Two area basketball teams’ seasons come to close at state


The 1B Columbia Adventist Kodiak boys of Meadow Glade and the 2A Ridgefield Spudders girls basketball teams saw their great seasons come to a close during the state tournament this past week.

Columbia Adventist Kodiaks

The Kodiak boys basketball team opened the 1B state tournament as the No. 16 seed and played as underdog the majority of the tournament.

They opened against the No. 17-seeded Mount Vernon Christian Hurricanes, finishing with a 43-30 win on Feb. 20.

In the second round on Feb. 24, the Kodiaks surprised the No. 9-seed Tulalip Heritage Hawks in a 70-63 upset in the loser-out matchup.

The Kodiaks earned another upset victory, 54-51, against the No. 8-seeded Naselle Comets in the round of 12 on Feb. 28.

The Cinderella story to the championship came to a close against the No. 2-seeded Wellpinit Redskins, 70-50, in the quarter finals on Feb. 29. The loss knocked the Kodiaks to the fourth/sixth-place bracket.

On March 1, the Kodiaks lost, 62-42, to the No. 3-seeded Moses Lake Christian Covenant Christian Lions. Despite the season-ending loss, the Columbia Adventist Kodiaks finished in the top eight for the 1B classification, the best finish in program history.

Ridgefield Spudders

The Ridgefield Spudders girls reached the state tournament for the first time since 2007, with a goal to make it to the Yakima SunDome for the round of 12 and beyond.

The Spudders won their first round matchup, 59-46, against the Kingston Buccaneers on Feb. 23, solidifying a trip to Yakima.

In the round of 12, their season came to a close after a tough loss to league rival Columbia River High School. The No. 9 Spudders lost, 51-47, against the No. 8 Rapids, on Feb. 28.