A primer on the Cedarcrest HS girls’ basketball’s team’s trip to state: Who they’re facing, and what you need to know before you go

Good morning. As we continue our coverage of Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ basketball team making their first ever trip to the state 2A girls’ basketball tournament in Yakima, we wanted to offer up a little smorgasbord of information for you to help you plan for tomorrow’s game. We’ll have a preview and prediction for you tomorrow, but first, here’s some general information on the opponent and on travel-related matters.

The opponent: W.F. West Bearcats
W.F. West High School is located in Chehalis, and is a member of the 2A Evergreen Conference. The Bearcats are ranked #2 in the Seattle Times’ 2A poll, and boast a 20-4 record. Their most recent win was against Cedarcrest league rival Archbishop Murphy in the regionals; more on that is here.

Media coverage
KELA-AM radio in Centralia broadcasts W.F. West games, and will be doing so tomorrow. Their website is here, and there is a link to their live broadcasts. The WIAA also has two other methods to catch tomorrow’s game – http://cybersportsusa.com/ for a stats-based webcast, and http://winnw.com/ for an audio version. All CHS games in the tournament will be available through these two websites.

To get to the Sundome in Yakima

The Sundome in Yakima is on the grounds of the Central Washington State Fair. To get there from Carnation/Duvall, take SR 203 to Fall City, and once in Fall City, choose one of several routes to get to I-90 (Preston/Fall City Rd., SR 202 to North Bend, SR 202 to Snoqualmie Falls then over Snoqualmie Ridge). When you reach I-90, head east over Snoqualmie Pass to Ellensburg and take exit #110, the exit for I-82 going south to Yakima. Note: With the current winter weather conditions in the Cascades, it is suggested you carry some chains, and perhaps some patience, as the road conditions could be challenging at times, and there is always the possibility of closures due to avalanche control. Check the pass conditions before you go.

Once on I-82, travel south to Yakima, and take exit #34, the exit for Nob Hill Blvd. (You’ll see the dome in the distance on your right before you exit). Turn right onto Nob Hill and travel west to S. 10th St./Fair Ave. S. and turn right. The dome and parking will be on your right and you will pay $7 for parking and $12 for a game ticket, $10 if you have a Cedarcrest ASB card. More information on the dome policies is here at the WIAA’s Fan Link. Allow about 3-4 hours for travel time from CHS to the dome.

There are numerous hotel options in and around Yakima, and if you call around today, you should be able to book a room. There is a link to a website on the WIAA Fan Link page linked above that should help you with that. The closest hotels are about a mile away at the I-82/Yakima Ave. interchange (exit #33) and these include a Hilton Garden Inn, Oxford Inn and a Red Lion Hotel.

One note on hotels though, and this is for those of you not familiar with staying overnight during a state tournament and this comes from personal experience. The hotel you may be staying at may have a team also staying there, and since there will be a total of 16 teams, boys and girls, in the event, multiple hotels will be affected, and that means potentially loud teenage boys and girls in their rooms at night in the hotel, maybe next to yours. With games going on until around 11:00 p.m. at the dome, teams will be moving around quite a bit and potentially causing some noise in the hallways.

Your editor was at the state volleyball tournament with the Valley Record several years ago in the Tri-Cities covering Mount Si’s team and heard a story of an incident in which Mount Si volleyball team members found themselves in the middle of an issue involving disruption of guests at their hotel presumably not there for the tournament, and obviously not aware of what goes on in this type of environment. While we’re sure Cedarcrest, and the other teams there, will take great care to respect the neighboring guests at the hotels, we would suggest to all of you that if you plan on staying overnight over there, be aware that the rooms next to you may be a bit noisy late at night, so keep that in mind.

There are also many restaurants around the city, including near the hotels. It should be noted there will be concessions available at the dome, so no food/drink is being allowed in.

If your car needs gas….
Same as above, there’s plenty of stops in Yakima, Ellensburg and Selah to get a fill-up as many of you already are probably aware of.

So with that all out of the way, it’s time to go cheer on the ladies. We here at the SVSJ wish them all luck.

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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