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Thursday Scores: Beat Up Saints Struggle in Seattle

Men’s basketball

Seattle Pacific 76, Saint Martin’s 53 – Recap
Team 1st 2nd Final
Saint Martin’s (3-7 GNAC, 6-12 overall) 29 24 53
Seattle Pacific (8-2 GNAC, 17-4 overall) 41 35 76
SMU leader: Ryan Rogers – 18 points

Saint Martin’s limped into Thursday’s rematch with Seattle Pacific without starting point guard Riley Carel (knee) and forward Lucas Shannon (concussion) and couldn’t repeat the upset of the top team in the GNAC falling 76-53 to the Falcons in Seattle.

Ryan Rogers was the only Saint to score in double digits racking up 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. Evan Coulter and Matt Dodson each added seven points and senior Brad Norman notched six points in his first career start.

Patrick Simon, who missed the first meeting between the two teams with an injured wrist, led Seattle Pacific with 20 points and Riley Stockton went for 16 points and eight rebounds. The Falcons outrebounded the Saints 39-21.

Saint Martin’s fell to ninth place in the GNAC at 3-7.


Boys basketball

Centralia 72, Capital 50
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Capital (4-6 2A EvCo) 13 18 8 11 50
Centralia (7-2 2A EvCo) 25 13 17 17 48
CAP leader: Travis Miller – 18 points
Firm Foundation 73, Pope John Paul II 59
FF: 2-3 1B Columbia Valley – PJPII: 2-5 1B Columbia Valley


Girls basketball

Washington School for the Deaf 27, Pope John Paul II 19

Tuesday Scores: Hawks Create EvCo Chaos, Cougs Beat Wolves in OT, T-Birds Eek One Out

Boys basketball

River Ridge 86, Centralia 62
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Centralia (6-2 2A EvCo) 18 19 11 14 62
River Ridge (6-3 2A EvCo) 17 22 25 22 86
RR leader: Jason Kananin – 25 points
Capital 54, Black Hills 52 (OT)
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Capital (4-5 2A EvCo) 13 11 11 11 8 54
Black Hills (2-7 2A EvCo) 10 8 18 10 6 52
CAP leader: Travis Miller – 16 points
BH leader: TJ Mickelson – 19 points
Tumwater 50, Aberdeen 47
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tumwater (4-5 2A EvCo) 10 12 13 15 50
Aberdeen (2-6 2A EvCo) 12 9 17 9 47
TUM leader: David Cooper – 19 points
Columbia Adventist 48, Pope John Paul II 38
CA: 4-1 1B Columbia Valley –  PJPII: 2-4 1B Columbia Valley


Girls basketball

Black Hills 75, Capital 38
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Capital (1-8 2A EvCo) 6 16 11 5 38
Black Hills (8-1 2A EvCo) 24 21 20 10 75
CAP leader: Spencer Pettit – 13 points
BH leader: Sarah McGee – 13 points
Aberdeen 55, Tumwater 52
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Aberdeen (3-5 2A EvCo) 8 11 19 17 55
Tumwater (2-7 2A EvCo) 11 16 12 13 52
TUM leader: Ashley Christoffer
River Ridge 76, Centralia 45
RR: 6-3 2A EvCo – CEN: 2-6 2A EvCo
Columbia Adventist 50, Pope John Paul II 18

Today (1/28): Hawks Host First Place Tigers

Boys basketball
Pope John Paul II vs. Columbia Adventist – St. Mike’s – 7:00 PM
Capital @ Black Hills – Black Hills HS – 7:30 PM
River Ridge vs. Centralia – River Ridge HS – 7:30 PM


Girls basketball

Pope John Paul II vs. Columbia Adventist – St. Mike’s – 5:30 PM
Capital @ Black Hills – Black Hills HS – 6:00 PM
Tumwater vs. Aberdeen – Tumwater HS – 7:30 PM

Area High School Basketball Standings as of January 27

Here are the updated boys and girls high school basketball standings for all Thurston County (plus Shelton) teams through Sunday, January 27th.

Note: I cannot find or piece together the 1B Columbia Valley girls standings and the 1B Columbia Valley boys standings are semi-updated.

