If you thought the regular season was something, the postseason just keeps getting better and better and this weekend was the stuff legends are made of.
The Big Bend men have a daunting task at hand in that they need to practically win out if they want to make a return trip to the NWAC Tournament for the first time since 2015. Beating up on the East Region cellar dwellers Columbia Basin College the other night was a step. But the Runnin’ Vikes took a giant leap forward on Saturday with a 92-88 victory over Spokane at DeVries Activity Center.
Just the fact that they scored 62 points in the second half to erase a 14-point deficit at the half was cool. Give it up to Seraphin Decker, the 6-foot-3, sophomore from Las Vegas. Decker was money on Saturday night with his biggest point production of the season with 35 points.
Serph runs the point, switches off with Koby Huerta actually, but he was 11 of 23 from the floor, 2 of 8 from 3-point range and a perfect 11 of 11 from the line to lead the Runnin’ Vikes to a much needed win over Spokane. Huerta was good for 26 and the Big Bend guards are taking the team on their backs and making a run with this thing.
With an offensive night like that, I’m thinking they can roll into Christensen Gym in Coeur d’Alene Wednesday night and do something not a lot of road teams do — win. Now is a good enough time to slap that 20-2 smile off their face. No Mo No Idaho.
On the 4A District 6 swim front, it was a record day on Championship Saturday. And if you remember that Super Bowl Coca Cola commercial where the kid gets sucked into the bottle and his little sister says, “Ma, he done it again.”
Moses Lake sophomore Zach Washburn done it again, adding his name to the Chiefs’ school record board for the eighth time in his two-year varsity career. This one is the second relay that bears his name.
The 200-yard medley relay — Noah Heaps, Brett Jorgensen, Dylan Bond and Washburn — erased a 24-year old record when they combined for a new school and district record in 1 minute, 36.95 seconds. Yep, take that 1995 time of 1:37.91 right off the board. Marshall McKean, Stuart Skaug, Jason Green and Aaron Fitterer had it long enough. The 1:36.95 is also the new District 6 standard.
Give it up, Noah Heaps called this one on Thursday, saying “Both the 200 and the medley relays are going down on Saturday.” The Mo Lake senior did everything but point to the centerfield fence, going out with that big splash he wanted in his final swim at Tony St. Onge Pool of Dreams.
The same lineup, Jorgensen, Heaps, Bond and Washburn, didn’t get the school record (1:27.35), but they did post the fastest time in district history with 1:28.12.
Washburn matched his school record swim in the 100 freestyle, winning in 46.48 to set the new District 6 standard on a day that saw new records in the 200 medley relay, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle relay, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke.
I got one last shoutout, give it up for the Big Dog, woof, woof. Othello junior Isaiah Perez is being recruited to play football by half of the Pac 12 and NCAA D-I schools all the way across the country. But I tell ya what, he’s breaking some college wrestling coaches hearts right now.
Perez pinned Terrell Underwood of Toppenish at 1:56 in the 285-pound championship at the CWAC District Tournament. I got ya, Perez wins by fall isn’t exactly new.
But it was his 100th career victory and 91st by pin, according to momma Mandi, and we all know who runs that household. That brings the defending 2A state champion’s career record to 100-15. Not bad for someone that’s not even close to 285.
If you want to look at the championship match log onto https://www.facebook.com/mandi.perez.90/videos/2312673098743404/
Rodney Harwood is a sports writer for the Columbia Basin Herald and can be reached at email@example.com