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It’s been an exciting season for the Chief Leschi boys’ basketball team and it doesn’t look like this group of Warriors is ready to hang up their sneakers anytime soon. Sitting with an impressive 14-4 record approaching the end of the regular season, Chief Leschi will get a five-day breather following their most recent victory; a 68-49 thumping of Ocosta at home on Tuesday, Jan. 24.

In the last issue of the Puyallup Tribal News, we talked about the incredible amount of miles that the Warriors have eaten up on the road this season, and how it has taken its toll on the young student athletes. A five-day break has got to feel like summer vacation to these guys after their most recent runs.

Make no mistake, the team will be seriously tested over their final two games, so a short break to rest the bones could work wonders for the Warriors.

Chief Leschi will face a 210-mile round trip to face the Vikings of Willapa Valley on Monday, Jan. 30. The Vikings are currently in the running for fourth place in the 2B Pacific League with Raymond and Northwest Christian. With the possibility of finishing anywhere from fourth to sixth place in the final league standings, it’s easy to visualize a Viking team laying it all on the line against Chief Leschi. Prior to their meeting with the Warriors, Willapa Valley will face Ocosta, in a game they are favored to win.

The Vikings will surely be looking for a little revenge after Chief Leschi hammered them by a score of 72-44 back on Dec. 22. So it’s clear that the 19th game of the season is going to be a barnburner for Chief Leschi, and they can expect the Willapa Valley gymnasium to be rocking with quite a bit on the line for the home team.

Chief Leschi will then be hosting the final game of the regular season on Wednesday, Feb. 1 and it should be another dogfight of a game. In their first meeting on Jan. 5, the Warriors fell on the road against Raymond (7-6 league, 10-7 overall) by a score of 65-59. Chief Leschi has been itching for this rematch ever since.

Feb. 1 is also Senior Night for the boys’ basketball team and the honors will be all for star guard Yahola Gower, as he is the only senior on this talented team.

With two games remaining, the Warriors can still catch Ilwaco for a second place finish in the league standings. Should the Warriors win both games and Ilwaco drop one, they will end up tied. A third-place finish is going to be good for Chief Leschi’s playoff road, but a second-place ending could be golden.

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