Red Wolve boys hoops snowed out

We have this word just into the SVSJ newsroom. Tonight’s scheduled Cedarcrest High School boys’ basketball game, at Everett High School against the Seagulls, has been postponed due to the snow and resulting school closures, of which the Riverview and Snoqualmie Valley school districts were among those which closed today. The schools and Wesco Conference, according to CHS coach Joe Ayers, are working to reschedule the game, so perhaps it’ll be tomorrow or later in the week. We’ll keep you posted.

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A new Kingco 2A league? Perhaps, and there’s a chance Cedarcrest could be a part of it….some analysis of the possibilities….

Reclassification of high schools in the state of Washington for school sports continues to be a hot topic for discussion, as we are now days away from official announcements about possible league shifts resulting from these moves. And it appears one possible shift could be significant enough that one Valley high school might get caught up in it.

Kingco Conference athletic directors at their meeting prior to the holiday break December 16 discussed another request for league membership. This one, though, could result in a new 2A league for Kingco, and that could potentially impact Cedarcrest High School.

The AD’s, according to the minutes, reviewed the proposal, which was a multi-school request filed by the Renton, Highline and Tukwila school districts covering several high schools – Renton, Hazen and Lindbergh High Schools in the Renton district, Foster High School in the Tukwila district, and Tyee, Evergreen and Highline High Schools in the Highline district. All of the high schools listed here with the exception of Hazen are currently 2A schools and are expected to remain so in the next four-year classification cycle when that is announced. As for Hazen, they are a 4A currently but whether they stay up or not is unknown. We have been told by WIAA football seeding committee member – and friend of this beat – Ryland Spencer they’re seeking 3A membership. If they remain a 4A, they’d join Kingco 4A and would resume an old Seamount League rivalry with Mount Si, one which ended in the late 1990’s following Mount Si’s exit from the Seamount to join Kingco.

But what is most notable here is the large number of possible 2A schools here and what that could mean for schools such as Cedarcrest. As we have discussed, it doesn’t appear likely that Cedarcrest will leave Wesco. That said, if Kingco were to admit these schools and form a 2A league as a result, it can be expected the conference will look to find additional schools to help fill out schedules, meaning that you should look for CHS officials and the Riverview School District to be contacted by the league about this should it materialize. A new Kingco 2A league could provide CHS with some benefits should the school decide to pursue this possibility if it’s presented to them.

First, the issue with football and the “league” football schedule which the school indicated was a factor in them going to Wesco two years ago instead of to Kingco. CHS administrators at that time were concerned, and rightly so, about the notion of playing league football games against teams such as Bellevue, for example, who had larger and more skilled rosters. The Northwest 2A Sky Division setup these past two years have allowed the Red Wolve program to get itself re-established a little bit against similar-sized competition.

However, if Kingco were to admit all of these schools in and create a 2A league as a result, a league 2A schedule would see the 2A’s play one another with no games against 3A teams such as Bellevue, eliminating that concern. Further, with the success CHS had against Renton and Lindbergh in particular this past fall, there’s a good chance that if the Red Wolves ended up in this league, football would be in a much better competitive position and have a more stable schedule – if you remember, they only had three league games in it this past fall.

Secondly, travel would again be a bit of a wash, as was the case two years ago between Kingco and Wesco, between the current Wesco setup and this one. All of these schools are on the 405 corridor at the south end of Lake Washington all the way over to Sea-Tac Airport and were all at one time members of the Seamount League. All of the schools (except for Hazen, who has been part of the North Puget Sound League) have been members the past couple of years of the South Puget Sound League, but with the 2A division of that league far-flung with teams all the way down to Eatonville, there is probably a desire from those schools to cut travel and perhaps re-start some of the old Seamount rivalries again under the Kingco banner.

Third, CHS competitively should hold up very well if it were to pursue this option and look at Kingco. Cedarcrest as you know has held its own against the tougher Wesco competition, so they should be able to transition well into the new league if it’s there for them.

