March 6, 1998 in Sports

Warriors Picnic On North Beach Chief Leschi Muscles Its Way Into Semifinals

By The Spokesman-Review
 

Here’s a phrase we thankfully haven’t heard since Dave Thomas dumped the sweet old lady and put himself in his own commercials.

Where’s the beef?

Thursday night, it was dressed in Chief Leschi Warriors royal blue and gold, grazing under the rims on the west end of the Arena and making life miserable for the North Beach Hyaks.

“We’re big. We’ve got a lot of beef on our team,” said Warriors coach Michael Bradley, whose Warriors’ 72-63 win over North Beach advanced them into tonight’s semifinal round of the boys State B basketball tournament.

Chief Leschi, riding a 12-game winning streak, will play St. John-Endicott. The Eagles (22-5), a 46-37 winner over St. George’s on Thursday, bring a seven-game winning streak in tonight’s game. The tipoff is the first of two semifinals and is set for 7.

In Thursday’s quarterfinals, the Warriors - looking more like a football defensive line - clogged up the middle with 6-foot-7 Jonathan Redding, 6-2 Alyreece McCloud and 6-0 Jack Simmons. They outrebounded the team from Ocean Shores 49-28. More impressive was that they outrebounded them on the offensive boards 21-9 and took 67 shots to North Beach’s 59 shots.

And when the Hyaks were shooting, many of the shots came from the outside. And their bombs-away attempts didn’t exclude lean and lanky 6-8 senior Mike Lilja.

Lilja, who averages 16.4 points per game, attempted three of North Beach’s 19 3-pointers.

“We knew the big kid shot outside,” Bradley said. “And I told our big kids, if he wants to let him shoot out there, that’s OK, I don’t want him coming to the hole. We’ll take that chance. If he can hit ‘em then we’ll put someone on him.”

Lilja was 0 for 3 from 3-point range and finished with 11 points. He was 5 of 19 shooting, the exact numbers his team was from 3-point range.

The senior center took seven shots in the third quarter, converting twice. He second bucket cut the lead to 46-42 with 3:18 left in the half.

“I had to call a timeout to remind him to go get inside,” said North Beach 12th-year coach Larry Moore. “He can hit the 3, but I think what happens, you get behind in the big game and all of a sudden you want the ball in your hand.

“He was taking the easiest road, the least resistant way to get the ball.”

The Hyaks never led in the second half but cut the lead to four points four times. They put the final scares on the Warriors late in the third quarter when 6-2 forward Glenn Goldman cruised in and scored on a pretty reverse layup to cut the lead to four for the third time. Goldman finished with a team-high 15 points.

Lilja opened the final quarter by hitting a baseline jumper to cut the lead to 58-54. But that was as close as North Beach got.

Chief Leschi, a first-time State B qualifier, had a 69-59 lead as late as 1 minute left in the game when Lamont Trent hit two free throws. Trent, coming off a sub-par first-round game against Odessa where he scored nine points, finished with a game-high 17 points.

Brandon Brown, a sophomore reserve guard, saw more playing time because starter Borin Lach is fighting stomach flu. Brown chipped in with 16 points. Starting forward Doug Johns also is sick and saw limited minutes.

Bradley said Lach and Johns have all the symptoms of food poisoning.

“I saw Borin really struggling out there,” Bradley said. “His speed wasn’t evident tonight. Normally he can take most kids to the hole and fill up a nice shot.”

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MEMO: These 3 sidebars appeared with the story:

1. ON THE RADIO

10:20: Snohomish County Christian vs. Odessa (KTRW 970).

11:50: Pateros vs. Darrington (KJRB 790).

1:20: St. George’s vs. North Beach (KJRB 790).

2:50: La Conner vs. DeSales (KJRB 790).

6:50: St. John-Endicott vs. Chief Leschi (KXLY 920).

8:20: Curlew vs. Valley Christian (KXLY 920).

