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  • Monday, January 28, 2019 9:38 AM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 28, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Good Monday morning. We start this morning with another round of discussion concerning Cedarcrest High School’s basketball teams and their postseason chances.

    Both the Red Wolve boys and girls remain very much in the postseason hunt, but the latest round of Northwest District Ratings Percentage Index numbers has some big changes of note to mention.

    Those changes primarily are for the CHS boys. They have dropped out of the top eight, costing them a home game in the first two rounds if this were to hold. They have a ranking of .2864, good for ninth overall, but just ahead of 10th-seed Archbishop Murphy, who beat the Red Wolves head to head in both matchups between the two teams this season. A ninth seed right now would send Cedarcrest on the road for a loser-out game, against eighth-seed Bellingham, although if they drop into the 10th seed, that would send them against seventh-seed Lakewood. The injuries for CHS to their top players have really hurt them, as they have fallen in six straight games, so it’s hoped they’ll get guys back in time to make a late push for a home first-round game as a top eight seed. 

  • Thursday, January 24, 2019 8:40 AM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 24, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Good Thursday morning.

    From the hardwood, the Cedarcrest High School boys’ basketball team could not hold their lead on the Lynnwood Royals and fell to LHS 52-45 in a Wesco 2A/3A contest at Lynnwood High School last night. Lynnwood outscored Cedarcrest 19-8 in the final quarter to rally from a 37-33 deficit after three to post the win.

    Nicolo Cammarano had a game-high 14 points to pace the Red Wolves. Shawn Deming added 10 for Cedarcrest. Jayden Acosta-Newsome led the Royals with 13, while Jerry Boston and Josh Siscar each added 10 for Lynnwood.

    CHS plays Mountlake Terrace tomorrow. The game is at 7:15 p.m. at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall.

  • Monday, January 21, 2019 3:22 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 21, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Time now to talk playoffs. The Northwest District late last night released their latest round of Ratings Percentage Index rankings used to determine district 2A high school basketball playoff seedings, and we have news on where Cedarcrest High School’s girls’ and boys’ basketball teams stand.

    We start with the girls, and a pair of losses this past week for the Red Wolves ladies have seen them drop some more, from fifth into seventh in this week’s RPI rankings. Their number is .444 which is well ahead of eighth-place Sedro-Woolley but with things trending downward at the moment, the Red Wolves really need to get a win under their belt to stem this downward move in the rankings. CHS in the initial run of this two weeks ago started out in fourth, but has seen the ranking decline in the two successive runs as the team has found the going a little more challenging into the meat of the Wesco 2A/3A schedule.

    Cedarcrest, if this holds, could meet any of Blaine, Mountlake Terrace or Bellingham in the first round at home.

    On the boys’ side, Cedarcrest remains eighth, no change from last weekend’s run of the computer. Their current RPI number is .350, well ahead of ninth-place Bellingham. An eighth seed, if it holds, would earn the Red Wolves a home playoff game against either the Red Raiders or possibly Sedro-Woolley or Blaine, both of whom are also contending for that ninth seed at the moment.

    The Red Wolves are playing Lynnwood this Tuesday (girls at home with the Royals) and Wednesday (boys @ Lynnwood). The two teams then play the Hawks (girls on Thursday @ Mountlake and boys on Friday at home in Duvall). So more big games on deck as Cedarcrest looks to right the ship and assert home playoff games in the district playoffs.

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 3:17 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 19, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Red Wolves fall: Archbishiop Murphy handled Cedarcrest 62-43 last night at Cedarcrest High School in Duvall. The Red Wolves apparently were without top player Chris Busch, and it appears to have showed as the Red Wolves were held to just 10 first-half points in the defeat. Cameron Brady had 12 pacing CHS while Mateo Trimble had 16 for Murphy. CHS resumes league play next Wednesday night at Lynnwood against the Royals before returning home to meet Mountlake Terrace next Friday.

  • Friday, January 18, 2019 2:06 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Cedarcrest Red Wolves vs. Archbishop Murphy Wildcats – Cedacrest tonight hosts an old friend as it looks to get back on the winning track as the stretch drive approaches in this regular season. Archbishop Murphy is that old friend, and the Red Wolves will also be looking to avenge a road non-league loss to them earlier this season.

    The Wildcats have found the going a little more challenging than perhaps they expected within Wesco this season. ATM is winless in league play and 5-8 on the season. However, that early-season home win over Cedarcrest does factor into this one; how will the Red Wolves respond, especially as they’re playing for more than themselves tonight. More on that in a second.

