CLASS 4A BOYS
EVERGREEN (VANCOUVER) vs. FERRIS
Time, date, place: 5:45 p.m. today, Richland High
Head coaches: Evergreen, Kelly Blankenship (fourth season); Ferris, Don Van Lierop.
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How they made it: Evergreen, District 3/4 No. 8; Ferris, District 5/6/8 No.3.
Records: Evergreen, 17-7; Ferris, 22-2.
Last state appearance: Evergreen, 2006 (did not place); Ferris, 2008 (defeated Federal Way, 68-44 to win state title).
Evergreen leaders: Stefan Foulstone, 6-foot-1, sr., guard; Oshay Piper, 6-1, sr., point guard.
Ferris leaders: Riley Stockton, 16.0 ppg; Taylor Kamitomo, 15.9 ppg.
Notes: Foulstone and Piper both average around 10 points per game and are co-captains for the Plainsmen. ... Evergreen would like to get out and run on offense, but can play halfcourt with big-man Caleb Dressler. Dressler is a 6-10 junior and will need to be ready for the physical play Ferris will provide. ... Ferris’ Stockton is the nephew of NBA great John Stockton. ... The Saxons have five players averaging at least 9.6 points per game. ... Ferris won back-to-back state titles in 2007 and 2008, but has not been to state since.
GONZAGA PREP vs. DAVIS
Time, date, place: 9:15 p.m. today, Richland High
Head coaches: Gonzaga Prep, Matty McIntyre; Davis, Eli Juarez (sixth season).
How they made it: Gonzaga Prep, District 5/6/8 No.2; Davis, District 5/6/8 No. 1.
Records: Gonzaga Prep, 19-3; Davis, 19-3.
Last state appearance: Gonzaga Prep, 2010 (did not place); Davis, 2010 (did not place).
Gonzaga Prep leaders: Parker Kelly, 18.4 ppg; Chris Sarbaugh, sr., guard, 11.2 ppg.
Davis leaders: Jackson Marquis, 5-10, sr., guard, 14.2 ppg; David Trimble, 6-2, jr., guard, 14.0 ppg.
Notes: Lost season opener to Davis 59-46 at the SunDome in Yakima. ... Kelly finished second in the Greater Spokane League in scoring during the regular season. ... The Bullpups ended Ferris’ 19-game winning streak in the District 8 tournament title game. ... Marquis is one of just four seniors on the Pirates’ roster. ... The district tournament title was the first for Davis since 2004. ... Trimble was named the player of the year in the Columbia Basin Big Nine 4A league, winning the award for the second consecutive season.
CLASS 4A GIRLS
EVERGREEN (VANCOUVER) vs. GONZAGA PREP
Time, date, place: 7:30 p.m. today, Richland High
Head coaches: Evergreen, Jay Foreman (second season); Gonzaga Prep, Mike Arte.
How they made it: Evergreen, District 3/4 No. 8; Gonzaga Prep, District 5/6/8 No. 3.
Records: Evergreen (Vancouver), 17-8; Gonzaga Prep, 20-4.
Last state appearance: Evergreen, 1989 (did not place); Gonzaga Prep, 1997 (did not place).
Evergreen leaders: Justine Joudrey, 5-10, sr., guard, 19.0 ppg; Shamerica Scott, 5-10, sr., forward; Tori Conley, 6-0, sr., post; Jessica Chatman, 5-10 fr.; Deja Nicholas, 5-5, so.
Gonzaga Prep leaders: Tia Presley, 19.9 ppg; Lindsey Stockton, 12.9 ppg.