2. TODAY’S GAMES

10:30 a.m.: Snohomish County Christian (15-13) vs. Odessa (19-10)

Noon: Pateros (24-2) vs. Darrington (16-10)

1:30 p.m.: St. George’s (21-8) vs. North Beach (20-5)

3 p.m.: DeSales (19-6) vs. La Conner (22-4)

7 p.m.: St. John-End. (22-5) vs. Chief Leschi (23-3)

8:30 p.m.: Curlew (23-6) vs. Valley Christian (24-2)

3. Snohomish Christian 38, Napavine 31

Key to the game: Senior guard David Stahl scored 11 in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers for a 21-11 lead, and the Lions (15-13) held on when their field-goal shooting went cold in the fourth quarter.

Other highlights: The Lions’ Micah Brown hit a 30-foot 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the first half to highlight a 7-0 run that extended into the third quarter… . The low-scoring first half included just two points during the first 5:23 and a 6:03 scoreless stretch in the second quarter… . Both teams had more turnovers than points until Brown’s 3-pointer… . SCC hit 16 of 24 free throws… . Napavine (17-11), appearing at state for the first time since 1961, was the first team eliminated from the tournament.

Snohomish C.C. 6 3 16 13 38

Napavine 2 5 9 15 31

SNOHOMISH COUNTY CHRISTIAN Quinlan 8, Staal 13, Adams 2, Peterson 4, Hudson 6, Brotherton 0, Brown 5, Lambert 0. NAPAVINE - J.Styger 10, Barr 2, R.Styger 11, T.Gaskill 0, Wisner 6, M.Edmonds 0, T.Edmonds 2, Hughes 0.

Odessa 52, Cascade Chr. 42 (OT)

Key to the game: The Tigers (19-10) hit 13 of 15 free throws in overtime, 6 of 6 by Scott Kramer, to eliminate the Cougars (15-14). The hot shooting included nine in a row.

Other highlights: Junior guard George Schafer hit back-to-back 3-pointers 1:05 apart in the fourth quarter, the first of which gave Odessa its initial lead…. Cougars post Matt Rody, who averages 4 ppg, scored eight in the fourth quarter, including a basket with 22 seconds left to force OT…. Odessa took a timeout with 19.5 seconds left in regulation to set up its final play, but didn’t get off a good shot… . Kramer, 0 for 8 at the time, hit a basket with 1:39 left in the third quarter for a 27-all tie after the Tigers trailed by as much as eight… . Ryan Floch cashed in for 10 straight Odessa points to lead the comeback…. First-timer CC, of Puyallup, lasted two games.

Odessa 7 8 12 10 15 - 52

Cascade C 8 11 8 10 5 - 42

ODESSA - Kramer 8, G.Schafer 11, Dart 0, Floch 20, Hardung 0, Jeske 2, Luiten 0, Pitts 7, Z.Schafer 2, Walter 0, Praetorius 2, Weber 0. CASCADE CHRISTIAN - Liening 2, Kortus 5, Davis 8, Fenton 3, Norris 5, Boburka 2, Hobson 2, Moore 1, Rody 14.

Pateros 96, Pe Ell 44

Key to the game: Jason Crawley and Clint Hull combined for 60 points in three quarters to lead a record-setting effort by the Billygoats (24-2).

Other highlights: Hull, a sophomore guard, hit four of his six 3-pointers in the second quarter, when Pateros tied a tourney record with 34 points. Wahkiakum, in 1983, and Garfield-Palouse (‘92) also scored 34 in a quarter… . Hull reached halftime with 24 of his 26… . Crawley scored 17 of his 34 in the third quarter…. Mark Stennes scored a layup with 37 seconds left as Pateros tied the tourney record for points in a game, set by the ‘95 Billygoats against Neah Bay. Pateros missed a late 3-pointer in its bid to break the record… . The Billygoats also tied the record for winning margin, 52 points, set by Coulee City, which took an 89-37 decision over Bickleton in ‘73… . The outmatched Trojans (18-8) have not earned a trophy in three trips to state.

Pateros 20 34 25 17 - 96

Pe Ell 6 9 15 14 - 44

PATEROS - Mauk 0, Lopez 5, K.Stennes 1, Sandy 2, Crawley 34, Morales 6, Evans 2, Hull 26, Molkjer 5, Zahn 4, M.Stennes 11, Crooks 0.

