Trick or treat! Our candy is a pair of previews for CHS girls’ sports as they make postseason appearances tonight. A look and our thoughts as the Red Wolves head north

It’s Halloween night in the lower Valley, and while many of the Riverview School District’s schoolchildren will be out trick-or-treating in various Carnation and Duvall neighborhoods tonight, two groups of the district’s high schoolers will be up north representing their school and community in the Northwest 2A District playoffs. Cedarcrest High School’s volleyball team starts the postseason tonight against Anacortes in Skagit County, while further north up I-5, the Red Wolve girls’ soccer team looks to obtain their ticket to state in the Northwest 2A semis against Northwest Conference champ Bellingham at Civic Stadium in that Whatcom County city. Both games by the way start at 7:00 tonight.

We first start with volleyball.

Northwest 2A District first round: Cedarcrest Red Wolves (9) @ Anacortes Seahawks (8), loser out, Anacortes HS – The Seahawks come into this 5-11 on the season, 5-8 in league play and eighth seed overall in the playoffs. Anacortes last played last Thursday night, falling in a tight five-set barnburner to Burlington-Edison.

Junior Camron Riddle is arguably the player to watch for the Seahawks. She had 15 kills and 14 digs in the loss to the Tigers last week and is among the team leaders in both categories, averaging 10 kills and 11 digs a match. Senior Haley Geist will also be a factor on the Anacortes side of the ball. She had 23 digs last Thursday and is averaging almost 16 a game.

Setter McKenize Duquaine is also someone to keep an eye on for Anacortes, both in that department and also on serve. Duquaine had 40 assists last Thursday and is averaging over 25 of those a contest, and she’s also averaging around two service aces a match, so she will be potentially a challenge on serve as well.

CHS comes in off a loss last Monday to South Whidbey. Top players for the Red Wolves include senior Kami Leslie, who had 27 assists, six digs and three kills in their Senior Night win over Granite Falls October 19, and fellow senior Taeler Gerde, who had five kills, six aces and 15 digs in that same contest.

For the Red Wolves to end up with the seeding they did despite the struggles they had this season was good to see. It might have been better too if they could have had an opportunity to get the 3A bonus points. Anacortes earned the higher seeding on account of more wins within their league, but did not beat either of their conference’s 3A teams (Anacortes is a member of the Northwest Conference).

We think this will be an interesting matchup, but at the end of the day, we like what Anacortes brings to the table, and that, combined with them being home, gives them the edge. We look for the Seahawks to move on and CHS’ season to come to an end. Anacortes in 3

Now to soccer.

Northwest 2A District semifinals: Cedarcrest Red Wolves (3) @ Bellingham Red Raiders (2), winner to state, Civic Stadium, Bellingham – The Red Wolves come in off a 2-0 win over Sedro-Woolley in the quarterfinals on Saturday at home, while Bellingham comes in having survived a scare on Saturday as well, rallying from a 2-0 hole against 10-seed Lynden to win that quarterfinal in penalty kicks. More on the game from the Bellingham Herald.

In that story, the Herald notes that Bellingham won the Northwest Conference title this season, the first time in over 10 years that’s happened, and they come in with a strong 10-1-2 league record, 13-2-2 overall. Which is certainly good, but the game against Lynden Saturday continued a pattern of tough games against that particular opponent, who finished 4-6-3 in league, 5-10-3 overall. This season, Bellingham won a 1-0 game against the Lions and finished the regular season last Monday in a 1-1 draw with Lynden.

The reason we note this is that we find that to be a bit concerning for Bellingham, especially as they go against a Cedarcrest team where defense is their specialty. Hannah Hodge and Eden Fawcett were your goal scorers for the Red Raiders in the regulation portion of proceedings, so those two will have to be watched closely by the CHS defense.

It is a veteran group as you all know, anchored by seniors Kate Hickox, Maia Rezoski, Trinity Campbell and Kylie Thomas and senior goalie Dakota Barnes. Up front, Sarah Hommas scored both goals on Saturday, and the junior will look to guide the action again offensively for the Red Wolves. Senior Sophie Paradis will also be a player to watch, and tonight will be a test for their two young freshmen, Treena Bolin and Sidra Griffin, as they experience a pressure-cooker like they’ve not seen yet as high schoolers. The good news is they have plenty of leaders ready to show the way, but you know both of them will want to step up and establish themselves this evening.

CHS last season fell just short of making state. The lessons from last year have not been lost on this year’s team as they went back out and scored another Cascade Conference title, and also had success this season against the Northwest Conference, going 2-0 (the win Saturday over the Cubs and a 1-0 win to open the season September 7 over Burlington-Edison). With this all in mind, and considering the tough defense Cedarcrest possesses should be a big challenge for the host side, we’re looking for the Red Wolves to punch their ticket to state. There’s a little unfinished business for these seniors, and they’re out to take care of it this year. Getting a little hardware at the state tournament. The first step there is taken tonight. Cedarcrest 2, Bellingham 0

Travel information
For fans heading to the contests, here’s directions. For both games, you’ll want to make your way to I-5 and head north. See below for the remainder of directions as they are different depending on which game you are looking to attend.

Volleyball: Take Burlington exit #230 (SR 20) and head west on SR 20 into Anacortes and reach the roundabout for Commercial Avenue. Turn right and head north into downtown. At 22nd Street, turn left and head west three blocks to M Avenue. The school and parking will be on your left. There’s two lots off 22nd past M, and a third off M in front of the school. The two back lots off 22nd will likely be where you need to go.

Soccer: Head all the way to Bellingham and take exit #253 (Lakeway Drive). Exit here and you’ll want to turn right on King Street, heading south a block to Lakeway. Turn left and go a couple blocks east to Orleans Street, and turn left. Follow north a block and the stadium and parking will be on your right.

Admission is being charged to both matches, and CHS students will need to pay as well to get into both contests, regardless of whether they hold an ASB card or not.

Allow about 90 minutes-two hours each way for both matches. Food and gas options are available in both Anacortes and Bellingham, and on your routes to and from the contests tonight.

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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