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Talented on the field, and in the classroom
May 17, 2024 2:30 a.m.

Talented on the field, and in the classroom

ACH baseball and softball teams win academic state titles

COULEE CITY – The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its academic state champions for the spring sports season on Tuesday, with the Almira/Coulee-Hartline baseball and softball teams both posting the highest team average GPA in each sport.

Quincy, Royal and Wahluke soccer begin state playoffs
May 17, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Quincy, Royal and Wahluke soccer begin state playoffs

COLUMBIA BASIN – Three Basin soccer teams will hit the field for the state tournament, all of which are 1A squads; Royal, Wahluke and Quincy.

Moses Lake, ACH baseball heads to state
May 17, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Moses Lake, ACH baseball heads to state

COLUMBIA BASIN – After advancing through their respective district tournaments, both the Moses Lake Mavericks and Almira/Coulee-Hartline Warriors qualified for their respective State Baseball Tournaments. Read along for a look at upcoming matchups for both squads.

Huskies defeat Tigers for CWAC title
May 16, 2024 2 a.m.

Huskies defeat Tigers for CWAC title

SELAH – A five-run bottom of the fifth inning helped surge No. 1 seed Othello past No. 3 Ephrata in Tuesday’s Central Washington Athletic Conference district championship game, as the Huskies moved on to the 2A State Softball Tournament with a 12-5 win over the Tigers.

Four Mavs sign to play college softball
May 15, 2024 6:24 p.m.

Four Mavs sign to play college softball

MOSES LAKE – Four Maverick softball players signed on to continue both their athletica and education careers at the collegiate level on Monday, and were celebrated by friends, family, coaches and teammates. Moses Lake seniors Trinity Nations, Emmie Olsen, Morgan Ross and Mikayla Schwartz were celebrated at the softball field at Moses Lake High School Monday afternoon...

Four Mavs sign to play college football
May 15, 2024 2:30 a.m.

Four Mavs sign to play college football

MOSES LAKE – The gymnasium at Moses Lake High School was crowded on Monday afternoon, as numerous fellow players, coaches, friends and family gathered to watch Maverick seniors Caleb Jones, Hayden Throneberry, Joel Middleton and Kyson Thomas sign on to play college football. “It’s like a dream come true,” Thomas said.

Basin sports schedule May 15-21
May 15, 2024 2 a.m.

Basin sports schedule May 15-21

COLUMBIA BASIN – Check out this week’s sports schedule, featuring local baseball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field events. This schedule will be updated at columbiabasinherald.com as teams progress through their respective district and state tournament brackets.

Eagle boys tennis wins league title
May 15, 2024 2 a.m.

Eagle boys tennis wins league title

SOAP LAKE – In just the fourth season since returning to the courts, the Soap Lake boys tennis team came out on top of last week’s Central Washington B league tournament, headlined by Xavier Gonzales-Robinson reaching the finals in singles and Francisco Ortega and Logan Northup making the doubles finals.

Knights defeat Wahluke in SCAC district final
May 14, 2024 2 a.m.

Knights defeat Wahluke in SCAC district final

TOPPENISH – The second half of Saturday’s South Central Athletic Conference district championship game came to a wild finish, as the Royal Knights overcame a late game-tying goal by Wahluke to defeat the Warriors 3-2 in Toppenish. “This is an every year back-and-forth, back-and-forth with these guys, and to lose twice to them in the season by one goal, you feel a little like you deserve to get a win here,” Royal Head Coach Jens Jensen said. “To get it, that’s special. We’re jacked up and looking forward now, but we’re going to enjoy this for a few days.”

Mavs softball team wins Big 9 title
May 14, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Mavs softball team wins Big 9 title

Split doubleheader with Eastmont not enough to keep Moses Lake from trophy

MOSES LAKE – Splitting Friday’s road doubleheader against Eastmont was enough for the Moses Lake softball team to lock up the Columbia Basin Big 9 league title, winning the first game 2-1 before falling 15-4 in the nightcap. “After our previous three tough games – against West Valley and Othello – where we played pretty well in all three, I think we had a lot of confidence going in,” Moses Lake Head Coach Mike Hofheins said. “We were playing sharp, we were playing clean. The girls were mentally and physically ready to go.”