Full standings after the jump

Thursday Scores: Wiedeman, Gelhar Keep Saints in First

1-16-SMU-SFU-Postgame
Women’s basketball

Saint Martin’s 73, Simon Fraser 71 – Recap
Team 1st 2nd Final
Simon Fraser (3-3 GNAC, 9-5 overall) 36 35 71
Saint Martin’s (5-1 GNAC, 11-4 overall) 38 35 73
Saints remain in 1st place, undefeated at home

Sophomore Megan Wiedeman made her first career start and rewarded head coach Tim Healy’s gamble with her best career game posting 12 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three assists in Saint Martin’s back-and-forth 73-71 win over Simon Fraser at Marcus Pavilion on Thursday night. The win keeps the Saints in first place in the GNAC at 5-1 and they stayed 7-0 on their home court this season.

The two teams battled back and forth the entire game. The Clan took an 11 point lead early in the first half before the Saints battled back to take a 38-36 halftime lead. The Saints then built an 11 point lead of their own in the second half before a 15-2 run gave SFU a 58-56 lead with 8:14 left.

Wiedeman came up huge in the final minutes of the game. After a pair of free throws by Erin Chambers gave Simon Fraser a 69-66 lead with 1:22 left, Krista Stabler missed a jumper for from the top of the key and SFU’s Katie Lowen pulled down the rebound but Wiedeman stepped in and took the ball away from Lowen to give the Saints a second chance. She then got the offensive rebound on a missed shot by Angela Gelhar, put it straight back up, hit the bucket and got hammered to draw the foul. She buried the and-one free throw to tie the game at 69.

On the next possession, Simon Fraser got the ball into Chambers on the post. With Mackenzie Taylor on Chambers’ back, Wiedeman came over on the double team and caught Chambers by surprise, stripping the GNAC’s leading scorer of the basketball and drew a foul in the scramble for the ball. She calmly stepped to the line and buried a pair of free throws to give the Saints a 71-69 lead with 42 seconds left, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.

Gelhar scored 17 points to lead SMU including the clinching points from the charity stripe with 15 seconds left. She went 8-for-8 and the team went 27-of-29 from the free throw line. Jordyn Richardson and Liz Mills each chipped in eight points while Brooke Paulson added seven points and four assists.

Chambers scored 25 points for Simon Fraser and Katie Lowen went for 15. The Clan hit nine 3-pointers while the Saints attempted just six and hit two.


Video from Saint Martin’s athletics


Boys basketball

Aberdeen 55, Capital 42
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Capital (2-3 2A EvCo) 9 13 10 10 42
Aberdeen (1-5 2A EvCo) 15 10 12 18 55
Wishkah Valley 66, Pope John Paul II 23


Girls basketball

Wishkah Valley 31, Pope John Paul II 12

Tuesday Scores: Cougs Upset Bearcats; Hawks Sweep T-Birds; Navs, Eagles Earn Wins

Boys basketball

Capital 65, WF West 61
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
WF West (4-1 2A EvCo) 17 17 8 19 61
Capital (2-3 2A EvCo) 11 23 15 16 65
CAP leader: Travis Miller – 28 points
Northwest Christian 60 (3-3 2B Pacific), Raymond 31 (3-3 2B Pacific)
NWC leader: Austin Koukal – 27 points
River Ridge 61, Tumwater 54
RR: 4-2 2A EvCo – TUM: 2-3 2A EvCo
Pope John Paul II 47, Firm Foundation 39


Girls basketball

River Ridge 68, Tumwater 32
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tumwater (1-4 2A EvCo) 6 8 11 7 32
River Ridge (4-2 2A EvCo) 23 16 23 6 68
TUM leader: Alyssa Gilchrist – 13 points
RR leader: Schultz, McGill – 18 points
WF West 68, Capital 17
WFW: 5-0 2A EvCo – CAP: 1-4 2A EvCo

Thursday Scores: Saints Hit Rough Road Patch; Wolves Drilled, Hawks Top Bobcats

Evan Coulter

Evan Coulter

Men’s basketball

Central Washington 83, Saint Martin’s 77
Team 1st 2nd Final
Saint Martin’s (2-3 GNAC, 5-8 overall) 36 41 77
Central Washington (2-2 GNAC, 6-6 overall) 40 43 83
SMU leader: Evan Coulter – 23 points

Evan Coulter, Isaac Bianchini and Tyler Copp each set career highs scoring 23, 15 and 14 points respectively and Saint Martin’s came back from down as many as 17 points to tie the game in the second half but weren’t able to get over the hump in the closing minutes and fell 83-77 to Central Washington in Ellensburg.

