See how prospects did at their respective state tourneys
Several state tournaments took place around the Northwest Region this past week, and the cream of the crop certainly put a stamp on things as far as top performances go. A number of prospects demonstrated that they were more than ready for their moment, and helped guide their team to the promise land.
Over the past week, we have tracked those who showcased their talents and stuffed the stat sheets as the postseason brought out some of the very best in those across the Northwest.
We have you covered as far as prospects who shined at the Idaho State Tournament are considered, click here to see who strutted their stuff on the big stage.
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Life Christian’s Luke Lovelady posted a double-double with 23 points and 12 rebounds despite his team falling to Lind-Ritzville/Sprague in the 2b quarterfinals. Lovelady went on to tally another double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds in his team’s 2b consolation win against Friday Harbor. The 19 points gave Lovelady 1,001 total in his career and he was presented with a game ball as a result. In his team’s final game of the 2b state tournament, Lovelady hauled in an outstanding 20 rebounds while scoring 11 points as his team finished fourth overall after beating Morton White-Pass.
O’Dea’s Michael Carter poured in 31 points as his team bested Stanwood.
Ellensburg’s Coleman Sparling led all scorers with 29 points, but his team fell in overtime to Tumwater in the 2A state quarterfinals.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline’s Payton Nielson finished with a double-double 19 points and 12 rebounds in their win over Seattle Lutheran. Nielson had another double-double 11 points and 13 rebounds in his team’s win over Yakama Nation Tribal in the semifinals of the State 1B tournament.
Kennedy Catholic’s Matthew Sasonoff had a game-high 26 points as his team fell to O’Dea in the 3a Hardwood Classic.
Tumwater’s Weston VandenHazel chipped in a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds in his team’s loss to Shorecrest in the 2A state tournament semifinal.
Northwest Christian’s Ryan Ricks was feeling it with his shot as he drained home 27 points including a stretch where he hit four 3-pointers in the first 8 minutes as they won in the State B tournament over Brewster.
Lynden’s Sterling Somers paced all scorers with 28 points as his team knocked off Tumwater to finish fifth overall at the Class 2a state tournament.
Wapato’s Hunter Jacob had a game-high 28 points as his team fell to River Ridge (which finished fifth overall as a result) in the Class 2a state tournament.
Rainier Beach’s N'Keil Nelson scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the first half as he helped lift his team to the title over O’Dea in the Class 3a state tournament.
Federal Way’s Christian Jones ended with a double-double 18 points and 12 rebounds as his team topped Kentwood in the Class 4a state tournament championship game.
Northwest Christian’s Asher Cox posted a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds as his team defeated Mossyrock in the 2b state championship game.
Clarkston’s Tre'von Allen was crowned the tournament MVP and also cashed in the difference making free throw as his team edged Shorecrest to take home the 2a state title. Allen finished with 30 points in the win.
Shorecrest’s Philip Pepple had a double-double 21 points and 11 rebounds despite his team dropping their final game to Clarkston.
King’s Corey Kispert took home tournament MVP honors and also dropped 29 points for good measure as his team knocked off Freeman to take the 1a state title.
Lewiston’s Trystan Bradley recorded a big-time double-double with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while teammate Braeden Wilson also hit for a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds of his own in their win over Mountain View in the 5a state tournament.
Minico’s Matthew Brumley had a big game as he posted 30 points and 14 rebounds in his team’s win over Caldwell which took two overtimes in state 4a action.
Kellogg’s Chase Jerome had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds in his team’s loss 3a playoff loss to Parma.
Mountain View’s Damen Thacker posted 33 points while handing out five assists as his team slipped to Lewiston in the 5a state tournament.
South Fremont’s Blake Bartschi tallied a double-double in their 3a state tournament win over Emmett. Bartschi ended with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Bartschi ended with a double-double 13 points and 10 rebounds while also handing out six assists in his team’s loss to Buhl in the 3a third place game.
Wendell’s Johnny Lancaster was a beast on the boards pulling down 17 rebounds in addition to his 17 points as his team got by Melba in the state 2a tournament. Lancaster netted 30 points including five 3-pointers as his team bested St. Maries in the 2a state third-place game.
