With and without coach Joe Feist, West Valley’s boys basketball team continued to succeed.
The Eagles, once-beaten overall and 3-0 in the Frontier League, dispatched East Valley by 30 points on Friday with Feist sitting out a one-game suspension for being ejected from an earlier game, then handed Pullman its first league loss, 71-63, on Saturday with Feist back on the bench.
Two players, David Schillinger and Ty Gregorak, who also had been disqualified for taunting, were also supposed to sit out a game by league rule, but their appeal was upheld.
“I feel they did the right thing for the kids, which was the only thing I was concerned about all along,” said Feist. “As for my suspension, things happen. We’ll try to make the best of it and move on.”
The Eagles did just that against EV, leading by 13 points at intermission and scoring 49 second-half points during an 89-59 win.
Schillinger scored 30 points, and Joe Bonner and Austin Gerrells each scored 14. Schillinger had 25 more against Pullman the next night, with the Eagles breaking a 53-53 tie after three quarters. Bonner added 11.
This weekend, WV takes a road trip to Colville and has a home game against co-runner-up Cheney.
East Valley’s boys are now 0-4 in the Frontier, losing 62-55 at Riverside after being outscored 21-10 in the third quarter.
During the weekend Brad Wilson scored 25 against the Rams and James Spotted Horse had 19 against the Eagles.
The Knight girls are 2-2 after outscoring West Valley 72-66 in a foul-filled contest, and WV is 1-2.
EV’s girls converted 26 of 44 free-throw attempts and got doublefigures scoring from Linsay Porter, who had 21, Angela Overdorff, who had 16, and Farrah Parsley, who had 15.
The Eagles, who were just 8 for 20 from the line, welcomed back Dawn Salfer, who had been sidelined by a hip ailment.
She had 28 points during the weekend, including 13 when WV beat Pullman 54-53 in overtime.
Bears and Arena don’t mix
Central Valley’s boys basketball team hasn’t had overwhelming good luck with the new Spokane Arena.
After its inaugural overtime win over Lewis and Clark, CV lost by a point to Gonzaga Prep on a controversial final call with time running out.
And Friday the rims were awfully tight during a 56-36 loss to Mead.
The Bears were shut out in the first quarter, trailing 10-0 after missing 15 straight shot attempts.
“And they weren’t bad shots,” said Coach Terry Irwin.
Indeed, most of them were near the basket, and virtually all of them came up short.
The 10-point deficit never got smaller.
CV’s girls didn’t fare much better after playing unbeaten Mead to a 26-26 standoff in the first half of their GSL feature.
In the second half the team missed several inside shot opportunities, while Mead hit a pair of clutch 3-point baskets and one pivotal driving shot to stave off the Bears 56-46.
CV’s boys are 4-4 midway through the league season and 7-5 overall. The girls are third at 6-2 in league and 9-3 overall.
“It’s still better than last year,” said Coach Dale Poffenroth. “What were we at one point, 2-7?”
GSL, Big 9 quadruple their fun
Central Valley will host a GSL-Big 9 Quadruple Dual wrestling match Saturday beginning at 9 a.m.
The daylong wrestling meet will pit the Bears, Mead, North Central and Rogers against Moses Lake, Walla Walla, Davis and Kamiakin.
Wrestlers will compete on four mats during four rounds that begin at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 and 2 p.m.
GSL teams remain on one mat, with the Big 9 schools rotating to different locations.
Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students.
Last weekend University High traveled to Missoula for the Rocky Mountain Classic, where the Titans placed sixth.
Andy Roberts finished second at 125 pounds, and Jared Osborn placed third at 112.
Josh Knowles at 119, Ed Stretch at 135 and Mike Clark at 189 reached the semifinals before losing.