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Pagn 6 Ftbruan/ 26:1998 Ouad Ci.ty HArald QCH sports i ! ii John F. Cleveland II photos Lupe Fernandez won his first two matches to make it to the semifinals before losing and claiming fifth at Mat Classic X in the Tacoma Dome. Lupe Fernandez wrestles to fifth spot in state tourney Brewster wrestling coach Bill Haley discusses strategy with Lupe Fernandez at Mat Classic X last weekend. "Lupc (Fernandez) did awesome," said Bill Haley, Brewster wrestling coach. "What I enjoyed was he kept his head together and didn't fall apart. He set his goal to be number one but he realized that it wasn't over after he lost in the semifinals. He really boned up and did what he needed to do to get fifth place at state." Lup Fernandez is adding to the prominence of the Brewster wrestling program with a fifth place in the 1A/B division of Mat Classic X in the ll5-pound weight class at the Tacoma Dome last weekend. Last year David Ruiz, 115, placed sixth at the state tournament after winning tile district championship and taking second out of the regional tournament earning Brewster's first-ever state berth. This year Fernandez placed fifth at district, won the regional championship and placed fifth at the stale tournament. Brewster also took the most wrestlers to state with Lance Dial, 101, Sal Guerrero, 108, and Eddie Valdovinos, 129, also joining Fernandez at Mat Classic X. "1 was very pleased with all of them," said Haley. "Those four stepped it up a notch and met the challenge. They did a lot of learning this season." All of the Brewsler wrestlers won at least one match at the state tournament, but Fernandez was the lone wrestler to make it into the medal round on Saturday. He won his first two matches and went into the semi- finals..just one win away from the championship, before losing. Lupe Fernandez, 115, beat Ous Hebish, Raymond, with a pin in four minutes and 50 seconds, beat Daniel Palomino, Mabton. 11-9 in overtime, lost to Jose Zuniga, Granger, 14-5, lost to Andrew Tuller, Liberty Bell, 11-9 in overtime and beat Eli Super, Tonasket, 9-6 for fifth place. "After I lost "in the semifinal match I was really bummed out because ifI had won that I would have been guaranteed to place first or second," said Lupe Fernandez, Brewster wrestler. "I just had one hour to recuperate and my mind was still on the last match when 1 lost the next match in overtime." "That was a big disappointment because I wanted to get into the top four and now the best l could do was fifth. Bull went out and won my het one and that was a good ending to my season." "'I can't really say I am glad it is over because I am going to miss it. It is just a once in a lifetime shot of going to state and placing and I did that." Lance Dial, 101, lost to C.J. Evans, Concrete, by getting pinned in 3:50, beat Rick Haulet, Oroville, 7-4 and lost to Wyatt Schertenleib, Republic, by getting pinned in 4:41. Sal Guerrero, 108, beat Matt Nevitt, Raymond, with a pin in 1:14, lost to Brad Zabreznik, Tonasket, by getting pinned in 1:11, lost to Cris Pauly, Chelan, 7-4. Eddie Valdovinos, 129, lost to Stephen Hansen, Wahluke, 17-1, beat Chris Fulkerson, Free- man, with a pin in 4:16, lost to Lupe Hudgens, Mabton, 7-4. "What is real encouraging is that three out of our four state qualifiers were young," said Haley."They will all be back except Lupe (who graduates)," "What is real encouraging is that three out of our four state qualifiers were young" -Bi//Haley "They all see the need to work harder tO get where they want to be. It is really exciting because these four will get to work with four other wrestlers and hopefully it will have a sort of domino effect." Warden was first in the 1A/B team standing with 147.5 points, Liberty Bell 129.5, Tonasket 106, Zillah 83, Concrete 80, Chelan 64, Mabton 63, LaCenter 62.5, Granger 62. Okanogan 61. Brewster finished in twenty-third place out of the 48 teams at Matt Classic X. The IA/B champions in ev- ery weight class were: Martin Mitchell, Tonasket, 101; Marc