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Crosspoint, Olympic playing in trophy round

Crosspoint and Olympic won their state consolation games on Friday morning and they will play for a trophy on Saturday morning.
Crosspoint improved to 5-0 this season against Sea-Tac League rival Evergreen Lutheran with a 42-25 win. Here are the stats from that game.
Crosspoint will play Pateros in the 4th/6th-place game at the Spokane Arena at 8 a.m.
Crosspoint has been to state 15 times and this is the second time they’ve won a trophy. They were fourth in 2008.
Olympic beat Fife 42-37 (here are the stats) and will play Sehome of Bellingham in the 4th/6th-place game at 8 a.m. at the Yakima Valley SunDome.
It’s the second Bellingham school the Trojans have played in this state tournament. They lost to Squalicum on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
This is the first state trophy for Olympic since Christian Welp led the Trojans to the state title in 1983.

Crosspoint opener not quite as planned

It wasn’t the quarterfinal game the Crosspoint girls had hoped for in their return to the State B tournament on Thursday.

You can read about the game here. Sometimes those games happen, but I know coach Bryan Hanley pretty well. And he hates to lose. Hates it. But, if his team learns something in the process then he can live with it.

The Warriors loss to Sunnyside Christian puts them into the loser-out bracket. They will play Friday at 9 a.m. against someone they know quite well. Very well in fact.

Evergreen Lutheran.

I laughed out loud, not a big laugh, but more of a “You have to be kidding me!” kind of chuckle when I saw the bracket after the Warriors loss. I shouldn’t be surprised they will play them again, considering three teams from the Tri-District qualified for the final eight. Odds were there they would play again.

Crosspoint has faced their rivals four times this season. Twice in-season. Twice in the post-season. Friday’s game will mark the final time they play each other, at least until next season.

I think we all know at this point it’s not easy to beat teams twice. Let alone three times. But Crosspoint pulled out dramatic wins over the Eagles three times, and had one blowout, and are 4-0 against them.

Here’s how the Warriors did against EL:

Jan. 12, W, 73-33

Jan. 31, W, 59-52, OT

Feb. 12, W, 51-47 (Sea-Tac League tournament championship)

Feb. 21, W, 48-46 (Tri-District championship)

I don’t know about Crosspoint, but I wouldn’t be thrilled to play Evergreen again. Could this be the game that the Eagles finally are able to get past Crosspoint? I’m not a betting person, so I’m just going to stick with Crosspoint winning this one and fighting their way into the trophy round on Saturday.

No over-under on this one. Like I said, I’m not a gambler. I will say that I think it will be close and likely one of the better consolation games at the Spokane Arena.

Crosspoint opens state B Thursday

One of the best rituals in Spokane, besides Bloomsday, is the State B tournament.

It’s the city’s chance to put its best foot forward and play host to thousands of fans coming from all around the state to watch their teams vie for a championship. RVs, vans, pickups, you name it are loaded to the rafters with family, friends and fans. The B is one of the best. It was fun in the old Spokane Coliseum with all the rich history of the past. Spokane’s Veterans Memorial Arena adds to that, although I guess the venue isn’t that new anymore, and then some.

I covered the B a few times while I was working for The Spokesman-Review in Spokane and  headed over to Spokane a couple more times with Crosspoint (then King’s West). I was there when the Warriors won their first trophy (fourth) in 2008.

Everywhere you go around town, from the valley to the north side, from the South Hill to downtown, it’s all about “The B.” Nearly every business marquee welcomes the “out-of-towners” and every hotel is full. If you’ve never been, you’re missing out. Guaranteed.

It’s been a few years since Crosspoint Academy has been and I know the Warriors are excited to find out what all the fuss is about. They’ll have their hands full bright and early with their first round opponent, the Sunnyside Christian Knights, Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Sunnyside is a tough matchup right off the bat, but I think the two teams are pretty even.

Let’s take a look at how they stack up.

