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Eagles Put Everything On The Line

Considering the dismal game Brian Lindley had in West Valley’s district basketball loss the previous night, it was inevitable that he would be spectacular in the Eagles’ victory Saturday afternoon.

He was limited to 3 of 13 shooting and seven points during the tournament-opening 73-65 loss to Cheney on Friday. In the loser-out contest Saturday he lit up Pullman for 31.

That is how it is for the scrappy Eagles, who played again last night for the right to continue on in the tournament.

It’s just that in three previous state trips they haven’t found themselves in this predicament before, faced with winning four games in a row in order to return to Tacoma.

In the Frontier League doubleelimination event, a fifth straight league championship and 17-3 record meant no more than Cheney’s record of 8-12.

“There’s no reward for consistency,” said WV Coach Joe Feist, who has always measured success by a league championship more than by getting to state. “It is exciting though.”

There is the prospect that teams with 10 or 13 losses will represent the league at the State AA tournament in Tacoma next weekend instead of the 18-4 Eagles.

“We’re continuing to play it out wherever it ends,” said Feist. “It’s a tough league, tough tournament and tough format. That’s the way it is.”

If these gritty players were to secure another state spot it will take all of the durability they can muster.

West Valley needed to win Wednesday then beat Colville twice because they squandered an 11-point lead in the final two minutes of the first half against Cheney (now 9-13).

Colville (12-10) needs to win only once, either Friday or Saturday at Eastern Washington University, to be the league representative.

“We didn’t insist on this, we just got there,” said Feist. “Now we either have to shoot the ball or say it was a great season.”

Except for Greg Jones, Friday night the Eagles didn’t shoot well. They did get superb play inside by Joe Bonner, who had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

WV led 33-22 with 1:55 remaining in the half then seemed to lose focus.

“I’ve always said a 10-point lead in the second quarter is not a lead,” said Feist, who dismissed the notion. “We had been making plays down the stretch and in that game didn’t make the plays.”

Next day Lindley got hot and Jones stayed hot and the Eagles kept their tenuous dream alive.

CV teams facing uphill battle

Central Valley’s entrants in state qualifying competition face an uphill battle.

Both lost first-round Lamb Weston East Tournament games on Tuesday to Kamiakin and return to action Friday needing to win three times each in order to reach state.

The boys were beaten 64-45 and play Lewis and Clark, 4 p.m. at Richland on Friday. The girls lost 43-25 and will play, 4 p.m. at Pasco.

Should they survive it would take two more victories to advance to the AAA Tournament in Seattle.

Rapid Rabbit registration time

East Valley High School’s 11th annual Rapid Rabbit Run will for the second time be a second seed qualifying race for Bloomsday.

The run, on March 18, is EV’s only recognized fund-raiser and organizers are hoping to get more than 2,000 entrants this year.

There are 5-mile and 3-mile races and a drawing for prizes for entrants.

In addition, the East Valley boys cross country team will serve a pancake breakfast the morning of the race from 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Race entries can be obtained at local sporting goods stores and fitness spas and at any East Valley district school.

For information, call 927-3200 or 226-3106.

Valley Baseball coaches meeting

The first Spokane Valley Baseball League coaches meeting of the new year will be Monday, June 6, 7 p.m. in the Evergreen Junior High School cafeteria.

All persons interested in being a coach during the summer league season for ages 8-14 are asked to attend.

Registration forms for former players have been mailed. New players can obtain forms at Spokane Olympic Sports or the baseball office, 12505 E. Sprague.

The office will be open Fridays and Saturdays beginning tomorrow from 9 a.m.-noon and Mondays and Wednesdays 6-8 p.m.

For information call president Mike Asan at 922-0420 during baseball office hours.

Titan baseball alumni meet tonight

University High baseball alumni and friends will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The organizational meeting and get together for Titan fans and former players will plan fund-raising activities to provide for a paid varsity assistant coach and continued program quality for the team.

xxxx COMING UP Friday Basketball: Central Valley boys and girls are in the Tri-Cities for the Lamb Weston regional tournament. Excell Foods Frontier League tournament continues at Eastern Washington University. Saturday Basketball: Lamb Weston tournament concludes in TriCities. Excell Foods tournament concludes at Eastern Washington University.