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Prep basketball star collapses, dies from enlarged heart after scoring winning basket

FENNVILLE, Mich. – One moment: a perfect shot to end a perfect season. The star player, just 16, lifted off the floor in celebration. Crowds cheering, the district playoffs ahead, the future open wide. The next: Wes Leonard on the gym floor, his enlarged heart failing, his life fading just moments after his victory layup. Packed bleachers suddenly stunned by an event that made basketball seem an unimportant memory.

State basketball quarterfinals get under way Thursday

Different seems to fall short in describing Washington’s boys and girls high school basketball tournaments. There would be some – make that most, perhaps – who would argue that the real state tournaments begin Thursday.

West Valley boys advance to 2A final eight in Yakima

ELLENSBURG – The West Valley Eagles postseason boys basketball road show will spend a third consecutive weekend in Central Washington. The Eagles toppled Clarkston 57-51 Friday night in the first round of the State 2A tournament at Nicholson Pavilion. The win completes a sweep of three games in Ellensburg and sets the stage for a trip to Yakima next weekend.

Coeur d’Alene boys headed to state 5A tournament

The Coeur d’Alene boys found an extra gear in the fourth quarter and passed Lewiston for a 67-58 win in the 5A Region 1 tournament at Coeur d’Alene High School o Friday. The win sends the Vikings (15-7) to the state tournament, which starts Thursday. Coeur d’Alene was the state runner-up three years ago.

Colfax girls lose at buzzer, but Bulldogs boys win to stay alive

Colfax girls basketball coach Corey Baerlocher called his team’s 11-point lead a “ticking time bomb.” Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the explosive detonated when Lake Roosevelt’s Jada Desautel hit a 28-foot heave at the buzzer to give the Raiders a 45-42 win over Colfax in the opening round of the State 2B basketball tournament at University High School Friday evening.

New-look state tournaments tip off Friday

The road to Tacoma, Yakima and Spokane for boys and girls basketball teams – or, in this case, the road to the Hardwood Classic as the WIAA has dubbed it – begins with stops in Spokane, Richland, Walla Walla, Ellensburg and Wenatchee for Eastern Washington schools Friday and Saturday. Yes, the state tournaments as we’ve known them take on a different feel this year. Now all the state tournaments are being held on the same weekend – or, in this case, weekends, beginning with first-round games involving 16 teams at four regional sites and condensing to the Elite Eight with the 4A and 3A teams at Tacoma, the 2A and 1A teams at Yakima and the 2B and 1B teams in Spokane.

North Central girls defying the odds

One of the oldest schools in the state added another chapter to its history when North Central girls won three consecutive loser-out games to earn its first state berth.

Team finds winning track

The numbers add up fast for basketball players like Jared Miller. The University High junior guard is the Titans’ long-range shooter. The team needs him to connect from behind the three-point line on any given night. They need him to be a threat that forces defenses to respect both the team’s inside and outside games.

Lee: Hoop treats spiced up the holidays

Is it tough for you to go back to work – or in the case of the preps – go back to school after a long break? This year is one of the few times I looked forward to returning to work. Of course, I needed the break, too. I came back refreshed. I hope you did as well.

Basketball roundup: Greyhounds turn back East Valley

Corey Langerveld scored 18 points to go with six rebounds and two blocks and Pullman (7-1, 1-0) hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 12 seconds to upend host East Valley (7-2, 0-1) 52-49 in their Great Northern League opener. Jake Reynolds scored 26 to go with nine boards for the Knights, who led by two points with 12 seconds left.

Preps roundup: Eagles slip past Bantams in GNL

Shaniqua Nilles had 16 points and Torrey Finn added 13 points as West Valley (7-1, 1-0) started out its Great Northern League season with a 52-46 victory over Clarkston (5-3, 0-1) Tuesday in Clarkston. Jamie Weisner finished with 23 points and nine rebounds to lead the Bantams. Clarkston couldn’t overcome an eight-point halftime deficit after the Eagles held them to just 16 points in the opening half.

Late surge carries Gonzaga Prep past University

In the midst of a helter-skelter pace, the Gonzaga Prep boys basketball team picked an opportune time to have three of its best possessions back-to-back-to-back. University had trimmed the Bullpups’ lead to 46-38, but Gonzaga Prep got a basket breaking the Titans’ pressure followed by two more baskets out of solid half-court sets as the visitors wrested back control.

Preps roundup: Presley propels Bullpups

Tia Presley scored half of her game-high 22 points in the fourth quarter as Greater Spokane League-leading Gonzaga Prep held off University 60-49 in a physical game at U-Hi. Presley also had eight rebounds and three assists as the Bullpups improved to 8-1 overall, 7-0 in league. Teammate Lindsay Stockton added 15 points.

Priest River rolls to win

Keefer Peterson hit 10 of 11 shots from the field in scoring a game-high 24 points to lead Priest River past visiting Lakeland 72-43 in a makeup boys basketball game Monday night. Eric Holbrook had 10 assists for the Spartans (7-3). Hunter Arno led the Hawks (1-9) with 11 points.

Basketball roundup: Ferris wins, grabs top spot in GSL

Chase Haack tallied 14 points, eight rebounds and four blocks Wednesday and host Ferris (5-1, 5-0) jumped out to a 16-point first-half lead and held on to beat Gonzaga Prep (6-2, 5-1) 65-56, taking control of first place in the Greater Spokane League. The Saxons, who finished with five players in double figures, led by 12 after one quarter and took an eight-point advantage into halftime.

Basketball roundup: Rosenthal, Vikings handle Riverhawks

Carli Rosenthal scored a game-high 21 points and Coeur d’Alene (7-3) advanced to the championship of the North Idaho College Holiday Tournament with a 51-46 victory over Chiawana (4-2) Wednesday in Coeur d’Alene. The Vikings led by 11 heading into the fourth quarter, but hit just 6 of 12 free throws in the final quarter, allowing the Riverhawks to pull within five. Kyeli Parker added 13 points and Erin Legel 11 for CdA.

Girls basketball roundup: Hawks dump Greyhounds

Jenna Davis tallied a game-high 20 points, hitting 80 percent of her shots, to lead host Lakeland (6-5) to a 49-40 win over Pullman in a nonleague game Tuesday in Rathdrum. Dakota Wickard led the Greyhounds with 11 points, but they couldn’t overcome an early deficit despite hanging close all game. Neena Buchmann added nine points and six steals for the Hawks.

Basketball roundup: Langerveld’s 20 sparks Pullman

Corey Langerveld notched a game-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Pullman (5-1) used 15 offensive rebounds to knock off host Lakeland (0-6) 68-54 in nonleague action Tuesday in Rathdrum. The Hawks were led by 18 points from Hunter Arno but were plagued by 16 turnovers, helping the Greyhounds open up their lead in the second half.

GSL girls basketball: G-Prep wins handily

Leaders profited in Greater Spokane League girls basketball, but there were some suspenseful games. Only unbeaten Gonzaga Prep (6-0, 6-0) had an easy outing Tuesday.

GSL roundup: Ferris thumps University

Ferris boys basketball players believe this year they’ve made a greater commitment to defense. You wouldn’t get an argument from University coach Garrick Phillips. The Saxons provided formidable obstacles Tuesday to what the Titans tried to do at U-Hi and the end result in this game between Greater Spokane League unbeatens was the visitors’ 68-50 triumph.