State B memories

March 4, 2014 9:13 p.m.  •  2 comments

View a photo gallery chronicling the hard work, diligence, heartbreak and celebration that shaped the State B Tournament through the years.

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Holding a championship trophy while the players celebrated became a habit for St. John coach Bill Hays. The St. John Eagles won their fifth title in 1969.

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Brewster’s Roger Boesel tussles for the ball with a player from Toutle Lake in 1975. The Bears fought hard to protect their 82-game win streak.

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When Dick Olson talked, his players listened to the tune of 82 straight wins and three straight state championships. Photo taken in 1975.

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La Center’s Jerry Cole, left, can only watch as Dale Smith of Brewster leaps to score again. Dale Smith was Brewster’s big gun, laying in two of his then all-time B tournment-leading 328 points. Photo taken in 1977.

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Ritzville fans erupt into cheers in 1977 during the State B Tournament at the Coliseum.

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Oakesdale’s Renee Brown goes up for the lay-up against Inchelium in 1979 at Whitworth.

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Coulee-Hartline won the 1979 title with current NC coach, Jay Webber (12), a starting guard, with his all-state identical twin brother, Jon Webber (20). Jay later coached Dayton to the 1995 title.

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Hall of Fame coach, Roy Graffis, talks to the Columbia High School girls team at the State B Tournament in 1986.

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When Tekoa-Oakesdale began celebrating the right to be the Southeast B’s representative to state in 1991, it was hard on Coach Ron Cox.

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St. John-Endicott coach Phil Hergert, his team and Eagle fans enjoy the thrill of victory over Hunters during the 1988 State B Tournament in the Spokane Coliseum.

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The Davenport Gorillas, under coach Jim Stinson, charge the Spokane Coliseum floor after beating St. George’s 67-55 in the 1993 State B finals.

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Mike Gembala flashes the number one sign as he hugs Dayton head coach Jay Webber. The Dayton Bulldogs won the State B championship in the Spokane Coliseum in 1995.

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St. John-Endicott Eagles celebrate their win over the Waterville Shockers to advance to the the championship game against Sunnyside Christian in 1996.

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Borin Lach (22) of Chief Leschi goes full horizontal to deflect a pass and battle Grant Bafus of St. John for control during their Friday night, March 6, 1998, State B Tournament game. Chief Leschi got to most of the loose balls and beat St. John handily to advance to the title game.

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Colfax’s Rachel Johnson (22) celebrates the State 2B girls Basketball Championship with her coach’s son, Cole Baerlocher, after the Bulldogs beat Napavine in the Spokane Arena in 2009.

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Northwest Christian’s Chase Ramey lofts the State 2B Championship Trophy and celebrates with his teammates after defeating Davenport 54-39 on March 7, 2009, in the Spokane Arena.

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Pe Ell teammates rush to congratulate Hank Robinson (41) after he made a buzzer-beater to defeat White Swan on March 4, 2010, at the WIAA State 2B Basketball Championships in the Spokane Arena.

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Almira/Coulee-Hartline’s Derek Issak finds himself in a tight spot against Sunnyside’s Steven Bosma and Trevor Wagenaar,right, March 4, 2011, in the Spokane Arena.

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Almira/Coulee-Hartline’s Miranda Porterfield, facing forward, tries to wrestle a ball from the grip of Colton’s Mollie Kramer in the girls 1B state finals game on Saturday, March 5, 2011, at the Spokane Arena.

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Reardan’s Savanah Ward (5) screams and falls to the floor along with Charlene Grey (20), left, and Bailey Wiedman (21) after their 55-42 win against Toutle Lake in the WIAA 2B game at Spokane Arena on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

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North West Christian’s Cole Ramey (3) signals to the crowd after the win against Napavine during the WIAA 2B game at the Spokane Arena on Saturday, March 5, 2011.

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Brewster’s Hanna Bayha leaves the bench at the closing buzzer to celebrate a narrow overtime victory over White Swan in the 1B girls state basketball tournament, Friday, March 2, 2012, at the Spokane Arena.

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ACH’s Derek Isaak and Mike Evans jump for joy at the final buzzer after beating Valley Christian in their 1B Boys championship game in the Spokane Arena, Saturday, March 3, 2012.

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The Colton Wildcats’ Savannah Chadwick, facing, hugs Kaden Dahmen after the 1B girls state championship game Saturday, Mar. 2, 2013 at the Spokane Arena. Colton beat Sunnyside 55-40. The WIAA 1B/2B Hardwood Classic wrapped up Saturday night in Spokane.

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St. George’s Erik Muelheims dives for the ball against Colfax’ Brady Ellis during the second half of the 2013 Washington State B boys state final basketball game on Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Wash. St. George’s won the game 50-28.

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