WHITE SALMON - The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team came away from this past weekend's District tournament with two wins and a 13th straight berth to the State tournament.
Because this year's State tournaments are limited to just eight teams, SCHS Coach Dean Wagenaar said the WIAA considers the Regional tournament part of the State tournament.
So that means with last Friday's and Saturday's wins, the Knights are officially in the 1B State tournament.
Sunnyside Christian beat Trout Lake/Glenwood on Friday night, 60-28.
"We got off to a great start," Wagenaar said.
The Knights benefited from great play by Ryker Van Belle, who scored eight points in the first quarter, and Steven Broersma, who added five points. Add in Trevor Wagenaar's four points and that accounts for 17 of the 19 first-quarter points scored by SCHS. Trout Lake/Glenwood was held to just five first-quarter points.
In the second quarter the Knights pulled away even further, outscoring the Mustangs 13-6 to take a 32-11 lead into halftime.
Wagenaar had nine points in the quarter, scoring from beyond the 3-point arc and from pull-up jumpers.
Trout Lake/Glenwood, said Wagenaar, was very patient on offense, but the Knights made them take tough shots.
The second half was more competitive, as the Knights outscored the Cougars 28-17.
"The only thing I think we could have done better was shoot the ball better from the outside earlier in the game," Wagenaar said.
SCHS was led by Trevor Wagenaar with 15 points. Steven Broersma added 13 points and grabbed five rebounds. Ryker Van Belle scored 12 points and recorded five rebounds, five assists and five steals. Kevin DeJong finished with six points. Alex Brouwer, Steven Bosma and Brandon Broersma each had four points, and Ricky Driesen added two points.
The Cougars were led by Brenan Wells with six points.
On Saturday night the Knights beat Lyle/Wishram 69-33.
Again, SCHS got off to a good start by pushing the ball down the court and playing with high energy. The Knights stole the ball from the Cougars 14 times and caused Lyle/Wishram to turn the ball over 19 times. This helped the Knights surge to a 21-4 first quarter lead and a 38-10 halftime lead.
To start the second half Wagenaar scored six quick points and then sat down for the night. Steven Broersma took over, scoring nine points in the quarter, including a 3-point shot. Van Belle added two more 3-point baskets in the quarter.
"We had it going," Wagenaar said.
The Knights put up 25 points in the third period to lead 63-23 at the end of the quarter. The Cougars outscored SCHS 10-6 in the final period.
Sunnyside Christian was led by Wagenaar with 23 points, three assists and five steals. Steven Broersma added 21 points, grabbed seven rebounds and recorded three steals. Van Belle finished with 12 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals. Steven Bosma had eight points and four rebounds and DeJong finished Saturday's game with five points, eight rebounds and three assists.
Lyle/Wishram had five players with four points each.
The Knights this coming Friday will play the winner of tonight's Trout Lake/Glenwood-Lyle/Wishram game. Friday's District title game will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Mabton High School gym.