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  • Thursday, January 10, 2019 7:37 AM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Boys: Cedarcrest unable to recover from slow start, falls to Stanwood
    Cedarcrest High School’s boys were outscored 23-9 in the opening frame by the Spartans and that proved to be the difference in the end as Stanwood handed CHS a 70-57 loss last night at SHS. The two teams played equal in the final three quarters, and Red Wolves coach Joe Ayers was pleased with how well his team continued to compete despite the slow start.

    “I was happy with how hard we fought all the way to the end tonight. We got some good shots in the first quarter…..just couldn’t get them to drop,” Ayers said by email to the SVSJ, adding, “which put us a little too far behind a pretty good Stanwood team. We did however outscore them in the final three quarters. This was a great test for us in a playoff environment (against) a playoff-caliber team. I am confident we are better after playing this game.”

    Brennan LeBlanc led CHS with 12 points and Cameron Brady, last week’s SVSJ Cedarcrest boys Athlete of the Week, paced the Red Wolves with 10. Mitch Jones scored a game-high 20 for the Spartans, and Cort Roberson added 15 to the winning efforts. CHS plays Marysville-Pilchuck tomorrow and we’ll have a preview and pick for you then.

    Posted on January 10, 2019 by Rhett Workman

  • Tuesday, January 08, 2019 7:40 AM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Cedarcrest boys hoops beats Everett, enhancing strong Northwest RPI ranking

    Posted on January 8, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Good Tuesday morning. We have some news from the hardwood this morning and Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball squad started out a busy week last night scoring a big home win over Everett.

    With the team missing key senior presence Emmett Turner, who was hurt during last Friday’s Red Wolves loss at Oak Harbor, the Red Wolves rebounded from a slow start to grab the 63-51 win over the Seagulls backed by a 19-point effort from Turner’s fellow senior teammate Chris Busch. “Emmett is an energy guy for us, so with him out we needed some guys to step up,” said coach Joe Ayers by email to the SVSJ. “And they did, our team defense was solid all the way around in the second half.  One of our keys to the game was to turn defense into offense.  And our defense led to a lot of high percentage shots.”

    Brennan LeBlanc added 12 points and five rebounds to the winning effort for Cedarcrest. For Everett, Andrew Olson led a balanced scoring attack with 13 points, while Jayden White added 12 and Jeremy Reed pitched in 10. The win pushed CHS into a tie for third in league at 3-2 in Wesco. They are 8-3 overall and in the first Northwest District RPI rankings released yesterday, CHS is ranked sixth, which if that were to hold the rest of the way gets them a home first round playoff game against the 11th seed, currently Blaine. The ranking however did not reflect last night’s win so there is a good chance the Red Wolves’ ranking may improve as a result of the victory.

    Turner injured his ribs in the loss to Oak Harbor and according to Ayers is out indefinitely. No matter, though, the coach says the team has to focus on the task at hand. “We know we have a tough week this week with three games and some strong teams.  It was nice to start the week with a win, but we have to turn our focus onto to a tough Stanwood team.  They are traditionally a strong competitor and really play well at home.  It’s a game we know we can get,” Ayers told us. Game is tomorrow night up at Stanwood High School, at 7:00 p.m., and will be webstreamed through TCSN, a link to which we’ll try to provide you here later today or tomorrow.

    Stanwood likewise is 3-2 in league so this turns into a key game for CHS if it wants to maintain their home-court playoff seeding advantage.

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  • Saturday, January 05, 2019 1:17 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 5, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Red Wolves miss opportunity to get RPI bonus: With 3A Oak Harbor trailing Cedarcrest in the Wesco 2A/3A standings, the Red Wolves had a good chance to get some RPI bonus points for the 2A playoff seeding last night with a win over the Wildcats. But a big night for Oak Harbor senior Dorian Hardin helped sink Cedarcrest’s chances last night up on Whidbey Island.

    Hardin pumped in a game-high 28 as Oak Harbor rallied from a deficit in the second half to escape with a 66-62 victory over the Red Wolves. Chris Busch led Cedarcrest with 16 and was followed by Brennan LeBlanc’s 12 and Emmett Turner’s 10. The Red Wolves dropped to 2-2 in league, 6-3 overall and host Everett on Monday night followed by a game next Wednesday at Stanwood that will be webstreamed on TCSN Sports.

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  • Friday, January 04, 2019 1:14 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Posted on January 4, 2019 by Rhett Workman

    Cedarcrest Red Wolves @ Oak Harbor Wildcats, Oak Harbor HS, 7:15 – Cedarcrest tonight will hop on a ferry just like old times within the former Cascade Conference and make a trip up to Whidbey Island. But instead of heading up the hill from the Clinton ferry dock to South Whidbey High School, coach Joe Ayers and his Red Wolve crew will go right past South Whidbey and up highways 525 and 20 all the way up to Oak Harbor to take on a Wildcat team that is struggling a bit in the conference this season.

