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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Coug boys sliding, still in hunt for playoffs


January 23, 2019

Jaryd Cline

Dasean Leslie is just one of the seniors on this year's veteran Cougar team.

The Lyle-Wishram Cougar boys, currently riding a five-game losing streak, including three Eastern Washington Athletic Conference losses, fell to sixth place in the league with three crucial games remaining.

Falling to 4-6 in EWAC play and 8-9 overall, the Cougs have three games this week, including Tuesday's road contest at Mabton (results unavailable) to try and climb higher in the league standings with the District 5/6 Class 2B Tournament upcoming.

The top six teams from the District 5 EWAC and the District 6 Central Washington Conference advance to the tournament, which runs from Feb. 8-16 at either Granger, Chelan, or Manson High Schools. The top two teams in those leagues earn first round byes in the tournament, but Kittitas and Tri-Cities Prep, both ranked in the top 10 by the WIAA RPI Rankings, have already secured the top two spots in the EWAC.

The Cougs were at Mabton on Tuesday for their second matchup this season with the Vikings, a team they beat 72-34 back on Jan. 4 in Lyle.

Prior to that matchup, the Cougs fell at home to Class 1B Yakama Tribal School Eagles in a nonleague contest last Tuesday before falling on the road to second place Tri-Cities Prep last Friday.

Yakama Tribal

Facing a familiar foe in Yakama Tribal, a team that the Cougs have seen the last couple years while playing a Gorge League schedule, the Eagles rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to knock off the Cougs 84-73 last Tuesday in Lyle.

Used to seeing each other twice a year, the Eagles prevailed in the team's only meeting this season, despite 37 points from Cougar senior Riley Mills.

It was a tale of two halves for the Cougs, who jumped out to a 52-39 lead after the first two quarters, but scored just eight points in the third quarter and were outscored 45-21 throughout the second half.

Mills had 37 points to lead all scorers, but the Eagles received big contributions from Bryan Strom and Mylo Jones, who combined for 55 of the team's 84 points. Andrew Carlock added 14 and Brandon Montoya 13 for the Cougs while Tribal's Bryce Strom had 16.

Cougars 27 25 8 13 - 73

Eagles 17 22 21 24 - 84

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Riley Mills 37, Andrew Carlock 14, Brandon Montoya 13, Dasean Leslie 4, Gerry Kindrick 2, Kurtis Billette 2, Jarren Leslie 1.


Second quarter struggles hurt the Cougar girls in their 54-37 loss to the Eagles.

Trailing by one at 10-9 entering the second, the Eagles struck for 19 points and were strong defensively, limiting the Cougs to four points in what turned to be the turning point in the game.

Lyle-Wishram played evenly with the Eagles over the first, third, and fourth quarters, but the 15 point second-quarter deficit was too much for the home Cougs to make up.

Cougar eighth grader Keegan Leslie led the game with 18 points and Sonya Rubio added seven for the home team, while Tribal's Jada Liulamaga (17), G'Mewlin Mills (14), and Saneah Eagleheart (10) paced the visitors.

Cougars 9 4 12 12 - 37

Eagles 10 19 12 13 - 54

Lyle-Wishram scoring: Keegan Leslie 18, Sonya Rubio 7, Jade Childers 5, Sierra Rappe 4, Adriennne Spino 2, Maddie Olson 1.

Tri-Cities Prep

On the road against the second place and No. 8 ranked Tri-Cities Prep Jaguars last Friday, the Cougs hung tough with the home team before falling flat in the fourth quarter of the 64-44 EWAC loss.

Now riding a nine-game winning streak, the Jags, up 49-41 entering the fourth quarter, held the Cougars to just three points in the final eight minutes to pull away.

Only four players scored for the Jaguars, with Kobe Singleton leading the team with 33 points.


The Cougar girls faced an extremely tough matchup with the 16-1 and No. 3 ranked Jaguars, falling 77-13.

Jaryd Cline

Riley Mills,along with Dasean and Jarren Leslie, Andrew Carlock, Kurtis Billette, and Gerry Kindrick comprise the Cougar seniors this season.

The Jags put up 32 points while holding the Cougs scoreless in the opening quarter and cruised to the win.


After Tuesday's tilt with the Vikings, the Cougs have another critical game against a team they've already beaten, the White Swan Cougars, who sit right behind the boys in the EWAC standings. Lyle-Wishram won the initial meeting 64-60 on Dec. 22 in White Swan after jumping out to a big lead but holding on after a late White Swan rally. The Lyle-Wishram girls fell to White Swan 75-13 in the first meeting.

After facing White Swan on Friday, the Cougs are back out the next day for their regular season finale against Columbia Burbank, a new Class 2B school after recently dropping from the SCAC East.

The Burbank boys, as of Tuesday morning, sit one spot ahead of the Cougs in the EWAC standings.


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