Sunnyside is located about 35 miles southeast of Yakima, so the Knights didn’t have as long a trip to Spokane as Crosspoint did on Wednesday. The Knights are 21-2 overall and are riding a 19-game winning streak. They completely demolished their regional opponent, Nasalle 84-24. That’s not a typo. Sunnyside led 58-13 by halftime and backed off in the second half.

The Knights have just one senior in captain and guard Annie Brouwer, one junior and the rest are freshmen and sophomores. Needless to say they’ll be good for quite a while. Brouwer is second on the team in scoring (14.8 ppg) and are led by junior 6-foot forward Katelyn Banks (17.3) and the 10.1 points from frosh Sailor Liefke. Freshman Emily Banks is also a 6-0 forward, and I’m guessing she’s the younger sister to Katelyn, to give the Knights some height in the middle.

Crosspoint counters with 6-1 post Cailyn Cattell, who averaged 14.4 points, 9.4 rebounds on the season. Junior Kalie Nation, 6-0, can be an absolute terror on the boards, she was averaging 15-20 late in the season that really boosted the Warriors on both ends of the court and is a nice balance for Cattell. Guards Holly Bandara and sister Kailey can both get hot from 3-point range while Desere’e Doty and Emma Laurion can do it all. The Warriors are also on a 19-game winning streak and are 23-3 on the season.

We’ll update after their game Thursday, and depending on how things go we’ll provide live coverage of their games Friday and Saturday. You can find a live scoreboard on the WIAA website here.

 

State basketball draw revealed

The Class 2B/1B tourney draws are complete.
Crosspoint drew Sunnyside Christian, which finished the season ranked No. 3 in the state poll. They will play Thursday at the Spokane Arena at 10:30 a.m.
Here’s the bracket.

The Class 2A/1A draw is also done.
Olympic drew Squalicum of Bellingham. They will play Thursday at the Yakima SunDome at 12:15 p.m.
Here’s that bracket.

You can see all the state brackets here.

Saturday’s regional basketball updates

Olympic is going to Yakima, clinching a state berth for the first time since 1993 with a 45-43 regional win over East Valley of Yakima.
Crosspoint punched its ticket to state in Spokane by beating Shoreline Christian 44-21 in the Class 1B girls basketball regional at Mount Tahoma. You can read that story here.
The North Kitsap girls saw their season come to an end with a 54-35 loss to Ellensburg in Yakima.
The Central Kitsap girls saw their season come to an end with a 71-39 loss to top-ranked Lynnwood at the Class 3A regional.

Where, who and when Kitsap basketball teams play

The Olympic boys play East Valley of Yakima at Eisenhower High School in Yakima on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The Olympic girls play Mark Morris of Longview at WF West High School in Chehalis on Friday at 6 p.m.
The North Kitsap girls play Ellensburg at Eisenhower High School in Yakima on Saturday at 4 p.m.
The Central Kitsap girls play Lynwood at Everett Community College on Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Crosspoint girls play Shoreline Academy at Mount Tahoma High School on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Updated: WIAA releases regional basketball brackets

You’ll find those here. The teams aren’t filled and neither are the sites and times. Those will come on Sunday. (Update: Teams are filled in. regoinal sites).
But, we can do some investigating and find out who is playing who:
Here are complete pairings.
Boys
The Olympic boys (17-8), the District 2/2 No. 6, will play the eastern Washington No. 1, which is East Valley Yakima (18-4).
Girls
Central Kitsap girls (21-4), the District 3/4 No. 5, will play the Northwest District champs, which is top-ranked Lynwood (21-2).
The Olympic girls (17-6), the District 2/3 No. 4, will play at Southwest District champ Mark Morris (21-2), which is ranked No. 1.
The North Kitsap girls (14-9), the District 2/3 No. 6, will play the eastern Washington No. 1, which is Ellensburg (18-4), the No. 6 team in the state.
The Crosspoint girls (22-3), the District 1/2/3 champs, plays Sea-Tac League foe Shoreline Christian

Taking a look at girls basketball & the playoffs

There are some local girls basketball teams that know where they are headed and others are in limbo.

