• Other nearby teams at State included South Bend’s girls team, which made a surprise playoff run. The fourth-seed out of the Pacific League, the Indians beat 10-seed Liberty Bell at Regionals, then crushed number seven Auburn Adventist 49-29 in Spokane. They lost in quarterfinals to top-seed Wahkiakum, 44-21, before losing 48-31 to Davenport in the consolation brackets.

• Wahkiakum lost in semifinals 60-54 against Liberty, then finished third with a 54-43 victory over La Conner.

• Willapa Valley’s boys beat Oroville 58-44 in the first round, then put up a respectable performance against Brewster in quarterfinals, where they lost 57-49. Brewster went on to finish third-place but was arguably the second-best team at the tournament, giving Kittitas a huge scare on its way to a three-peat championship. After the Brewster loss, Valley lost to Toledo on the consolation bracket. The Valley girls lost 56-26 in the first round against Liberty.

• Taholah’s girls’ team was one-and-done, losing to Selkirk 62-49.

• Kittitas, led by Gonzaga commit Brock Ravet, Washington’s all-time leading scorer, won the 2B boys championship for the third straight year, defeating St. George’s 79-51.

• Talia von Oelhoffen, a sophomore who is already listed as a five-star recruit on ESPN.com, led Tri-Cities Prep to the 2B girls’ championship. Prep beat Liberty 50-42 in finals.

• Colton won its tenth 1B girls’ title in 11 years, crushing its first two opponents by a combined 97 points before making a big second-half comeback to beat Pomeroy 51-43.

• Yakama Tribal made a thrilling comeback from 15 down in semifinals against Almira-Coulee-Hartline, as Bryan Storm created chaos as the point man for their full-court press. Storm fouled out near the end of the game with the team still behind. But they somehow pulled ahead, Maguire Isaak missed a layup in the last minute, and Tribal emerged with the 55-53 win. Top-seed Sunnyside Christian then beat Yakama Tribal in finals, 54-45.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or aaroncmead@gmail.com.

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