    Junior Mateo Trimble leads Murphy; he is averaging around 11 points a contest and led the Wildcats with 17 in their 61-50 win over the Red Wolves back on December 5 in a non-counting Wesco contest. Also watch senior Cole Calnon and junior Jaxon Miller for coach Len Bone’s crew; they are both averaging just under 10 a night. Calnon added 14 for ATM in their win over Cedarcrest earlier this season.

    As for the Red Wolves, they are coming in off a loss Wednesday at home to Meadowdale which shared the same characteristics of their loss last Wednesday at Stanwood – slow start in first quarter that the team was not able to recover from in time. So again, as we discussed last Friday in this segment, the key for coach Joe Ayers and his team is to play a full 32 minutes, and if they do, they’ve shown themselves to be competitive with most anyone in this conference this season. Senior Chris Busch leads the Red Wolves; he scored 13 to lead Cedarcrest in their 63-53 loss to the Mavericks Wednesday. Junior Cameron Brady also had 13 in that game and will also be a player to watch for the home side, who is taking the time to keep the game in perspective tonight and are recognizing a more important battle facing one of their own.

    As was the case last Friday night at Mount Si High School, the Valley community tonight is once again going to go to bat for a fellow Cedarcrest student who is currently battling cancer, and tonight, the Red Wolves boys and girls are helping to support Mason Peters’ fight and giving you in the Valley another opportunity to help send a strong message that cancer is picking on the wrong kid.

    During the boys’ game tonight, a number of volunteers (all kids) will make their way through the stands with buckets looking to raise money for this fight from those of you who attend the game, so if you are able, please donate and help this cause. As you know, last Friday, Mount Si High School’s basketball programs helped spread awareness and also raised a little money as well to help support fellow MSHS student Ryan Gerlitz’s fight with cancer, and as you remember, the community came out in force to help support the cause, so it is hoped the lower Valley will do the same tonight for Mason.

    Mason, we have a special message for you now. Just like we said to Ryan last Friday here, we are guessing this fight has been challenging thus far, and will probably get tougher before it gets better. But know this: Your school and your community have your and your family’s back as you continue on this journey, and tonight, if you and your family are able to make it to CHS to watch the game, you all will hopefully see that up close.

    You may be aware about Mount Si’s efforts to help their fellow student battling this same awful disease, and we hope – and trust – that Cedarcrest will give you the same support and love as your battle continues. When this is all said and done, when you have beaten this, cancer will again find out the hard way, just like it’s going to with Ryan, it picked on the wrong kid. Because your fight, Mason, is our fight as a community. We have a bonus pick for you, too, this morning. We like Cedarcrest to gain revenge for their loss to Murphy with a home win fed by the emotional strength of playing to win for you, Mason, and we also expect you to win your battle hands down. #MasonStrong

    Game: Cedarcrest 60, Archbishop Murphy 55
    Bonus: Mason 1, Cancer 0

  • Thursday, January 17, 2019 2:02 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Cedarcrest boys fall: Just like their loss to Stanwood last Wednesday night, the Red Wolve boys could not recover from a slow start and fell last night to Meadowdale.

    The Mavericks outscored CHS 21-8 in the opening frame and despite a solid comeback in the second half, the Red Wolves fell 63-53. Chris Busch and Cameron Brady each had 13 to lead Cedarcrest while Cole Nelson led all scorers with 17 points for Meadowdale.

    The Red Wolves host Archbishop Murphy tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. at CHS’ gym in Duvall.

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 8:10 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Here are your RPI reminders.

    The most important RPI for 2A and 3A teams in District 1, is the District RPI.  Those are now up and running, and can be found on the Northwest Conference and Wesco boys and girls basketball pages, by using the RPI link.

    They are updated every weekend when games are completed for the week.  Possibly more frequently as we get closer to season’s end.  They are important because the top twelve 2A’s qualify for the district tournament.  In 3A, the top ten qualify.

    By now, the WIAA’s state RPI has enough data to be legitimate as a poll, but it does not qualify your team for anything.  If you are one of the 16 teams that qualifies for state through district tournaments, then you will be assigned a seed of 1-16.  So, if you are confident that your team will be there in the end, then you can certainly eyeball where you might end up, seed wise.

    While the state RPI builds data in December, many people refer to those “rankings” when comparing teams.  For a poll comprised of data, that is too early for it to be accurate.  To me, I like the eye test much better, which is why I miss the banter of opinion polls, which have become very scarce.

