The White Pine High boys basketball team opened league play Dec. 13, hosting West Wendover and got clawed up pretty good by the Wolverines in an 81-30 loss.

West Wendover ran off to a 29-10 first quarter lead, 45-21 at halftime.

The Wolverines (8-3, 1-0) put up 22 points in a strong third quarter as well.

Coach Terrill Trask said he feels that Wendover (8-3, 1-0) is going to be, along with Incline, probably the top of the league this year. “They have three guards that have played together for a long while, since they were second graders, and really take control of the game, get up and down the court at a high rate of speed. It was a learning experience for my boys.” Wendover at present is averaging 67 points per game. “It was kind of a shell-shock for us,” he said.

“Incline and West Wendover will probably battle for the top spots in the league playoffs, but No. 3-6 will be up for grabs, including us.’

The Bobcats have had great difficulty against Wendover for nearly the past 10 years, losing every game between the two since the last White Pine win in 2009. The teams meet again Jan. 15 in Wendover.

The second league game was against Battle Mountain, Dec. 15 and Trask said, “I have to commend the boys. They went from just not being ready to face Wendover, to working hard and only losing to the Longhorns 61-51. Had our chances, just goes back to our youth and inexperience, underclassmen only, no seniors.”

He said the team was down by 17 halfway through the fourth quarter, “but we fought hard to get within 10. I was super proud of the effort they gave the entire game.”

In both games Trask said, “Phoenix Ball was able to get to the hoop at a consistent rate. Kincaid Waggoner impressed me greatly in the game with Battle Mountain. Rebounding and doing all those intangibles that don’t show up on stat sheets. Also, Austin Andre, another junior, who keeps a calm head on the floor, getting our offense going.”

This week, league play continues Dec. 20-21, as the Bobcats will be on the road for meetings at Pershing County and Coral Academy of Science in Reno.