Another factor to watch in all of this – Wesco itself. The Everett Herald reported last week that Cedarcrest’s Wesco 4A counterpart, neighbor Monroe High School, has opted to drop down to 3A for next year. With the current Wesco setup being 15 teams, if enough 4A’s drop down to 3A, which appears possible, there may end up not being any room available to keep 2A’s in the current Wesco 2A/3A league, meaning Cedarcrest and the other current 2A members, Mountlake Terrace and Archbishop Murphy, unless they opted up, might need to look for a new league, in both CHS and Murphy’s case again after having done so two years ago in a very protracted process which only resolved itself thanks to intervention from the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, the state high school sports governing body and who is responsible for establishing all of the classifications.

Kingco has conducted site visits of the schools applying for membership and was scheduled to discuss this again today, but the school closures and what not likely will push that back to tomorrow. League principals will get their chance to discuss this later this week with votes to come as soon as next week. If the vote goes through and the league decides to create a 2A division, look for Cedarcrest officials and the Riverview district to be contacted soon thereafter.

Also, it should be noted as well that some current Kingco schools are appealing their expected classifications, with five – 4A Newport, Redmond and Inglemoor and 3A/2A Sammamish and Interlake – seeking waivers to drop a classification for football only. This could also play a factor into this as well. Schools are allowed to do this for football without it impacting other sports as per new WIAA rules.

A lot of moving parts here, and the next couple of weeks will be interesting. If you are a CHS sports fan or parent of an athlete there, it might not hurt to pay attention and keep an eye on these things as they develop.

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Athletes of the Week for 1-15

Let’s do some Athletes of the Week shall we?

MOUNT SI BOYS – Lost amidst the success of the Wildcat boys in their two wins Friday and Saturday nights – and the impact their two top seniors, Tyler Patterson and Jabe Mullins, had in those two wins – was the important efforts fellow senior Hayden Curtiss had, especially in the win last Friday over Woodnville. Granted, it didn’t show up well on the stat sheet – eight points and nine rebounds, along with three blocks and a steal – but his efforts, especially in the second half, were not lost on coaches, with one telling us it was his best-ever half of his high school career. Fortunately, Mullins and Patterson are doing their thing making the need for Curtiss to make an impact non-exisitent. That said, though, seeing him step up like he did to help the team win once again suggests how strong this team could be come playoff time.

CEDARCREST BOYS – We were hoping for some wrestling this week, but once again bring you some hoops. Shawn Deming gets our nod here on the strength of a 10-point effort this past Friday as CHS handled Oak Harbor. The Red Wolves have gotten solid contributions from the senior, and they look to have that continue tonight – if the snow will let them – against Everett.

MOUNT SI GIRLS – We’re going to get this out of the way now. Washington high school girls’ basketball fans, many a recruiting observer, and probably more than a few prospective NCAA Division I college coaches, have eagerly awaited the return of senior Wildcat hoopster Sela Heide from her offseason knee surgery. Well, it happened as we mentioned earlier on Saturday night and it proved impactful. Game-high 12 points in 20 minutes of action and Mount Si got a nice road win over an Inglemoor team that knocked the Wildcats out of the playoffs last year. Heide is Mount Si’s version of the phrase “midseason trade acquisition” this year, and we would expect the plan – and we’ll check on this with coach Jason Marr – is to slowly work Heide back in so as not to put too much pressure on the surgically repaired knee. Heide remains unsigned and will be this way until at least April 15, when the basketball signing period begins. The Wildcats are at Bothell Wednesday.

CEDARCREST GIRLS – To the mat, where we recognize the six Red Wolve wrestlers – Abby Varaday, Bethany Smith, Abbi Link, Olivia Hillestad, Jessica Wonder and Serena Smith – who competed last week at a Wesco scramble at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo. The six-girl crew went a combined 8-5 in their matches and continue to establish themselves as a strong force within 2A in Wesco. The team is home this week for a scramble Thursday, snow permitting.

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Diamond cuts – yes, diamond cuts – to start a new week!!

There’s a lot of snow on the ground this morning, which makes it all the more remarkable we’re talking a little softball on this Monday. Yes, softball. A pair of area teams with Valley high school and middle school players got their 2020 schedules underway over this past weekend competing in the Surf City Winter Tournament against a solid group of California-based teams at locations all over southern California’s Orange County, with most of these games we’re about to highlight taking place at Bill Barber Park in Irvine, which is the home to the Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament every summer. Scores and highlights from Gamechanger and the Gamechanger app, available on Apple IPhones and IPads in their app store.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 9, Locomotion 0: The Issaquah-based squad got a strong effort from two pitchers to open the tournament on Saturday with a win. Hurlers Sarah Wright and Kaelani Randall combined on a one-hitter, with Wright striking out 10, and aiding the pitchers offensively were two Valleyites. CHS’ Maddie Knowles was 0-1 with a walk and two runs scored, and Twin Falls Middle School’s Sam Prosise was 0-3 with a run scored.

