Girls and Boys Basketball capture wins over Royal; Goat Wrestler Sebastian Cisneros claims undefeated championship

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Wrestling Highlights:

The Chelan High School wrestling team descended upon Connell last Saturday to participate in the highly competitive Connell Invite. The athletes faced tough competition but were led by standout performances from Sebastian Cisneros, Ronald Hooten, Zimri Kelling, and freshman Maddoc Finch.

Sebastian Cisneros emerged as the star of the day, battling through a series of intense matches to claim an undefeated championship.

Ronald Hooten, another key contributor to the team’s success, faced tough competition throughout the day. Despite a hard-fought loss in the semifinals, Hooten rebounded securing a crucial win to clinch the third-place spot in his weight class.

Zimri Kelling faced an early setback, losing his first match of the day. Undeterred, Kelling then won four consecutive matches by pin to secure a well-deserved fifth-place finish.

Freshman Maddoc Finch showed skill and composure, winning three matches and only experiencing a single loss on his way to claiming fifth place in his weight class.

“Overall, we wrestled good. There was a lot of close matches that we won because we out worked our opponents which is really exciting for me. The first step in becoming a champion is out working the opponent, then everything else will fall into place. To see our freshman doing so well this early gives me high optimism for the rest of the season and for our future years.” Coach Linton

The Goats travel to Cascade to open CTL competition against Quincy and Cascade during the seasons first Double Dual on Wednesday.  They then head to Oroville for another weekend tournament!

Girls Basketball: Chelan Prevails, Defeating Royal 53-44 in Overtime

The Chelan basketball team emerged victorious over Royal High School in a hard-fought game that went into overtime. The final scoreline read Chelan 53, Royal 44.

Chelan edged ahead with a slim lead, finishing the initial period with a scoreline of Chelan 4, Royal 3.

The second quarter saw a momentum shift, with Royal mounting a comeback to take the lead. The halftime scoreboard displayed Chelan 13, Royal 19, as the teams headed into halftime

Chelan came out of halftime with renewed energy, outscoring Royal in a dominant third quarter. The scoreboard now favored Chelan at 31, while Royal trailed by 5 with a score of 26.

As the clock ticked down in the fourth quarter the quarter ended with Chelan at 41 and Royal at 41, leaving the game tied and forcing an overtime period to determine the winner.

Overtime belonged to Chelan, as they outscored Royal decisively with a final OT score of Chelan 12, Royal 3. The combined efforts of the entire Chelan squad, coupled with crucial plays in the extra period, secured a well-deserved 53-44 triumph.

Leading the scoring charge for Chelan were standout players who delivered when it mattered most. Lydia Petersen led the team with an impressive 16 points, Hughbanks contributed 11 points, while Marley Williams and Arabelle Finch chipped in with 10 and 9 points, respectively.

Coach Nick Longmire stated, “Tonight’s match against Royal was very evenly matched. Royal has a great team, great players and well coached. We knew we had to come out strong in order to compete with Royal. Unfortunately we didn’t. We had 3 bad plays in a row to end the half and it put us in a funk going into the locker room. I was proud of how much more fluid we played out of the offense and how much higher the energy and effort was in the second half. It’s great to get out of this week with growth and wins.”

Boys Basketball: Goats Defeat Royal Knights 41-36

Submitted by Head Coach Tony Callero

The Chelan boys basketball team defeated the visiting Royal Knights 41-36 in a non-league game Saturday, December 9. Isaac Wilson, Kellen Reinhart, and Jacob Allen all had clutch plays in the final stretch to secure the win for Goats.

The Royal Knights drove to Chelan in the middle of a snowstorm and when they finally arrived, they found themselves locked in a defensive battle.

Chelan managed to gain a one point at the end of the first quarter (10-9) and behind Luca Faletto’s eight, first-half points, Chelan moved ahead 20-16 at halftime. Chelan held a slight 33-26 edge heading into the fourth but with 30 seconds to go, Royal had the ball and trailed by just one point 37-36.

When a big defensive play by Chelan was needed most, Jacob Allen stepped in and took a charge causing a foul and change of possession. On the ensuing play, Isaac Wilson was double-teamed near half court but he found Allen wide open under the basket for an easy two points, putting the Goats up 39-36.

Royal still had a chance to tie the game but were called for a traveling with 10 seconds to go.

The Knights quickly jumped into a full court press, but Wilson again found Allen open deep who quickly made a great pass to Kellen Reinhart. Reinhart was fouled on his lay-in attempt and then calmly stepped to the free throw line and drained both shots to put the Goats up 5 and secure the win 41-36.

“That’s a good team that plays very physically,” said Coach Callero of the Royal Knights. “But what a great finish for our guys. They really enjoy playing gritty defense and Wilson, Allen, and Reinhart each had huge, clutch plays.”

Chelan was led by the 10 points of Ryan Rainville. After five games, the Goats have had four different leading scorers. Nobody for Royal made it into double figures as they were led by the eight points of Caden Allred.

The win improves Chelan’s record to 4-1 overall and they remain 1-1 in the Caribou Trail League. Royal drops to 0-1 having been waiting to play any basketball games until after they successfully defended their 1A state football title.