KELSO – The Fishermen found the range

against the Rockets in the second half and out-scored Castle Rock

34-21 on their way to a 60-51 District IV victory in Kelso

Saturday, Feb. 12 in a loser-out contest.

Karl Oman led the way with 24 points and he is now only eight

points away from Paul Jarrett’s Ilwaco career mark of 1,678 points

and Kyle Breckinridge poured in a career-high 23 points in the

victory. Bobby Byrd scored five, Patrick Whealdon five, and Ryan

Tapio two for the winners. Oman fouled out in the waning minutes of

the contest.

“I guess it was apparent I did not agree with the call when Karl

fouled out with 1:06 left in the game. Karl challenged the rest of

the guys to hold onto the win and they did. Patrick and Ryan did a

great job on defense in the fourth period and that helped,” Coach

Kip Meinhardt said.

Ilwaco is now 16-8 and will play Ridgefield, a team they have

beaten once and lost to twice already this season. The game will be

Wednesday, Feb. 16 in Kelso at 6:30 p.m. Should Ilwaco win it would

mean they earned their third straight 1A State Tournament

appearance, something that hasn’t been done by the Fishermen in

school history, but a loss would end their season.

In other games Kalama eliminated Rainier 65-62 and will play Toledo

for a trip to State in the balance, after the Indians lost to

Hoquiam 69-65 in triple overtime. Onalaska defeated Ridgefield to

join Hoquiam in the district championship game, with both teams now

qualifying for State.


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