I’m here to help you sort it all out.

I’m going to begin with Olympic as the Trojans have started down their playoff road on the easiest of paths under coach Laurie Shaw. That’s not to say the opponents are easy, none are at this point, but Oly is getting the job done the best way it can in order to save some energy for regionals and hopefully state. The Trojans (17-4) won their first two games at the Class 2A West Central District — beating Washington handily at home 59-37 and then holding off Franklin Pierce 50-43 Friday night. This is the fifth straight year under Shaw the Trojans will head to regionals and by far their best effort. It’s never easy for a team to come through in the clutch, but they’ve done it. Oly has put together nine wins in a row. Against Franklin, Katie Campana lit up the Cardinals, scoring 14 of her 19 points in the first half. When Campana was shut down in the second half, Olivia Williams stepped up and scored 15 of her 17. She also had 12 rebounds.

So now Olympic will play in the district semifinals on Wednesday at 6 p.m. against the Sammamish Totems (11-10) at Bellarmine Prep HS. If Oly wins they will face the winner of the Liberty/White River game. White River would be a heckuva matchup for anyone as the Hornets are ranked No. 3 in the Associated Press statewide poll. They beat North Kitsap 61-31 thanks to 6-foot-1 Kendall Bird (21 points, 15 rebounds) and 6-2 Darian Gore. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The Totems are in the semifinals for a reason and no team should be considered weak at this point.

Speaking of North Kitsap, the Vikings made a solid late-season push to get into district and a lot of kudos go to Penny Gienger and her coaching staff as well as senior Rebekah Baugh, junior Molly Lemmon and freshman Olivia Selembo. Selembo has shown flashes of what’s to come and the Vikings won’t be depleted offensively once Baugh moves on to St. Martin’s in the fall. NK had won five straight (including a narrow loss to Olympic) before running against the buzz saw that is White River. The Vikings (12-8) will have a chance to prove their mettle on Monday as a string of local teams face loser-out games. North takes on Renton from the Seamount (historically not a strong league) at 1 p.m. at Wilson High School. If the Viks win, they play another loser-out game (versus either Washington or Fife) at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The Kingston Buccaneers lost a big chunk of their playoff pie when senior post Drew Clark went down a few weeks ago with a season-ending ACL injury. Clark will eventually need surgery, but the UPS-signee was the cog that was driving the Bucs toward what looked like an Olympic League title and a deep playoff run. But Kingston hasn’t quit. No way. The Bucs (17-4) still have the dazzling guard play from Aileen Kaye and Kaitlin Carper, and 6-0 junior center Lily Eckert has really stepped up to fill the void in the middle left by Clark. Kingston won its loser-out game Friday against Foster and now plays Franklin Pierce at 4:30 p.m. at Wilson HS on Monday in another loser-out contest. The Bucs would need another win (they could face Sequim or River Ridge) before moving into the fifth-sixth seeding game on Feb. 21.

It would still be a remarkable story for Kingston if they were to go to regionals and one that their fans and the team won’t soon forget.

Now let’s move on to the bigger schools.

Like North, 3A Central Kitsap ran into a tough opponent in Sumner, which beat the Cougars 50-39. Sumner’s Jamie Lange had 31 points and reportedly more than 20 rebounds. That loss puts CK (18-4) into the elimination portion of the bracket and it will play Hazen at 1 p.m. Monday at Franklin Pierce HS. Taylor Krouse poured in 18 points for CK in the loss. It’s been a great first-season for coach Nikki Nelson as the Cougars have great guard play from Krouse and cousin Maddie White as well as Olivia Krog, Starr Rodenhurst and Vanessa Davies.

In the largest classification, 4A, the South Kitsap Wolves had a poor-shooting night against Curtis which looked like a team the Wolves could beat. But as the game wore on and the Vikings stuck with their full-court press it just never materialized for South, which lost 40-36 in the WCD. South (11-9) will play a loser-out game against Timberline at 1 p.m. Monday at Stadium HS. If SK wins, they’d face either Tahoma or Kentridge in another loser-out game.

