LONGVIEW — Dueces were wild for three Ilwaco and Naselle athletes and Ross Kukula rolled in a dozen points as they were chosen to play in the 14th annual Lower Columbia-area high school all-star games March 12 at Lower Columbia College. Ilwaco’s Cindy Pacheco scored two points for the White Team and Fisherman Clark Wilson knocked down a pair of points for the Red Team. Naselle’s Dustin Eaton scored two for the White Team.

Players were all seniors from 15 Washington and Oregon schools were picked by LCC coaches to participate. The game is played each year in the college format with two 20-minute halves. Referees from the Lower Columbia Officials Association donate their time and talents to officiate the popular affair that showcases the best of the best local talent each year after WIAA basketball tournaments have ended.

“I was intimidated by all the talent. Everyone was taller and it seemed like they all could dunk. But I had a blast and met a lot of new guys. I guarded a guy from Rainier, Ore.,” Eaton said.

“This was really the most fun for me of any game I’ve ever played in. I was a little intimidated, but we all talked before the game and nobody was a big jerk. I scored after just a few seconds, so that helped me feel comfortable. I guarded Cale Johnson from Castle Rock and Tyler Johnson from Clatskanie,” Kukula said.

“I was kind of nervous to start with, but this was the funnest game I’ve played in. Everyone was a very good player. I guarded Austin Trafelet from Toledo, Eli McElroy from Cathlamet and Jared Neiman from Kalama and we played against those guys over the years. When coach (Kip) Meinhardt told me I had made the team I felt it was an honor,” Wilson related.

Rainier, Ore.’s Kaylea Knox, Maddi Seidl of Castle Rock and Toledo’s Austin Trafelet were named Most Valuable Players. Castle Rock girls were second at the state 1A WIAA tournament and Toledo’s boys brought home their first state basketball championship the first week of March.

Seidl snared an unbelievable 31 rebounds in the all-star game and Trafelet led all scorers with 28 points, topping his teammate, Brennan Rakoz who poured in 27. The Red Team blew out the White Team 83-44 for the girls and the White Boys won 101-74. Below are the box scores for the games.

RED GIRLS (83) — Kaylea Knox 21, Sierra Richards 11, Emily Becker 10, Maddi Seidl 5, Macee Utecht 2, Taylor Flick 12, Autumn Moorcraft 10, Mady Hanna 8, Holly Burghardt 4

WHITE GIRLS (44) — Autumn Durand 13, Paige Snair 4, Majerle Reeves 3, Sami Jo Robinson 2, Tierney Uhlenkott 2, Demi Sahlinger 14, Kristi Funk 4, Cindy Pacheco 2, Kenzie Dahl 0, Haylee Budd 0

Halftime: Red 38, White 24

RED BOYS (74) — Brennan Rakoz 27, Peter Weiler 14, Tanner Brill 8, Sala Clark 4, Josh Caddel 2, Tyler Johnson 12, Cale Johnson 5, Clark Wilson 2, Lars Blix 0

WHITE BOYS (101) — Austin Trafelet 28, Ross Kukula 12, Hayden Tilton 11, Josh Wall 6, Von Johnson 4, Aaron Adams 21, Eli McElroy 9, Jared Neiman 8, Dustin Eaton 2

Halftime: White 44, Red 41

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