Reno Tournament of Champions
In Day One of the Reno Tournament of Champions in Nevada, teammates Brandon Kaylor and Brenden Chaowanapibool of Bonney Lake both advanced to the quarterfinals in their repsective weight classes.
Chaowanapibool is competing in the 106-pound weight class and Kaylor is in the 113-pound class.
The final day of wrestling is Saturday with both Bonney Lake competitors fighting to make it through to the finals.
Chaowanapibool will be competing against Gabe Johnson from Choctaw High School in Oklahoma while Kaylor will take on Corbyn Edwards from Coweta High School also in Oklahoma.
Kaylor is the two-time defending Mat Classic champion in the 106-pound class and Chaowanapibool, now in his sophomore year, was sixth last year.
Tri-State Wrestling Tournament (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho)
Orting’s Alex Cruz rolled through his first day at the Tri-State wrestling tournament, making it through to the semifinals in the 126-pound class.
Cruz is hoping for a repeat of last year, when he won the Tri-State title. He pinned each of his three opponents on Friday, including Martin Wilkie of Havre, Montana, in the quarterfinal match.
Also from Orting to make it through to the semifinals was Ben Gore at 160, Evan Barger at 220, and Kenny Marll at 285.
Tahoma’s Kione Gill (195) and Dagen Kramer (220) also made it through to the semifinals. Kramer will face Barger for a chance to compete for a Tri-State title on Saturday.
White River’s Nate Moore defeated Central Valley’s Braeden Orrino to reach the 145 semifinals. White River’s Gabe Hawthorne (113) and Jack Ervien (152) also reached the semifinals.
Two-time reigning team champion Post Falls of Idaho led after the first day with 130.5 points, with Havre in second at 108 and Orting (99.5) in third. Tahoma is seventh with 89.5 points and Whtie River is 12th with 67.
Top performer: Erik Stevenson, Timberline, junior.
45 points, 11 rebounds — in 78-74 win over North Thurston
Auburn 68, Todd Beamer 57: A strong start was enough to give the Trojans a lead that they turned into a victory over the Titans.
Auburn scored 21 points in the first quarter for an early nine-point lead it wouldn’t give up.
“The start was what kind of put us in motion,” Auburn coach Ryan Hansen said. “We had a strong start where we were able to get ahead of them and maintain from there.”
Mason Yadon along with Zeke Turner both put up career-high point performances. Yadon scored 16 points and Turner had 15 points to lead the Auburn.
The Trojans will head to Fife on Saturday to also play the Trojans at 4 p.m.
Bellarmine Prep 56, Olympia 39: The Lions could not be tamed by the Bears in a dominant performance that saw the Bellarmine Prep team score 14 exactly in all 4 quarters.
Head coach for Bellarmine Prep Bernie Salazar said that the team had “a really good all around game both offensively and defensively.”
The Lions held the Bears to single digits in three of the four quarters.
The Lions will head to South Kitsap to play the Wolves on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Timberline 78, North Thurston 74: Erik Stevenson set a school record with 45 points as the Blazers edged the Rams and Clayton Christian, who had 31 points.
“It was a back-and-forth battle,” Timberline coach Allen Thomas said. “Christian and Stevenson had a great duel.”
Stevenson also collected 11 rebounds in the game for a double-double.
Thomas praised his team for how they “battled back in the fourth quarter” after being down 10 points going into the fourth quarter.
“They did a great job coming together,” Thomas said.
The Blazers will play the Emerald Ridge Jaguars on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Fife 59, Franklin Pierce 48: The Trojans slayed the Cardinals in a game that proved the importance of defense.
Fife assistant coach Terrence Troupe said the team “really focused on stopping penetration, having our hands up on closeouts, blocking out and keeping them to one shot.”
This proved effective with Fife holding Franklin Pierce to four points in the second quarter while they kept on scoring behind leading scorer Cooper Shelbert who got a team high 11 points in the game.
The Trojans will play the Auburn Trojans at home Saturday at 4 p.m.
Curtis 77, Sumner 38: In a blowout victory, the Vikings conquered the Spartans in a game that saw the Curtis team dominating on both offense and defense.
Curtis Coach Tim Kelly said “we did a good job with pressure” and that making the Spartans turn over the ball “led to a lot of transition baskets.”
Specifically Kelly praised Tashon Brown, who last year played at Lincoln. Brown came off the bench to hit three 3-pointers and finished with 18 points.
The Vikings will travel to Emerald Ridge Tuesday to play the Jaguars at 7 p.m.
Top performer: Ciara Gatpatan, Bellarmine Prep, junior.
13 points, 10 rebounds — in 56-34 win against Olympia
Bellarmine Prep 56, Olympia 34: CIara Gatpan had 13 points and 10 rebounds off teh bench to lift the Lions.
Bellarmine Prep pulled away late in what started as a tough matchup.
“It was a close game to start off with,” Bellarmine Prep coach Kevin Meines said. “They came out with a lot of pressure.
“It took us a little bit to get our bearings but Ciara Gatpatan … really gave us a lift.”
Bethel 57, Stadium 30: The Braves tamed the Tigers in a solid victory.
Sisters Tianna and Tiarra Brown combined for 26 points for the Braves. Vanessa Higgins led Stadium with 18.
Bethel will next play at Ballard at 7:30 on Monday.