Huskies reach CWAC district title game with win over Selah
May 14, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Huskies reach CWAC district title game with win over Selah

OTHELLO – The No. 1 seed Huskies defeated No. 4 Selah 13-0 in Saturday’s Central Washington Athletic Conference district semifinals, advancing to the district championship in Selah on Tuesday. “With Selah, you never really know (what to expect),” Othello Head Coach Alyssa Martinez said. “They can say ‘We’re not our best,’ but you can never count Selah out because they’re always a great competitor. Having all week to prepare for our opponent has been great.”

Tigers open postseason with win over Prosser
May 11, 2024 11:33 a.m.

Tigers open postseason with win over Prosser

EPHRATA – The No. 3 seed Tigers dominated in Thursday’s Central Washington Athletic Conference district tournament game, defeating No. 6 Prosser 14-0 in five innings. “We have a problem with us getting ahead of ourselves and thinking past the certain game that we’re playing, so we were really (focusing) in against Prosser so we can be prepared against East Valley this weekend,” Ephrata junior Jaemyson Durfee said.

Mavs win Big 9 baseball title, punch ticket to state with win over Eastmont
May 10, 2024 9:38 p.m.

Mavs win Big 9 baseball title, punch ticket to state with win over Eastmont

MOSES LAKE – The Moses Lake Mavericks are once again moving on to the 4A State Baseball Tournament, having defeated Eastmont 8-2 in Friday’s Columbia Basin Big 9 district championship game in Moses Lake.

Maverick softball wins league title
May 10, 2024 8:02 p.m.

Maverick softball wins league title

Moses Lake fastpitch splits doubleheader with Eastmont

EAST WENATCHEE – Moses Lake clinched the Columbia Basin Big 9 softball league title with Friday’s 2-1 road win over Eastmont, locking up home-field advantage in next weekend’s Big 9 district tournament.

Mavs boys win Big 9 track title, girls finish second in league
May 10, 2024 2 a.m.

Mavs boys win Big 9 track title, girls finish second in league

MOSES LAKE – The 2024 regular season was a successful one for the Moses Lake boys track and field team, as the Mavericks clinched their first Columbia Basin Big 9 team title with last week’s win over Eisenhower.

BASIN SOCCER ROUNDUP: Three teams clinch state bids
May 10, 2024 1:30 a.m.

BASIN SOCCER ROUNDUP: Three teams clinch state bids

COLUMBIA BASIN – Three Basin squads have qualified for their respective boys state soccer tournaments, as district tournaments wind down to a close.

Wahluke advances to district final, state with win over Toppenish
May 8, 2024 4:39 p.m.

Wahluke advances to district final, state with win over Toppenish

MATTAWA – It took a penalty shootout to determine the winner of Tuesday’s South Central Athletic Conference district tournament semifinal, where Wahluke outscored Toppenish 4-2 in penalty kicks to defeat the Wildcats 3-2. Wahluke surrendered two second-half goals that sent the match into overtime.

Mavs sweep West Valley, split Big 9 title with Eastmont
May 8, 2024 1:30 a.m.

Mavs sweep West Valley, split Big 9 title with Eastmont

MOSES LAKE – Friday’s sweep of West Valley (Yakima) locked up a share of the Columbia Basin Big 9 title for Moses Lake, defeating the Rams 5-2 and 5-3 on the road.

Mavericks defeat Huskies 5-1 in non-league battle
May 7, 2024 11:55 p.m.

Mavericks defeat Huskies 5-1 in non-league battle

OTHELLO – A three-run home run from sophomore Emmie Olsen gave Moses Lake the lead for good in Monday’s non-league matchup with the Othello Huskies, eventually taking down the Huskies 5-1 on the road. “We pitched phenomenally, we executed some small ball really well and played a full, complete team seven-inning win,” Hofheins said. “To put up five against (Othello senior Amarie Guzman) is outstanding because she’s as tough as they come.”

Jacks defeat Manson in postseason opening round
May 6, 2024 6:43 p.m.

Jacks defeat Manson in postseason opening round

QUINCY – The Jacks opened the postseason with a 1-0 win over Manson in the 1A District 6 tournament, surviving a late Trojan comeback bid. Down 1-0 in second-half stoppage time, the Trojans had a run on the Quincy net, later leading to a penalty attempt. The shot missed, firing over the net.

Huskies win over East Valley
May 6, 2024 6:20 p.m.

Huskies win over East Valley

Othello baseball headed to CWAC title game after successful Saturday outing

OTHELLO – A three-run bottom of the second inning helped push Othello over East Valley (Yakima) in Saturday’s Central Washington Athletic Conference district semifinal, with the Huskies defeating the Red Devils 4-2. “We were excited and confident,” Othello junior Sonny Salazar said. “We worked all year for this – all summer, the winter – we were ready and prepared.”