PE ELL - Chown 2, Maxwell 8, Cox 5, Leach 4, Thompson 2, Huff 2, J.Coleman 0, M.Coleman 14, Phelps 4, McBride 0, Braaten 2, Nelson 1.

Darrington 82, Lyle 39

Key to the game: The Loggers (17-10) got rolling from the start, hitting 9 of 16 from the floor in the first quarter while owning the boards, 15-4.

Other highlights: Darrington senior forward Dennis Sherrill had 15 rebounds and 17 points, putting him nine points shy of the tourney’s 100 club… . Everyone shot well for Darrington, as Sherrill hit 7 of 8 from the line, Dennis Pomeroy 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, and John Fromong and Ned Miller made a combined 14 of 19 from the floor… . The Cougars (19-4), who were eliminated, couldn’t hit anything, shooting 25 percent from the field, 16 percent from long range and 17 percent from the line.

Darrington 22 21 19 20 - 82

Lyle 7 9 9 14 - 39

DARRINGTON - T.Wright 0, S.Wright 7, Weidman 2, Bryson 2, Tanner 2, Fromong 14, Buell 4, Miller 16, Rodin 3, Fether 2, Pomeroy 13, Sherrill 17.

LYLE - Hall 0, Sexton 9, Smith 2, Rains 0, Knowles 9, Moore 12, Kramer 0, Whitecotton 0, Porritt 2, Carlson 2, Sorensen 0, Oldenburg 3.

St. John-Endicott 46, St. George’s 37

Key to the game: With 1:24 remaining and the score tied, Karl Scheuerman dished off to Josh Hames, who scored on a layup to give the Eagles a 38-35 lead. Hames converted 6 of 6 free throws after that.

Other highlights: The game was tied eight times, six in the first half. The Dragons tied the score 35-35 for the last time on back-to-back baskets by Zach Blume… . SJE went on an 8-2 run in the final 2 minutes of the second quarter to take a 22-16 halftime lead. Four different players scored during the run . … The Eagles (22-5) were better than the Dragons (21-8) from the free-throw line, outscoring their Panorama League opponent 14-5.

St. George’s 10 6 10 11 - 37

SJE 9 13 9 15 - 46

ST. GEORGE’S - Blume 12, Dhillon 6, Taylor 0, Moser 5, Helms 0, DePonty 8, Spencer 2, Witherspoon 0, Thomsen 4. SJE - Miller 2, Bafus 5, Strader 2, Stoner 11, Hames 11, Scheuerman 11, Thompson 0, Siler 11, Stolmeier 4.

Chief Leschi 72, North Beach 63

Key to the game: North Beach pulled to within four points four times in the fourth quarter, but each time, Chief Leschi turned it up a notch to keep its distance.

Other highlights: Both teams had four players score in double digits. The Warriors’ (24-3) sophomore reserve Brandon Brown, who averages 6.5 point per game, finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting… . Both shot poorly from 3-point range. The Warriors went 0 for 8, and the Hyaks (20-5) were 5 of 19… . North Beach jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The game was tied seven times, all in the first half.

Chief Leschi 20 22 14 16 - 72

North Beach 22 12 13 16 - 63

CHIEF LESCHI - Brown 16, I. Richardson 2, M. Richardson 5, Lach 12, Bradley 2, Morales 0, Simmons 0, Johns 2, Redding 14, McCloud 2, Trent 17, Frances 0.

NORTH BEACH - Carlson 5, Killion 2, McGregor 2, Vogt 0, Sage 6, Wilkinson 11, Ferguson 11, Lilja 11, Bohrn 0, Wilson 0, Locke 0, Goldman 15.

Curlew 55, La Conner 51

Key to the game: Jeremy Groth hit three foul shots with 1:36 left for a 49-all tie and Erich Prazak followed with a 3-pointer 20 seconds later as the second-ranked Cougars (23-6) rallied past the fourth-ranked Braves (22-4).

