Kami­akin boys cross coun­try team places 15th at Nike na­tional event

Tri-City Herald - - Sports - BY JEFF MORROW Spe­cial to the Her­ald

The 2018 high school cross coun­try sea­son can now be called of­fi­cially over.

Matt Rexus took his Kami­akin boys team to Port­land for last Satur­day’s Nike Cross Na­tion­als, where they placed 15th as a team among the na­tion’s best.

Rexus, the head coach whose Braves have won two con­sec- utive Class 3A WIAA state cham­pi­onships, saw his team win the Nike re­gional meet in Boise last month to qual­ify for na­tion­als.

It was a lit­tle sur­real see­ing pic­tures from the na­tion­als event with the Kami­akin run­ners wear­ing green run­ning shirts and shorts with white let­ter­ing, con­sid­er­ing the Braves al­ways have worn scar­let and gold.

Al­most as sur­real as see­ing long-time Richland track coach Jim Qual­heim wear­ing Kami­akin col­ors as a race of­fi­cial last month at the WIAA state cross coun­try cham­pi­onships in­stead of his green and gold.

The Kami­akin con­tin­gent was led by Ryan Child, who fin­ished the 5,000-meter course in 15 min­utes, 53.4 sec­onds. That gave him 67th place out of 204 to­tal run­ners.

Team­mate Porter Grigg was the sec­ond Brave to cross the fin­ish line at 99th (16:14.8), fol­lowed by Isaac Teeples in

100th (16:15.3), Stan­ford Smith in 124th (16:24.8), Pey­ton Hill in

160th (16:50.0), Jax Weide at

174th (16:59.1), and Cameron Gu­tier­rez in 177th (17:01.1).

The team also got to meet for­mer Ore­gon great track coach Bill Dellinger.


Han­ford se­nior Con­nor Wood­ward went off Tues­day night with a school-record 45 points to lead the host Fal­cons boys bas­ket­ball team past Sun­ny­side 85-66.

Wood­ward’s 45 didn’t quite catch Steven Beo’s MCC record of 48 points he scored for Richland in Fe­bru­ary 2016 against Cen­tral Val­ley. But Wood­ward was nonethe­less im­pres­sive.

He hit five treys dur­ing the first quar­ter to start out hot.

It sets up a great MCC matchup at Chiawana on Fri­day with a

7:30 p.m. tipoff. Kami­akin’s girls bas­ket­ball

● team hung on to win on the road at Moses Lake on Tues­day by a

58-52 score.

Kami­akin did it with de­fense, hold­ing Moses Lake to just four sec­ond-quar­ter points — all free throws.

And the Braves did it with se­nior star Ou­mou Toure in foul trou­ble much of the game. She fin­ished with 14 points. It was the first time in four sea­sons that the Braves beat the Chiefs.

● Ken­newick’s girls han­dled Davis eas­ily Tues­day with a 63-45 win. The Lions had four play­ers in dou­ble-fig­ure scor­ing: Made­line Ge­bers with 24 points, Ais­lin Fian­der with 13, and Avery Fian­der and MeiLani McBee with 11 each.

● Her­mis­ton’s boys are 2-0 af­ter beat­ing LaGrande on Tues­day 67-47. But the game of­fi­cials re­ally had their work cut out for them, call­ing 51 fouls as both teams com­bined for 69 free-throw at­tempts.

● The most im­pres­sive stat of Tues­day night comes from the Pasco girls’ 54-41 win over Eisen­hower. Taija Mackey had 19 — yes 19 — re­bounds in the Bull­dogs’ win. Thir­teen of them came from the of­fen­sive end. She also fin­ished with 13 points.

● Pasco’s boys lost to Ike later Tues­day, fall­ing 60-55. Moises Cuevas had an im­pres­sive dou­ble­dou­ble for the Bull­dogs, scor­ing 21 points and grab­bing 12 boards.

● SWX’s first high school bas­ket­ball dou­ble­header will come Satur­day, Dec. 15, as Kami­akin vis­its Richland. I get to do color com­men­tary!


Some quick notes from Thurs­day morn­ing’s monthly Tri-Cities Sports Coun­cil meet­ing:

The Tri-Cities will host the Wash­ing­ton State Open and Women’s Bowl­ing Cham­pi­onships in 2020.

For six week­ends dur­ing April and May, bowlers will con­verge in the Mid-Columbia vy­ing for state ti­tles. This an­nounce­ment comes af­ter it was an­nounced this year that the Tri-Cities will host the state youth bowl­ing cham­pi­onships in 2019.

● The an­nual Best of the West wrestling tour­na­ment will be Dec. 20-21 at Pasco High School.

● The 40th an­nual Ca­ble Bridge Run will be Satur­day, Dec. 15. Signups dead­line, through Pasco Parks and Rec, will be Wed­nes­day. Be­ing this is the 40th ver­sion, the top 2,000 fin­ish­ers will get medals.

● CBC ath­let­ics di­rec­tor Scott Rogers an­nounced the in­ductees for the school’s ath­letic hall of fame will be Shelly Siegfried, Ron East and the 1994 women’s soc­cer team.

The event, which has been sold out for three months, will be Jan. 26 at the Gjerde Cen­ter on the CBC cam­pus.


Kami­akin’s Caleb Beasley has signed a let­ter of in­tent to play base­ball next year for CBC. So has Ri­ley Har­ri­son of Moun­tain View.

● WWCC picked up a base­ball sign­ing, too, in Tuianna Moliga of Lap­wai, Idaho.

● The CBC men’s bas­ket­ball team (1-5) will be at the Belle­vue Col­lege tour­na­ment start­ing Fri­day, and the CBC women (4-1) will be at the Pierce CC tour­ney.

● Walla Walla CC’s women’s team (3-2) also will be at Pierce this week­end.

● The WWCC men will host three teams this week­end: Lane on Fri­day, Ta­coma on Satur­day and Everett on Sun­day.

● The first col­le­giate track and field meet of the sea­son was at East­ern Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity last Satur­day with the in­door Candy Cane In­vite.

Top EWU plac­ers in­cluded Kami­akin grad Sa­man­tha Raines, who placed sec­ond in the women’s 55 me­ters ( 7.29 sec­onds) and the pole vault

(12-3.5); Mad­die Doep­ker (Walla Walla) was third in the women’s weight throw at 55 feet, 11.25 inches; Richland grad Dante Tyler was third in the men’s weight throw at 50-4; and Jes­sica Linde (Sun­ny­side) placed fifth in the women’s pen­tathlon with 3,101 points.

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