Mark McLaughlin scored 27 points and Kevin Davis racked up a double-double with 13 points and 13 boards.

Women’s basketball

Alaska-Fairbanks 78, Saint Martin’s 64
Team 1st 2nd Final
Saint Martin’s (3-1 GNAC, 9-4 overall) 27 37 64
Alaska-Fairbanks (2-3 GNAC, 8-5 overall) 43 35 78
SMU leader: Angela Gelhar – 18 points

Despite a six game winning streak, Saint Martin’s changed their starting lineup and struggled mightily in Fairbanks dropping their first GNAC game, 78-64, to Alaska. A 26-6 run in the first half sealed the deal early and the Nanooks led by as many as 27 in the second half.

Angela Gelhar scored 18 points – 10 from the free throw line for the Saints while Jordan Wilson did most of the damage for Alaska scoring 21 points with 14 rebounds.

Boys basketball

Willapa Valley 55, Northwest Christian 44
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Willapa Valley 16 13 17 9 55
Northwest Christian 12 12 4 13 41
NWC leader: Isaiah Koukal – 12 points
Columbia Adventist 50, Pope John Paul II 29


Girls basketball

WF West 70, Black Hills 42
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Black Hills (4-1 2A EvCo) 12 3 11 16 42
WF West (4-0 2A EvCo) 14 16 16 24 70
River Ridge 54, Aberdeen 39
RR: 3-2 2A EvCo – AB: 0-4 2A EvCo
Columbia Adventist 47, Pope John Paul II 16

WIAA Releases Final Reclassification Numbers: What it Means for Each Local School

WIAAlogoThe final reclassification numbers were released today by the WIAA and while there is still an appeals process that could change things for Capital, these should be finalized by January 27th.

Let’s take a look at what it means for each school in the Olympia area. Remember that nothing is set in stone yet and league membership could drastically change over the next couple of weeks. The numbers in parentheses after each school is the enrollment number for grades 9-11. Meg Wochnick took a look at the numbers yesterday and some of the information comes from her article here.


Black Hills (2A – 728 students):
Black Hills stays at 2A and is the smallest school in the remnants of the 2A Evergreen Conference as it currently stands. They are stuck following Tumwater and WF West wherever they go, whether the 2A EvCo remains as a five team league (if Capital moves down to 2A after an appeal) or to a merger with the GSHL (if there are only two 2A EvCo schools left).

Capital (3A – 990 students): Capital’s situation has yet to be determined, they may still appeal their enrollment number and could still end up in 2A. But as of right now, they are bound for 3A and will be the smallest school (that didn’t opt-up) in that classification. They will likely join the 3A Narrows, where they were before. For football, it is probably a better situation for the Cougars competitively but it could be a struggle for them in other sports.

North Thurston (3A – 1093 students): Nothing much changes for North Thurston, they will remain in the 3A Narrows. However, they will lose their closest rival, Timberline, to 4A again. Too bad, because they have played some memorable league games in volleyball, in particular, over the last couple years.

Northwest Christian (2B – 83 students): Northwest Christian has 1B numbers but decided to opt-up to 2B. Despite their loss of enrollment over the last few years, they still fit the profile and have been relatively competitive in the 2B Pacific League. Even though they are small, they don’t seem to be on the same level as Pope John Paul II, Mary M. Knight or Washington School of the Deaf – schools they would probably end up playing often if they stayed 1B.

Olympia (4A – 1287 students): The only big change for Olympia is that they will welcome a Lacey team to the mix and will lose a Silverdale team on the schedule. That’s a nice travel trade for the Bears.

Pope John Paul II (1B – 52 students): PJPII will continue at the 1B level with their new athletic programs. Despite the travel issues of a Lacey school having to go to Longview/Vancouver for every game, this is the only place for their new baseball, softball and girls basketball programs.

Rainier (2B – 198 students): Despite the step down, Rainier has to be considered one of the biggest winners in this reclassification period. They go from one of the smallest 1A schools in a league with some powerful opponents to a much better fit in either the 2B Central or Pacific Leagues.