    Original post at NW Conference website

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:48 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Below find an article about the various RPIs in play.  FYI, from Wikipedia:  RPI = rating percentage index.  It is “a quantity used to rank sports teams based upon a team's wins and losses and its strength of schedule. It is one of the sports rating systems by which NCAA basketball, baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, lacrosse, and volleyball teams are ranked.”

    This article is from the Northwest Conference website by their basketball news blogger, Ted House.  I’ve edited a bit in italics to add some more dimension.

    Dec 2, 2018 10:41 a.m.

    1st Order of Business:  RPI 301

    RPI 301

    MTWTHFS 4pm-10pm

    In the Gym

    By Ted House, Professor of Research, THE RPI School

    When I’m out and about, I get a lot of questions about this RPI business.  And that’s fine.  Keep them coming, because somehow, it’s fun to talk about.  However, when I get in these conversations, sometimes I get the idea that we aren’t discussing the same RPI.  There are multiple RPI’s, so come clean on the differences.

    This is the third school year for the District 1 & 2 RPI for the 2A classification.  It is used for football, volleyball and girls soccer in the fall; boys and girls basketball in the winter; and softball, boys soccer and baseball in the spring.  With slight scoring differences for football and soccer, the RPI creates standings for the 13 2A teams in District 1 & 2, and seeds them into their (sport) specific district tournaments.

    In District 1/2, 2A teams are members of three different conferences, the Northwest Conference, Wesco Conference, and KingCo Conference.  Each conference has members from different classifications, and the RPI system is used as a way to seed teams fairly for the post season (as qualifying 2A teams from each conference meet in the District 1/2 tournament).  The Cascade Conference disbanded after the 2017-18 school year, and its two remaining 2A teams, Cedarcrest and Archbishop Murphy, have joined the Wesco 3A Conference.  (And Ted doesn’t say this, but Cedarcrest and ABM are joining Mountlake Terrace which is already a 2A school in Wesco.  Shorecrest was also a 2A school in Wesco in recent years, though they are 3A now. ) Liberty and Sammamish are 2A teams that compete in the KingCo 3A Conference in District 2.

    With the addition of the two (more) 2A schools to the Wesco 3A, and with Ferndale and Squalicum competing in the Northwest Conference (except for football), the 3A schools in District 1 have adopted the same RPI system that has been used by the 2A classification.  As of this school year, Ferndale and Squalicum will be included in the RPI system with the 12 3A schools in the Wesco. This will make the run-up to the 3A post season much easier to follow.

    On the state level, the WIAA is still only using an RPI system for basketball.  It is completely different measurement than the local 2A and 3A district RPI. (And Ted doesn’t say this, but besides using a different formula, it is used for a different purpose – seeding teams into the regional round of the state tournament.   First, a team must win its way through its district tournament and be one of the teams qualifying for regionals.  For example, in 2A basketball in District 1/2, the teams are seeded into the district tournament according to the local RPI.  Then, the top four teams coming out of the District 1/2 tournament qualify for the regional round of the state tournament.  No matter their state qualifying placing in the District 1/2 tournament (that is, first, second, third or fourth), they will be seeded into the regional round according to their state RPI.  So this is why any team’s state RPI matters not much at all unless they qualify for the regional round of the state tournament by placing in their district tournament.)

    The state basketball RPI counts all games played, through district tournaments.  This means league, non-league, and all post-season games at the district tournament level.  The (state) RPI equation includes the team’s winning percentage (worth 40%); its opponents’ winning percentage (40%); and its opponents’ opponents’ winning percentage (20%).

    For its first two years (in the state RPI), a “25/50/25” percent system was used.  This year, those numbers have changed to 40/40/20.  This will give more weight to a team’s own winning percentage, and slightly less to the other two factors (than they were given in previous years).

    Games against touring Australian teams (or any international team) are not counted in the state basketball RPI.  Furthermore, if a team has “out of state” opponents on the schedule, they must keep track of those teams’ records throughout the season.  However, they do not have to track the opponents’ records of that team (that is, the opponents’ opponents’ records).

    For example, if Zillah plays Oceanside, California, then Zillah must keep track of Oceanside’s record because they are their opponent. (And presumably they convey this to the state RPI makers somehow.) But the opponents of Oceanside (the final 20% of the (state’s RPI) equation), will default to a .500 record.

