Third-ranked Lynden shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the second half and held White River to 30.4 percent shooting in the game, on its way to a 66-45 win over the Hornets in the Class 2A boys basketball state finals Saturday at the Yakima SunDome.
Against a Lynden team known for its stingy man-to-man defensive pressure, White River never got a rhythm going offensively. White River jumped out to a quick 11-6 lead late in the first quarter, thanks to seven quick points from Billy Kiel, who finished with 14 on 5-of-14 shooting.
“They’re a good team,” Kiel said. “They’re up tight on you. We kept on trying to do everything we could to pull out the win, but couldn’t do it.” Read more »
2A BOYS Clover Park 69, Pullman 48 (fourth/sixth): Sophomore guard Ahmaad Rorie scored a game-high 28 point and the Warriors claimed fourth place.
In three games at the SunDome, Rorie totaled 101 points, including a career-best 46 points in Friday’s consolation win over Ellensburg. The tournament record for most points is 118 set in 2002 by Lynden Christian’s Paul Hafford, who had four games to reach his total. Rorie tallied 101 points in three games.
Clover Park shot a blistering 61 percent in the first half on its way to a 46-20 halftime lead. Xavier Means added 20 points for the Warriors. Read more »
White River’s girls basketball team guaranteed itself its first state trophy since 2005 after its 42-28 win over Blaine in the quarterfinals of the Class 2A state tournament Thursday afternoon at the Yakima SunDome.
“We’re excited, we’re ready to go,” said White River senior guard Cassidy France, who led all scorers with 15 points, including 9 of 14 from the free-throw line. “It’s an amazing feeling. I can’t even explain how excited I am, and especially to do it with these girls. They are the best.”
Third-ranked White River (26-2) advances to Friday’s 5:30 p.m. semifinal. Read more »
White River guard Jason Tyler saved one of the best games of his high school career for
one of most important games of the season.
Tyler scored 20 points and the Hornets’ three starting guards combined for 42 to lead
White River to a 56-37 win over North Thurston in a 2A boys’ basketball regional game
at Mount Tahoma High School on Friday.
The win sends the Hornets to Yakima next week for the 2A state tournament against an
opponent to be determined. The loss ends the Rams’ season.
“Tonight I felt like was one of our first nights that we actually closed it out,” White
River coach Rick Tripp said. “We’ve had some leads get away from us before so I don’t
know if we ever got too comfortable, but there were times when we started feeling pretty
good.” Read more »
Earlier today, I posted our Class 2A football playoff projections and briefly outline the postseason scenarios in the SPSL 2A. Because there are so many possible outcomes, I wanted to provide a more in-depth explanation on the matter.
But first, here are this week’s matchups, along with each team’s league record:
Franklin Pierce (5-1) at Washington (3-3)
Clover Park (2-4) at Steilacoom (4-2)
White River (5-1) at Sumner (2-4)
Eatonville (2-4) at Fife (1-5)
Four teams will advance to the Week 10 state play-in round. Courtesy of SPSL 2A football commissioner Matt Mueller, athletic director at Eatonville, Here’s a breakdown of how some teams can advance: Read more »