Weekend Roundup: Willapa Valley finishes fifth at State tourney

The Willapa Valley Vikings boys basketball team ended its run in the 2B State Tournament with a fifth-place finish on Saturday.

After starting the tournament with upset victories over No. 7 Onalaska and No. 1 Liberty, the 10th-seeded Vikings lost to No. 5 Life Christian in the semifinal round on Friday and followed with a loss to No. 2 St. George’s in the 3rd/5th place game on Saturday.

St. George’s 80, Willapa Valley 52

After a close first quarter, Willapa Valley struggled to keep up with St. George’s in an 80-52 loss in the 2B State Tournament 3rd/5th place game at Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Spokane.

Trailing 18-15 at the end of the first quarter. the Vikings (20-10) were outscored by 12 points in the second quarter and by nine in the third as the Dragons (22-5) — led by Nick Watkins’ game-high 35 points — put the game away by the start of the fourth quarter.

Willapa Valley shot 33.9% from the field on 20-of-59 shots, including 6-of-19 (31.6%) from 3-point range.

St. George’s, the No. 2 seed in the tournament, hit over half its shots at 29-for-55 (52.7%) while burying a blistering 12-of-24 (50%) from beyond the arc.

Logan Walker capped his fantastic junior season with 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists to lead Willapa Valley.

Senior Beau Buchanan added 15 points and two blocks and senior point guard Carter Pearson added eight points in their final games in a Vikings uniform.

Fourth-seeded Brewster edged Life Christian 58-57 to win the state championship.

Willapa Valley 15 16 6 15 — 52

Saint George’s 18 28 17 17 — 80

Willapa Valley — Walker (17 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists); Bu Belchanan (15 pts., 3 reb., 2 blocks); Pearson (8 pts., 2 asst.); Chad Flemitis (4 pts., 3 steals); Allen Densiton (3 pts., 6 reb.); Kyen Phansisam (3 pts., asst., blk.); Tyler Adkins (2 pts., reb., asst.)

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NWAC Tournament rescheduled for Thursday

The Northwest Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament has been rescheduled to begin on Thursday at Clackamas Community College.

Grays Harbor College, which had its first-round game postponed due to health concerns regarding the Coronavirus, will take on the conference’s No. 2 team, Everett, at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

“The guys and I have been working hard, so we are going to give them our best,” Chokers head coach Matt Vargas said in a statement to the media.

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Grays Harbor sweeps twin bill against Western Washington

The Grays Harbor Chokers baseball team moved to 4-6 on the season by sweeping a doubleheader over Western Washington University on Saturday in Bellingham.

In the opener, Chokers pitcher Brandon Ochoa allowed no earned runs and scattered five hits over 6-2/3 innings to lead Grays Harbor to a 1-0 victory.

William Gross threw a scoreless 2-1/3 innings in relief to pick up the save and Peyton Brock drove in the game’s only run with an RBI single.

In the nightcap, the Chokers’ bats came alive en route to a 16-2 rout over the Vikings.

Hoquiam’s Payton Quintanilla continued his solid start to the season, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs and a season-high six RBI.

Hunter McKlosky also had a good day at the dish for the Chokers, going 2-for-4 and scoring three runs in the game while Chase Cleveringa went 1-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.

Chokers center fielder Kaden Johnson went 1-for-3 with three runs and first baseman Andy Wiklund went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Trevor Barth picked up the win for Grays Harbor, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out six in 4-2/3 innings pitched.