Vikings clinch co-championship with North Beach

By GEORGE A.A. KUNKE II


By GEORGE KUNKE

Willapa Valley left both of its arch rivals in the dust last week enroute to claiming a co-championship with North Beach. The Vikings walloped South Bend and Raymond as both the Vikings and Hyaks finished in first place in the Pacific League with identical 11-1 records. The teams squared off Monday night in Westport to decide which team would be seeded No. 1 in the league at the District IV tournament. Both teams mutually agreed to play the game or a coin flip would have decided the matter. (Please see front page for results from Monday's game.)

We went into the game with the idea of taking the final step for our seniors, who have been playing with the varsity since they were sophomores,” WVHS Head Boys' Basketball Coach John Peterson told the Herald. “They won 11 games as sophomores, and 16 last year to finish second. I talked to them about taking the last step to achieving a league title. The kids were mentally focused and ready to go. I'm very happy they achieved one of their goals. Now it's a whole new season.”

Willapa Valley 60, Seagulls 32

Willapa Valley blew out to an 18-6 first quarter lead and turned the game into a blowout after three quarters with a 43-21 advantage. The Vikings won rather easily 60-32 last Friday night at Seagull Gym. Stephen Camenzind fired in 24 points and snared 8 rebounds, and Matt Konigsberger turned in another double-double with 11 points (all in the first quarter) and 10 boards. He also stole the ball 4 times. Kyler Oblad scored a dozen points and handed out 7 assists.

They had no answer for (Camenzind),” Peterson said.

Defensively, we really played a good game,” Peterson said. “Stephen played a great game defensively, and Matt and Cody (Buchanan) both did a really nice job defensively.

Kyler Oblad played a wonderful game,” Peterson said.

Our kids are so unselfish,” Peterson added. “We had 22 assists and 23 field goals. We played very hard the whole time.”

For the second game in a row, the Vikings committed only 5 turnovers.

Ally Phansisay scored 8 points for RHS.

The win upped Valley's overall record to 17-3, while Raymond fell to 9-10 and 6-6 in the Pacific League.

Willapa Valley 59, Indians 37

The Vikings woke up after one quarter to dispose of South Bend last Thursday night at Koplitz Field House. The Indians led 13-12 after one quarter, and then Valley outscored its hosts 47-24 during the last three quarters.

Konigsberger was virtually unstoppable with 23 points, 14 rebounds, 4 steals, 4 assists and 3 blocks. The Tribe had no answer for Camenzind, either, who tallied 20 points, 9 caroms, and 4 assists.

We wore 'em down a little bit,” Coach Peterson told the Herald. “We were just really solid the whole night. They played well in the first quarter. We got 'em in the second quarter. Matt was really good. It was unbelievable how good he was. He played great defense. We played really solid defense and transitionally did a really nice job.”

Coach Peterson was pleased that of his teams' 23 baskets, 19 were scored with an assist. Four players dished out 4 assists, including Cody Buchanan, Anthony Sagen, and the aforementioned Camenzind and Konigsberger. Drew Pearson took down 9 rebounds.

The Vikings committed only 5 turnovers on the night.

The loss dropped the Indians to 3-16 on the season.

Pacific League

Boys' Standings

(As of 2-9-14) W-L ALL

Willapa Valley 11-1 17-3

North Beach 11-1 19-1

Ocosta 6-6 10-10

Raymond 6-6 9-10

NW Christian 5-7 10-10

Naselle 1-10 4-14

South Bend 1-10 3-16

Editor's Note: Willapa Valley and North Beach played a seeding game for first and second place Monday in Westport. South Bend and Naselle also played its last game the same night. Ocosta won the flip for third place seeding with Raymond. Ocosta chose to play a game to decide the seeding, but Raymond opted for a coin flip.