SoCal Choppers 11, Snohomish Shock Oylear 16U 5: The Shock saw their weekend come to a close falling to the Los Angeles-area team yesterday. Cedarcrest High School’s Allyson Smith was 0-2 but had a walk, RBI and run scored for the Shock, who went 0-3 on Saturday, falling to three other California teams.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 8, Explosion Flores/Gomez 7: Knowles was 1-3 with an RBI, but she made it count, as her single scored teammate Johnson with the walk-off run capping off a wild six-run final inning comeback as the ‘Hawks literally stole victory from the jaws of what looked to be certain defeat Saturday afternoon.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 7, SoCal A’s 2: Prosise was 1-2 with a run scored and RBI for Abraham as they took care of the California team to close out the opening day on Saturday. The Hawks were the only non-Golden State team in the tournament this past weekend. Knowles was 0-2.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 7, Orange County Hustlers 5: Prosise was 1-2 with a RBI as the Hawks broke out to a 7-0 lead after two in their opener early yesterday but had to hold on through a late comeback attempt by the Anaheim-area team to seal the win.

Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 5, SoCal A’s 2: Knowles was 1-2 with a double and RBI as Abraham handled their second A’s team of the tournament to advance to the tourney semis last night.

Ohana Tigers 5, Washington Ladyhawks Abraham 14U 3: Since the ‘Hawks started play last fall, they’ve only lost twice – one of those coming in this semifinal matchup last night. The two Valleyites – Knowles and Prosise – combined to go 0-4 in this one for the local team.

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The Friday highlights…..

Time now to talk about last Friday night’s action.

We’ll start with the boys and Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team took care of business as they handled with ease visiting Oak Harbor.

Nicolo Cammarano’s game-high 24 points led the Red Wolves to the 71-53 win over the 3A Wildcats, winless in league and who only came into the game with one win all season. Kian Pegueros-Warren had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds aiding Cedarcrest, and teammate Shawn Deming also had 10 points for the Red Wolves. Freshman Brock Boyer led the visitors from Whidbey Island with 14 points.

CHS is scheduled to play tonight at Everett, but the snow this morning and subsequent school closures – including for the Riverview School District – could push that game back. We’ll check and let you know if we find out anything.

Mount Si boys handle Woodinville: Jabe Mullins led a balanced Wildcat attack scoring 15 points leading Mount Si’s boys to a 58-44 win over the visiting Woodinville Falcons at Mount Si High School. The game was tied 29-29 at halftime but Mount Si’s defense held the Falcons to just 15 second-half points enabling the Wildcats to cruise to the win in their home return following the holidays. Tyler Patterson added 14 points for Mount Si and Bennett “B” O’Connor paced the Wildcats with 12. Mount Si is at Bothell tomorrow.

Girls: CHS throttles Oak Harbor
Cedarcrest’s girls made the trek up to Whidbey Island and left with a solid 60-45 win over Oak Harbor’s girls. Kat Townley led the Red Wolves with 18 points. “It was a great night for us with our transition offense,” CHS coach Brad Knowles told us by email.

Helena Van Ess aided the efforts with 13 points for the Red Wolves while Ava Erhardt pitched in 10 for Cedarcrest. The Red Wolves host Everett tomorrow weather permitting ay 7:15 p.m. up at CHS in Duvall.

Mount Si offense not enough to outlast Woodinville: The Wildcats kept things close through the first half, but visiting Woodinville showed in the second half why they are among the best in the state, pulling away to hand Mount Si a 60-34 loss at home in Snoqualmie. Mia Hughes led a foursome of scorers in double-figures for Woodinville, pocketing a game-high 17 points. Brooke Beresford and Tatum Thompson each had 12 points while Veronica Sheffey had 11. Lauren Glazier led Mount Si with 11 points. The Wildcats are at Bothell Wednesday.

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