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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Bickleton, Klickwood battling for final spot in GCGL hoops tourney


January 31, 2018

The Sunnyside Christian Knights and Yakama Tribal Eagles boys and girls hoops teams have a firm grasp on the top two spots in the Greater Columbia Gorge League, while both of the Trout Lake teams also will reach the Greater Columbia Gorge League Tournament after missing out last year.

With just a handful of games left in the Class 1B GCGL, the district tournament field for the boys and girls is almost set.

All four of the girls teams (Sunnyside Christian, Yakama Tribal, Klickwood, and Trout Lake) will receive a bid in the tournament since there’s only four girls teams in the league after Bickleton couldn’t field a girls team this season.

But on the boys side, the top three bids are already solidified by Sunnyside Christian, Yakama Tribal, and Trout Lake, with the fourth and final spot up for grabs between Klickwood and Bickleton.

As of Monday, the Pirates hold a half-game lead over Klickwood. At 1-6 in league play, the Pirates have one regular season contest left against Sunnyside Christian on Friday, while Klickwood has played all eight of their GCGL games, finishing 1-7.

A win against the Knights on Friday would clinch a spot in the GCGL Tournament for the Pirates. But that’s easier said than done. The Knights, at 17-1 overall and 6-0 in league play, have only lost to the top-ranked Class 1A Lynden Christian Lynx, 67-55 on Dec. 27.

If the Pirates lose to the Knights later this week, leaving them and Klickwood with 1-7 GCGL records, the teams would meet on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Goldendale and play for the fourth seed in the tournament.


The Pirates have one league contest left against Sunnyside Christian on Friday, but win or lose, their season will continue.

Sitting at 1-6 in GCGL play, a loss to the Knights would drop the Pirates into a tie for fourth with Klickwood, while a win would give the Pirates sole possession of fourth place and a spot in the league tournament.

In the event of a tie, Klickwood would matchup with Bickleton next Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Goldendale, with the winner advancing to the double-elimination GCGL Tourney.

The Pirates just got done matching up with Klickwood, falling 65-38 to a different looking Vandals team that’s getting healthy at the right time.


The Vandals snapped their eight game losing streak by knocking off the Pirates on Friday. It also was their first GCGL win this year.

Klickwood had played the majority of its games without senior guard Easton Atchley, who recently returned from an injury he suffered within the first week of games. Junior forward Jerry Larson also is back on the court as the Vandals are poised to make a run if they slip into the tournament.

The Vandals fell 99-50 to top-ranked Sunnyside Christian on Saturday, played Goldendale’s C squad on Tuesday night in Goldendale, and close out the regular season at Lyle-Wishram on Friday with the girls starting at 4:30 p.m. and the boys at 6.

The Klickwood girls fell 75-20 to the 17-2 overall Knights, and are looking to split the season series with the Cougars on Friday. They fell 40-28 to Lyle-Wishram on Dec. 5.

Both Klickwood teams will compete in an alumni game on Saturday in Klickitat.


The Lyle-Wishram Cougars, a Class 2B school, competed in the GCGL due to the proximity of all the teams in the league, but will have a different postseason route with the regular season ends.

When the Cougs finish their regular-season slate of games, they will matchup with the No. 4 seed from the Eastern Washington Athletic Conference (the same league Lyle-Wishram football competes in). If the Cougs win that game, they will face the No. 3 seed from the EWAC to determine seeding for the District 5/6 Tournament.

After the Cougs matched up with Trout Lake Tuesday night (results unavailable), they finish out the season on Friday at home against Klickwood. The Lyle-Wishram boys won the opening meeting 53-37 on Dec. 5.

The Cougar boys dropped a 79-60 contest to Yakama Tribal on Friday, while the girls fell 64-16. The boys bounced back with a 67-46 win over the Pirates on Saturday in Bickleton.

Tourney info

The GCGL Tournament takes place in Goldendale every year, and starts Thursday, Feb. 8 in the GHS gym and runs through the weekend.

The first and second place finishing boys and girls teams from the double-elimination tournament advance to regionals. Last season, Sunnyside Christian won both tournaments, while the boys went on to win the state championship, and the girls finishing fifth.


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