By Paul Delaney
Staff Reporter 

Youngsters help Cards stay in NEA title hunt


Paul Delaney

Medical Lake’s Steven Velasquez drives to the hoop in the waning minutes of Saturday’s Northeast A League basketball game against Lakeside. Velasquez was fouled and hit of crucial free throw that helped the Cardinals score a rugged 40-36 victory.

Medical Lake’s youngsters on the roster were certainly expected to get a baptism of fire this season.

They were likely not expecting, however, to have to hold down the fort as they did last Saturday in the Cardinals’ 40-36 win over Lakeside. The victory, when coupled with a 62-36 triumph at Newport last Tuesday, left Medical Lake (5-0 NEA, 8-4 overall) a game up on Chewelah (4-0, 8-3) who was in town for a game this past Tuesday. It was the Cardinals’ only game of the week as their portion of the NEA scheduled reached the halfway point.

“They kind of put it together and got us throu...

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