Other highlights: LaConner roared back from a 10-point halftime deficit to lead 49-46 with 1:55 left… . Curlew’s Gunner Olsen scored 17 in the first half but went scoreless the final 7:13… . Every Curlew defender tried to stop senior wing Brandon Odell, who burned the collective lot for 25… . Groth also hit two insurance free throws with 26.4 seconds left.

Curlew 11 19 8 17 - 55

LaConner 15 5 19 12 - 51

CURLEW - G.Olsen 21, Groth 16, Edwards 0, J.B.Olsen 0, Prazak 12, Cribby 6. LA CONNER - Stephens 0, Lundberg 4, Nystrom 3, Otis 10, Skiffington 0, Odell 25, Lane 0, Koss 9.

Valley Christian 63, DeSales 46

Key to the game: The Panthers (24-2) strung together a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter after the Irish (19-6) had trimmed a 10-point halftime deficit to two.

Other highlights: VC held Brian Lindgren (12.6 ppg) to 3-for-16 shooting from the floor… . VC has won 12 straight since a league loss to Odessa… . Panthers freshman Brent Decker came off the bench to hit three consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter… . Five Panthers had five rebounds or more.

Valley Christian 17 12 18 16 - 63

DeSales 10 9 16 11 - 46

VALLEY CHRISTIAN - Brecto 0, Diaz 0, J.Decker 2, Smith 5, Spuler 10, Meyer 0, Sears 15, B.Decker 12, Evans 7, Sandin 12, Lacy 0. DeSALES - Lindgren 7, Levens 14, Heinzman 0, Stanley 6, T.Baffney 2, Wolfram 0, Barry 2, Richard 0, Zea 13, Michels 0, C.Baffney 2, Rusch 0.

These 3 sidebars appeared with the story:

1. ON THE RADIO 10:20: Snohomish County Christian vs. Odessa (KTRW 970). 11:50: Pateros vs. Darrington (KJRB 790). 1:20: St. George’s vs. North Beach (KJRB 790). 2:50: La Conner vs. DeSales (KJRB 790). 6:50: St. John-Endicott vs. Chief Leschi (KXLY 920). 8:20: Curlew vs. Valley Christian (KXLY 920).

2. TODAY’S GAMES 10:30 a.m.: Snohomish County Christian (15-13) vs. Odessa (19-10) Noon: Pateros (24-2) vs. Darrington (16-10) 1:30 p.m.: St. George’s (21-8) vs. North Beach (20-5) 3 p.m.: DeSales (19-6) vs. La Conner (22-4) 7 p.m.: St. John-End. (22-5) vs. Chief Leschi (23-3) 8:30 p.m.: Curlew (23-6) vs. Valley Christian (24-2)

3. Snohomish Christian 38, Napavine 31 Key to the game: Senior guard David Stahl scored 11 in the third quarter, hitting three 3-pointers for a 21-11 lead, and the Lions (15-13) held on when their field-goal shooting went cold in the fourth quarter. Other highlights: The Lions’ Micah Brown hit a 30-foot 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the first half to highlight a 7-0 run that extended into the third quarter… . The low-scoring first half included just two points during the first 5:23 and a 6:03 scoreless stretch in the second quarter… . Both teams had more turnovers than points until Brown’s 3-pointer… . SCC hit 16 of 24 free throws… . Napavine (17-11), appearing at state for the first time since 1961, was the first team eliminated from the tournament. Snohomish C.C. 6 3 16 13 38 Napavine 2 5 9 15 31 SNOHOMISH COUNTY CHRISTIAN Quinlan 8, Staal 13, Adams 2, Peterson 4, Hudson 6, Brotherton 0, Brown 5, Lambert 0. NAPAVINE - J.Styger 10, Barr 2, R.Styger 11, T.Gaskill 0, Wisner 6, M.Edmonds 0, T.Edmonds 2, Hughes 0.