Knights defeat Wapato in SCAC tournament
May 4, 2024 2:30 p.m.

Knights defeat Wapato in SCAC tournament

ROYAL CITY – The Knights opened the South Central Athletic Conference district tournament with a win over Wapato on Thursday, taking down the Wolves in a 2-0 victory to advance to the district semifinals. “The deliveries were better, the corners were better, the free kicks were better,” Royal Head Coach Jens Jensen said. “Some of the other guys we moved around did a good job, so I’m happy.”

Huskies take down Selah in OT, advance to CWAC final
May 4, 2024 2:24 p.m.

Huskies take down Selah in OT, advance to CWAC final

OTHELLO – Othello reached the Central Washington Athletic Conference district final for the third consecutive season after mounting a comeback against Selah on Thursday, defeating the Vikings 3-2 in overtime. “We had a really slow start in the first 15 minutes,” Othello Head Coach Bernie Garza said. “There was no energy, but in the last 20 minutes, we were on fire. The guys were motivated, the guys were excited, firing on all cylinders. We were still down 2-1, but we found a way to get the second goal.”

BASIN SOCCER ROUNDUP: Six squads begin playoffs
May 2, 2024 5:08 p.m.

BASIN SOCCER ROUNDUP: Six squads begin playoffs

COLUMBIA BASIN – Postseason competition on the soccer field began on Tuesday for Basin teams and continues over the next two weeks. Read along for a look at where teams stand heading into the playoffs.

DIAMOND RECAP: Welcome to the postseason
May 2, 2024 5:01 p.m.

DIAMOND RECAP: Welcome to the postseason

COLUMBIA BASIN – District playoffs in both baseball and softball have started across the Columbia Basin, with local squads looking to qualify for their respective state tournaments.

Mavericks open series with a win over West Valley
May 1, 2024 3:08 p.m.

Mavericks open series with a win over West Valley

MOSES LAKE – A three-run bottom of the third inning was enough to send Moses Lake over West Valley (Yakima) in Tuesday’s Columbia Basin Big 9 matchup, with the Mavericks later winning the ballgame 4-1.

Tigers, Huskies split doubleheader
April 30, 2024 5:38 p.m.

Tigers, Huskies split doubleheader

EPHRATA – Monday’s Central Washington Athletic Conference doubleheader matchup between Othello and Ephrata saw each team pick up a win, with the Huskies winning the first game 6-3 before the Tigers claimed a 6-3 win of their own.

Last Stand Rodeo back for 72nd year
April 30, 2024 1 a.m.

Last Stand Rodeo back for 72nd year

COULEE CITY — The PRCA Last Stand Rodeo returns for its 72nd outing this May, hosted at the Coulee City Rodeo Grounds. The three-day rodeo is hosted over Memorial Day weekend, beginning the night of May 24. “The only year we didn’t have the rodeo was the year Mount St. Helens blew and the COVID year,” said Pete Thiry, president of the Coulee City Rodeo Association.

ACH baseball, softball sweep Republic
April 29, 2024 3:54 p.m.

ACH baseball, softball sweep Republic

Dual doubleheaders bring four wins for Warriors

COULEE CITY – Both the Almira/Coulee-Hartline baseball and softball teams picked up big wins over Republic over the weekend, as both Warrior squads prepare to conclude their regular seasons this week.

Moses Lake defeats Eastmont, West Valley and Davis in track meet
April 27, 2024 10:40 a.m.

Moses Lake defeats Eastmont, West Valley and Davis in track meet

MOSES LAKE – The Mavericks picked up wins against West Valley (Yakima), Davis and Eastmont on both the boys and girls side of Thursday’s Columbia Basin Big 9 meet. Moses Lake’s girls team defeated West Valley 106-43, Davis 120-29 and Eastmont 101-49. The Maverick boys won 98-47 over West Valley, 114-30 over Davis and 75-70 against Eastmont.

Walk-off sends Mavs over Wenatchee
April 27, 2024 10:32 a.m.

Walk-off sends Mavs over Wenatchee

MOSES LAKE – After tying the ballgame in the bottom of the ninth, Moses Lake earned a walk-off win over Wenatchee to sweep the Panthers in Friday’s doubleheader, winning 3-2 after defeating Wenatchee 10-1 earlier in the day. “It’s been the same all year – whether we come off wins, come off losses, these guys are ready to go,” Moses Lake Head Coach Donnie Lindgren said. “Sometimes it works out for us and sometimes it doesn’t; we’ve had some struggles swinging it, but they worked hard in practice all week and were ready to go today.”

