Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) and Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) both reached their respective finals with wins on Saturday morning at the 2A state wrestling tournament.
Michael Wilson put up 20 points in a crucial stop on Grangeville's road back to the 2A boys basketball state tournament. St. Maries claimed the north's top seed by winning the district championship earlier in the week, but GHS extended its season with a 60-35 victory over New Plymouth Saturday afternoon.
Seven lead changes during the first half signaled a close game, but for much of the contest, Lapwai stood firmly in control of the 1AD1 District II boys district title game Friday night at the LCSC Activity Center. During the short stretches when the Pirates' shots were falling, Prairie evened up the game -- but a bit of treachery in the Pirates' shooting touch combined with timely shooting by the Wildcats allowed Lapwai to sustain scoring runs up to double-digit leads early and late in the game.
Kamiah's Zach Wilkins (152) and Grangeville's Shaydn Wassmuth (195) both aced their state wrestling competition, and will wrestle as two of the area's eight remaining medal hopefuls tomorrow.
Before the Pirates found the range, the sheer volume of their shooting overwhelmed Liberty Charter. Once Prairie found the range, the defending state champions shelled the Patriots into submission, 60-25, during the first round of 1AD1 state tournament play.
Grangeville trailed by as many as 11 points during the first half of its first round 2A state tournament matchup against Wendell, but charged back to win 46-44 in overtime Thursday afternoon at Bishop Kelly High School.
The Pirates are safely through to the state tournament.
The local gold-picking community got a boost last Wednesday, Feb. 11, when a house committee deadlocked on whether to stop Rep. Paul Shepherd’s latest bill, which aims to exempt suction dredging from federal laws under which the Environmental Protection Agency forbids suction dredging in the Clearwater and Salmon river drainages.
Pro-wolf environmentalists are taking to court the federal agency tasked with killing problematic wild animals, alleging the Department of Agriculture’s APHIS Wildlife Services arm has “never examined or disclosed the effect of its activities in combination with recreational wolf hunting and trapping conducted by the public.”
The runner-up in last year’s 2A tournament, Ririe, may be the favorite to win the title this year. While Ririe is seeded on the other side of the bracket, the Grangeville girls likely will face a tough matchup during the second round whether or not they find a way past first-round foe Wendell.