    Oak Harbor is 3-6 on the season and trailing the Red Wolves in Wesco, at 1-2 in league play. It is a senior-laden roster, with a lot of height; most of their roster is 6’0” or taller, so Cedarcrest will have to be mindful of the play inside and work to overcome the size and height of this Wildcat squad. 6’2” Austin Boesch and Kevin Schuldt provide strong post presence for Oak Harbor, so those two will be among the players CHS will be contending with in this one.

    Look for the usuals to lead the way for the 7-2 Red Wolves, such as seniors Brennan LeBlanc and Chris Busch and junior Nicolo Cammarano. But keep an eye on junior Cameron Brady. He scored 12 points for CHS in their tournament title win last Friday over Chelan in the Chelan Invitational and earned our Athlete of the Week recognition on the strength of that effort.

    Cedarcrest swept both of their tournament games over there and come in looking to make serious noise in the Wesco chase. They’ve already bagged a pair of bonus-point RPI league victories over 3A schools, so a win over a team like this OH one, who is trailing in the standings, can also be beneficial to the RPI ranking when that comes out perhaps next week for the first time. A win tonight could see the Red Wolves be in a position where they might be hosting an opening-round playoff game, and you know how important that will be for them to have out of the gate.

    We like Cedarcrest here in this one. Cedarcrest 65, Oak Harbor 55

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  • Monday, December 31, 2018 1:56 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Weekend wrap and our first Athletes of the Week for 2019….. Posted on December 31, 2018 by Rhett Workman

    From Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal

    CEDARCREST – Junior Cameron Brady gets our nod this week on the strength of a 12-point effort, which we think was a season-best, for the Red Wolves and those dozen points were important last Friday night as CHS used them to help secure a victory over tournament host Chelan to win the Chelan Invitational tournament. Cedarcrest went 2-0 in the event, also beating Oroville in the tournament, and are now 6-2 on the season. The Red Wolves return to league play Friday and take a long bus ride up to Whidbey Island. Not South Whidbey like old times, but further up the island to Oak Harbor to meet the 3A Wesco Wildcats.

  • Saturday, December 08, 2018 10:26 AM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Cedarcrest girls and boys defeat former Cascade foe Posted on December 8, 2018 by Rhett Workman

    Cedarcrest’s girls and boys took on former Cascade Conference rival Cedar Park Christian last night on the road at CPC’s campus in Bothell, and both teams posted wins.


    In the boys’ game that followed the girls’ victory, Cedarcrest broke out to an early lead and took command in the third, outscoring Cedar Park 13-3 in that frame, posting a 50-37 win over the Eagles in the non-conference game. Chris Busch scored 15 for Cedarcrest in the victory while Brennan LeBlanc added nine.

    Next up for both the Red Wolves boys and girls are the Arlington Eagles as the teams return to Wesco play. The girls are home this coming Tuesday and the boys are away at Arlington next Wednesday. Both games start at 7:15 p.m. and the boys’ game is being webstreamed by TCSN Sports. We’ll have a link to that for you here next week.

    December 1, 2019 -- by Rhett Workman at Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal

    Red Wolve boys survive in OT: Cedarcrest overcame a slow start early to force overtime, then held on in the extra session to grab a hard-fought 63-62 win last night up north in Bellingham over the Northwest Conference’s Sehome Mariners. Chris Busch’s three-pointer with two seconds left in overtime was the dagger that lifted Cedarcrest to the victory.

    “Whew!! We had to earn that one but well worth the trip north,” Red Wolves coach Joe Ayers told the SVSJ by email. “A really great team OT win for us. We didn’t play a great game but found a way to win.”

    Busch’s dramatic three capped off another strong effort for the senior; he finished with 16 points, six rebounds and four assists, and was aided by 10-point efforts from Emmett Turner, Shawn Deming and Nicolo Cammarano. Turner also added nine rebounds.

    CHS is now 2-0 on the season and has a pair of road games next week – a non-counting Wesco contest against Archbishop Murphy at their place in Everett on Wednesday, followed by a date with former Cascade Conference rival Cedar Park Christian next Friday in Bothell.

  • Thursday, December 06, 2018 12:46 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Red Wolves boys unable to maintain halftime lead, fall to Murphy

    Posted on December 6, 2018 by Rhett Workman

    It was a tale of two halves last night for Cedarcrest High School’s boys’ basketball team in their game with longtime rival Archbishop Murphy. The Red Wolves held a halftime lead in the contest but saw the Wildcats outscore them 31-12 in the second half, enabling ATM to beat CHS 61-50 in a non-counting Wesco 2A/3A contest at Archbishop Murphy HS in Mill Creek. The two teams will meet again in a counting battle January 18 at Cedarcrest. Chris Busch led Cedarcrest with 14 points and Brennan LeBlanc added 11.