Huskies defeat Ephrata, take second in CWAC
April 25, 2024 3:50 p.m.

Huskies defeat Ephrata, take second in CWAC

OTHELLO – Even with one game remaining on the schedule, the Othello boys soccer team locked up a second-place finish in the Central Washington Athletic Conference, giving the Huskies a first-round bye in next week’s district tournament. Othello finished second to East Valley (Yakima) for the second straight season.

Wahluke defeats Royal 1-0
April 24, 2024 4:58 p.m.

Wahluke defeats Royal 1-0

MATTAWA – An early goal by Wahluke senior Diego Olivares was enough to determine the winner of Tuesday’s South Central Athletic Conference (East) match between the Warriors and Royal, with Wahluke winning 1-0.

BASIN SOCCER ROUNDUP: The final stretch
April 23, 2024 4:08 p.m.

BASIN SOCCER ROUNDUP: The final stretch

COLUMBIA BASIN – Boys soccer regular seasons come to a close next week, as local squads battle for seeding in their upcoming district tournaments.

Jackrabbits host CLA Quincy Invitational
April 23, 2024 3:16 p.m.

Jackrabbits host CLA Quincy Invitational

QUINCY — Twenty-two track and field teams gathered at Quincy High School for Saturday’s CliftonLarsonAllen Quincy Invitational for a full day of sprints, runs and throws. The Jackrabbits had the highest finish among local teams in both the boys and girls meet. “Overall, the meet ran really smooth,” Quincy boys track and field Head Coach Andrew Schmitt said. “We were worried a little bit that we might get some wind because we got a lot of wind earlier in the week, but it thankfully died down and made it for a really nice day for competition.” The Quincy boys took fifth with a score of 61 points. Rounding out the top five were Cashmere in first (123.5 points), Brewster (103), Toppenish (94) and Goldendale (66). Wahluke (38) took sixth and Othello (7) took 14th.

Wildcats, Zags, Cougars week in review
April 22, 2024 5:17 p.m.

Wildcats, Zags, Cougars week in review

MOSES LAKE – Area college baseball teams continue to battle for positioning with postseason baseball quickly approaching.

DIAMOND RECAP: Baseball, softball enter the final stretch of the regular season
April 22, 2024 4:34 p.m.

DIAMOND RECAP: Baseball, softball enter the final stretch of the regular season

COLUMBIA BASIN – District tournaments across the Columbia Basin begin as soon as next week, as local squads aim to finish the regular season on a high note. Read along to see where Basin squads stand late in the regular season.

Tigers defeat Othello in league meet
April 20, 2024 12:35 p.m.

Tigers defeat Othello in league meet

EPHRATA – Boys and girls track and field teams from Othello and Ephrata met for their first league meet of the season on Thursday, with the Tigers defeating the Huskies on both the boys and girls side of the meet. The Ephrata boys picked up a 107-38 win, while the Tiger girls won 113-28.

Huskies sweep Prosser, head into final stretch of regular season
April 20, 2024 12:28 p.m.

Huskies sweep Prosser, head into final stretch of regular season

OTHELLO – With a sweep of Prosser on Friday, the Othello Huskies improved to 10-1 this spring with convincing 10-0 and 15-0 wins over the Mustangs. Friday’s doubleheader came two weeks after Othello’s previous outing, a home doubleheader against Ellensburg on April 5.

Moses Lake Grid Kids enters 25th year
April 19, 2024 2 a.m.

Moses Lake Grid Kids enters 25th year

MOSES LAKE – Heading into its 25th year, Moses Lake Grid Kids continues to provide opportunities to youth athletes on the gridiron. Grid Kids offers both flag and tackle football teams to youth football players in Moses Lake and beyond.

Mavs capitalize on errors, defeat Davis 7-2
April 17, 2024 2:59 p.m.

Mavs capitalize on errors, defeat Davis 7-2

MOSES LAKE – Despite being held to just two hits, the Moses Lake Mavericks capitalized off of five Davis errors to defeat the Pirates 7-1 in Tuesday’s Columbia Basin Big 9 matchup.

Local T&F teams compete at Pasco Invite
April 16, 2024 4:25 p.m.

