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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

Oakesdale boys take fourth in state


March 12, 2020

Oakesdale senior Matt Hockett scores against Almira/Coulee/Hartline in a comeback win on the last day.

The Oakesdale boys basketball team took fourth in state last Saturday, finishing a four-day run at Spokane Arena, winning three games byway of double-overtime, a fourth-quarter shutout and reversal of a first-half blowout.

It happened a year after finishing sixth and losing four starters.

"It's pretty fulfilling to not only get to the last day at state but to win on the last day," said Carl Crider, Oakesdale coach. "The margins of error are so slim."

Matt Hockett, the lone senior and returning starter for 2019-20, went from being a point guard his whole life to going inside late this year...

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