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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - February 24, 1997, Centralia, Washington Section b the chronicle Centralia Chehalis wash., monday feb. 24, 1997b boys District Mossyrock Falls in semifinals Morton and Napavine stay alive / b3 Wilson and Best of the tops Chris Babka keeps 190-Pound title in the family Leonard Wilson beats defending Champ by Sam Bakotich the chronicle Tacoma a the Day started a bit slowly for the of. West wrestling team saturday at mat classic in. But it definitely ended with a bang. Make that two Bangs. An already outstanding year for the Bearcat wrestling team ended on an electrifying note when in the Span of about 20 minutes the cats had two state champions crowned on the Mats of the Tacoma dome. W f. West had two wrestlers in the finals a Leonard Wilson at 178 and Chris Babka at 190 a and both brought Home the grand Ponze. Wilson capped a Superb tournament with a 5-2 win Over defending state Champion at 168 Reed bum Garner of Stanwood in the finals. Moments later one Babka passed the Torch to another As Chris pulled off a rarity by defending his brother Ben s title at 190 when he held off Jose Gonzales of Othello 7-5. It was an unforgettable evening All around for . West As their head coach Denny Daniels Law Learned he was named coach of the year by his Peers in the Washington state wrestling coaches association in a Brief ceremony just prior to the finals. Chehalis also had a go nil Day As a team placing seventh Overall just one place lower than their schools Best finish. A it s been a dream season and a dream Day a a drained Daniels said on the floor of the dome after Babka won the same title his brother did a year ago to the Day. A there have been so Many great things that have happened to this team this year and this just Caps it perfectly. We be never had two champs in the same year. Do you believe those Guys what a couple of Robin Krie Teneen / Courtesy photo Leonard Wilson Center poses with the Chehalis coaching staff after winning the 178-Pound state title. Besides the two state champs . West had two others place As Tim Tobin took sixth at i of and Jeremy Nowicki was eighth at 215. The Centralia tigers also had a state Placer As Guillermo Young who was sent to the losers bracket by Bumgarner Friday took seventh at 178. Babka had a poetic end to his season. After Ben won the 190-Pound title please set a Mats xxi a h2 Robin Kristian in / Courtesy photo . West s Chris Babka Middle gets his Arm raised after beating Jose Gonzales of Othello for the class a 190-Pound title. The Victory kept the title in the family since his brother Ben won the same title a year ago. Toledo boys do a number on White Salmon Inch Robin Kristiansen Courtesy photo Josh Graeber of Tenino top Battles for position against Omar Flores of Goldendale during the 122-Pound class a a finals at the Tacoma dome saturday. Tenino a Graeber reaches goal but Falls just Short of a state title by Sam Bakotich the chronicle Tacoma a Josh Graeber May have lost for the first time this season when he dropped a 9-2 decision to Goldendale Omar Flores in the 122-Pound a a finals at mat classic in saturday night. But instead of lamenting the loss he quickly put it in perspective. A i m very happen with second place a the courageous Junior from Tenino High school said on the turf of the Tacoma dome near the a a mat. A it was my goal to get Here to the finals and i be happier. Well maybe i could have wrestled a Little better in the final but i was pretty nervous. I made a few mistakes and the Guy capitalized on Graeber carried a 26-0 record into the state finals and finished the year 29-1. He a been to state three times and placed All three years. He was also fourth As a freshman and sixth last year. There were several other local placers at state. A total of 14 wrestlers from Lewis and South Thurston counties competed at the classic and seven placed eighth or higher. One other local wrestler made it to the semifinals Doug Domer of Toledo at 129 pounds but he had a Tough second Day losing three in a Row to finish sixth. Adna 190-Pounder Joe Malone got the school s first sixth place trophy with a solid showing. He went 2-1 on Friday and then won his first match saturday before losing the next two. There were also two seventh placers and two eighths. Ben Hawes 135 and Simon Kristiansen 141 of Rochester each finished seventh while John Cravens on Onalaska 275 and Jez Peterson of White pass 141 placed eighth. Tenino Graeber went 2-0 Friday and then started saturday with a 6-3 decision Over Tom Weisser of Lakeside. That put him up against the Strong and Quick Flores in the finals. Flores in a senior and was making his fourth please see a a Mats. Pane r2 Blowout indians whip Bruins by 46 As Jorgusen scores 44 Tenino White pass Rochester fall by the chronicle Kelso a Toledo coach Greg Mcdaniel in t one for breaking records and its a Good thing. The indians broke the record for biggest margin of Victory saturday in an 85-36 win Over White Salmon but his team did t hold the record for Long. Toledo broke the old record for biggest margin of 46 and held it for just a Little More than an hour before la Center beat Tenino by 57 in a class