Speaking of regionals, the host sites in District 3 are Kent Meridian, Mount Tahoma, Puyallup, Renton and Rogers. Those sites are better for local teams who can garner a top seed, but, the regional draw doesn’t happen until Feb. 21 and there’s no guarantee a local team will wind up anywhere close to here. Remember, Olympic has traveled to either Skagit or Whatcom counties while Crosspoint has headed south to Cowlitz county.

And speaking of Crosspoint, the Warriors are riding a 13-game winning streak — the best of any local team. Crosspoint (19-3) opens Tri-District 1A play Tuesday at Mount Vernon Christian at 6 p.m. An opponent has yet to-be-determined. Post Cailyn Cattell, one of several local players headed off to play in college next season, is nursing a sore ankle and was limping noticeably in the Warriors game against Evergreen Lutheran earlier last week. But she gutted through the Sea-Tac League championship game to help the Warriors win their sixth title under coach Bryan Hanley. Crosspoint has also been without guard Holly Bandara due to a sore hamstring, but it sounds like she might be back in time for district. With a win on Tuesday the Warriors would play Thursday in the district semis.

So there you have it. A rundown on our girls teams that are still alive and kicking as the basketball season builds toward the state tournament.

I’ll be back to update the different scenarios later this week.

Girls basketball leaders

Here’s this week’s leaders ….

Girls Basketball

Scoring

Name, team GP Avg.

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 19.1

Izzy Severns, Kla 16 15.8

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 15.4

Taylor Krouse, CK 18 15.2

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 14.3

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 14.1

Maddie White, CK 18 13.4

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 13.0

Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 11.6

Holly Bandara, CPA 16 11.6

Katie Campana, Oly 18 11.1

Michaela Derda, Brem 19 11.1

Taylor Tye, Bain 18 11.1

Olivia Selembo, NK 18 10.6

Starr Rodenhurst, CK 16 10.6

Brianna Shafer, SK 17 10.3

Paige Brigham, Bain 17 9.4

Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 8.9

Quincy Satran, NM 18 8.5

Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 7.9

Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.4

Katie Usellis, Bain 18 7.4

Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 7.3

Hayley Baxley, PA 19 6.8

Katie Thorsen, CK 16 6.7

Libby Borgonia, SK 17 6.4

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 6.1

Rebounds

Name, team GP Avg.

Kailie Nation, CPA 16 13.3

Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 10.4

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 10.1

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 9.0

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 8.9

Brianna Shafer, SK 17 8.2

Dani Willey, NM 15 8.0

Molly Lemmon, NK 18 7.6

Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 7.6

Liz Lamoureux, Brem 19 7.0

Kaylee Yergeau, SK 17 6.5

Michaela Derda, Brem 19 6.5

Maddie White, CK 18 6.5

Mackenzie Paige, CK 18 6.3

Katie Campana, Oly 18 6.1

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 5.9

Katie Usellis, Bain 18 5.6

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 5.4

Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 5.2

Katie Thorsen, CK 16 5.2

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 5.1

Sydney Garrett, NM 19 5.1

Emily Johnson, PA 17 5.1

Assists

Name, team GP Avg.

Taylor Krouse, CK 18 5.4

Paige Brigham, Bain 17 4.6

Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.3

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.0

Maddie White, CK 18 4.0

Libby Borgonia, SK 17 3.8

Olivia Selembo, NK 18 3.7

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 3.7

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.5

Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.4

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 3.2

Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.9

Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.8

Brianna Shafer, SK 17 2.4

Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.2

Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.2

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.1

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.0

Izzy Severns, Kla 16 2.0

Steals

Name, team GP Avg.