Odessa 52, Cascade Chr. 42 (OT) Key to the game: The Tigers (19-10) hit 13 of 15 free throws in overtime, 6 of 6 by Scott Kramer, to eliminate the Cougars (15-14). The hot shooting included nine in a row. Other highlights: Junior guard George Schafer hit back-to-back 3-pointers 1:05 apart in the fourth quarter, the first of which gave Odessa its initial lead…. Cougars post Matt Rody, who averages 4 ppg, scored eight in the fourth quarter, including a basket with 22 seconds left to force OT…. Odessa took a timeout with 19.5 seconds left in regulation to set up its final play, but didn’t get off a good shot… . Kramer, 0 for 8 at the time, hit a basket with 1:39 left in the third quarter for a 27-all tie after the Tigers trailed by as much as eight… . Ryan Floch cashed in for 10 straight Odessa points to lead the comeback…. First-timer CC, of Puyallup, lasted two games. Odessa 7 8 12 10 15 - 52 Cascade C 8 11 8 10 5 - 42 ODESSA - Kramer 8, G.Schafer 11, Dart 0, Floch 20, Hardung 0, Jeske 2, Luiten 0, Pitts 7, Z.Schafer 2, Walter 0, Praetorius 2, Weber 0. CASCADE CHRISTIAN - Liening 2, Kortus 5, Davis 8, Fenton 3, Norris 5, Boburka 2, Hobson 2, Moore 1, Rody 14.

Pateros 96, Pe Ell 44 Key to the game: Jason Crawley and Clint Hull combined for 60 points in three quarters to lead a record-setting effort by the Billygoats (24-2). Other highlights: Hull, a sophomore guard, hit four of his six 3-pointers in the second quarter, when Pateros tied a tourney record with 34 points. Wahkiakum, in 1983, and Garfield-Palouse (‘92) also scored 34 in a quarter… . Hull reached halftime with 24 of his 26… . Crawley scored 17 of his 34 in the third quarter…. Mark Stennes scored a layup with 37 seconds left as Pateros tied the tourney record for points in a game, set by the ‘95 Billygoats against Neah Bay. Pateros missed a late 3-pointer in its bid to break the record… . The Billygoats also tied the record for winning margin, 52 points, set by Coulee City, which took an 89-37 decision over Bickleton in ‘73… . The outmatched Trojans (18-8) have not earned a trophy in three trips to state. Pateros 20 34 25 17 - 96 Pe Ell 6 9 15 14 - 44 PATEROS - Mauk 0, Lopez 5, K.Stennes 1, Sandy 2, Crawley 34, Morales 6, Evans 2, Hull 26, Molkjer 5, Zahn 4, M.Stennes 11, Crooks 0. PE ELL - Chown 2, Maxwell 8, Cox 5, Leach 4, Thompson 2, Huff 2, J.Coleman 0, M.Coleman 14, Phelps 4, McBride 0, Braaten 2, Nelson 1.

Darrington 82, Lyle 39 Key to the game: The Loggers (17-10) got rolling from the start, hitting 9 of 16 from the floor in the first quarter while owning the boards, 15-4. Other highlights: Darrington senior forward Dennis Sherrill had 15 rebounds and 17 points, putting him nine points shy of the tourney’s 100 club… . Everyone shot well for Darrington, as Sherrill hit 7 of 8 from the line, Dennis Pomeroy 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, and John Fromong and Ned Miller made a combined 14 of 19 from the floor… . The Cougars (19-4), who were eliminated, couldn’t hit anything, shooting 25 percent from the field, 16 percent from long range and 17 percent from the line. Darrington 22 21 19 20 - 82 Lyle 7 9 9 14 - 39 DARRINGTON - T.Wright 0, S.Wright 7, Weidman 2, Bryson 2, Tanner 2, Fromong 14, Buell 4, Miller 16, Rodin 3, Fether 2, Pomeroy 13, Sherrill 17. LYLE - Hall 0, Sexton 9, Smith 2, Rains 0, Knowles 9, Moore 12, Kramer 0, Whitecotton 0, Porritt 2, Carlson 2, Sorensen 0, Oldenburg 3.