Ambrose’s Travis Yenor scored an impressive 32 points in their state 1a division I win over Genesee.
Carey’s Joe Parke had a double-double 20 points and 10 rebounds in his team’s loss to Council in the state 1a division II tournament
Parma’s Colten Merges added in a double-double 19 points and 15 rebounds in his team’s win over Bulh in the 3a state tournament.
Buhl’s Michael Lively chipped in a double-double effort with 18 points and 11 rebounds in their loss to Parma at the 3a state tournament.
Raft River’s Carson Schumann had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in his team’s win over Liberty Charter in the 1a division I state tournament.
Firth’s Connor Burkhart tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double and win over St. Maries in the 2a state tournament.
St. Maries’ Brady Martin led his team with a double-double 20 points and 14 rebounds as his they fell to Wendell to conclude their 2a state tournament run.
Highland’s Connor Harding registered a double-double 14 points and 11 rebounds as the BYU signee lifted his team to the 5a state title over Madison.
Borah’s Rylan Bergersen tallied a double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds as he helped his team earn third place in their win over Centennial.
Rigby’s Braden Boyce had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double in their 4a consolation championship win over Middleton.
Minico’s Tyson Durrant scored 26 points as he paced his team in scoring for their 4a third place win over Burley.
Preston’s Brayden Parker had a monster double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds as he lifted his team to the 4a state title knocking off Bishop Kelly.
Parma’s Tanner Kramer finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double and the 3a state title as his team beat Fruitland in the final.
Soda Springs’s Henry Workman ended with a double-double 10 points and 10 rebounds as he helped his team defeat Melba in the 2a consolation championship.
West Side’s Josh King posted a double-double 12 points and 10 rebounds despite his team falling to Firth in the 2a championship game.
Amborse’s Easton Boeck had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double as his team took home the 1a division 1 state title beating Lapwai in the final game.
Raft River’s Kolten Hitt put up 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds while teammate Wacey Holtmann had 15 points and 13 rebounds as both had double-doubles in their consolation championship win over Genesee.
Highland’s Rick Schmidt tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds in their win over Mountain View in the 4a Playoffs.
Layton’s Julian Blackmon scored 27 points while teammate Chandler Obrey added a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds as their team bested Sky View in the 5A quarterfinal.
Havre’s Dane Warp battling severe dehydration still found a way to lead his team to victory on the back of a 33 point performance over Hamilton. Warp knocked in 29 points but they were not enough as his team fell to Billings Central in their Class A state semifinal matchup with Billings Central. Warp hit three 3-pointers on the way to 29 points and the win over Laurel. Warp finished his playoff run with a 32 points, seven assist effort in the third place game as his team lost to Polson in overtime.
Belt’s Koltin Haugrose ended with a double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds in their win over Terry.
Hardin’s Darnell Left Hand dropped a double-double going for 20 points and 12 rebounds in their win over Butte Central. Left Hand had a big double-double performance going for 24 points and 20 rebounds in his team’s loss to Dillon in the Class A state semifinal. Left Hand concluded his playoffs with a double-double 10 points and 11 rebounds in his team’s loss to Polson.
Westby-Grenora’s Kevin Rust scored 25 points as his team inched past Manhattan Christian.
Arlee’s Phillip Malatare poured in 24 of his game-high 30 points in the second half as he propelled his team past Belt in the State C boys semifinal game and into the championship. Malatare put up a game-high 33 points, but his team fell to Box Elder in the State C boys championship game.
Belt’s Matt Metrione had 23 points and 10 rebounds for the double-double despite his team falling in the State C semifinal to Arlee.
Manhattan Christian’s James Ramirez had a huge double-double with 28 points and 17 rebounds in their win over Reed Point-Rapelje at the State C tournament. Ramirez had another double-double 21 points and 14 rebounds in his team’s loss to Belt.
Billings Central’s Jacob Hadley ended with 23 points and 13 rebounds for the double-double and guided his team into the Class A state championship game as they defeated Havre. Hadley led all scorers with 34 points in the championship game of the Class A playoffs, but his team fell ultimately to Dillon.
Polson’s Matthew Rensvold had 27 points in his team’s win over Hamilton.
Townsend’s Jace Lewis scored 27 points in his team’s win over St. Labre.
