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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Cougar boys, girls swept by Knights, four games left


January 16, 2019

Both the Lyle-Wishram Cougar boys and girls hoops teams fell on the road last week to a couple of tough opponents, and were right back at it Tuesday in a nonleague game against Yakama Tribal School, but results weren't ready when the papers were sent.

Prior to Tuesday's game against the Class 1B and always tough Eagles, the Cougs hit the hardwood against another powerhouse from the 1B ranks. Both the boys and girls fell to the Sunnyside Christian Knights last Thursday in Sunnyside and also on the road in an Eastern Washington Athletic Conference contest Saturday to Walla Walla Valley Academy.

The loss to Walla Walla dropped the Cougar boys to 4-5 in EWAC play and to sixth place in the standings with four league games remaining. They can still make up some ground and climb the standings, with remaining league games against Columbia Burbank and Tri-Cities prep, both teams that have better records in league play.

Sunnyside Christian

The boys got off to slow start against the top ranked boys team in the Class 1B ranks, falling to the Knights 64-47 last Thursday in Sunnyside in a game that previously was slated to be played Tuesday.

Undefeated at 13-0, the Knights held the Cougs to eight points in the first eight minutes and used a big third quarter to put the game out of reach. They outscored the Cougs 21-6 in the third and coasted despite a high scoring fourth quarter from the visitors.

Cougars 8 12 6 21 - 47

Knights 16 18 21 9 - 64

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Riley Mills 15, Brandon Montoya 15, Gerry Kindrick 7, Kurtis Billette 7, Andrew Carlock 3.

Sunnyside Ch. Scoring: Lucas Dykstra 22, Ross Faber 17, Tyler Marsh 12, Brennen Ripp 8, Anthony Mendoza 2, Bode Jansen 2, Tyler Groenzweg 1.


The Sunnyside Christian girls, a team that has placed at the state tournament in each of the last three seasons, including a second place finish in 2015, didn't have any trouble with the Lady Cougars in last Thursday's 57-15 contest.

Three Knights scored in double figures while eighth grader Keegan Wolfsberger and junior Mariah Houston combined to score 11 for the Cougs.

Cougars 6 3 2 4 - 15

Knights 18 24 9 6 - 57

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Keegan Wolfsburger 6, Mariah Houston 5, Lizzie Hawkins 2, Sonya Rubio 2.

Sunnyside Ch. Scoring: Sydney Banks 17, Jenna Andringa 12, Krista Den Hoed 12, Madi Candanoza 9, Kelli Candanoza 5, Abby Bravo 2.

Walla Walla

A 12 point first quarter deficit was too much for the Cougs to overcome Saturday on the road against the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights in the 64-53 loss that dropped Lyle-Wishram to 4-5 in EWAC play.

Cougars 10 13 14 16 - 53

Knights 22 14 18 10 - 64

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Mills 23, Dasean Leslie 8, Billette 7, Carlock 6, Montoya 4, Kindrick 3, Jarren Leslie 2.


The fifth place Knights used a strong first half to build a big lead on the Cougs and held on in the 45-15 contest.

Cougars 4 0 2 9 - 15

Knights 11 22 6 6 - 45

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Keegan Wolfsberger 8, Jade Childers 3, Sonya Rubio 2, Mariah Houston 2.

Up next

Both Cougar teams were at home against the Yakama Tribal School Eagles on Tuesday, but results weren't available when the papers were sent out.

Both the boys and girls teams from Toppenish have been tough the last couple of years, with both teams currently riding a two-year state tourney streak while the boys have reached at least regionals in each of the past four seasons.

After tipping off with the Eagles, the Cougs will be back on the road for their next two games, Friday at Tri-Cities Prep and next Tuesday at Mabton. It again will be a key stretch for the Cougar boys who will be looking to make up some ground in the EWAC standings.

The boys fell to Tri-Cities Prep 52-49 on Dec. 14 and beat Mabton 72-34 on Jan. 4. The Cougar girls fell 63-11 to TCP and 63-41 to Mabton.


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