Lower Columbia College’s annual high school Regional All-Star Game is finally here, as tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for the girls’ and boys’ games respectively. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students at Myklebust Gym to see the top high school seniors basketball players in the area square off.
Former Woodland coach, LCC alumnus and current Ridgefield High coach Jason Buffum will be heading the boys’ White Team. That team includes Mark Morris standout Will Burghardt, TDN’s two-time All-Area Player of the Year, Kelso’s Nick Moore and Woodland’s Tanner Sixberry. Toledo seniors Joe Wallace and Carmen Robles will join forces one last time on the white team while Winlock’s Wyatt Dean, Kalama’s Daniel Gerega and Ilwaco’s Zac Tapio all will play on the squad. Seaside duo Jackson Januik and Attikin Babb add to the White Team.
The boys’ Red Team is coached by R.A. Long’s Jeray Key, a former LCC player himself, and is headlined by Woodland’s Bryce Mulder, a Greater St. Helens 2A co-player of the year, and R.A. Long’s Coby Rothwell. Also from the Lumberjacks, Tyrick Lewis-Clark joins the red team along with Mark Morris’ Connor Stange and Kelso’s Christian Huntington. Kalama duo Blake Stemkoski and Cameron Walker along with Castle Rock’s Dakota Golden round out the list. Playing on the opposite side of his high school coach, Ridgefield’s Louden Wardius also will compete on the red team.
On the girls’ side, the White Team is coached by Ilwaco’s Ned Bittner and assisted by LCC player Marissa Gardner while the Red Team is headed by Wahkiakum’s Rob Garrett and assisted by LCC player Kaitlin Lewis. The girls’ game will be a local vs. everyone else game, as the White Team is all area players while the Red Team is from further reaches of the region and state.
On the White Team, TDN All-Area Player of the Year Peyton Souvenir joins her Wahkiakum teammate Savannah Burdick and a trio of Kalama stars in McKenna LaRoy, Parker Esary and Kaelyn Shipley. Woodland’s Kayla Fredricks, Mark Morris’ Zsaleh Parvas and Madison Early and R.A. Long’s Mya Kirzy and Khloe Snair make up the rest of the team.
On the Red Team, Adna’s Kenya Lorton and Devanie Kleemeyer pair with Astoria’s Rylee Demander and Alexis Wallace, W.F. West’s Shasta Lofgren and Prairie’s Jozie Tangeman. From Oregon, Seaside’s Maddie Utti, Warrenton’s Miethe Landree and Vernonia’s Megan Ely add to the list while Burlington-Edison’s Brandy Smith returns to Longview on the long stretch of I-5.
Burghardt, Mulder join forces on all-state team
Greater St. Helens 2A League co-players of the year Mark Morris’ Will Burghardt and Woodland’s Bryce Mulder will play in Saturday’s WIBCA All-State Game at Mountlake Terrace High School. Their game is the middle of three boys’ games, and is slated for 4 p.m. They will take on the Class 1A all-stars led by Zillah’s Trey Delp.
Also on Saturday, the WSGBCA will be playing their games at King’s High School, where the 1B vs. 2B game at 2 p.m. is headlined by plenty of locals. Kalama coach Brynan Shipley will direct the 2B squad that features Chinook seniors Parker Esary and Kaelyn Shipley along with Wahkiakum’s Peyton Souvenir. On the 1B team, Naselle’s Ellie Chapman will play.
LCC women fall in NWACs
The Lower Columbia College’s women’s basketball team saw the end to their season Sunday, falling to Walla Walla in the NWAC Championships quarterfinals 63-57 at Everett Community College.
Madison Lord scored 19 points and six rebounds to pace the Red Devils, who were beat on the glass 43-32. Madison Hinrichs and Faye Chartraw scored 13 points apiece for LCC, which shot 23 of 64 from the field (36 percent). The Devils led 21-19 at the half but were outscored 44-36 in the final 20 minutes. Hinrichs also added three steals and four assists.
Walla Walla’s Cierra Jo McKeown did most of the damage with 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting. The Red Devils season ends at 27-4 along with capturing the West Region crown. Walla Walla plays Skagit Valley in the Final Four on Saturday.
Rothwell twirls 7 innings in win
Lower Columbia’s Hannah Rothwell went seven innings, striking out four and allowing just one run as the LCC softball team topped Olympic 10-1 on Sunday. Christine Robbins added a three-run home run and Mariah Mendez chipped in a two-run shot. Brianna Harvill went 4 for 4 at the plate with a double and a homer.
Hudson’s Bay 6, R.A. Long 3: Jesus Cabrera, Manuel Cabrera and Amilyonno Puc each tallied goals in a nonleague defeat. The Lumberjacks move to 1-1 on the year.
“We didn’t play as well as we’re capable of,” RAL coach Max Anderson said. “We’re still a work in progress. ... It could have been a lot closer. We’ll learn from it.”
Kelso 4, Mark Morris 2: The Hilanders scored four goals in the final 20 minutes to overcome a 2-0 halftime deficit.
Jesus Negrete started things off for the Scotties with a “beautiful” free kick in the 60th minute, before Vicente Soto added goals in the 65th and 71st minutes, the first coming off an assist from Hunter Sweider. Angel Hernandez added the insurance with an 80th-minute score on an assist from Soto.
“The first half we didn’t play well,” Kelso coach Kemal Vejo said. “At halftime, we talked and told them that we have to go out and play our best, play the way we do in practice and things will come. We just had to play our game and it paid off.”
For Mark Morris, which worried about adjusting to a full field after being hampered by sloppy conditions on their practice surface, it adjusted quickly. Spencer Hall tallied 13th and 21st minute goals, assisted by Scott Matthews on both.
“We were moving off the ball and got a couple opportunities and took advantage,” MM coach Harold West said. “On the field, it was hostile and very chippy but it was good to see the players afterward be good sports and congratulatory afterward.”
Fort Vancouver 4, Woodland 0: Aidan Thrall and William Pedroza earned praise for their performances in the season-opener while Filiberto Alamilla made five saves for the Beavers.