Ilwaco 8th graders win first place in basketball tourney

<I>Contributed photo</I><BR>Seated - Blake Kukula. Second row, left to right - Ross Kukula, Clark Wilson, Austin Wirkkala, Brenden Greenfield. Third row, left to right - Anthony Yoder, Wyatt Wulger, Cody Wright and Coach Jon Kukula.

ASTORIA - The Ilwaco Middle School eighth grade boys traveling basketball team won first place at the 8th Grade Boys BXB Four-team Tournament at Astoria High School on Jan. 10.

In their first game, Ilwaco beat Westview 47-16. The team then played against Warrenton, who they beat 44-16. Their final game was pitted against Astoria, which the Peninsula team won 45-27. Each game consisted of two 20-minute halves.

Coach Jon Kukula says the team has played at least 125 games together since the fifth grade, which has developed good team chemistry and intuition.

"It's a good group of kids that have really learned how to play basketball and hustle," praises Kukula. "As a coach I've watched these kids progress from being beat ... to a group of kids that works hard and dives for balls."

Proud of his team, Kukula describes the boys as a "good, fun team to watch. These kids have overachieved - their work ethic is above all the other teams we've played."

The team will play games in Seaside on Jan. 24 and Jan. 25, and in Clatskanie on Feb. 7 and Feb. 8. They plan to play every weekend throughout February and through the end of March.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.