Basin roundup: Knox places 15th in 500 free at State

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Connor Vanderweyst/Columbia Basin Herald Laurel Knox competes in the 200-yard freestyle during the District 6 Championships at Moses Lake High School. Knox placed 15th in the 500 freestyle at the State meet.

FEDERAL WAY — It appeared Moses Lake girls swim and dive would be poised to continue its trend of best times into the final meet of the season.

However, the team swam “flat,” according to head coach Tony St. Onge, and did not place as well at State after an optimistic District meet.

“We did not make the improvement in times we had hoped for, but it’s all part of the athletic journey,” he said. “You have those times when you don’t meet your goals but you get over it, move on and become stronger. That’s part of the learning that occurs in high school sports.”

Laurel Knox finished the highest out of the Chiefs’ contingent, reaching consolation finals and placing 15th in the 500 freestyle. Knox picked up the 500 freestyle only a couple weeks before the District meet, became a District champion and nearly broke the school record in the event. In her final race, Knox clocked in at 5 minutes, 26.16 seconds.

Knox narrowly missed consolation finals in the 200 freestyle, placing 17th in 2:01.44.

Moses Lake’s 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams finished 24th and 23rd, respectively. Divers Jessica Mendoza and Lauren Tolley took 22nd and 24th, respectively, and did not advance out of preliminaries. Mendoza scored 102.15 and Tolley scored 94.10.

Newport (4A), Bellevue (3A) and Liberty (2A) won team championships.

“We’ll make it a learning experience, though, and come back stronger next year,” St. Onge said. “Ten of the eleven are underclassmen so we have an opportunity to come back, make the changes we need to and have a great State 2020.”

Football

Almira/Coulee-Hartline 66, Bridgeport 0

COULEE CITY — Almira/Coulee-Hartline scored 40 points in the second quarter to pull away from Bridgeport and win 66-0.

The win qualified ACH for the 1B State Tournament where it will play No. 6 Lummi Nation in the first round.

Against Bridgeport, Brayton Schafer rushed for four touchdowns and caught two more. Schafer had touchdown runs of 29, 41, 2, and 61 yards, ending with 228 total.

Lynden 41, Othello 14

BELLINGHAM — Othello could not recover from an early deficit and lost its playoff opener 41-14.

The Lions’ Steven DiLorenzo rushed for 190 yards and two touchdowns.

Othello was shut out in the first half and scored the first of its two touchdowns after a bobbled kickoff to start the second half.

Lynden led by as much as 35 points in the second half. CWAC North Defensive Player of the Year Isaiah Perez did not play.

Volleyball

ACH places 3rd in State; Wilson Creek takes 6th

YAKIMA — In a rematch of last year’s semifinals, Almira/Coulee-Hartline lost in five sets to Pomeroy 34-32, 19-25, 15-25, 25-14, 11-15.

The Warriors rallied to sweep Odessa 25-20, 25-10, 25-11 to place third.

Wilson Creek bounced back from a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Pomeroy and beat Puget Sound Adventist 21-25, 25-21, 16-25, 25-23, 15-11 to reach the placing rounds. There, Wilson Creek was swept by Mount Vernon Christian 22-25, 15-25, 17-25 to place sixth.

Men’s basketball

Big Bend goes 1-2 at Umpqua Crossover

ROSEBURG, Ore. — Big Bend men’s basketball went 1-2 at the Umpqua Crossover.

The Runnin’ Vikes lost to tournament host Umpqua 88-69 and Green River 86-69 before throttling Simpson JV 109-48.

Jahvonta’ Jones scored 27 points against Umpqua; Payton Nielsen added a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds. Jones also led Big Bend in scoring against Green River with 25 points. Jones scored 23 against Simpson and Gage Wilson added 20 off of the bench.

Women’s basketball

Big Bend 90, Northwest Indian College 33

MOSES LAKE — Big Bend led 24-4 after one quarter and cruised in its season opener against Northwest Indian College 90-33.

Sophomore point guard Kayla Luke scored a game-high 25 points to go with five assists and three steals. Anna Yarbro (13), Emily Gorrell (13), Kaitlyn Callahan (12) and Maelyn Mace (10) also scored in double figures.

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