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Middle School Sports
Eagles prey on Panthers
The Issaquah Panthers prowled into the Eagles' nest to tangle with the Snoqualmie Middle School boys' seventh-grade varsity team. The first half was dominated by defensive play as both teams found openings hard to locate. Ben Joselyn and Frank McGlaughlin took turns guarding the Panthers' premier scoring threat and the duo held him to only 2 first-half points. Ian Brown and Trevor Gardunia shared the ball-handling duties and connected often with Max Nelson, who scored 10 first-half points to build a six-point lead for the Eagles at intermission.
Issaquah put together a run behind some accurate perimeter shooting and took a one-point lead midway through the fourth quarter. Taylor McCain came up big with eight points in the final stanza to push the Eagles ahead for good. The power trio of Nelson, McCain and Brown combined for all of the Eagles scoring with Nelson netting six, McCain 12 and Brown nine to fuel the 37-29 victory.
Hawks defeat Eagles
The Snoqualmie Middle School Eagles came to the Hawks' nest recently but it was the Chief Kanim Middle School boys' basketball team running away with a solid victory. Tommy Abbot started out the contest with eight points in the opening quarter and helped set the tone with several early blocks. Nick Johnston helped control the boards on both ends of the floor and with great team defense from all the Hawks players, they were able to hold SMS with only three baskets from the field in the second half. The final score was Hawks 65, Eagles 35.
Leading scorers were Abbot with 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocks; Johnston with 11 points and 16 rebounds; Brandon Yakabowski with 10 points, four rebounds and seven assists; Bret Handy had 10 points, three assists; Sean Bothell had eight points and two steals; Miles Whitaker made four points and had four assists; and Josh Londor and Dan Reeves had two points each.
Hawks lose battle to Maywood
The Chief Kanim Middle School seventh-grade varsity basketball team traveled to Maywood last week where they lost a hard-fought battle to Maywood 43-38. The Hawks used a never-give-up attitude to make the game 38-39 with 30 seconds left, but that's as close as they could get. The Hawks left everything they had on the court.
Those scoring for the Hawks were Jake Handy with 20 points and 13 rebounds; Curtis Beach nine points, one assist; Blake Hepner with seven points, three assists; Jake Tweten had two points, two rebounds; Ben Emerson nabed one rebound; Even Aaltonen grabbed one rebound; Justin Poth had two rebounds; and Mike Paulus played excellent defense during the game.
Seventh-grade Eagles beat Hawks
Snoqualmie Middle School's seventh-grade boys' basketball team beat Chief Kanim Middle School 26-24. The Eagles led the whole game, although it was very close in the end. Nick Saty had great defense and leadership on the floor and led his team with nine points. Carter Howell played a terrific game gaining six points and several rebounds. The Eagles' record moves to 3-1.
Hawks breeze by eighth-grade Eagles
The Snoqualmie Middle School eighth-grade boy's basketball team lost to Chief Kanim 42-34. The SMS Eagles trailed the whole game, never quite taking control. Michael Smart scored 16 points. Derrick Perez had 10 points and Nathan Doremus played very well. Doremus will be missed by the team as he is moving from the area. The Hawk's record now moves to 2-2.
Hawks win tough game at Maywood
The Chief Kanim Middle School Hawks traveled to Maywood recently for a tough boys' basketball league game. Tommy Abbott started the game with eight first-quarter points and some great defense. The Hawks went in at halftime with a 28-18 lead. The team came out with fire in the second half with Brandon Yakabowski and Sean Bothell playing some great defense. Nick Johnston and Abbott controlled the boards and Chief Kanim ran away with a 58-41 win.
Leading players were Tommy Abbott with 15 points and eight blocked shots; Nick Johnston with eight points, 15 rebounds and four blocked shots; Brandon Yakabowski had seven points and six rebounds; Dan Reeves had seven points and six rebounds; Sean Bothell and Josh Lidor had six points and five rebounds each; Tanner Ostby had four points; Keegan Riley had three points; and Miles Whitaker made two points.
SMS varsity girls run the field
On March 17 the Snoqualmie Middle School girls' varsity soccer team defeated White River 2-1 to improve their record to 4-1-1. Kirstin Mills played tenaciously and added a goal midway through the first half. Kelsey Wise scored the second goal off a cross from forward Mariana Zanella to finish off the run.
The Eagles have scored 21 goals this season and have only been scored on seven times. The team plays with a 4-4-2 formation and utilizes a flatback four on defense. Kara Clearman, Wise and Camille Weber anchor the Eagles' defense. The midfield is run through Mills along with Shannon Langston. Jessica Oliver and Zanella are the two attacking players. The goalkeepers are Veronica Cerda and Jessica Blessard.
The Battle of the Birds game vs. Chief Kanim will be played at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, at Mount Si High School.
Seventh graders lose to Tolt
The seventh-grade Snoqualmie Middle School boys' basketball team lost to Tolt 17-33. Tolt got off to a fast start from which the Eagles never recovered. Max Long had seven points and Nick Saty made six.
Tolt stomped by SMS eighth-graders
Snoqualmie Middle School's eighth-grade boys beat Tolt 82-21 in basketball action recently. The scoring attack by SMS was well balanced with Derrick Perez making 14 points; Michael Smart 13; and Even Herringa with 10.
Sixth-grade starts season with a bang
The sixth grade girls' soccer team at Chief Kanim Middle School has begun their season with four victories. They began with a 2-0 victory over Snoqualmie Middle School, then moved on to a 5-1 victory of Mann, followed by a win over Surprise Lake 7-0 and finally another win over SMS 2-1.
Against SMS, newcomers Melissa Webster, Alyvia Fernandez and Sara Price proved that they have what it takes to be strong players. With the quick speed of Stephanie Burk, who lofted the ball in front of the goal to Nikki Stanton, the Hawks landed their first goal at the start of the second half. SMS would not go quietly but Chief Kanim continued to display their defensive skills.
With only minutes to go in the game, once again, Burk made a clear pass to Cassidy Will who gave it her all and landed the Hawks their second goal. SMS came back even harder and was given the chance to score with a penalty kick, but with powerhouse Victoria Stanton in goal, the shot was blocked and the Hawks walked away with the victory.
Against Mann, Burk had given the Hawks a 2-0 lead within three minutes of the start of the game. Fernandez increased the lead to 3-0 with a quick shot that slipped right past the goalie. As the second half of the game began, CKMS was ready to continue shining. In the second half Tess Sollitto, Leigh Wunderlin, and their defensive wings protected keeper Webster from having to save Mann's shots. Once again, Burk used her skill and speed to land the Hawks their fourth goal of the game. Late in the second half, Mann scored their first and only goal of the game. Burk answered back scoring the final goal for Chief Kanim, making the ending score 5-1.
Surprise Lake came to town for a game on Snoqualmie Ridge. Only minutes into the game, Mandy Lehan made a strong pass to Burk who landed it in the lower, left corner of the net. Minutes later, Avery Hamann took control of the ball, dribbled down the field and landed Chief Kanim their second goal of the game. Amanda Orcutt, Hannah Mortinsen, and Katie Storrs continued to let Surprise Lake know that taking shots on goal was not an option. After Will got her third goal of the season, Burk got her second for the game.
Entering into the game was Nikki Stanton who continued to dominate the midfield along with Victoria