ILWACO – Finals at the Battle at the Beach summer basketball tournament featured a 3A school against a 1B dynasty.

Kelso, 13-10 at the 3A level last season, edged Colton, the 1B champion 10 of the last 11 seasons, by a score of 61-55 to close out the June 14-16 tournament.

In the Ilwaco alumni game, the Class of 2018 connection was decisive as Madeline Jacobson scored on a lob from Makenzie Kaech in the closing seconds for a 44-43 victory over Zillah.

Ilwaco’s present-day team also fared well.

After losing in overtime 41-36 to Cashmere, Ilwaco came back to win an overtime contest over Adna 40-32.

With no shot clock at the tournament, Adna looked to play for the final shot in a 32-32 tie, but Estella Sheldon picked off a pass with 19 seconds to go. Sheldon missed at the other end, but Sunny Kemmer came up with a block right at the rim with four seconds left, forcing the game into overtime.

Erika Glenn fed Kylie Gray for a basket on the opening possession of the two-minute overtime, then added a steal and score on the next possession. The Fishermen outscored Adna 8-0 in the extra period.

Jaymie Kemmer and Olivia Long got significant playing time for a team looking to replace the graduated Ebby McMullen and Arianna Bell in the rotation.

Kemmer hit three three-pointers in two minutes, one while being fouled, to help Ilwaco pull away for a win over Orting.

Glenn was unstoppable in a 45-24 win over Toledo before Colton knocked off the Fishermen in semifinals 47-31.

A very young Naselle team beat Orting’s junior varsity squad before losing to Cashmere and Columbia.

Aaron Mead is a sports writer for the Chinook Observer. Contact him at 360-642-8181 or

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.