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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Sunnyside Christian in control of GCGL hoops tourney


February 14, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Trout Lake sophomore Isabella Dean takes a shot over the outstretched arms of Klickwood eighth grader Laney Tuthill during Saturday's loser-out game of the GCGL Tournament.

The Greater Columbia Gorge League District Tournament continued on Tuesday at Goldendale High School with the Trout Lake boys and girls taking on Yakama Tribal in a loser out game, but results weren't available from Tuesday's games when the papers were sent out.

Featuring a couple of highly ranked teams by the WIAA RPI rankings, the tournament pretty much went as expected by the seedings.

Sunnyside Christian, the No. 1 seeded boys and girls teams at the tourney, each won their first and second games, and await Tuesday's winner as they battle for the district championship.

The top four finishing teams from the GCGL regular season advanced to the double elimination tournament, with the top two teams from the tourney advancing to regionals.


The tourney opened Friday with both the Trout Lake boys and girls teams (No. 3 seeds) playing Yakama Tribal (No. 2 seeds) in the opening round, with the Eagles winning both games.

The girls were up first, with the Eagles winning for the third time this season over the Mustangs with a 73-45 win which started with strong offensive and defensive performances early. Yakama Tribal went ahead 28-4 in the first eight minutes and cruised the rest of the way.

Sophomore Isabella Dean knocked down four 3-pointers, leading the Mustangs with 28 points, while GCGL Player of the Year Nayha Mills led all scorers with 29.

Trout Lake 4 16 15 10 - 45

Tribal 28 10 16 19 - 73

Trout Lake scoring: Dean 28, Carme Brown 6, Jayden Allaway 5, Wynsome Painter 4, Peyton Allaway 2.

Tribal scoring: Nayha Mills 29, Luilamaga 12, Sydrah Eagleheart 12, G'mewiin Mills 9, Saneah Eagleheart 4, Wapsheli 4, Eyle 3.

The Mustang boys hung around with the quick Yakama Tribal boys early, but behind a big-time scoring performance from Eagle guard Bryan Strom, who finished with 34, Tribal was too much down the stretch.

The Mustangs trailed 18-14 after a first quarter in which six different players scored, but Tribal was able to do what they've done all season, score at will. The 84-57 win marked the seventh time this season they've scored over 80 points.

The Mustangs had three finish with double figures in scoring, led by freshman Micah Colburn, who hit two 3-pointers and finished with 12.

Trout Lake 14 14 17 12 - 57

Tribal 18 21 22 23 - 84

Trout Lake scoring: Colburn 12, Carson Lanz 11, Diego Cortez 10, Cole McKinney 7, Alexis Cortez 6, Reece Painter 4, Riley Allaway 4, Chase Colloton 3.

Tribal scoring: Bryan Strom 34, Isiah Strom 15, Bryce Strom 12, Pastrana 8, Andrews 8, Jim 5, Hart 2.

The 20-2 overall Sunnyside Christian Knights girls team had little trouble with Klickwood in the third Friday game, going ahead 29-0 after the first quarter and holding on for a 70-23 win.

The Knights went undefeated through the GCGL regular season, and should be a tough team to beat in regionals and state.

Klickwood freshman guard Nahaleigh Schuster came away with 18 points to lead the Eagles, knocking down eight of nine attempts from the free throw line.

Klickwood 0 5 13 5 - 23

Sunnyside 29 22 13 6 - 70

Klickwood scoring: Schuster 18, Tuthill 2, Spino 2, Lemming 1.

Sunnyside scoring: Abby Bravo 16, Alyssa Martin 12, Emily Banks 8, Sailer Liefke 8, Sydney Banks 7, Sophie Halma 7, Madi Candanoza 6, Jenna Andringa 5, Brooklon Struikmans 1.

The top-ranked Sunnyside Christian boys cruised past Klickwood in the final game on Friday, propelled by six scorers in double figures.

Ranked No. 1 among Class 1B schools for the majority of the year, the Knights scored 53 points in the first half, while holding Klickwood to 10 points over the second half.