Local T&F teams compete at Pasco Invite

Maverick boys, girls have highest team placings among local squads

PASCO – Track and field squads from across the Pacific Northwest gathered at Edgar Brown Stadium in Pasco for the Pasco Invite on Saturday, including local teams from Ephrata, Moses Lake, Othello and Royal. “I thought the kids did really well,” Moses Lake track and field Head Coach Nicki Weiland said. “We had kids that placed, which is hard to do at a meet of that size. The kids were excited and overwhelmed because that’s a big meet – a lot of them had never been to a meet that big.”

Huskies sweep Prosser in doubleheader
April 15, 2024 4:09 p.m.

Huskies sweep Prosser in doubleheader

OTHELLO – A doubleheader sweep of Prosser improved the Othello Huskies to 13-2 this season, defeating the Mustangs by scores of 9-1 and 8-3 on Saturday afternoon. “Coming into the day we felt pretty confident (that) if we all play together and we’re all connected and we’re clicking, I think we’re pretty unstoppable,” Othello junior Jordan Montemayor said.

Jacks defeat Chelan in OT
April 13, 2024 12:12 p.m.

Jacks defeat Chelan in OT

QUINCY – Tied at two entering overtime, Quincy junior Danny Mendoza delivered a goal to give his Jackrabbit squad a 3-2 lead over Chelan, eventually holding on for their fourth league win of the season. “I just saw an opening – I asked Erick (Zepeda) for the ball, and luckily he gave me a good ball,” Mendoza said. “I slotted it right past the keeper’s hands, went right below his hands, and it was a beautiful goal.”

Solid win: Mavs take down Walla Walla 13-2
April 13, 2024 12:04 p.m.

Solid win: Mavs take down Walla Walla 13-2

MOSES LAKE – A seven-run bottom of the fourth inning gave Moses Lake a double-digit run lead over visiting Walla Walla on Friday afternoon, ending the game in the fifth inning with a 13-2 Maverick victory. Moses Lake improved to 11-0 with the win over the Blue Devils.

Basin soccer roundup: Three top-10 teams in 1A
April 11, 2024 5:14 p.m.

Basin soccer roundup: Three top-10 teams in 1A

The regular season for local soccer teams is over halfway done, as Basin squads prepare for their final stretch of league games. Teams in Quincy, Royal City and Mattawa have all found themselves in the top 10 of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Rating Percentage Index. 4A

Moses Lake BMX heads into 2024 season
April 11, 2024 5:09 p.m.

Moses Lake BMX heads into 2024 season

MOSES LAKE — With the weather beginning to warm up, riders are returning to the Larson BMX Track for the 2024 season with Moses Lake BMX. “It’s awesome. We’ve got a ton of momentum this year, and a lot of new riders so far this year,” Moses Lake BMX Track Operator Jeff Niehenke said. “A really good board, and a ton of energy to really grow the program and put on good events.” Moses Lake BMX hosts weekly races on Saturday mornings until mid-May when the races shift to Friday nights at 7 p.m. There are also weekly practices held on Wednesdays, where riders can get a feel for the starting gate.

Wahluke scores four second-half goals, defeats College Place
April 10, 2024 3:18 p.m.

Wahluke scores four second-half goals, defeats College Place

MATTAWA – Two early goals were enough for the Wahluke boys soccer team to take down College Place on Tuesday, defeating the Eagles 6-1 to improve to 9-1 this spring. “We’ve been craving that,” Wahluke Head Coach Cele Lopez said of the team’s start to the match. “We need to start that way every single game. The boys, I think they’re getting the hang of it. They’re realizing that if we start strong, we don’t struggle as much. We run less, we keep possession of the ball and we can manage the timing of the game.” Senior Diego Olivares netted two goals early in the match, both of which came in the fifth minute. The senior noted the team’s chemistry as a significant factor in Tuesday’s win.

Basin sports schedule April 10-16
April 10, 2024 2:15 a.m.

Basin sports schedule April 10-16

COLUMBIA BASIN – Check out this week’s sports schedule, featuring local baseball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis and track and field events.

Zamora scores four goals, Mavs defeat Cheney
April 9, 2024 4:23 p.m.

Zamora scores four goals, Mavs defeat Cheney

MOSES LAKE – The Mavericks snapped a six-game losing skid with Monday night’s 4-2 win over Cheney, with senior Joshua Zamora leading his squad by scoring all four of Moses Lake’s goals in the win. “We’ve been dealing with injuries with players throughout the season, so (Monday) we had a gameplan of making sure we touched and moved – that way we can avoid injuries and be ready for the second half of the season,” Moses Lake Head Coach Miguel Segura said. “That was working for us really well, and all the communication that we were doing was helping a lot.”