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SMS wrestlers have strong season
The Snoqualmie Middle School Eagles' wrestling team completed their season on Jan. 21 with a strong performance in the Foothills League varsity finals at Issaquah High School. The Eagles were led by team captain Lars Swenson, who captured the 105-pound championship by pinning his opponent in the second period.
Other top performers were Colton Lewis, who took fourth at 110 pounds; Kendal Dressel ,who placed sixth at 115 pounds; and Jon Hagedorn, who placed sixth in the 130-pound division.
Head coach Woodroe Kiser was extremely proud of his team's effort all season.
"We were short on numbers this year [only 11 varsity wrestlers], but we were loaded with heart and determination," said Kiser. "Every wrestler gave a hundred percent every time they walked onto the mat and that's all you can ask for."
SMS had one junior varsity champion in Tony Gaudio in the 110-pound weight class. Sixth-grade wrestlers with strong showings included Rylee Iacolucci, James Farnsworth, Brian Copeland, Joe Bos, Cody Webb and Henry Owens.
"All of the sixth-graders showed a lot of promise and that should translate into more success for Snoqualmie in the near future," said Kiser.
Hawks defeat Wolverines
The Chief Kanim Middle School seventh-grade varsity boys' basketball team traveled to Pine Lake recently where they won their first game of the year, 27-17. The Hawks started out tight and missed several easy buckets. They were down 10-13 at the half and decided it was time to take care of business. Chief Kanim picked up their defensive intensity and never looked back. They defeated the Wolverines 27-17. Ian Ilgenfritz led the effort with eight points and five steals followed by Joe Farmer with 10 points and nine rebounds. Nate Sinner added five points, Cooper Helm added four points and four assists and Ryan Herman added seven rebounds.
Hawks defeat Pine Lake
The Chief Kanim Middle School eighth-grade varsity boys' basketball team defeated a tough Pine Lake team 61-58 recently. The Hawks owned the boards and made the key plays when they needed them. Clutch buckets and timely steals werewhat the Hawks used to preserve the win. Tanner Riley led the effort for the Hawks with 25 points and five steals. Teammate Lucas Zupan also had a stellar performance with 29 points and 15 rebounds. Aaron Moetului had eight rebounds and a point, Ryan Gillespie had two points, Edgar Tarp had two points and Danny Cavanaugh had two points.