It will be University’s size against Central Valley’s quickness this week when the two schools’ boys basketball teams resume their long-standing rivalry.
The Titans host the Bears Friday at 6:15 p.m. in the first game of a boys-girls doubleheader.
“University is bigger, stronger and more experienced than last year,” said Bear coach Terry Irwin. “But I think we can counter that better this year than last.”
Defense, he said, has been CV’s strong point to date, the team playing more man-to-man than in past seasons.
“We’re a pretty decent defensive team,” said Irwin, whose team is 3-1. “Our quickness is able to put pressure on the ball more than in the past. Offensively we’re still finding ourselves.”
Titan coach Jay Humphrey said that U-Hi’s chances will improve if the team can contain Corby Schuh.
“Certainly they have other weapons but he’s a good scorer,” said Humphrey.
He likes the quickness of his own team while admitting that U-Hi’s size could be the difference.
“Our advantage is inside where we have guys who can score and get to the line,” Humphrey said.
The Titans were hurt when junior post Erik Carlson sprained an ankle in the first half against Pasco. He is questionable for Friday. Carlson was already wearing a brace to protect the other ankle that he broke last summer.
Pasco was a common opponent for the Valley schools last weekend. The Titans lost 68-54 at home, the Bears lost 59-50 in Pasco the next night.
Pasco scored in spurts against University, including a 20-4 run in the third quarter for the win.
The team contained Schuh, who was averaging 34 points after CV’s first two wins.
“When he scored all our points I’d have bet we wouldn’t win,” said Irwin. “Then we have more balance in Pasco and lose.”
Jeff Allen scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds to lead the team.
Both schools were part of an eight-game extravaganza Tuesday night in the Arena that opened the Greater Spokane League season.
The Bears took up where they left off against Lewis and Clark, going to overtime for a 53-50 victory. U-Hi lost to Gonzaga Prep making Friday’s game important.
“You’ve got to play them sometime so it doesn’t matter when,” said Humphrey. “It would be nice to get off to a good start.”
CV girls risk unbeaten record
Central Valley’s girls will risk their unbeaten record when they play University in Friday’s nightcap.
In three games to date against Big Nine schools the Bears outscored two opponents 163-82 before winning 60-58 in Walla Walla.
In their GSL opener, the Bears beat Lewis and Clark 76-40.
Crystal Lee scored 74 points in the first three wins and has 100 overall.
The Titans had Saturday’s non-league game with Pasco weathered out and went 10 days between games following a break-even start. The team lost 44-40 to Gonzaga Prep in its GSL opener.
Drama in I.E. Classic title win
First-place tournament trophies have been few and far between for Central Valley wrestling teams.
The last one, said Bear coach Dale Ethridge, was in 1983 in Springdale.
Thus, the school’s first championship at its own Inland Empire Classic was gratifying, particularly considering the drama that surrounded it.
Losses in the match for third and fifth places at 178 pounds and in John Jolley’s title match at 190 left the Bears trailing defending state champion Moses Lake by 2 points going into the 275-pound finale featuring Bob Perkes.
“Bob thought he needed a pin for us to win the championship,” said Ethridge, “and he was forcing throw attempts which can be dangerous.”
When he was told he needed only to win by decision, Perkes took a standing position in the final round and forced his foe to back away and be disqualified for stalling. The win gave CV its title.
“Winning for the first time and beating Moses Lake was impressive icing,” said Ethridge of his team.
Besides Perkes, CV won at 168 pounds where Shane Yackel pinned four opponents and was named tournament outstanding wrestler.
Jolley finished second and the Bears had three third-placers, John Reese, Loren Kitner and Rick Giampietri.
Reese pinned U-Hi’s Craig Bishop in their trophy match.
“John had previously lost six times to Craig in the last two years,” Ethridge said of CV’s wrestler of the week.
Other Valley placers were U-Hi champions Gordon Bash at 101 pounds and Josh Knowles at 122 pounds. WV’s Quinn Sharpe at 108, and EV’s Ben Wise at 215 placed second.
In third were WV’s Jason Miller at 178 and U-Hi’s Jeff Schmedding at 215. Fourth were U-Hi’s Conor Jordan at 115, Josh VandeVanter at 129, Ed Stretch at 135 and WV’s Josh Kelp at 190.
The Bears are at Mead tonight at 7:30 in their Greater Spokane League debut. It will be a big first step for the GSL favorites.
Spokane Valley Junior High wrestling will conduct its first allleague tournament in years.
The event will be at University High, Saturday at 10 a.m. Each of 20 weights will be made up of 8-wrestler brackets with places determined first through four.