Who is the best girls basketball team in the Spokane area?
It would be tough to argue a case with followers of Lakeside High.
The Eagles already have beaten Greater Spokane League leader Mead and during the Christmas break defeated Cheney, the favorite in the Frontier League.
Then, in an early Great Northern League showdown, they thrashed Newport 70-47, a team which had entered the week unbeaten.
Lakeside’s only loss has been to unbeaten Lake City, by one point to a big school Idaho state favorite.
During their last three wins, Brianne Jolley has averaged nearly 23 points per game and leads the team with a 16.6 average in six games.
Returning starters Linsey Heebink at 13.0 and Nikki Petticrew at 9.0 have provided backing.
But the Eagles have also benefited from the addition of a pair of sophomores. Point guard Julia Vojtech has ably replaced graduated standout Carrie Waddell. Six-foot post Bridget Ryan has been a steady presence inside.
The four-time state qualifiers appear primed for yet another state challenge when they enter the major portion of their GNL schedule this Saturday.
GSL athletes back in action
Basketball resumed for Greater Spokane League athletes at the start of the new year with a pair of Mead teams at or near the top of the league and other North Side schools in hot pursuit.
Tuesday night, both Panther teams lost to Central Valley, the girls losing in league for the first time.
Rogers girls failed to capitalize, however. The Pirates lost a chance to be part of a four-way tie for first place when they were beaten by two points by Lewis and Clark. Next Tuesday they are at Mead.
Shadle Park’s girls tied Rogers for fourth place and are at Central Valley at 6 p.m. Friday night.
Rogers boys had their first loss to unbeaten Ferris, but remained tied for second with CV as they head into Tuesday’s game with Mead.
North Central’s boys are 3-2 in league, with upcoming successive games against Mead and Ferris.
Panthers-Prep grapple feature
Gonzaga Prep, testing its unbeaten wrestling record, is in the midst of back-to-back Greater Spokane League biggies.
The Bullpups were at Rogers on Wednesday and tonight travel against once-beaten Mead in its quest for a third straight league title.
Wrestlers win tourney titles
Four Lakeside High wrestlers were champions during last weekend’s Pacific Northwest Classic tournament at University High School.
Tim Weisser at 122 pounds, Jason Christen at 141, Matt Westenfelder at 168 and Sean Wheeler at 178 were Eagle first place finishers.
Two others finished among the top six for the tourney runnersup.
Lakeside opens Great Northern League competition tonight at Medical Lake, the school they tied last year for the league championship.