Mikaela Shumaker, NM 19 6.0

Maddie White, CK 18 6.0

Izzy Severns, Kla 16 4.8

Desere’e Doty, CPA 14 4.2

Maddie Boe, PA 19 4.2

Cailyn Cattell, CPA 16 3.8

Sydney Garrett, NM 19 3.7

Madison Sturgeon, Kla 13 2.8

Katie Campana, Oly 18 2.8

Emily Johnson, PA 17 2.8

Olivia Williams, Oly 18 2.7

Libby Borgonia, SK 17 2.6

Danielle Monzon, Oly 18 2.6

Rebekah Baugh, NK 18 2.4

Nizhoni Wheeler, PA 19 2.4

Alycia Heriford, Brem 14 2.3

Starr Rodenhurst, CK 18 2.3

Olivia Selembo, NK 18 2.2

MaryBeth Bray, SK 17 2.2

Taylor Krouse, CK 18 2.1

Quincy Satran, NM 18 2.0

CK girls still ranked among top teams in state

The Central Kitsap girls basketball team is the only Kitsap area team ranked among the top 10 in the state according to the Associated Press poll released Wednesday. The poll is voted on by a state panel of sports writers.

The Cougars are ranked No. 10 in the 3A classification. Other teams receiving votes include Crosspoint Academy (1B), Kingston (2A) and Olympic (2A).

On the boys side, no area teams are ranked although Olympic did receive some votes in 2A.

Classification 4A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Gonzaga Prep (14) 12-0 140 1
2. Inglemoor 11-1 112 3
3. Todd Beamer 10-1 104 4
4. Sunnyside 11-0 93 6
5. Moses Lake 11-1 77 2
6. Bellarmine Prep 11-1 73 7
7. Bothell 10-2 53 8
8. Central Valley 9-2 52 5
9. Walla Walla 9-2 31 9
10. Curtis 8-2 15 T10

Others receiving votes: Chiawana 5. Kentlake 5. Mead 3. Skyview 2. South Kitsap 1. Lake Stevens 1. Lewis and Clark 1. Camas 1. Bethel 1.

classification 3A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Lynnwood (15) 10-0 150 1
2. Glacier Peak 12-0 123 3
3. Blanchet 10-2 104 2
4. Lakeside (Seattle) 8-1 95 7
5. West Seattle 8-1 68 T8
6. Cleveland 7-4 66 6
7. Bellevue 8-3 56 4
8. Arlington 9-2 41 5
(tie)Wilson, Woodrow 8-3 41 T8
10. Central Kitsap 10-1 29 10

Others receiving votes: Ferndale 24. Edmonds-Woodway 13. Prairie 9. Columbia River 6.

classification 2A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Mark Morris (14) 10-2 149 1
2. W. F. West (1) 10-1 136 3
3. White River 10-1 116 2
4. East Valley (Spokane) 9-2 104 4
5. Burlington-Edison 9-1 82 7
6. Lynden 8-4 54 8
7. Ellensburg 7-3 37 5
8. Washougal 9-3 32 9
9. Selah 8-3 22 NR
(tie)Archbishop Murphy 9-2 22 NR
(tie)Black Hills 9-4 22 NR

Others receiving votes: East Valley (Yakima) 16. Kingston 14. Liberty (Renton) 12. Olympic 3. Sammamish 3. Ephrata 1.

classification 1A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Cashmere (5) 8-1 132 T1
2. Lynden Christian (4) 9-3 122 T1
3. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) (2) 10-1 118 3
4. Montesano (2) 11-0 109 4
5. King’s (2) 7-2 82 T6
6. Kalama 11-2 76 T6
7. Cascade Christian 11-1 74 5
8. Granger 10-3 53 8
9. LaCenter 11-2 24 10
10. Nooksack Valley 8-3 21 9

Others receiving votes: Mount Baker 8. Meridian 2. Zillah 2. Seattle Christian 1. Bellevue Christian 1.

classification 2B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Okanogan (5) 11-0 104 2
2. Toutle Lake (6) 9-1 99 1
3. Northwest Christian (Colbert) 12-1 88 3
4. Colfax 11-3 76 4
5. LaConner 10-0 57 6
6. Wahkiakum 10-0 51 7
7. Mabton 11-1 43 8
8. Raymond 11-1 31 5
9. Willapa Valley 10-2 26 10
10. Brewster 5-6 11 9

Others receiving votes: Ilwaco 11. Lind-Ritzville/Sprague 6. Napavine 2.

classification B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Colton (8) 12-0 80 1
2. Republic 10-0 70 2
3. Neah Bay 7-0 58 4
4. Pateros 8-0 55 3
5. Sunnyside Christian 5-2 30 5

Others receiving votes: Crosspoint Academy 15. Touchet 6. Entiat 6.

