cougars with 26 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Ryan Skone had a career-high 12 points as well in the win. Warden head coach Wes Richins said Ayzaiah Pruneda led the team defensively, and simply “did some great things” for the Cougars on the court.

Wahluke 60, Warden 56

WARDEN — Wahluke held off a late run by the Cougars to grab the final spot in the postseason from the SCAC East 60-56.

Leading by nearly double-digits most of the way, the Warrior lead was trimmed to two with 30 seconds left. The Cougars managed to get the turnover and have a chance to tie the game, but couldn’t find the bottom of the net on a six-footer as the Warriors hit eight free throws in the final half-minute to secure the win. Dreyton Martinez led Warden with 18 points, while Kaden Skone nabbed the double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Warden head coach Wes Richins said he was proud of his team’s fight to find a way to be in contention for the final playoff spot, but “fell just a bit short.”

Wahluke plays its first postseason game against Zillah Tuesday night after The Sun Tribune’s deadline.

Other Basin scores

Ephrata 77, Othello 49

Royal 59, Kiona-Benton 31

Girls basketball

Ephrata 46, Othello 32

OTHELLO — Payton Hagy led the way with 15 points as the Tigers took down Othello on the road.

Alanna Elliot had nine for Ephrata, while Hayden Mills finished with eight. Both Mills and Jocelyn Eisen finished with 10 boards. The Tigers built on their two-point lead coming out of halftime, building a double-digit lead heading into the fourth. Hagy hit a string of free throws late to hold off the Huskies. Jeweliana Pruneda led Othello with 12 points, while freshman Analee Coronado finished with eight points and 10 rebounds.

Other Basin scores

Royal 56, Kiona-Benton 23

Warden 84, Wahluke 19

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