    On the other hand, the RPI used by our local 2A and 3A teams (District 1/2) only counts the league games that are on the schedule. (Emphasis added.) (And) teams can only gain points for wins. (And) a team will get more points for beating a 3A team, as opposed to a 2A or 1A team, which are in proportion.  (I don’t know what he means by “in proportion.”  But Cedarcrest and Murphy are in a different situation than previously when they were in the Cascade Conference which was a league with only 2A and 1A competition.  Wins against 2A and 1A teams count less than wins over 3A teams.  And only league wins count.  I’m not sure if that will matter, but now that CHS and ABM are in Wesco, they do not have league games – thus possible league wins, though at a lesser value -- against 1A teams at all.)   There is also a bonus if a team you beat finishes with a record of .500 or higher.  It’s the final league record that is most important.  (Or rather, it is the one that counts in the end.)  You may beat a team in the second week of the season that was over .500 at the time.  But if that team finishes the league schedule with a record that has fallen under .500, that win will be worth less. (So basically, it’s a moving target throughout the season.)

    Another new RPI example is the SPSL (South Puget Sound League) 2A which has 16 teams that are split into three divisions.  They have adopted an RPI system this year to seed teams into their district tournament as well.  However, the SPSL 2A has chosen to use an RPI system that is similar to the WIAA’s state basketball version, where they will count all games played in the regular season, along with the three percentages.

    You can find a district RPI link on the home page of the individual sport.  (This is for either the Northwest Conference or the Wesco Conference website.)  It says, “RPI” near the upper left, in the row between standing s and photos.  For basketball season, the district RPI will begin its updates in January, after enough games have been played to make it realistic.

    I realized this is convoluted!  Hopefully, less now than a few minutes ago.  Just remember that there is a state basketball RPI for everyone.  And there are district RPI’s for 3A teams in District 1 and 2A teams in Districts 1 and 2.  I’m just doing my part to keep District 1 as the most informed district in the state!

    (Okay, me again.  And there is another ranking out there, just to add to the confusion.  On the MaxPreps page, there is a "ranking" tab.  Cedarcrest's rankings on MaxPreps.  It shows the team's ranking in 2A, its (theoretical) ranking in the entire state regardless of classification, and a (very theoretical) national ranking.  When I've looked, the MaxPreps 2A ranking does not match the WIAA 2A ranking for Cedarcrest (even though the WIAA RPI supposedly uses the scores from MaxPreps to generate their RPI).  

     Link to Ted House's article

    Link to District 1/2 RPI on Wesco website

    Link to WIAA state RPI for each classification and FAQs

  • Monday, January 14, 2019 1:49 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 14, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Good Monday morning. Athletes of the Week coming up, but we have some news for you this morning on Cedarcrest High School’s playoff situation.

    The Northwest District last night did another run of their Ratings Percentage Index computer rankings which helps determine seedings for the upcoming playoffs. There are some changes to report for both Red Wolve teams in this latest run.

    First, with the boys, the Cedarcrest boys are now ranked eighth overall with a rating of 0.45, well ahead of ninth-place Bellingham and just behind seventh-place Sehome. If this ranking holds, the Red Wolve boys will host an opening-round playoff game. As for the girls, Cedarcrest’s ladies dropped from the fourth to fifth slot this week, and that’s important because that means the loss of a first-round bye. Still, though, as we noted last week when we mentioned this for the first time, that fourth-place opening ranking provided the Red Wolves with a lot of cushion to work with as the season winds down in terms of getting a home game in either of the first two rounds of the tournament. Cedarcrest has a .5714 ranking, just ahead of sixth-place Liberty.

    It’s a busy week this week for both teams as they meet Meadowdale and Archbishop Murphy, with the Friday double at home with the Wildcats potentially being huge for both Cedarcrest teams. 6:30 and 8:10 Friday night at Cedarcrest HS in Duvall for girls and boys respectively.

    We should also add that the ScoreCzar ranking service which is among several who do rankings of Washington high school basketball is out as well this morning with another round of rankings. We have been tweeting those out to you so look for that this morning on our Twitter @snovalleysports. Mount Si and Cedarcrest are both represented in those rankings.

  • Saturday, January 12, 2019 2:10 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Cedarcrest teams split: Cedarcrest High School’s boys and girls were on opposite ends of blowouts last night against Marysville-Pilchuck. The boys fell at home in Duvall to the unbeaten Tomahawks 73-36, with stats from that game not available, while the girls overcame injuries and fatigue to rout M-P in their gym 55-16. 

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