ILWACO — The Timberwolves tore open a 20-6 lead after one period and Ilwaco would get no closer until the end of the third period when they closed to within 49-35. Morton-White Pass [MWP] then extended the lead to as many as 23 in the fourth period on their way to a 71-49 win over the Fishermen in the championship game of the Ilwaco Holiday Tournament Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Karl Oman led Ilwaco with 14 points and dished out four assists, while Kyle Breckinridge scored 11 and pulled down nine rebounds before fouling out. Patrick Whealdon popped in nine points before twisting his ankle and he pilfered four steals. Ryan Kukula added eight points, Bobby Byrd four, Austin Wirkkala a pair, and Clark Wilson his first varsity point this season.

“We ran into a deeper, bigger, stronger team and it was one of those nights when we just got beat. They stuck 10 three-pointers and we sank four,” Coach Kip Meinhardt said. “I was pleased with our effort, but we didn’t shoot well against a talented team.”

Ilwaco was 19-53 from the field for only 36 percent and made 7-15 from the line for a meager 47 percent, while MWP was 23-53 from the floor for 43 percent and 15-18 from the charity stripe for a sizzling 83 percent. The Tolves out-rebounded Ilwaco 37-32 and turnovers were even at 11 each. Ilwaco was whistled for 15 fouls to 13 for MWP.

The Fishermen are now 6-2 on the year, while Morton-White Pass improves to 6-3 overall.


Fishermen fourth period sinks Cardinals 67-48

ILWACO – The Fishermen went on a 16-3 tear in the fourth period to pull out a 67-48 win over Winlock in the opening round of the Ilwaco Holiday Tournament Tuesday, Dec. 28. Patrick Whealdon sank four straight foul shots down the stretch to finish with a season-high 20 points and his three consecutive three-pointers in the third period were instrumental in Ilwaco busting open a 31-31 halftime tie.

Karl Oman tallied six of his 17 points and dished out three of his 10 assists in the final period, two of which went to Kasey Plato for key buckets in the late going. Kyle Breckinridge grabbed 10 rebounds to go with his dozen points to join Oman in the double-double ranks.

Plato finished with a season-high six points, Ryan Kukula poured in 10 points, and Bobby Byrd scored two and corralled eight boards in the victory. The Fishermen had started cold after a 12-day layoff with only 10 points in the first frame, but heated up for 21 in the second stanza to knot the contest at intermission. Breckinridge tallied a pair of baskets in the paint, Kukula hit a driving layin from a feed from Oman, and Whealdon knocked down a three-point shot and scored on a coast-to-coast layup following his steal on a 9-0 Ilwaco run to end the first half.

Whealdon’s three treys and a pair of “three’s” from beyond the arc by Kukula helped build a 49-39 advantage to end the third period. Breckinridge added two more buckets inside and nabbed five of his 10 rebounds in the period. In the last period it was defense with a capital “D” as Winlock managed only one trey with less than two minutes to play, while Ilwaco rolled in 16 points to win going away.

“We came out flat after the layoff and Winlock had an excellent defensive game plan against us. We hit five ‘three’s’ in the third period and couple in the second to open up the middle. Our zone really shut them down in the fourth quarter after their big man (Collin Kupers) hurt us early in the game and (Bryson) Coleman scored 11 against us in the third period alone,” coach Kip Meinhardt said. “I was pleased that we had four guys in double figures again and that we were able to grind it out the second half.”

Ilwaco was 24-58 from the field for 41 percent and made 12-16 from the line for 75 percent, while the Cardinals were 19-50 from the floor for 38 percent and 6-11 from the charity stripe for 55 percent. The Cardinals out-rebounded Ilwaco 36-32, but turned the ball over 19 times to a dozen for the Fishermen. Fouls were 14 for the home team to 18 for Winlock.


Winlock   15   16   14     3   — 48

Ilwaco      10   21   20   16   — 67


Winlock — Collin Kupers 12, Kyle Pohll 7, Phil Smerek 5, Enrique Hernandez 5, Cory McNelly 3, Bryson Coleman 16

Ilwaco — Karl Oman 17, Ryan Kukula 10, Patrick Whealdon 20, Kyle Breckinridge 12, Bobby Byrd 2, Kasey Plato 6 

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.