Roundup’s Kelson Eiselein put in 29 points as his team held on over Colstrip for the win. Eiselein had another 29 points, but his team fell to Shepherd.
Westby-Grenora’s Kade Guenther finished with 25 points as his team fell to Box Elder.
Box Elder’s Brandon The Boy netted 25 points for his team as he guided them to the State C championship over Arlee. Teammate Jerrod Four Colors paced his team with 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the win as well.
Arlee’s Patrick Bigsam had 16 points and 11 rebounds for a double-double in his team’s championship game loss to Box Elder.
Dillon’s Nate Simkins guided his team with 28 points and 21 of those points came by way of the three-point line as his team took down Billings Central for the State A boy’s title.
Beaverton’s Hunter Sweet scored 32 points despite suffering from a fever as his team won over Lincoln.
Forest Grove’s Taylor Jensen dropped 29 points despite his team falling to Jefferson in round 1 of the playoffs.
Parkrose’s Sabbona Ashenafi had five 3-pointers and 25 points in their win over Bend High in a 5A State play-in game.
Bend High’s Mario Mora cashed in 12 3-point baskets, but it still was not enough as his career-best 38 points were not enough to get past Parkrose in their 5A State play-in game.
Putnam’s Joe Jesse finished with a double-double 16 points and 10 rebounds, while adding four blocks in their 5A State play-in game loss to Summit.
Dayton’s Jarred Ashley ended with a double-double 11 points and 17 rebounds despite his team falling to De La Salle in the Class 3a state semifinal game.
Beaverton’s Niko Bevens scored 25 points as his team fell to Sheldon in the 6a state playoffs.
Jesuit’s Cameron Parker used 26 points to help guide his team to the 6a state tournament defeating David Douglas.
David Douglas’ Charles Jones dropped 34 points as his team fell to Jesuit and finished fourth in the Mt. Hood Conference.
West Salem’s Jonathan Terleski had a game-high 25 points as his team fell to Westview.
Clackamas’ Elijah Gonzales poured in 40 points as he guided his team past Franklin to move on in the 6a playoffs.
Wilsonville’s Zach Reichle led all scorers with 34 points as he helped his team take down Hermiston.
Parkrose’s Isaac Bonton had a game-high 34 points in his team’s win over Silverton in the 5a playoffs.
Mountain View’s Davis Holly had 26 points, 5 assists and five rebounds as he led his team past South Albany and into the 5a state tournament.
Riverton’s Easton Paxton put up 26 points and handed out six assists in his team’s victory over Rock Springs.
South’s Isaiah Dicks tallied a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in their win past East.
Gillette’s Kain Morehead went for the double-double 14 points and 13 rebounds to help his team secure the win over Laramie.
Central’s Nicholas Fraley was the leading scorer and rebounder for his team with 21 points and 10 rebounds in their loss to Gillette.
Evanston’s Brock Ehlers was his team’s leading scorer once again going for 31 points in their win over Green River. Ehlers paved the way again in the scorer column going for 28 points in his team’s win over Rock Springs as well.
Kelly Walsh’s Jaxon Hiatt posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds in his team’s win over Riverton.
Laramie’s Jake Aadland dropped 27 points in his team’s win over Sheridan.
East’s Elijah Oliver put up a double-double 21 points 13 rebounds despite his team falling to South.
Lovell’s Trace Murphey led his team in scoring with 27 points as they topped Star Valley.
Lander Valley’s Jayson Simpson registered a double-double 27 points and 11 rebounds in their win over Pinedale. Simpson hit for another double-double with 32 points, 10 rebounds and also seven assists in their win over Cody.
Cody’s Parker Shreve had 14 points and 11 rebounds in his team’s win against Mountain View and chalked up another double-double in his team’s loss to Lander Valley. Shreve finished with 24 points and 12 rebounds in that contest.
Worland’s Hoyt Nicholas was the man once again for his team down the stretch as he hit for 32 points in their win over Torrington. Nicholas followed that performance up with a double-double 23 points and 11 rebounds in their loss to Rawlins and finally saved a huge performance for his matchup and win over Douglas going for 36 points and 13 rebounds.
Newcastle’s Taylor Allen finished with 26 points in his team’s loss to Glenrock.