The prep basketball season is gearing up for more playoff action, even as the gymnasts and wrestlers are coming home from state.
Woodinville and Inglemoor are sending their boys basketball teams to the Wes-Sea-King Bi-District tournaments this week after they made it through Sea-King still in the win column: Woodinville took second and Inglemoor fifth, while Bothell was eliminated in a loss to Franklin.
The Bothell Girls basketball team was unable to overpower their Redmond opponents in the Sea-King championship final Saturday night, losing 68-63, despite 20 points from Becky Ashbaugh and 17 from Jennifer Babin 17.
The Cougars had to be satisfied with second place going into Wes-Sea-King District Thursday against the Interlake-Marysville-Pilchuck winner.
Scores from the finals of the AAA State Wrestling and Gymnastics tournaments were unavailable at press time. Watch for a story next week.
Earlier in the week:
Feb. 15: Todd Roche was the top point-scorer with 18, but BOTHELL fell to Mercer Island, 78-50.
Behind Al Minahan's 25 points, Ryan Wilkerson's 15, and Chris Perkins' 12, INGLEMOOR easily flogged Franklin, 67-55.
Feb. 13: Senior Rose Connely matched her season high of 24 points, and added four assists, four steals, and a blocked shot to close INGLEMOOR's season in an overtime loss to Garfield, 61-57.
Cori Enghusen, the 6-foot-7-inch sophomore, was sidelined with a foot injury at the end of the second quarter. She came back at the end of fourth and posted a total of 13 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocked shots. The Vikings were the No. 7 seed in the Kingco Conference and finished the season 12-9.
Feb. 12: INGLEMOOR'S Curt Armstrong and Fred Fairbanks are going to State after winning individual titles at the Class AAA Region II tournament in Vancouver. Armstrong won two matches by pins in the 215-class, followed by a 10-2 decision. Fairbanks, 141 pounds, took his victory with a 5-3 decision.
Team Inglemoor finished third with 97 points, followed by Kingco champion WOODINVILLE, fourth with 86 points, and BOTHELL,18th with 18 1/2 points.
Others going to state for wrestling include Vikings Armstrong and Fairbanks, Mike Martinsen (4th), and Dave Martinsen (3rd); and Falcons Matt Pabst (2nd), Pat Runez (3rd), Tyson Chester (4th), Kurt Ahlstrand (4th), Ryan Palmquist (4th), and Isaac Amondson (4th). Alternates to state include Inglemoor's Curtis Niguidula and Kip Anderson, and Bothell's Dave Clark.
Feb. 12: Mike Robbins took the Levi's award as WOODINVILLE'S high scorer with 501 as the Falcons crushed Interlake, 2,222 to 1,901.
INGLEMOOR'S Jesse Wright hit a high of 625 as the Vikings squashed Juanita, 2,672 to 2,345.
Keith Lee scored 488, but BOTHELL fell to Issaquah, 2,720 to 2,154.
Feb. 12: Regan Riley was the high scorer with 507 for the Vikings, but INGLEMOOR fell to Issaquah, 2,375 to 2,221.
Whitney Ahlstrand tallied the high score with 410 points as WOODINVILLE blasted Bellevue, 1,716 to 1,402.
Jeryre Arnold scored 478 for the high as BOTHELL walloped Juanita, 2,063 to 1,924.