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January 5, 1998


Falcon boys are victorious over team from 'down under'


photo by Russ Paris

Coach Joe Meagher (center) discusses strategy with Falcons (l-r) Aaron Brown, (#32) Jacob Geballe, (#20) Eric Bukovinsky, (#12) MIke Lynch, (#21) Jesse Barham, (#33) Brad Kertson, (#11) Zach Tuiasosopo,(#35) Sterling Brown, (#23) Josh O'Hair, (#31) Nate Lubetkin. (#45)

     The Woodinville High School basketball team, fresh from national competition in a Las Vegas Holiday Tournament, beat the Sydney Wildcats, an Australian team, 58 to 50 Dec. 29 in the Falcon gym. "Our kids are a select group from high schools, clubs and associations from the greater Sydney area," John Bone, the Australian coach, said. "This is our summer break, and we are fortunate to be playing here in such a beautiful area. The hospitality of Woodinville players, parents and coaches has been warming."
   The first period saw the bigger, stronger Aussies controlling the game, and WHS was down 17 to 13.
   But, whenWoodinville coach Joe Meagher switched to younger, smaller, but quicker players, the Falcons rallied to within 1 at the half, 21-22.
   Woodinville's pressure defense held tight to start the third period as baskets by Sterling Brown, Nate Cole, and Jason Snyder put WHS up 31 to 22, a lead they never relinquished.
   Sydney crept back to within 4 points in the fourth quarter, but a Sterling Brown 3 point bomb put the game out of reach.
   Aaron Brown and Jason Snyder were high point players with 13 points each.