River Ridge (2A – 818 students): River Ridge has applied to join the 2A SPSL, a move that makes a lot of sense for the Lacey school. The Hawks would join the other North Thurston schools in the West Central District and they would play against schools that better fit their profile – Fife, Steilacoom, Orting, White River, Clover Park, Washington, and Franklin Pierce. Let’s be completely honest, River Ridge is taking the opportunity to run away from Tumwater, WF West and Capital (if they remain 2A), and I can’t blame them one bit.

Rochester (2A – 480 students): Can anyone imagine a scenario where Rochester would be a good fit in a league with WF West, Tumwater, Centralia or Capital? I can’t. And I don’t think the Warriors can either. So they will likely join a 2A/1A hybrid league made up of 2A members Rochester and Aberdeen and the remaining 1A schools from the Evergreen and Eatonville. While I hate hybrid leagues, this makes sense and I can’t blame Rochester one bit. Rochester belongs with Tenino, Elma, Hoquiam and Montesano.

Shelton (3A – 1081 students): Nothing much changes for Shelton other than getting rid of Timberline and likely adding Capital with a road trip to Central Kitsap thrown in there. The Highclimbers will continue to struggle to be competitive until their enrollment can allow them to drop down to 2A.

Tenino (1A – 264 students): Tenino remains at 1A and will likely be part of a hybrid 2A/1A league that will lose Rainier but will add Aberdeen and Eatonville.

Timberline (4A – 1256 students): Timberline moves to 4A and lose their closest rival, North Thurston, as league mates. The jump to the 4A Narrows could be beneficial in some sports but it might be a tough move for the football team.

Tumwater (2A – 934 students): The T-Birds are still one of the largest 2A schools and will likely join a merged EvCo/GSHL league. The biggest change will be in travel for the T-Birds since they will be heading to Longview and Vancouver instead of making their longest trip to Chehalis. They will go from being in the middle geographically to being the northernmost school. The 2A EvCo is disintegrating mainly because of Tumwater football. Rochester, Aberdeen and River Ridge don’t want anything to do with them and if Capital ends up in 3A, there will only be four schools left forcing Tumwater southward.

Yelm (4A – 1266 students): Yelm stays at 4A and will remain in the 4A Narrows. Despite the size of the school, it will continue to be a tough road to hoe for the Tornadoes.

Tuesday Scores: Cougs Boys Top Wolves; Hawks and Wolves Girls Roll; PJPII Sweeps

Boys basketball

Capital 61, Black Hills 54
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Black Hills (1-3 2A EvCo) 13 13 13 15 54
Capital (1-3 2A EvCo) 18 13 8 22 61
BH leader: TJ Mickelson – 25 points
CAP leader: Ben Pearce – 23 points
Tumwater 63, Aberdeen 53
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Aberdeen (0-3 2A EvCo) 17 8 13 15 53
Tumwater (2-1 2A EvCo) 11 16 13 23 63
TUM leader: Josiah Warner – 19 points
Centralia 86, River Ridge 55
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
River Ridge (2-3 2A EvCo) 12 6 27 10 55
Centralia (4-0 2A EvCo) 18 21 31 16 86
Pope John Paul II 44, Washington School for the Deaf 36


Girls basketball

Black Hills 70, Capital 28
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Black Hills (4-0 2A EvCo) 13 17 24 16 70
Capital (1-3 2A EvCo) 5 9 8 6 28
BH leader: Sydney Sauls – 18 points
CAP leader: Olivia Jackowich – 14 points
River Ridge 75, Centralia 50
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
River Ridge (2-2 2A EvCo) 18 10 12 10 50
Centralia (1-2 2A EvCo) 15 19 18 23 75
RR leader: Savannah McGill – 18 points
Tumwater 44, Aberdeen 40
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Tumwater (1-2 2A EvCo) 13 7 12 12 44
Timberline (0-3 2A EvCo) 9 4 14 13 40
TUM leader: Sierra Snyder – 12 points
Pope John Paul II 29, Washington School for the Deaf 16

Today (12/19): T-Birds Girls Host #3 Bearcats; Small School Hoops

Schedule for Thursday, December 19th

Girls basketball
Northwest Christian vs. Three Rivers Christian – NCHS – 5:30 PM
Tumwater vs. WF West – Tumwater HS – 7:00 PM


Boys basketball

Pope John Paul II vs. Firm Foundation – Marcus Pavilion – 7:00 PM
Northwest Christian vs. Three Rivers Christian – NCHS – 7:15 PM