YAKIMA, Wash. -- In a season constructed in thirds, the Columbia Basin Big Nine basketball campaign is two-thirds complete and Davis’ boys and girls are in the same position.
Sitting pretty good.
With 10 games down and five to go, both teams are in second place with 7-3 records. Both are two games back of the season-long frontrunners — Eastmont’s boys and Moses Lake’s girls — and both are responsible for the lone losses absorbed by those league leaders.
While it would obviously be ideal to close that two-game gap and challenge for a league title, the biggest priority will be holding their ground in second place. Wenatchee’s boys and Eastmont’s girls are a game back in third at 6-4 (so are Sunnyside’s girls but they are 3A).
The key to finishing second is hosting a first-round district game. The fairly straightforward brackets have the No. 4 seed at No. 1 and No. 3 at No. 2 in loser-out first-round games with the highest remaining seed hosting the winner-to-state, loser-out championship final.
The CBBN girls first-round games will be held Feb. 14, the boys will be on Feb. 15 and the titles games will be played Feb. 16.
Davis’ young boys crew was 2-3 in the first pass through league play but 5-0 the second time through. Davis’ girls were 4-1 and 3-2 in their first two loops.
In the final circuit, Davis is on the road for three of the five doubleheaders, including back-to-back trips to Eastmont and Wenatchee in the final week. The Pirates host Sunnyside tonight and will visit Eisenhower on Saturday.
Sunnyside has plenty to play for as its winning percentage in CBBN play will determine where the Grizzlies seed for the 3A District 5-8 tournament. If it started today the Grizzlies would be the District 5 No. 3 seed in boys and girls.
One last roundup
As a big-meet tune-up for the postseason, all the local boys swimming teams will converge on Lions Pool on Saturday for the Yakima Valley Championships. Events start at 10 a.m.
This will be the final regular-season competition before the district/regional meets on Feb. 1-2 at Central Washington University.
West Valley’s Kian Hausken and Prosser’s Will Burgett own all the Valley’s top marks in the eight individual swim events, and Hausken has helped the Rams record the top times in all three relays.
According to WISCA’s Jan. 22 rankings, Burgett is the 2A state leader in the 50 free (22.38) and 100 breast (1:01.76) and Hausken is No. 1 in the 100 back (54.83). Hausken (49.65) and Burgett (50.37) rank 2-3 in the 100 free.
Naches Valley’s David Whitmore has the top 11-dive score in 2A at 339.20.
Point for point
With a nice boost from her recent games of a career-high 32 points on Tuesday against Cle Elum and 28 last week against Naches Valley, Granger’s Lyndsay Oswalt is rapidly closing in on the 1,000-point career milestone. She has 955 heading into tonight’s SCAC West game at Goldendale for the eighth-ranked Spartans (10-0, 13-3).
• Grandview’s Payton Parrish has eight 30-plus games this season and, after posting 31 and 30 in last week’s conference games, her senior average has climbed to 27.1.
From the note file
Granger senior Esau Cervantes had himself a nice three-game burst over five days, averaging 17.7 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 3.3 steals in victories over Naches Valley, Mabton and Cle Elum. In those first two games, Cervantes made 17 of 26 shots and was named the WIAA Class 1A boys athlete of the week.
• Tony Kretschman has stepped down as Cle Elum’s football coach after three seasons. The Warriors were 24-9 during that stretch and last season they won their first state playoff game in 24 years and reached the 1A quarterfinals.
• Molly Nelson will replace Tim Davison as Eastmont’s volleyball coach next fall.
• Central Valley’s Austin Rehkow, who booted a state-record 67-yard field goal last season, is headed to Idaho. His other scholarship offer came from Eastern Washington.
• In a showdown of two of the state’s top Class B wrestling teams, Liberty Bell edged Kittitas 139-134.5 in Saturday’s 17-team Coyote Classic.
• Scott Spruill’s prep blog is at www.yakimaherald.com/blogs/prepsblog/ He can be reached at 509-759-7852 or firstname.lastname@example.org