LONGVIEW - Ryan Cadwell, Ilwaco's versatile senior hoops leader, had an exceptional performance at the annual Lower Columbia College All-Star game Tuesday.His White team defeated the Reds 127-91, and Cadwell contributed 5 points, but more importantly, had 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
"I also had a turnover," Cadwell said with a smile."The first time I touched the ball I got a rebound and turned to make an outlet pass like we (the Fishermen) did all season.The guy wasn't looking so I threw it away."
It was a rare mistake for the IHS senior who was named to the first team Trico League squad.
"I was a little nervous at first," Cadwell explained, "but I settled down right away and had fun.I had either played against a lot of the guys or had seen them play."
The contest was a run-and-gun affair that featured a shot every 12 seconds. The tempo would have given Ilwaco coach Matt Blair nightmares, as his defensive and high-percentage style of basketball that has proven so successful for the Fishermen is in sharp contrast to that of the all-star exhibition contest.
Other standout male hoopsters in the game were Castle Rock's Kyle Foster, Seaside's Vito Cerelli, Astoria's Digger Cokley and Warrenton's Nate McBride.
No Lady Fishermen were tabbed for the squad, although Ashley Fauver's statistics were comparable to some of the girl all-stars.
LaCenter's Sarah Davis, Castle Rock's pair of Stacey Fleming and Shauna Tinney, Winlock's Summer Sykes and Autumn Spencer, and Woodland's Tara Ward were among Ilwaco opponents participating.