St. John-Endicott 46, St. George’s 37 Key to the game: With 1:24 remaining and the score tied, Karl Scheuerman dished off to Josh Hames, who scored on a layup to give the Eagles a 38-35 lead. Hames converted 6 of 6 free throws after that. Other highlights: The game was tied eight times, six in the first half. The Dragons tied the score 35-35 for the last time on back-to-back baskets by Zach Blume… . SJE went on an 8-2 run in the final 2 minutes of the second quarter to take a 22-16 halftime lead. Four different players scored during the run . … The Eagles (22-5) were better than the Dragons (21-8) from the free-throw line, outscoring their Panorama League opponent 14-5. St. George’s 10 6 10 11 - 37 SJE 9 13 9 15 - 46 ST. GEORGE’S - Blume 12, Dhillon 6, Taylor 0, Moser 5, Helms 0, DePonty 8, Spencer 2, Witherspoon 0, Thomsen 4. SJE - Miller 2, Bafus 5, Strader 2, Stoner 11, Hames 11, Scheuerman 11, Thompson 0, Siler 11, Stolmeier 4.

Chief Leschi 72, North Beach 63 Key to the game: North Beach pulled to within four points four times in the fourth quarter, but each time, Chief Leschi turned it up a notch to keep its distance. Other highlights: Both teams had four players score in double digits. The Warriors’ (24-3) sophomore reserve Brandon Brown, who averages 6.5 point per game, finished with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting… . Both shot poorly from 3-point range. The Warriors went 0 for 8, and the Hyaks (20-5) were 5 of 19… . North Beach jumped out to a 6-0 lead. The game was tied seven times, all in the first half. Chief Leschi 20 22 14 16 - 72 North Beach 22 12 13 16 - 63 CHIEF LESCHI - Brown 16, I. Richardson 2, M. Richardson 5, Lach 12, Bradley 2, Morales 0, Simmons 0, Johns 2, Redding 14, McCloud 2, Trent 17, Frances 0. NORTH BEACH - Carlson 5, Killion 2, McGregor 2, Vogt 0, Sage 6, Wilkinson 11, Ferguson 11, Lilja 11, Bohrn 0, Wilson 0, Locke 0, Goldman 15.

Curlew 55, La Conner 51 Key to the game: Jeremy Groth hit three foul shots with 1:36 left for a 49-all tie and Erich Prazak followed with a 3-pointer 20 seconds later as the second-ranked Cougars (23-6) rallied past the fourth-ranked Braves (22-4). Other highlights: LaConner roared back from a 10-point halftime deficit to lead 49-46 with 1:55 left… . Curlew’s Gunner Olsen scored 17 in the first half but went scoreless the final 7:13… . Every Curlew defender tried to stop senior wing Brandon Odell, who burned the collective lot for 25… . Groth also hit two insurance free throws with 26.4 seconds left. Curlew 11 19 8 17 - 55 LaConner 15 5 19 12 - 51 CURLEW - G.Olsen 21, Groth 16, Edwards 0, J.B.Olsen 0, Prazak 12, Cribby 6. LA CONNER - Stephens 0, Lundberg 4, Nystrom 3, Otis 10, Skiffington 0, Odell 25, Lane 0, Koss 9.

Valley Christian 63, DeSales 46 Key to the game: The Panthers (24-2) strung together a 10-0 run midway through the third quarter after the Irish (19-6) had trimmed a 10-point halftime deficit to two. Other highlights: VC held Brian Lindgren (12.6 ppg) to 3-for-16 shooting from the floor… . VC has won 12 straight since a league loss to Odessa… . Panthers freshman Brent Decker came off the bench to hit three consecutive 3-pointers at the end of the third quarter… . Five Panthers had five rebounds or more. Valley Christian 17 12 18 16 - 63 DeSales 10 9 16 11 - 46 VALLEY CHRISTIAN - Brecto 0, Diaz 0, J.Decker 2, Smith 5, Spuler 10, Meyer 0, Sears 15, B.Decker 12, Evans 7, Sandin 12, Lacy 0. DeSALES - Lindgren 7, Levens 14, Heinzman 0, Stanley 6, T.Baffney 2, Wolfram 0, Barry 2, Richard 0, Zea 13, Michels 0, C.Baffney 2, Rusch 0.

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