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CV basketball squads win tune-ups
12/5/2012 10:58:30 AM

By Mike Vlahovich
Splash Contributor

Tune-ups for the Central Valley boys and girls basketball teams returned dividends with season opening non-conference victories on the road last Saturday against Pasco's Chiawana High prior to the start of this week's Greater Spokane League schedule.

The Bears boys put their game away in the second and third quarters of a 65-41 triumph. The girls took a while to get going, breaking a first-half tie to win 67-57.

Both state 4A runner-up teams get an idea where they stand in the GSL after having hosted Mead on Tuesday and playing Friday at Lewis and Clark.

Veterans carry CV boys
The Bears got vital contributions from returning veterans and one newcomer while outscoring Chiawana 40-17 in the middle two quarters of their victory.

"It was kind of close early and then Austin Rehkow got hot," coach Rick Sloan said. "And then I thought Beau Byus was a solid contributor."

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Rehkow scored 18 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Byus was tough on the boards and added 11 points.

Junior Austin Daines, a junior varsity player last year, came off the bench to score 10 points.

"They sat in a zone, and we did move the ball well," Sloan said. "18 of our 23 field goals came off assists."

He was satisfied that the team had only 14 turnovers, thanks to senior point guards Rehkow and Adam Chamberlain, "who will be fine taking care of the ball." His fears after graduation of seven seniors were allayed by the efforts of Daines and A.J. Knudsen.

Youth evident in girls win
In the first half of CV's girls game, "we definitely looked like a ‘new-look' team," coach Freddie Rehkow allowed. "In the second half, the youngsters settled in."

Down 18-10 after a quarter, the Bears outscored Chiawana by 18 points over the final three quarters, holding the hosts to four points in the second quarter, creating a halftime tie.

"In the second half, they showed me what they are capable of doing," Rehkow said of his young guards, freshman Jenna Place and sophomore Megan Dimmler. Veteran post Madison Hovren scored 27 points. Molly Barnhart, Rehkow said, stepped up after Mariah Cunningham got into foul trouble. They combined for 26 points more.

"I think we can compete in every game," Rehkow said, after seeing his team get over early youthful mistakes early.

He'll learn more after games against the Panthers and Tigers, among preseason favorites in the GSL.

IE Classic wrestling
Central Valley hosts its annual Inland Empire Classic wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday, an early-season test featuring some of the better eastern Washington teams.

The Bears, University and last year's state runner-up, Mead, were the top three GSL finishers last year. They are among 16 schools, six from the GSL and including traditional power Moses Lake and Idaho 5A powers Coeur d'Alene and Post Falls, in the field.

The first two rounds of the tournament are Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. The tournament concludes Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. with semifinals at noon and finals scheduled to start at 3 p.m.
Cost is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and students.

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