Senior La Center guard Hunter Ecklund hugs his coach and father Jeremy Ecklund after losing a loser-out match against King’s Way Christian in the state tournament on Wednesday.

Both the Battle Ground Tigers and the La Center Wildcats lost in the first non-regional round of the respective 4A and 1A tournaments at the Tacoma Dome and Yakima Sun Dome last week. The Tigers went into the tournament ranked 12th and put up a fight but lost 78-57 to No. 5 Federal Way on Wednesday.

The state run comes after a 11-9 regular season and with help from Gonzaga Commit Kaden Perry, who put up 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in Wednesday’s game.


La Center’s Hunter Ecklund makes a run to the basket during Wednesday’s game in Yakima. The senior led the team with a total of 28 points.

As for La Center, the Wildcats lost a game against local rival the King’s Way Christian Knights on Wednesday. The 83-63 loss followed a 74-49 win over Bear Creek. The Wildcats went into the tournament after a 14-6 run in the regular season that started with a six-game win streak and ended with a district trophy. Senior Wildcat Hunter Ecklund led the team with a total of 28 points. The team will graduate six seniors this year.


Wildcat senior Cedric Hubler grabs a rebound during a state tournament game against King’s Way Christian last week.

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Cedric Hubler amps up the defense against a King’s Way Christian Knight during a game at the Yakima Sun Dome last week.

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