SVSJ previews: Cedarcrest basketball

EDITOR’S NOTE: Here is our look at Cedarcrest’s basketball teams for the upcoming season. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, everyone.

Cedarcrest’s basketball teams are getting ready for the season ahead. Here’s a quick look at what to expect.

CHS boys: New coach looks to lead Red Wolves back to state for second straight season
Last season, the Red Wolves boys’ hoopsters made Valley sports history, with only their second trip to state (and the first in over 50 years, dating back to when Cedarcrest was known as Tolt High School). This season brings with it significant change, but if the team responds well to that change, they could be among the best again in the Cascade Conference and once again, have a shot to make state.

The biggest change of all following last season was in the coaching position, as Micah Rieke, who led the Red Wolves to that state berth, surprised a lot of people by resigning as coach following the state tournament. Rieke’s replacement, Mark Prince, is no stranger to local hoops; he is a club coach for the Redmond-based Eastside Basketball Club and himself is a former high school and college player, having played his high school ball at Kamiakin HS in Kennewick and collegiately at Big Bend CC over in Moses Lake.

Prince inherits a roster which lost a couple of big pieces from that great team last year (Colton Rekers and Andrew Alness both graduated), but has several others returning. These include junior guard Zach Taylor and senior guards Chris Dowd and Hunter Lee and center Justin Houser.

Cedarcrest’s main foes in league will be the same as always, with Archbishop Murphy and possibly Lakewood being very much in the discussion for the top spot in Cascade this winter.

Their season opens next Tuesday with a home game against Leavenworth’s Cascade High School, then they open league play December 9 at Lakewood. The big Archbishop Murphy home game for the Red Wolves is January 17. All games begin at 7:00 p.m. A schedule can be found at CascadeAthletics.com.

CHS girls: Red Wolves look to have strong season
The Cedarcrest girls struggled much of last season to find a consistent level of play, as they hovered around .500 all season. This year, with a more experienced roster, the Red Wolves look to start strong and finish that way as well.

Sophomore guard Susan Kenney, who was among the top freshmen last season in the conference, returns to lead Cedarcrest’s offense, which is loaded with experience. Guard Tasha Hartwig is the team’s lone senior, but they have a strong junior class, including returning forwards Kailyn Campbell and Courtney McKinney and posts Kendall Kramer and Molly Hammontree.

The main competition for the Red Wolves this season, as is the case with the boys, will be Archbishop Murphy, but Lakewood and King’s also look to make noise within the conference this winter.

The girls open next Saturday night at home against Mount Baker from Deming, then open league play at home December 9 against Lakewood. Archbishop Murphy makes their trip to Cedarcrest December 16, and their January schedule includes home dates against Coupeville (Jan. 13) and Senior Night against Sultan (Jan. 31). All games begin at 7:00 p.m., and a full schedule can be found at CascadeAthletics.com.

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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