Notes: The Plainsmen have come out of years of mediocrity under Foreman, posting winning records the past two seasons after going a combined 2-58 from 2007-09. ... Evergreen went 18-5 last season, but lost a winner-to-state game after losing its best player to a concussion. ... Foreman played at Washington State from 1975-77. ... Joudrey is the straw that stirs the drink for Evergreen and has committed to play at Idaho State. ... Scott is averaging near a double-double and is being recruited by Alaska-Anchorage, while Conley is being recruited by Alaska-Fairbanks. ... Foreman was a club coach before taking over and turning around the Plainsmen. ... Gonzaga Prep is making its third trip to state in program history. The Bullpups advanced in 1983 and 1997 before this season. ... Stockton is NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton’s daughter. ... Presley set the career scoring record in the Greater Spokane League this season, surpassing University High graduate and Tennessee standout Angie Bjorkland. ... Presley has signed with Washington State. ... Senior twins Ashley and Taylor Largent provide solid defense for the Bullpups.
LEWIS & CLARK vs. CHIAWANA
Time, date, place: 4 p.m. today, Richland High
Head coaches: Lewis & Clark, Jim Redmon; Chiawana, Steve Davis (second season).
How they made it: Lewis & Clark, District 5/6/8 No. 2; Chiawana, District 5/6/8 No. 1.
Records: Lewis & Clark, 16-6; Chiawana, 21-2.
Last state appearance: Lewis & Clark, 2010 (did not place); Chiawana, 2010 (7th place).
Lewis & Clark leaders: Devyn Galland, 19.7 ppg; Hayley Hendricksen, 13.0 ppg.
Chiawana leaders: Hayley Hodgins, sr., 17.7 ppg; Mikaela Rivard, sr., 12.0 ppg; Shelby Ellsworth, sr., 11.0 ppg; Sadie Sparks, jr., 8.1 ppg.
Notes: The Tigers have been to state nine consecutive seasons, winning titles in 2006, 2007 and 2008. ... They rallied from a 42-29 second-half deficit to defeat Gonzaga Prep in the District 8 title game last weekend. ... Hendricksen has signed to play at St. Mary’s. ... The Riverhawks have now advanced to state in each of their first two seasons. ... Chiawana has been dominant throughout the season, losing only to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which lost its bid for four consecutive Class 5A state titles last weekend, and CBBN-rival Moses Lake on the road. ... The Riverhawks hammered Richland 72-35 to win the CBBN 4A district tournament last week, one of just four losses on the season for Richland. ... Hodgins signed with Eastern Washington, Rivard with Portland State and point guard Melanie Valdez with Central Washington.
CLASS 3A BOYS
Mercer Island vs. Southridge
Time, date, place: 6 p.m. today, Spokane Falls Community College
Head coaches: Mercer Island, Gavin Cree (second season); Southridge, Jason DeVere (seventh season)
Records: Mercer Island, 20-5; Southridge, 13-10.
Last State appearance: Mercer Island, 2008 (did not place); Southridge, 2007 (sixth).
Mercer Island leaders: G Derek Newhof, sr., 6-0; F Quinn Sterling, sr., 6-5, 11.5 pts; F Brian Miller, jr., 6-7, 11.1 pts; C Kaj Sherman, sr., 7-0, 8.6 pts; G Jeff Lindquist, jr., 6-3, 7.7 pts.
Southridge leaders: P Derek Porter, sr., 6-6, 17.4 pts; G Matt Mendenhall, jr., 16.2 pts; P Brad Scott, jr., 6-6, 6.4 pts; G Dallin Palmer, sr., 5.5 pts.
Notes: The Islanders have made 24 state tournament appearances since 1958 with 21 trophies and 4A state championships in 1985, 1993 and 1997 plus a 3A title in 1999. ... Southridge is still building some history — the school’s first year was 1998 — but has two state appearances, finishing sixth in 2007. ... Cree is a 2000 graduate of Mercer, winning a state title in 1999 under legendary coach Ed Pepple, the all-time winningest coach in Washington State history with 952 career coaching wins. ... The Islanders beat second-ranked Rainier Beach 50-43 at districts, ending Rainier’s 14-year streak of going to state. It was believed to be Mercer Island’s first victory over the Vikings. ... Porter leads the Suns in scoring, but Mendenhall is averaging 20.1 points over his last seven games. ... 7-footer Sherman was listed as a senior last season but received another year of eligibility by the WIAA. ... Southridge has avoided injuries, but Sterling missed much of the regular season with a broken leg.
