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Playoff basketball: Skyview boys give themselves a shot

Plus, three girls basketball teams from Class 2A GSHL still alive in district’s consolation bracket

The Skyview boys basketball team is in position to make it to the state tournament.

Alex Schumacher led three players in double figures, scoring 22 points Monday night as the Storm outscored Auburn by 20 points in the second half of a 63-49 victory in the consolation bracket of the Class 4A bi-district tournament.

Alex Schumacher scored 22 points Monday night, leading the Storm to another victory in the consolation bracket of the Class 4A bi-district boys basketball tournament. Skyview now gets two more games, needing to win one in order to advance to state. Photo by Mike Schultz

Alex Schumacher scored 22 points Monday night, leading the Storm to another victory in the consolation bracket of the Class 4A bi-district boys basketball tournament. Skyview now gets two more games, needing to win one in order to advance to state. Photo by Mike Schultz

Skyview, which tied for the 4A Greater St. Helens League title, lost in the opening round of this tournament and had to win back-to-back games in order to reach the final four of the consolation bracket. Three of those four teams will advance to state, meaning Skyview will play two more games and must win at least one to qualify for the state regional round.

Skyview will face Olympia at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Tahoma High School. The Storm will play again Friday.

Samaad Hector added 16 points for the Storm. Kyle Gruhler came off the bench and hit four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in Monday’s victory.

In other local 4A bi-district news, the Union Titans are preparing to take on Federal Way in the championship semifinals. That game is 7:45 p.m. Wednesday at Puyallup High School. Union has already clinched a trip to state.

http://www.4agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2534&sport=3

2A girls

The Columbia River Chieftains did not keep their magic mojo going Monday night, falling to Black Hills in the championship semifinals of the 2A District 4 tournament.

Columbia River stunned the district with a win over Washougal last week, reaching the semifinals with a chance to qualify for state.

Instead, Black Hills advanced to state, as well as district finals, with a 57-31 victory.

Columbia River’s season is not over, though. The Chieftains fell into the consolation final four, with three of those teams part of Clark County. In fact, all four are from the 2A GSHL.

Mark Morris will take on Washougal at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Ridgefield High School. That game will be followed by Columbia River vs. Woodland. The winners of Wednesday’s games will play Saturday for the final berth to state.

Woodland kept its season alive Monday with a 59-49 win over Centralia in one loser-out game.

Washougal broke free from a tied game at the half and cruised past Hockinson 65-39 in the other loser-out game. Skyler Bea scored 15 points to lead the team in scoring. Ashley Gibbons added 14 points. Beyonce Bea had 11 points, nine rebounds, seven assists, six steals, and four blocked shots.

http://www.2agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2545&sport=12

3A girls

The Hudson’s Bay playoff run came to an end Monday night with a 70-36 loss to Peninsula.

The Eagles can still celebrate their season, though. Qualifying for the bi-district tournament was an accomplishment for this up-and-coming team. Plus, the Eagles got a win in this tournament.

In other 3A bi-district local news, the Prairie Falcons are preparing to take on Lincoln in the championship semifinals. That game will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Foss High School in Tacoma.

http://www.3agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2523&sport=12

Here are links to the tournaments that did not have games Monday but return to action Tuesday or Wednesday.

4A girls

http://www.4agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2535&sport=12

3A boys

http://www.3agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2522&sport=3

2A boys

http://www.2agshl.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2544&sport=3

1A boys

http://www.tricoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2463&sport=3

1A girls

http://www.tricoathletics.com/tournament.php?tournament_id=2464&sport=12

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Paul Valencia

Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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