    For Murphy, Mateo Trimble led all scorers with 17 points, while Cole Calnon and Sage Oliveria each had 14.

    Cedarcrest is at Cedar Park Christian tomorrow for a 7:00 p.m. tip as part of a doubleheader. The Red Wolve and Eagle girls tip things off at 5:15. Both games are at CPC’s campus in Bothell.

  • Thursday, November 29, 2018 12:45 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    Red Wolve hoops opens season strong, with both the boys and girls getting nice wins to start 2018-19 campaign

    Posted on November 29, 2018 by Rhett Workman

    Good Thursday morning. We have some news from the hardwood as Cedarcrest High School’s boys and girls’ basketball teams both opened their seasons last night with wins.

    The Joe Ayers era for the Red Wolve boys started out strong at home in Duvall against Anacortes. Spurred by three players in double figures scoring-wise, Cedarcrest handled affairs well against the Northwest Conference’s Seahawks, taking it 68-44 in Ayers’ debut as CHS head coach. Chris Busch led the way for the Red Wolves, scoring 19 points on a strong 8-11 from the floor, including one three-pointer. Emmett Turner paced things for CHS with 15 points on an even better 5-7 from the floor and 5-6 from the free throw line. Nicolo Cammarano added 10 for the Red Wolves, who hit the road tomorrow to meet Sehome up in Bellingham.

    As for Anacortes, no players scored in double figures; they were led by Duane Jedlinski’s nine points.

    Meanwhile, the Cedarcrest girls made the short hop over Novelty Hill Road to Redmond, then dropped down into northeast Bellevue for their opener last night with the Kingco’s Interlake Saints. The Red Wolves had to fight hard early on against the home side, but got a key three-pointer in the fourth quarter from Cassidy Sweney, sparking a late push that sealed a 65-51 win over Interlake. Jaylin Yowell led CHS with 18 points and Helena Van Ess added 16 including a perfect 8-8 from the free throw line.

    “It’s always nice to start off the season with a win and this one wasn’t easy,” noted Red Wolves coach Brad Knowles by email to the SVSJ. He told us there’s things they’ll be addressing out of this game. “We shot poorly from the line and we could have rebounded better,” he told us. “Definitely things to work on going forward.”

    Cedarcrest opens their home schedule tomorrow against Snohomish. Mount Si will open their season as well tomorrow, with both the boys (in Spokane against Ferris) and the girls (against Interlake in Bellevue) being away. With all four teams in action, we’ll be starting up another season of hoops previews and picks for you tomorrow, so look for that here in the morning. We’ll feature this segment occasionally throughout the season when both the boys and girls from Mount Si and Cedarcrest are in action on Friday nights.

    Good stuff and we look forward to a great season ahead.

  • Tuesday, November 20, 2018 12:40 PM | Amy Turner (Administrator)

    New era for Cedarcrest boys’ hoops as team aims to contend in new Wesco environment

    Posted on November 20, 2018 by Rhett Workman

    EDITOR’S NOTE: We continue our SVSJ winter high school sports preview series, with a look this morning at Cedarcrst High School’s boys’ basketball program, entering a new era this season in more ways than one. We are planning a visit today to Mount Si High School to gather information for our boys and girls’ basketball previews, as well as their gymnastics program. Look for those previews the rest of this week, along with Cedarcrest, and hopefully, Mount Si, wrestling. All on deck the rest of the week as you eat turkey, enjoy some pigskin and pump dollars into our local economies as you get your holiday shopping into full swing. So make us a regular stop as you cruise the ‘net this week!

    The Cedarcrest High School boys’ basketball program saw a lot of change in the offseason. Not only did the program change leagues along with the rest of the sports teams at CHS, but the Red Wolve boys welcome in a new head coach.

    Out after last season is longtime head man Mark Prince, and replacing him for this coming season is his longtime assistant, Joe Ayers. And he expects to have a competitive season in the first go-round. The team finished 7-14 overall and 7-5 in Cascade play last season, falling in the first round of the Northwest District playoffs. Several players from last season’s team return, led by senior Brennan LeBlanc. Ayers is excited about what LeBlanc can bring to the table. “LeBlanc is going to be a strong guard for us this year and has deep range from the 3pt. line. What I like about LeBlanc is his work ethic, competitive spirit and attention to the smallest details,” he told us by email.

    Fellow senior Chris Busch was a second-team All-Cascade player last season, and Ayers is expecting more this season. “We also expect him to have a strong year at the guard position. He has been working hard in practice to be a great leader,” the coach told us. “(He) has really been working hard in practice to improve his defense and leadership. He has proven to be one of the top guards in the Cascade Conference and we are excited to see that translate over to his senior year in the Wesco were they have some really strong guards.”

