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THURSDAY, December 11, 2014 THE BY KURTIS J. WOOD Both Ramirez and Gomez placed second, sports qvprcom while the other five placers were John Lind- quist (3rd), Victor Salgado (44), Rey Rubio (44), Andy Vargas (54) and Jesus Guzman The Quincy wrestling team kicked off (64). their 2014/15 season with a third-place finish The placers at the Bob Mars Invite at Kennewick High 170-Ramirez opened the tournament School on Saturday. with a 4-2 decision over Kamiakin's Zach The team tied for the most placers, sev- Borisch and followed that with a 5-2 win en, with Southridge and most wins by pin, over Edgar Martinez of Othello to reach 14, with Zillah. They trailed only first-place the quarterfinals. This was the first varsi- Othello and second-place Chiawana in the ty toumament of his career. Last season he standings. Quincy also had a pair of final- was behind his brother and eventual state ists,Iche Ramirez and Steven Gomez.- 160-pound champion Antonio Melendez. "It ended up being a pretty solid day," said "It was really a fun experience," Ramirez coach Greg Martinez. said. "It was my first varsity wrestling tour- nament. Last season I had to challenge An- tonio, the state champion, for a varsity spot." On Saturday he was focused on just get- ting wins, no matter if it was by decision or pin. "I wanted tO at least get third or fourth or somewhere close," Ramirez said, "I tried to not feel anything and just focus on what I was going to do." One goal was to score first in each match. He accomplished that goal in his first three matches. "I always try to get the first takedown," he said. "That's what I focused on. I got all the first takedowns, besides in the finals." He tacked on one more win in the semi- finals, a 7-4 victory over Isiah Calaway of Kiona-Benton, before reaching the finals. KiBe's Kareem Johnson won the title by a score of 7-3. 182-Gomez took the pin or be pinned approach on Saturday. He strung together a trio of first- and second-rotmd pins to reach the finals. He opened with a second-period fall against Riverside's Ricardo Mendoza, followed by a second-period pin against Kennewick's Ronny Loomis and finally a second-period fall against Sam Bliss of Pendleton. Gomez said he has several pin- ning combinations, but one seemed to pres- ent itself on Saturday. See WR page 13 BY KURTIS J. WOOD of the girls gave everyt g they sports@qvpr, corn had until the last buzzer. -, "We have :to work on a lot of the little fundamentals. We have The Lady Jacks stumbled out Of to drill them so much that they thegatesonThursdaytocross'Ba- become second nature." sin rival Ephrata in a matchup that featured 46 fouls and 49 free throw attempts. Quincy (0-2) followed that with a non-league loss to La Salle on Saturday. Ephrata61, Quincy 16 Quincy made just one field goal in the first half and it took all of the first quarter to 'score their first point off a free throw. In the meantime, the Lady Tigers (1-0) found production across the board with seven girls scoring six or more points. They were led by Maddie Stucky, Karlee Etter, Harley Vanatta and Brooke Stutz- man, all with nine points. Despite the lopsided score, the Lady Jacks did not back down until the final buzzer. "The girls played hard. I was very proud of how they nev- er gave up, and never backed down," said coach Cory Medina. "It would have been very easy to look up at the scoreboard and quit playing, but they didn't. All Quincy hadfive points from Elizabeth Nielson (seven re- bounds) and four points from Joanna Santana (three rebounds), while Heidi Bishop (six re- bounds), Jessiea Faw and Steph- anie Mendoza each scored two points. The Lady Jacks scored 10 points from free throws and shot i under 10 percent from the floor. Free throws: Quincy 10-of-23; Ephrata 12-of-26, Fouls: Quincy: 24. Ephrata 22. LaSalle 57, Quincy 19 In a non-league game on Sat- urday, the host Lady Lightning (1-1) cruised to a 38-point win behind the play of Lauren New- man. She tallied 13 points and 10 rebounds. : The Lady Jacks had eighf Siria Avila dribbles the ball up the court against Ephrata last Thursday. points from Nielson and six points from Bishop. Cascade 55, Quincy 37 No details reported at time of press. N CREDIT UN~ON ,.,-CREBIIATE A GRiT RATE Kurtis J. Wood~Post-Register 800.852.5316 *APY:Annuai Pe;centage Yield. $t.000.o0 minimum depositto start. Ear-ly.v4thdrawals are subject to penalty and may affect earnings on Share Certificates. Membership H Z C U. 0 R G requirements may apply. Rates subject to change Federally insured by NCUA,