Hunter Dawson and Jacob Wenz both connected from long range in the first quarter for Klickwood, and paced the team with 10 and eight points respectively.

Klickwood 14 11 4 6 - 35

Sunnyside 18 35 21 17 - 91

Klickwood scoring: Hunter Dawson 10, Jacob Wenz 8, Easton Atchley 5, Nolan Ryan 3, Hunter Clack 3, Jerry Larson 2, Derrick Green 2, Josh Bautista 2.

Sunnyside scoring: Lucas Dykstra 20, Luke Wagenaar 17, Chance Marsh 16, Kyler Marsh 10, Lane Marsh 10, Cade Bosma 10, Brennan Rip 5, Anthony Mendoza 3.


After both the Mustangs and Klickwood Eagles dropped their Friday games, they met up in the early slate of games on Saturday in elimination contests.

With the girls first, Klickwood was able to jump out to an early lead against a Mustang team they hadn't beaten this season.

However, Trout Lake started to roll in the second, and continued a good offensive pace for the rest of the game in the 59-28 win.

Schuster again paced Klickwood with 17 points, while Dean, and freshman Peyton Allaway combined to score 43 for the Mustangs.

Klickwood 9 2 9 8 - 28

Trout Lake 8 16 14 21 - 59

Klickwood scoring: Schuster 17, Green 4, Tuthill 2, Spino 2, Troh 2, Masden 1.

Trout Lake scoring: Dean 26, Peyton Allaway 17, Jayden Allaway 6, Brown 6, Elyard 2, Keller 2.

Trout Lake was able to start quick against the Klickwood boys, jumping out to a 38-22 first half lead, but Klickwood, down by as many as 18 in the second half, cut the lead to just three in the fourth quarter.

Led by a scoring barrage from senior Easton Atchley, the Eagles clawed back into the game, but the Mustangs were able to close out and eliminate Klickwood with a 64-57 win.

Atchley and senior Jacob Wenz combined to score 38 of Klickwood's points, but a balanced Trout Lake scoring effort was too much for the Eagles to defend.

Colburn stretched the floor with three 3-pointers and 16 points, while Painter and McKinney each had 11 with Carson Lanz adding nine points.

Klickwood 10 12 20 15 - 57

Trout Lake 20 18 17 9 - 64

Klickwood scoring: Atchley 21, Wenz 17, Larson 10, Dawson 7, Green 2.

Trout Lake scoring: Colburn 16, Painter 11, McKinney 11, Lanz 9, Diego Cortez 7, Alexis Cortez 4, Allaway 4, Wurzer 2.

The Sunnyside Christian girls turned up the defense against Tribal, holding them to single digit scoring in each quarter in the 56-16 win.

The Knights face the winner of the Tuesday's elimination game on Thursday at 6 p.m.

Sunnyside 14 19 15 8 - 56

Tribal 2 2 4 8 - 16

Jaryd Cline

Trout Lake freshman Micah Colburn takes it to the basket during the Mustangs' win over Klickwood on Saturday.

Sunnyside scoring: Liefke 28, Banks 8, Andringa 7, Martin 5, Halma 4, Candanoza 3, Bravo 1.

Tribal scoring: Nayha Mills 8, Sydrah Eagleheart 4, Wapsheli 2, Luliamaga 2.

The Knights, in the two regular season meetings with the Eagles, outscored them by a combined 19 points, but Saturday night the Knights rolled to a 73-44 win over their Toppenish rivals.

Sunnyside 16 23 18 16 - 73

Tribal 11 15 8 10 - 44

Sunnyside scoring: Chance Marsh 20, Wagenaar 17, Lane Marsh 13, Cade Bosma 12, Dykstra 6, Kyler Marsh 3, Blaze Bosma 2.

Tribal scoring: Bryce Strom 12, Pastrana 11, Andrews 8, Isiah Strom 7, Bryan Strom 3, Bennett 3.


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