Eylar, Okanogan, 108; Jose Zuniga, Granite, 115; Matt Newberry, Cashmere, 122; Chris Powell, Cle Elum, 129; Patana, Ilwaco, 135; Piscopo, Rainier, 141; Jones, Colfax, 148; Rohan Theobold, Okanogan, 158; Zimmerman, Concrete, 168; Darrell Doolittle, Wilbur-Creston, 178; Campbell, LaCenter, 190; West, Darrington, 215. Eddie Valdovinos grapples with his opponent st the state tournament and won one of hie three matches, Shimensky named best athletic trainer Mike Shimensky, former Brewster Junior High science and physical education teacher, was chosen best trainer by Sport magazine in its February 1998 issue. Shimensky started out teaching at Brewster then went back to college in Florida to earn a Master's Degree in Athletic Training. After earning his master's he was involved with sports medicine in a Phoenix High School and then he was hired as an athletic trainer by the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trailblazers and finally the Utah Jazz. The Sport magazine article stated that Shimensky refuses to take any credit for the 82-game seasons Jazz players routinely churn out. "l'vc only been here three years and these guys were playing 82 games a season way before I even got here," says Shimensky. The modest man is also quick to give you the names of five other trainers whom he deems more worthy of this honor. But those in the know say he's the best that he does more than just show up and toss out tape. One Jazz source says that Shimensky, know- ing how valuable char- tered planes are for nursing injuries, was an important voice in encouraging Utah owner Larry Miller to hop on the trend of chartering flights. That same in- sider says it's no coin- cidence that the last two seasons, in which a charter was used, have been Utah's best in fran- chise history. Other bests chosen by Sport magazine were: Best Brains: Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls; Best Dance Team: Rocket Power Danc- ers, Houston Rockets; "I've only been here three years and these guys were playing 82 games a season way before I even got here" - Mike Shimensky Best Head Coach: Pat Riley, Miami Heat; Best Scout- ing Director: Ed Gregory, Golden State Warriors; Best Body: Karl Malone, Utah Jazz; Best Dunker: Kobe Bryant, Los,Angeles Lakers; Best General Manages. Jerry West, Los Angeles Lakers; Best Mascot: Go- rilla, Phoenix Suns; Best Fans: Utah Jazz; Best Handle: Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers; Best Arena Atmo- sphere: Madison Square Garden, New York Knicks; Best Owner: Jerry Colangclo, Phoenix Suns; Best National Anthem Singer: R. Kelly, Chicago Bulls; Best Team You Can Fit Under The Salary Cap: ydas Sabonis, Blazers, Isaac Austin, Heat, Jayso, Will- iams, Nets, Terry Mills, Heat, Derek Strong, Magic, Grant Hill, Pistons, Rick Fox, Lakers, Joe Darners, Pistons, Eddie Jones, Lakers, Rex Chapman, Suns, John Stockton, Jazz, Matt Maloney, Rockets. Pateros lasagna feed to help finance teams to state A lasagna feed will be held March 2at the Pateros Commons from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. if the Pateros girls or boys basketball teams qualify for the State B Basketball Tournament. Lasagna, garlic bread, salad, dessert and a beverage will be served. Donations will be asked for the dinner to help send the Billygoats, Nannies or both to the state tournament st the Spokane Arena. District 6 Boys A Basketball Tournament (Ioser-ou0 Bre'wster 68 Okanogan 56 Brewster: Brice Boesel 17. Okanogan: Ryan Vance 20. (loser-out) Liberty Bell 62 Lake Roosevelt 61 OVERTIME Liberty Bell: Trais Smith, Jacob Barkhart 12. Lake Roosevelt: Kurt Weiss 18. @@@l@ District 6 B Basketball Tournament Girls (Ioser-ou0 Wilson Creek Waterville Wilson Creek: Tracts Andrews 19. Waterviile: Wendy Johnson 16. Boys 0user-eat) Thorp Waterville Thorp: Zak Tonseth 26. Waterville: Kellen Bigger 20. Girls (semifinals) Manson Patems Manson: Katie Davis 17. Patems: Annie Neuneker 15. Boys (semifinals) Pateros Manson Pateros: Ciint Hull 37. Manson: Seen McKenna 24. 63 52 50 46 45 35 74 67