BOYS

classification 4A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Federal Way (15) 11-1 150 1
2. Kentwood 11-1 126 3
3. Union 11-1 125 4
4. Central Valley 10-2 100 5
5. Kentridge 10-2 83 6
6. Issaquah 8-4 61 2
7. Curtis 9-3 53 7
8. Lewis and Clark 9-3 31 9
9. Woodinville 8-3 28 8
10. Richland 6-2 20 10

Others receiving votes: University 18. Gig Harbor 10. Skyline 9. Davis 5. Inglemoor 3. Newport (Bellevue) 3.

classification 3A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Rainier Beach (15) 10-1 150 1
2. Eastside Catholic 9-1 126 T2
3. Garfield 12-0 122 T2
4. Bellevue 10-2 106 4
5. Seattle Prep 10-2 72 6
6. Wilson, Woodrow 9-2 67 5
7. Peninsula 9-3 51 8
8. Lincoln 8-2 44 7
9. Auburn Mountainview 9-2 21 9
10. Kennewick 10-1 18 NR

Others receiving votes: Rogers (Spokane) 13. Glacier Peak 12. Lakeside (Seattle) 10. Columbia River 5. Fort Vancouver 4. Foss 2. Hanford 1. Kennedy 1.

classification 2A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Clarkston (14) 13-0 148 1
2. Mark Morris 11-1 122 3
3. Lynden (1) 8-3 116 2
4. Anacortes 10-2 96 6
5. Ephrata 10-1 95 5
6. Pullman 10-2 64 4
7. Sammamish 8-2 52 8
8. Tumwater 10-2 47 9
9. Washougal 10-2 16 NR
10. Aberdeen 11-1 12 NR

Others receiving votes: Ellensburg 11. Woodland 11. West Valley (Spokane) 9. Wapato 9. East Valley (Yakima) 5. Archbishop Murphy 4. Sehome 4. Olympic 4.

classification 1A
School Record Points Last Week
1. Zillah (9) 10-1 142 1
2. King’s (6) 8-2 139 2
3. Vashon Island 12-1 121 3
4. Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) 10-2 97 4
5. La Salle 11-0 91 6
6. Riverside 11-1 68 7
7. Lynden Christian 8-4 67 5
8. Meridian 8-5 25 8
9. Seattle Academy 5-4 22 10
10. Kiona Benton 10-2 19 NR

Others receiving votes: University Prep 16. Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) 7. Castle Rock 4. Overlake School 3. King’s Way Christian School 2. Medical Lake 2.

classification 2B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Morton-White Pass (11) 10-0 110 1
2. Brewster 10-1 99 2
3. Liberty (Spangle) 13-1 85 3
4. Okanogan 9-2 75 4
5. Life Christian Academy 13-0 69 5
6. Toledo 7-3 39 6
7. Northwest Christian (Colbert) 10-4 35 T7
8. Colfax 13-2 33 10
9. Willapa Valley 11-1 27 9
10. Adna 8-2 13 NR

Others receiving votes: St. George’s 12. LaConner 4. North Beach 2. Wilbur-Creston 2.

classification B
School Record Points Last Week
1. Lummi (4) 11-0 84 4
2. Entiat (2) 10-0 80 3
(tie)Garfield-Palouse (2) 12-0 80 5
4. Neah Bay (1) 6-2 68 1
5. Pomeroy (1) 10-2 62 2

Others receiving votes: Northwest Yeshiva 14. Three Rivers Christian School 6. Curlew 6.