    Other seniors on the team this fall include Lance Stupfel, Emmett Turner and Bryce Hefner. Hefner’s no stranger to the program, having been part of it in the past but decided to take the year off last season. “Bryce is a very athletic stretch-four type of player. (He) is working his way back into the mix as a senior. He has a lot of potential for growth this year,” Ayers told us.

    Juniors Dawson Cairns and Shawn Deming lead the newcomer group. Ayers really expects Deming to be a big key to the overall success of the team this season. “Shawn Deming can really be a difference maker for us. His ability to get his hand on the ball on the defensive side of the ball really disrupts what our opponents are trying to do offensively. He is a high energy player that can get us going,” Ayers said. As for Cairns, the coach wants fans to pay attention to what he brings, too. “Look for Dawson Cairns to be a consistent contributor also, he has put in countless hours in the gym and weight room this off season.”

    Juniors Cameron Brady and Nicolo Cammarano also are key newcomers for the Red Wolves this season.

    Red Wolve fans can look for a very fast-paced attack on both sides of the ball this winter, according to Ayers. “We want to play with an up-tempo style game. We feel like we have the guys to be successful by putting pressure on our opponents in different ways by playing with an aggressive mentality. On the offensive side, our focus has been finding good quality shots early in the shot clock,” Ayers said, also noting his team’s philosophy this season as defense, run, rebound and score in that order.

    The new league has its challenges. Ayers expects Stanwood, Arlington, Shorecrest, Marysville-Pilchuck and Mountlake Terrace to contend for the Wesco crown this season, with Meadowdale, Everett, Lynnwood and Edmonds-Woodway to also be competitive. “We understand there are some new challenges with joining the Wesco Conference,” Ayers said. “We will be traveling to new schools, playing in new gyms, against new opponents. These challenges will come early also with our first 7 out of our first 10 games will be on the road. But I think we are up to meeting those new challenges. We feel like playing in the Wesco will battle test us, and better prepare us for the postseason. When we have to face the likes of Lynden, Anacortes, Sehome, and Burlington-Edison to get out of our District we need to be tested. Our district has some of the toughest competition in the state.” Ayers added, “I am confident if we play with our strengths we can compete with any team we will face this season.”

    Prepping for the new Wesco environment has resulted in some significant changes behind the scenes, according to Ayers, not the least of which was his appointment as head coach following Prince’s offseason resignation. “We have been working hard this off season in the weight room to become stronger athletes, ensuring that we can compete at a higher level against our new league opponents. We continue to grow in our knowledge of the game and of our opponents. We are rebuilding some structural components of the program with a new coaching staff and are excited for the opportunities,” he said.

    His staff consists of coaches who know the area and know the kids, which could be useful in helping identify ways the players can best help the overall team’s success. Sam Farnworth will be the lead varsity assistant and head junior varsity coach. He is a former CHS girls’ coaching staff member who has prior coaching experience with the Red Wolve select feeder program. John Soule, a recent Cedarcrest grad and former player under Prince, takes over the freshman “C” team head duties this season, and program assistant Jesse Vliem also has experience within CHS’ select travel basketball feeder program.

    Another part of the change has been developing a closer relationship with the Red Wolves’ girls’ program. “We have partnered with our girls program in hopes to build a “PACK Mentality” with our basketball programs. Both programs are excited with our teams and hope to strengthen the bond and following with our community,” Ayers told us. To that end, the two teams’ jamboree Saturday won’t be spent playing other schools, it’ll instead be playing one another with one another. CHS’ boys and girls will be playing in an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday. Games in this thing begin at 1:00pm and will last all afternoon and into the evening at Cedarcrest’s gym in Duvall, 29000 NE 150th St. The event, dubbed the “Turkey Tip-Off,” is the first of these ever, and they are hoping to make this an annual tradition.

    Further, both teams will be over in Chelan for their holiday tournament during winter break. Neither program has made serious overtures in recent seasons to compete over the winter break in a tournament (although the girls have done a couple of these under their coach, Brad Knowles), so this also is a bit of a change from past practice, another sign that the programs really understand that to be successful in this new environment, they need to act like they are in it, and with most of their league rivals likely to be competing in similar tournaments, extra games against challenging competition can also help in their overall conference success.

    The season opens at home next Wednesday against Anacortes, then they’ll have just one home game between then and after the first of the year – December 14 against Marysville-Getchell. Home games with the exception of the Archbishop Murphy game January 18 will be 7:15 p.m, tips, with that ATM game being the nightcap of a doubleheader of girls’ and boys action starting at around 8:15. Home games will also be at CHS’ gymnasium. Senior night is February 4 against Edmonds-Woodway.

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