Kamiakin vs. North Central
Time, date, place: 8:30 p.m. today, Spokane Falls CC
Head coaches: Kamiakin, Brian Meneely (fifth season); North Central, Jay Webber (10th season)
Records:Kamiakin, 21-1; North Central, 11-12.
Last state appearance: Kamiakin 2000 (did not place); North Central 2010 (did not place)
Kamiakin leaders: G Case Rada, sr., 6-2, 13.1 pts; G Tyler Holle, sr., 6-2, 13.0 pts; P Justin Pedley, jr., 6-6, 11.7 pts; G Riley Hayfield, sr., 5-11, 7.1 pts
North Central leaders: P Zac Hill, sr., 6-4, 12.9 pts; G Gunnar Swagger, sr., 5-11, 12.9 pts; G Chase McDuffie, jr., 5-10; F Isaiah Hollister, sr., 6-5; G Jonathon Smith, sr., 6-2.
Notes: The Indians are making their 11th trip to state since 1928. They have nine trophies, including state titles in 1928, 1939 and 1948. ... The Braves have made six appearances at state with four trophies, the last one coming in 1995 (fourth). ... Kamiakin’s only loss came at home to 4A CBBN co-champion Chiawana in mid-December. Since then, the Braves have won 16 straight games. ... Indians are streaky, with three three-game losing streaks this year. But they have won three straight heading into regionals. ... Rada was named the CBBN 3A MVP and was also named to the CBBN 3A all-defensive team. Shad Fletcher was named CBBN 3A defensive MVP. ... The Braves are undefeated on the road this season at 10-0.
CLASS 3A GIRLS
NORTH CENTRAL vs. KAMIAKIN
Time, date, place: 6 p.m. today, Shadle Park High School, Spokane.
Head coaches: North Central, Gabe Medrano; Kamiakin, Tammy Hutchison.
How they got here: North Central, District 8 No. 1; Kamiakin, District District 5 No. 1.
Records: North Central, 17-8; Kamiakin, 17-5.
Last state appearance: North Central, have never been; Kamiakin, 2008 (seventh place).
North Central leaders: Riley Holsinger, 16.5 ppg; Tara Van Weerdhuizen, 6-2, sr., post, 11.6 ppg.
Kamiakin leaders: Khadidja Toure, jr., guard, 20.4 ppg; Courtney Nelson, so., wing, 11.6; Sira Toure, fr., guard, 8.1 ppg; Kassy Larson, sr., post, 7.5 ppg.
Notes: The Indians are making their first state tournament appearance in school history. ... North Central’s 16 wins are four better than any other season in program history. ... North Central had to win three elimination games in a row to advance to the state regional and defeated Shadle Park twice in a row to earn the top seed from District 8. ... The Braves have won six consecutive games since losing to Eastmont on Jan. 28, the only game the Braves dropped in regular season CBBN 3A play. ... Kamiakin has two of the best players in the Mid-Columbia in guard Khadidja Toure and wing Nelson, while senior post Larson has returned and is playing with a torn ACL. ... The two teams play similar styles and Hutchison said from watching North Central on film, “It’ll be like playing against Kamiakin.”
CLASS 2A GIRLS
EPHRATA vs. PROSSER
Time, date, place: 7:30 p.m. today, Central Washington University
Head coaches: Ephrata, Aaron Ross (fifth season); Prosser, Mark Little (third season).
How they got here: Ephrata, District 5/6/7 No. 2; Prosser, District 5/6/7 No. 1.
Records: Ephrata, 15-10; Prosser, 22-1.
Last state appearance: Ephrata, 2006 (did not place); Prosser, 2010 (lost to River Ridge 57-46 in state title game).
Ephrata leaders: Kelsey Yenney, jr., wing, 14.2 ppg; Heidi Buchert, jr., wing, 8.3 ppg; Abby Smith, sr., post, 7.9 ppg.
Prosser leaders: Tamara Jones, sr., post, 19.9 ppg; Tayshia Hunt, sr., 15.3 ppg; Sydney Mercer, so., 9.6 ppg.
