Mead district wrestling competitor and state fourth-place finishing javelin thrower Beau Chandler was back in the lineup for the Panther-Gonzaga Prep match last week.
He had partially torn the medial collateral ligament in his knee during football and missed the first half of the season.
“He wanted to wait until after Christmas to come out,” said Mead coach Cash Stone prior to the match. “It was a perfect time for him and us. We are thrilled to say the least.”
Chandler didn’t fare well in his debut, losing by a technical fall as time ran out against Bullpup Dan Short during Prep’s 34-26 victory.
But Chandler’s return was welcome nonetheless.
Also back on the sidelines is Rogers coach Ken Pelo.
“I’m back to normal and still hollering and shouting at the matches,” said Pelo.
He had suffered an infection and because he doesn’t have a spleen it takes longer to heal. Pelo was hospitalized and given intravenous antibiotics.
“Twenty years ago I had a gallstone so big it affected the spleen and part of my pancreas,” Pelo said. “It was never a problem until now when I got the infection.”
But he’s back in action and promised that come tournaments, Rogers is “going to be a fair team.”
Two down, one to go
Two parts of a three-step obstacle course in the first half of the Greater Spokane League basketball season have been successfully negotiated by Mead’s girls team.
The Panthers are chasing their third straight Greater Spokane League championship and fifth in six years.
Next test is Friday when the Panthers play Central Valley at 7:15 p.m. in the Arena.
Mead beat Shadle Park 69-42 and CV beat the Highlanders 72-45, their first two losses of the Greater Spokane League season leaving the Bears as the final obstacle in a triumvirate for the defending champion Panthers.
Mead’s defending champion boys are in the middle of a pivotal series of three games with challengers as well.
The Panthers, winners of five straight and tied for first, beat Gonzaga Prep on Tuesday. They play 4-3 Central Valley Friday and are at University next Tuesday to complete the first half of GSL play.
Riverside and Frontier compatible
Riverside made a smooth transition last fall from the Northeast A League to the Class AA Frontier League.
Last weekend the Rams boys gave defending champion West Valley fits, rallying from an 11-point halftime deficit to lose by only five, 61-56, and the girls opened with a 50-46 victory, despite the fact star guard Bernice Stime did not play.
“Riverside’s good,” said losing coach Mark Kuipers. “It was one of those games where they didn’t have Stime, said to heck with it and outplayed us.”
Players who stepped up in Stime’s absence were junior Nicki Snyder, who scored 15 points and sophomore Keshia Shorts who added 10.
The Rams led at one point 12-2 and weathered WV comeback attempts.
Riverside wrestlers also got off to a successful start against Pullman 45-30. Leading 24-12 early, Ram wrestlers won three straight times between 158 and 178 to weather forfeit losses in the next two matches.
NEA wrestling a two-team affair
Just two teams, Lakeside and Deer Park, remain unbeaten in Northeast A League wrestling.
Both teams beat nearest challenger Medical Lake and comparative scores favor the Eagles who won all but three matches during a 56-14 romp.
Deer Park beat the Cardinals 39-26, losing six of 14 matches. The two teams meet Jan. 18 to determine the championship with at least five weight classes too close to call.
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