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Brendan Carl | The Vidette Elma senior Ryan Collin was named to the all-Evergreen 1A League basketball first team.Buy Photo
Brendan Carl | The Vidette Elma senior Ryan Collin was named to the all-Evergreen 1A League basketball first team.
Brendan Carl | The Vidette Montesano junior Megan Choate was one of three East County girls to be selected as part of the all-Evergreen 1A team.Buy Photo
Brendan Carl | The Vidette Montesano junior Megan Choate was one of three East County girls to be selected as part of the all-Evergreen 1A team.

Wishkah boys season ends with regional loss

Neah Bay’s top-ranked boys basketball team proved to be too powerful for Wishkah.

Combining a free-flowing offensive approach with a full-court pressure defense, the Red Devils dominated from the outset, rolling to a 71-50 win over the Loggers in a boys 1B regional basketball game Saturday morning at Mt. Tahoma High School.

The Loggers finished their season at 17-6.

Seeking its first appearance in a boys’ basketball state tournament since 1985, Wishkah stayed within striking range for the first quarter and a half. Falling behind by as many as 10 in the first quarter, the Loggers trailed by just six with 6:52 left in the second after a Keigan Gardiner layin off a Brady Anderson half-court bounce pass and a Robert Rodriguez 3-pointer from the left wing made the score 18-12.

However, the Red Devils used a series of rebounds and Wishkah turnovers to run off 12 straight points and open up a 30-12 lead. Jumpers from Trey Berge and Chris Thein made it 30-16 at halftime.

Neah Bay closed the door on any potential Wishkah comeback in the first two minutes of the third quarter. Ratcheting up its pressure, the Red Devils scored 11 straight points to take a 41-16 lead.

“We do good things, we just struggled to score in the first half,” said Wishkah coach Matt Ferrier. “Once it got to a 20-point lead that was tough. Our kids just kept fighting but we struggled to deal with their pressure.”

Neah Bay’s pressure was particularly troublesome for Wishkah scoring ace Brady Anderson. Held scoreless for the first half, Anderson closed out his stellar prep career with nine points, well below his season average.

“We haven’t seen pressure like that all year, and it makes everything harder to execute,” Ferrier noted.

Six Loggers closed out their prep careers – Anderson, Berge, Rodriguez, Thein, Matthew Richardson and Gavin Baltzell. Using an array of putbacks and post moves, Berge finished with a team-high 18 points.

Athletic junior Abraham Venseke was one of four Red Devils to score in double figures, leading all scorers with 20 points.

Ferrier signed off by saluting his six seniors.

“Not many kids leave the Wishkah basketball program with a winning record in their four years, but these guys do,” he said. “We set a goal – to get to Spokane (site of the 1B state tournament) – and we fell short, but it was a very successful season. These guys are leaving our program in a remarkable spot. I couldn’t have asked for a finer group of boys to compete with.”

Oakville drops regional to Shorewood Christian

After capturing a district championship the week before, Oakville’s boys saw their basketball season end at regionals on Saturday.

The Acorns fell to Shorewood Christian, 66-46, at Chehalis. Oakville finished their season with a 15-9 record.

Five East County athletes named all-Evergreen basketball

Three girls and two boys reprented East County on the all-Evergreen 1A League basketball team this season.

Montesano freshman post Jordan Spradlin, who powered Montesano to an unbeaten regular-season record, received the girls Most Valuable Player award.

She joined teammate Megan Choate and Elma’s Brooke Goldsmith on the girls first team.

Elma guard Ryan Collin and Montesano forward Kenny Roy received boys all-league first team recognition. Rainier’s Zack Froembling took the boys MVP award.

Julie Graves, who guided Montesano’s senior-less girls team to the league championship, earned the girls Coach of the Year award. Curtis Eccles, who took Hoquiam to the league championship, and Doug Galloway, who directed an inexperienced Montesano team to a district berth, shared boys Coach of the Year honors.

GIRLS

MVP — Jordan Spradlin, Montesano, Fresh.

First Team

Brooke Goldsmith, Elma, Sr.; Keeli Demers, Rochester, Jr.; Megan Choate, Montesano, Jr.; Joni Lancaster, Rochester, Soph.; Brandi Creviston, Hoquiam, Sr.

Second Team

Maddie Thompson, Elma, Soph.; Ellie Quercia, Hoquiam, Jr.; Peyton Dungan, Rainier, Soph.; Courtnie Paul, Forks, Sr.; Shayla Floch, Montesano, Fresh.

Honorable Mention

(Grays Harbor players only)

Elma — Sydney Smythe, Lauren Thompson. Montesano — Myranda Floch.

All-Academic

(Grays Harbor players only)

Hoquiam — Ellie Quercia, Arielle Burnett, Kelci Parker, Brandi Creviston, Mikaila Johnson, Emily Gwinn, Vanessa Doyle, Breaunna Simpson. Elma — Taryn Farrar, Sydney Smythe, Conley Doyle, Izzy Cristelli, Brooke Goldsmith, Jordaan Hall. Montesano — Kasie Kloempken, Jordan Spradlin, Shayla Floch, Cortney Miller, Megan Choate, Hannah Jensen, Josie Talley, Josie Toyra.

BOYS

MVP — Zack Froembling, Rainier, Sr.

First Team

Kenny Roy, Montesano, Sr.; Coton Raben, Forks, Jr.; Ryan Collin, Elma, Sr.; Nihls Peterson, Tenino, Soph.; Evan Newton, Hoquiam, Jr.

Second Team

Leo Gonzales, Forks, Sr.; Blake Kelly, Hoquiam, Sr.; Chance Bremer, Elma, Sr.; Tyler Gedney, Rochester, Sr.; Kody Usher, Montesano, Sr.

Honorable Mention

(Grays Harbor players only)

Hoquiam — Jerod Steen, Jack Adams III, Devin Kelly, Joel Brydon, Jace Varner. Elma — Ray Stark, Rashad Lorton, Tyson Nauman, Devon Gilman.

All-Academic

(Grays Harbor players only)

Montesano — Kaleb Chastain, Jake Herzog, Logan Truax, Evan Bialkowsky. Hoquiam — Blake Kelly, Devin Kelly, Jack Adams III, Joel Brydon, Zach Spradlin, Jace Varner. Elma — Tyson Nauman, Ryan Collin, Chance Bremer, Austin Neary.

Elma grad Colard earns all-conference for Western

Katie Colard, Western Washington University junior from Elma High School, has been named to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women’s basketball all-star team.

The 5-foot-9 Colard, a guard, leads Western Washington in scoring with a 13.9 point per game average.

Colard leads the conference and ranks 13th nationally in 3-point baskets per game with a 2.8 average per contest. She has made at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. Her shooting percentage from beyond the arc is 40.4 percent.

She tied a school record with eight treys and scored a career-high 26 points in a game at Northwest Nazarene on Feb. 6. She also ranks second on the team in assists at 2.5 per game.

Colard was the lone Viking named to the all-conference first team. Western Washington placed second in the GNAC to earn a first-round bye in the conference tournament this week