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Colton celebrates on the floor with the first-place trophy after beating Pomeroy in their 1B Boys Hardwood Classic title game. (Dan Pelle)

Dynamic duo leads Colton boys to title

In the last game of his high school career, Jake Straughan went out a star. He also went out as Colton High School’s record holder for most points in a career (1,440) and led his Wildcats to a 59-46 win over the Pomeroy Pirates to …

March 9


SR Story | Morton-White Pass 54, St. George’s 51 The Timberwolves withstood a furious late rally and stunned the Dragons in the title game.


SR Story | Colfax 45, Toutle Lake 38 Amara Huber had 17 points and eight rebounds and the Bulldogs pulled away in the fourth quarter and beat the Ducks in the championship game.

Colfax reacts after defeating Toutle Lake in girls 2B title game. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Colfax regains its state championship form

SR Story | Their 12-point lead had evaporated and their top scorer was on the bench with four fouls. So the Colfax girls did what they always do: win a state championship.

March 8

1B girls capsules

SR Story | Colton 60, Pateros 22 Jenna Moser recorded 22 points and nine rebounds and the Wildcats continued their tournament dominance with a win over the Nannies.

Tekoa-Oakesdale gets another shot at Colton

SR Story | Tekoa-Oakesdale coach Dan Brown couldn’t be happier to face Colton again despite the fact his Nighthawks absorbed 49-, 40- and 34-point losses at the hands of the Wildcats this season. “If we play Colton again, the third day at state is the place to do …

1B Boys capsules

SR Story | Colton 61, Shorewood Chr. 58 Jake Straughan scored 30 points and sealed the game at the free-throw line to send the Wildcats into the title game against Pomeroy after a win over the Lions.

St. George’s Will Tender shoots against Liberty in Friday’s semi in which Tender finished with 23 points. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Tender leads St. George’s

SR Story | Sometimes familiarity breeds respect. Such is the case for St. George’s and Liberty, two Northeast 2B teams that met in the state semifinals Friday night at the Arena.

Toutle Lake’s Samantha Woodsy shoots over NWC’ Courtney Gray. (Colin Mulvany)

Toutle Lake, Colfax reach 2B title game

SR Story | Samantha Woodley figures to keep firing away from long range. “I don’t think (coach Larry Hoff) cares as long as I’m making them like that,” the Toutle Lake sophomore said Friday after scoring a career-high 30 points in a 58-43 State 2B girls semifinal victory …

2B Girls capsules

SR Story | Colfax 47, St. George’s 27 The Bulldogs’ stifling defense held the Dragons to 24.4 percent shooting in a 47-27 win advance to the championship game against Toutle Lake.

2B boys capsules

SR Story | St. George’s 60, Liberty 40 The Dragons are headed to the championship after handling the Lancers.

March 7

State 1B boys capsules

SR Story | Pomeroy 62, Wellpinit 38 Cody LaMunyan had 16 points and seven rebounds, Riley Bott added 15 points and the Pirates took control in the second quarter Thursday to ease past the Redskins in the first round of the State 1B tournament at the Arena.

Pomeroy's Cody LaMunyan can't stop Wellpinit's James Best in 1B game on Friday. Pomeroy advanced. (Dan Pelle)

Colton boys find key

SR Story | The progression of Colton’s quarterfinal game was writ large on Dalton Patchen’s face. At first there was a mix of bewilderment and frustration as Cedar Park Christian singed net cords with a white-hot shooting display. But that quickly gave way to something else.

March 6

Jenna Moser was 2013’s State 1B Player of the Year. (Jesse Tinsley)

Zoe and Jenna Moser have one final sister act at State B

SR Story | You can tell so much about Colton’s starting backcourt by watching them shoot. The way they set their feet, the way they launch themselves upward, the way they release the basketball, sending it on a high arc toward the waiting rim, snapping the net cords …

BOTTOM LEFT: Liberty High School’s Athletics Director Blaze Burnham, center, is still the all-time State B tournament scoring leader. Now his sons, Chase, 15, left, and Match, 17, right, are playing for the Lancers. RIGHT: Blaze Burnham played for the 1988 St. John's team that lost to Morton in the state championship game. The Eagles also lost to Morton in the 1987 Washington Class B title game. (FILE PHOTO)

Names of the game

SR Story | There’s something about the return of Liberty High School to the bracket that puts the B back in the Tournaments B. When it came time decades ago for a new campus to serve the villages of Spangle, Waverly, Latah, Fairfield, Plaza and Mt. Hope, the …

Adversity helped shape St. George’s boys basketball team

SR Story | Actors and basketball players react differently to the phrase “break a leg.” What’s considered a good omen on the stage doesn’t translate well to the court, although the St. George’s boys basketball team might suggest otherwise.