As a sophomore, North Central’s David Sandberg discovered how good he can be in wrestling.
This year the returning Washington 190-pound state placer has stepped up his game a notch.
Sandberg reached the finals of the 189-pound weight class at last weekend’s Tri-State tournament in Coeur d’Alene. Tri-State attracts state champions from Idaho, Montana and Oregon as well as within this state.
Sandberg won three straight matches, including two 3-2 decisions. One came over former Rogers wrestler Tristan Beeman, who is now at East Valley.
He lost 7-5 to Oregon City’s Jason Dorfler in the title match.
During the tournament, Mead got fourth places from 103 pounder Jesse McCarty and 140-pounder Lyle Beerbohm.
Basketball takes a break
Greater Spokane League basketball teams are in the midst of a holiday giving Mead’s girls basketball team time to prepare for Central Valley.
The defending champion Panthers host the Bears on Jan. 3 at 6:45 p.m.
Both teams reached the break at 3-0 and were pre-season favorites to contend for a league title.
Included was Mead’s 49-32 win over Gonzaga Prep, a 73-35 win over University and 57-15 win over North Central.
Mead has gotten balanced scoring from several players, fewgetting beyond 10 points per game.
Of late, Holly Turner has taken charge, including a 19-point effort against U-Hi. Alli Bailey had 16 against NC.
To date every North Side team, boys and girls, has won at least once in league, except North Central.
Shadle Park’s boys and Rogers’ girls are both 2-1.
Lakeside faces challenge
Last year’s third-place state finishing Lakeside High boys and girls basketball teams are off to 2-0 Northeast A League starts following two easy wins each.
The Eagle boys will be tested this weekend during the West Valley Holiday Classic that includes once-beaten Bonners Ferry and Post Falls.
Lakeside is 5-1 overall.
And when the teams return to league play after the holidays, the girls must prepare for the weekend of Jan. 10-11, when they play two other NEA favorites, Newport and Colfax, back-to-back.
The girls team is 6-1 overall after last week’s romp through the East Valley Christmas Tournament.
They defeated Frontier League AA schools Colville and East Valley by a 73-30 average score to defend their championship.
Against Colville, a 74-34 victory, five girls scored in double figures and two others had nine points.
Brianne Jolley, a 5-foot-11 junior, scored 25 points in the title game and averaged 17.5 for the weekend. Senior 6-footer Kim Wilkins averaged 12.5 points.
The Eagles led 20-0 over EV in the championship and 41-9 at halftime of the 72-25 romp.
Colfax and Newport are both unbeaten to date.