By Amylynn Richards
On Friday, Jan. 14, the co-ed wrestling team went to Puyallup for a double duel against Tacoma Baptist and Chief Leschi. The Braves bested Chief Leschi 42-24, and Tacoma Baptist beat the Braves 53-18. Coach Compton reports, “We gave up a lot of points on forfeits versus Tacoma Baptist, but against Chief Leschi we ended up even in forfeit points.”
Team highlights in the Tacoma Baptist match: Dan Biladeau won by pin in 29 seconds, Travis Silva and Cameron Wischhusen won by forfeit.
Team highlights in Chief Leschi match: Hunter Johnson won by pin in 35 seconds; Dahlton Zavala won by pin in 2:29; Wil James won by pin in 2:54; Cameron Wischhusen won by pin in 35 seconds; Dan Biladeau, Sid Lease, and Travis Silva won by forfeit.
Winning in exhibition matches by pin were Ben Harper in 3:06; Robert Duckworth in 21 seconds; and Ashley Norton in 58 seconds.
The girls took the ferry to Orcas Island on Tuesday, Jan. 11, and earned a 51-37 lead over the Vikings. Team highlights: Priscilla Ponce Venegas, 15 points and 9 rebounds for the team; Nikki Finley, 15 points; Samie Miller, 7 points; and Katie McKnight had 7 rebounds.
The Concrete Lions came on Friday, Jan. 14 for a very exciting, very close match. The Lady Braves won 56 to 52.
The final moment of the game was intense. The Braves were ahead 53-48 with only 29 seconds to go. The Lions sunk a basket, bringing the score to 53-50, and Concrete called a time out. The atmosphere was tense as the two teams headed back to the court.
With only 9 seconds left in the game, Nikki Finley scored 2 points from the foul line, cinching the win for the Braves.
Team highlights: Priscilla Ponce-Venegas, 14 points and 19 rebounds; Nikki Finley, 9 points; Katie McKnight, 12 points; Alyssa McCormick, 8 points; and Samie Miller, 7 points, 13 rebounds and 1 assist; and Aubrey Stewart, 10 rebounds.
“This was a big game for us,” said Coach Marla Quesnell, “we know they are they are beatable.”
The outcome of this game may very well lead to a playoff to determine seeding at the end of the season. Quesnell had praise for the entire team: “everyone contributed on Friday against Concrete by scoring, rebounding, sharing the basketball, and making mature decisions at the end of a close game. I was proud of my young team.”
The boys played against Orcas on the Viking’s home turf on Tuesday, Jan. 11, besting the Vikings 67-19. Team highlights: Tyler Howlett lead the way with 15 points; DJ Carr and Mike Wilbur each added 12 points; Connor Anderson had 6 rebounds and Spencer Novak dished out 5 assists.
The boys took an early lead in the varsity home game against the Concrete Lions, earning 11 points in the first five minutes of the game, when Concrete finally got their first basket. The score was 67-25 by the end of the third quarter, and the final score was Braves 78, Lions 37.
Four players scored in double figures; Kyle McKnight, 14 points; Landy James and Mike Wilbur, 12 points; and Garrett Wilbur scored 10 points and pulled down 10 rebounds.
The boy’s season record is 9-2 overall and league record is 6-0.