NE Washington brings home three trophies from 1A state tournament
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
As predicted by Cougar coach Shirley Baker, Lakeside decidedly defeated all opposition in battling its way to this year’s state class-1A volleyball championship. The Lady Eagles put Lynden Christian away in four sets to earn the state title. On their way to the championship, they shutout Kiona-Benton and Annie Wright in three straight sets, and then won their third match against league rival Freeman in four sets.
Freeman also brought home a state trophy, finishing fourth in the tournament. The Lady Scotties opened the annual event with wins over Naches Valley and Cedar Park Christian (Bothel). In their semifinal match, they were beaten by Lakeside. Freeman was then defeated by Granger in four sets in the battle for third and fourth places. Lakeside and Freeman both represented the Northeast A League well. Both brought home state trophies.
In doing so, they demonstrated why it was so difficult for other league teams to compete with them. The only league loss by both of them was to each other. They finished the league season with 13-1 records. Together at the state tournament in Yakima they posted a 6-2 record. In retrospect, it is easy to understand how they snowplowed through their league schedules.
Leavenworth, the Caribou Trail League’s sole survivor of the Bi-District Tournament, placed sixth in the state finale. Thus, teams from Northeastern Washington brought home three state trophies.