Cedarcrest boys come up short in season opener, along with news from the colleges on a Wednesday…..

Good Wednesday morning.

We start with Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team as they opened their season by helping someone else open their new gym. That would be the team up at Anacortes High School, and the Red Wolves worked hard in the second half to make things real interesting, but ended up falling just short.

Despite a game-high 14 points from Shawn Deming, Cedarcrest trailed by 15 at halftime and ended up with a 56-54 loss to the Northwest Conference’s Seahawks. It was a tale of two halves for the Red Wolves, especially as it pertained to ball handling, and that proved to be the biggest factor in aiding the comeback. “We got a little loose with the ball in the first half. We did a much better job taking care of the ball in the second half,” coach Joe Ayers told us by email, adding that the team’s turnovers were cut in half from the first half into the second half thanks to the increased emphasis on ball control and handling.

Alex Perry added 11 points for Cedarcrest while Kian Pegueros-Warren pitched in 10. Gavin Moore led Anacortes with 11 points, while teammates Grayson Eaton and Kaeden Flynn each had 10. CHS opens the home schedule Friday meeting Sehome from Bellingham with a game time of 7:15 at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

The Red Wolves girls are home tonight taking on Interlake in their season opener. Game time is also 7:15 for this one at CHS’s gym.

College update: Pacific Lutheran’s men’s basketball team, with their freshman from Snoqualmie Brett Williams, is in the midst of a two-game losing streak, falling last week to both Evergreen State and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

It started last Tuesday before Thanksgiving as the Lutes headed down to Olympia to face the NAIA’s Geoducks, and fell 76-71. Williams, a 2019 Mount Si HS grad, played 16 minutes and had two points and an assist.

Last Saturday, the Lutes fell at home to the NCAA D-III visitors 67-56. Williams in that game had three rebounds in limited action.

PLU is 2-4 to start the season with Williams coming off the bench as a reserve for all of those games. They remain in non-conference action this week, facing the Portland Bible College, a member of the National Christian Collegiate Athletics Association (NCCAA), down in Portland on Friday.

Also, Bellevue College’s men fell this past Saturday to Tacoma CC 86-78 dropping the Bulldogs to 1-5. Colton Swain, a 2017 MSHS’er and former teammate of Williams’ with the Wildcats, had three points and four rebounds in a little over 25 minutes of action in that one.

Crumb competes at GFU meet: Pacific University (Oregon)’s Julia Crumb competed in her final action before the holidays, participating in the George Fox Bruin Invitational the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Crumb, a sophomore women’s swimmer for the Boxers, competed in five events for Pacific. Her best finish was as part of a Boxer relay unit that took seventh in the women’s 400 yard medley relay, clocking 4:26.59. She also competed in finals for the 500 yard freestyle individually and with a relay foursome in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Crumb also took on the 100 yard freestyle and 200 yard breastroke events, but finished 17th in both preliminary races in those events and did not qualify for event finals in either competition.

Crumb, a 2018 Mount Si HS grad, and the rest of the Pacific ladies are now off until January 18 of next year, when they meet Linfield.

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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