NASELLE & ILWACO - The menu for Naselle and Ilwaco High School sporting events is chock full of league contests of major importance, a visit from teams from Australia, double-dual home wrestling meets and make-up games. Now is the time for sports fans to break out those seat cushions Santa brought and sit back and enjoy.
Monday-Albany, Australia brings their girls and boys basketball teams to Ilwaco for a doubleheader. "You never know what the Australian teams will be like," veteran coach Bob Enos says. "Once at Forks our JV boys' basketball team gave up over 100 points to one of the best 16-Under teams on their continent and then our varsity beat the older guys by over 40 points."
Tuesday-Naselle boys host Northwest Christian, another team "you just never know about," but one that contended for the Pacific League title last year in the first of four games the Comets will play during the week. Ilwaco girls play South Bend at home as their final non-league tune up for Trico League action.
Wednesday-Ilwaco wrestlers hit the mats for the first time since Dec. 14, a layoff of 24 days, as they host Ocosta and Warrenton. Naselle boys play visiting Valley in a make-up game from Dec. 18 when snow and ice forced postponement of the crucial Pacific League rivalry match up.
Thursday-Ilwaco wrestlers, after 24 days off, will return to the home mats of Carl Aase Gymnasium within 24 hours as Trico opponents Castle Rock (league co-favorites) and Stevenson come to town. Naselle girls will make the trek to Olympia to play Northwest Christian in a Pacific League tilt.
Friday-Ilwaco girls and boys and their junior varsity counterparts will travel to Stevenson to open 2009 Trico League play with a quadruple-header in the Columbia River Gorge. Naselle boys will play a much-improved South Bend team in a Pacific League fray at Lyle Patterson Gymnasium.
Saturday-Naselle girls will visit South Bend for a league game and the boys will visit Cathlamet to play Wahkiakum in a make-up of the Battle of K-M game originally set for Dec. 2, but was moved because of the Comets success in the football playoffs. Ilwaco boys' basketball team will visit Raymond for a non-league contest and the Fishermen wrestlers will do battle in Kelso at one of the largest invitational meets of the season.
Sunday-Elaine Patterson and family is hosting an 80th birthday party for former Naselle Coach Lyle Patterson. Everyone is invited to attend the event that will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at the Patterson home at 4317 Olympia Way in Longview.
Before anyone puts those seat cushions away, the next week there will be 10 Naselle and Ilwaco sporting events and for the month of January there will be a total 47 varsity contests and almost as many JV games scheduled during 20 of the 31 days in the month.