CHS boys’ hoops recognized for academic success, plus news from the college hardwood on this Friday……

We have some big news to start our Friday package of stories this morning.

The Cedarcrest High School boys’ basketball team will get a trip to the state 2A title game, but for a very different reason – their hard work in the classroom.

The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, Washington State’s high school sports governing body, yesterday announced the Red Wolves as its WIAA 2A Boys’ Basketball State Academic Champions for the 2015-16 season. The team, consisting of players Robert Cha, Cameron Hammontree, Coulsen Darrington, Kyle Lupo, Jake Kirschenmann, Pascal Nagata, Nik Reierson, Nate McBride, Austin Towns, Brayden Stauffer and Matthew Sanders, achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.686, which is equivalent to a low “A” on the 4.0 grade point scale, a strong performance academically for these 11 young men.

CHS Coach Mark Prince is thrilled. “This is a group of guys that I am obviously proud of for getting it done in the classroom as well as the court,” he wrote in comments emailed to the SVSJ.

Cedarcrest has been invited to accept the award at halftime of the 2A boys’ state title game in Yakima on March 5.

The SVSJ congratulates the players and school on this incredible acheivement, proof once again that students in our community are getting it done not just on the field, but in the classroom as well.

Also, we should add the Cascade Conference named both Kirschenmann and Cha to their all-league boys’ basketball second team for their performances this season. The team made districts this season despite finishing 10-13 overall, 8-6 in conference play.

Great news for sure. We also have a couple of college hoops scores for you this morning as a pair of Valley athletes played in important games last night for their college hardwood squads as the college season winds down.

Carroll-MT men 82, Montana Western 80: The big Frontier Conference men’s basketball game in Dillon, MT, lived up to the hype, as the two teams battled to the wire for a first-round bye in the league tournament. Duvall’s Zach Taylor, though, stood tall for the Saints, with the junior – a 2013 Cedarcrest HS grad, dropping a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, along with six assists and a steal in a full 40 minutes of action, to lift Carroll to the important road win. The Saints return home to Helena, MT, to complete the regular season tomorrow against Rocky Mountain, then will host a conference semifinal game next Friday, March 4.

Puget Sound women 84, Whitman 79 (OT) (Northwest Conference playoff semifinal, Tacoma): The Loggers needed an extra session to turn away the Missionaries and advance to the NWC title game tomorrow night in Newberg, OR, against host George Fox. Freshman Elizabeth Prewitt, from Snoqualmie and a 2015 Mount Si HS grad, scored 12 points and added four rebounds, an assist and a steal to pace UPS, who meets the Bruins in the heart of the Willamette Valley tomorrow night at 7:00 with an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III national tournament on the line.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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