a boys District doubleheader saturday in Kelso. A we Are playing our Best basketball right now a said a Happy Mcdaniel. A we had an extremely Good Effort especially on the defensive end. The kids know that if we Are going to be successful from Here on out its going to come from the indians have been successful so far to the tune of a 21-0 record. And saturday they were successful enough that they took out their District a boys a Here Are the scores and pairings for the 1997 District in class a boys basketball tournament saturday s games Toledo 85, White Salmon 36 Ilwaco 66, White pass 57 Castle Rock 57, Rochester 36 la Center 96, Tenino 39 tuesday feb. 25,1997 losers bracket loser out Forks is. Rochester at Kelso 6 . Raymond is. Tenino at Rochester 6 . Winlock is w Salmon at Kelso 7 30 . Ridgefield is. White pass at Rochester 7 30 . Top player just one Point shy of the District tournament scoring record. Ross Jorgusen has been leading the state in scoring All year and with 44 Points in the bag saturday he was removed Midway through the fourth Quarter just one shy of the record. A it could have easily went Down but we done to believe in leaving a Guy in just to do that a said Mcdaniel. A i did no to know about the record but it would t have what did and does matter for the indians is getting the Ball up and Down the floor. That s exactly what the speedy team did against a much bigger but much slower Bruin squad. A they Are huge Quot said Mcdaniel. A they go 6-10, 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 to Start and the 6-3 kid can jump out of the gym. They have to be the biggest team in the but the indians ran circles around the Bruins to the tune of a 36-28 rebounding advantage. A we Are a Little quicker than they Are Quot said Mcdaniel. A getting up and Down the court is an advantage. Its hard to rebound when you re the indians forced the sluggish Bruins into a Bushel full of fouls which led to Toledo hitting on 31 of 49 free throws. But it Wasny to close to the District record for attempts 63 for one team. It was close in makes the record is 35. Now the indians will have to switch gears defensively since they face Ilwaco in the semifinals. A they Are Small and Quick like we Are and please see a boys Fol fit by one bad half does in White pass a Quot a a a Omu Long Road panthers can t recover from woeful first half and fall to losers bracket no. I Toledo Rolls to semis by the chronicle Kelso a Tom Kelly wishes he could go Back and make one Small change nothing big really just a tinker. The White pass girls lost to Woodland 49-39 in the class a girls District tournament saturday. It was a Story of two halves and Kelly would love to be Able to tinker with the first. The beavers outscored the panthers 17-8 in the first Quarter and 17-10 in the second. The winners did it against White passes 1-2-2 zone. Quot defensively we just did no to Start Well. They were Able to get the Ball Down Low and did a Good Job with it a said Kelly. A we switched to a 2-3 in the second half and it made All the difference in the world. I wish i would have done it to begin in the second half the panthers kept the Ball out of the paint and Cut into the Beaver Lead. They had the score within eight several times but could never get closer. A we could t hit anything a said Kelly of the Inopportune drought. A it was just one of those now the panthers must Bounce Back tonight at please Sec a girls pane by a Here Are the scores and schedule for the 1997 District in class a girls basketball tournament saturday s games Toledo 68, Castle Rock 45 Montesano 57, Ilwaco 54 la Center 35, Ocosta 24 Woodland 49, White pass 39 monday feb. 24,1997 losers bracket loser out Onalaska is. Ocosta at Castle Rock 6 . Raymond is. White pass at Toledo 6 . Rochester is. Castle Rock at Toledo 7 30 . Stevenson is. Ilwaco at Castle Rock 7 30 .news in a hurry scrum Seattle a detlef Schrempf wont let up As he continues after the Ball held by the fallen Karl Malone of Utah sunday in Salt Lake City. Seattle beat Utah 89-87 in overtime. A see Story Page b4 bearcats try for ninth straight Over Tiger girls tonight by the chronicle its that time again a the . West and Centralia girls basketball teams will end their seasons tonight when the Black Hills league rivals Square off at 7 30 . In Centralia. For the second consecutive year neither team will go to the playoffs regardless of the outcome. Last year Chehalis needed to win and have a capital loss to make the playoffs but the cougars won to Knock the cats out of a postseason appearance. Chehalis has had Centralia a number in the past eight meetings winning 57-41 at Home Early this season. Stacey Ketchum and Robbi Schwarz have led the cats 8-11 this year and 7-8 in the bal. The duo combined for 34 Points the last time the two teams met. Cora Finlay and Diahan Hasel Wixel led the tigers in the first meeting of the year. The duo combined for 27 Points and 20 rebounds. On fire Centralia a Simon Dubiel left looks for a Lane to drive against Tacoma s Brian Streleski. Dubiel scored 30 Points As the blazers dumped the titans 90-78 saturday night. A see Story Page b2 Jon Thorne the chronicle King s of mat classic in Babka Best

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