Notes: The reward for the Tigers making state for the first time in five years? Getting play the state’s No. 1 team for a fourth time this season. ... Prosser has defeated Ephrata three times this season — 61-34, 69-41 and 55-41. ... Ephrata’s Smith missed the first eight games of the season, but has played a big role since returning. ... The Tigers have eight juniors and just three seniors, with all playing on varsity last season they have some decent experience. ... Ross said his team has continued to improve against Prosser throughout the season and thinks they have a chance at the upset. ... The Mustangs are working hard to not overlook Ephrata, something Little doesn’t expect his team to do. ... Prosser won the state title in 1989, and took second in 19997 and 2010. ... Jones is averaging a double-double this season.
CLASS 1A GIRLS
CONNELL vs. FREEMAN
Time, date, place: 8 p.m. today, Mt. Spokane High
Head coaches: Connell, Dan Colby (sixth season); Freeman, Ashlee Nimri (third season).
How they got here: Connell, District 5 No. 2; Freeman, District 6/7 No. 1.
Records: Connell, 18-5; Freeman, 24-1.
Last state appearance: Connell, 2010 (sixth place); Freeman, 2010 (defeated Granger 56-35 to win state title).
Connell leaders: Maci Whitby, 5-7, sr., post, 10.5 ppg; Kayla Bjorge, 5-3, sr., guard, 8.0 ppg; Brooke Gibbons, 5-10, sr., post, 7.8 ppg; Laryn Wells, 5-9, sr., post, 6.4 ppg; Megan Booker, 5-9, jr., guard, 6.3 ppg.
Freeman leaders: MacKenzie Taylor, sr, wing; Alyssa Maine, jr., point guard.
Notes: Connell is making its fifth consecutive state appearance, finishing as high as fourth in 2007. ... The Eagles fell in the semifinals to Granger last season. ... Connell is extremely balanced scoring-wise, but will need its defense to play one of its best games of the season to win tonight. ... All five starters are seniors and have been to state every season of their careers. ... The Scotties return two starters from last season’s state championship team. ... Freeman relies on pressure, whether it be full-court, three-quarters court or just half-court man-to-man. ... Freshman post Sierra McGarity is only 5-foot-9, but is very athletic and very good at defense. ... Freeman’s lone loss this season was to Class 2A Cheney. ... Last season’s state title was the first in the program’s history.
CLASS 2B GIRLS
WHITE SWAN vs. WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT
Time, date, place: 7:30 p.m. today, University High School, Spokane
Head coaches: White Swan, Don Jones; Waitsburg-Prescott, Jerry Baker (third season).
How they got here: White Swan, District 5/6 No. 2; Waitsburg-Prescott, District 9 No. 1.
Records: White Swan (18-5); Waitsburg-Prescott (21-0).
Last state appearance: White Swan, 2006 (seventh place); Waitsburg-Prescott, 1999 (third place).
White Swan leaders: Amber Jones, 13.4 ppg; Kassy Espindola, 10.7 ppg.
Waitsburg-Prescott leaders: Genesis Pearson, 6-1, sr., 12 points, 9.5 rebounds; Megan Withers, 5-9, sr, wing; Alyssa Hafen, 5-11, sr., guard.
Notes: The Cougars do a lot of pressing and like to get up and down the floor. ... They’ve been ranked in the top 10 at times this season. ... The Cardinals are enjoying the best season in Waitsburg-Prescott, Waitsburg and Prescott history. This is the first state appearance since the school combined for athletics three years ago. Waitsburg went in 1998 and 1999, finishing fifth and third respectively. Prescott made state once in 1982 (did not place). ... Pearson is the team’s leading scorer and rebounder, while Withers is third on the team in scoring and Hafen leads in assists. ... The Cardinals are extremely balanced scoring-wise, as seven different players have led in scoring this season with 15 or more points. The team’s second- and fourth-leading scorers don’t even start. ... Baker is in his second stint as girls coach at Waitsburg and also coached the boys at one point.