Whitman County Gazette - Serving Whitman County since 1877

By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Oakesdale finishes sixth in state

Wesley Castanon

Oakesdale senior Wesley Castanon drives the baseline against Naselle March 1 as the Nighthawks advanced to play on the tournament's last day.

Their first opponent was drifting snow. Their second was Tulalip Heritage, which Oakesdale beat in a first round elimination game at Spokane Arena on their way to a four-game run at state, finishing sixth, five years after concerns the school may have trouble fielding a team after the breakup of the Tekoa/Oakesdale cooperative.

On Wednesday morning, after another overnight snowfall, the question became how to get players and coaches into town to meet the bus. Coach Carl Crider drove his Suburban a hundred yards down his driveway on his farm and got stuck.

"Most of us were drifted out," sa...

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