Mules start district tourney with 2 wins
June 10, 2021
The Wahkiakum High School Mules basketball team won four more games this week, including two on Monday and Tuesday in the district tournament to bring their overall record to 8-3. The Mules moved into the semifinals of the tournament on Wednesday against Napavine, but the score was not available by press time.
Last Wednesday, in the final week of regular season play, the Mules took a long road trip to Stevenson and beat the Bulldogs 88-49.
"It was a fun game after a long bus ride," Coach Todd Souvenir said. "We got off to a good start. The guys had a lot of fun and we played with a lot of energy. I challenged these guys to create for each other, have some fun, and move the ball, and I thought they did a really good job."
In the third quarter, Souvenir added, Brodie Avalon went five for five from the field, four of which were from three point range.
Brodie Avalon scored 22 points. Jake Leitz had 14 points and six rebounds. Logan LaBerge had 12 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Dominic Curl and Brody Carlson had seven points each. Zakk Carlson had six points. Luke Bohn added five points. Kyler Sause, Tanner Collupy, and Titan Niemela added four points each. Jacob Johnson finished the game with three points.
Mules 24 17 29 18 --88
Stevenson 14 2 13 20 --49
On Thursday, the Mules hosted Morton/White Pass, and avenged an earlier loss, beating the Timberwolves 75-41.
"We had a lot of excitement and energy to turn things around and take it to them," Coach Souvenir said. "I think the guys came out and did a really good job on both ends of the floor. We took over the game and had a lot of fun on senior night. It was good for the guys. Everybody got involved."
Leitz, who was 17 for 19 from two point range, according to Souvenir, scored a career high 35 points for the second time this season, both times in games against MWP. He also had 11 rebounds and five assists. Avalon added 14 points. LaBerge had 11 points and 10 rebounds. B. Carlson scored 10 points. Curl had five points. Niemeyer pulled down 11 boards.
MWP 8 11 14 10 --41
Mules 16 25 14 20 --75
On Friday, the boys were scheduled to face R.A. Long, but the game was canceled after members of the Longview team tested positive for covid-19.
The Mules hosted Winlock in the opening round of district games on Monday, and won, 68-43.
"We came out a little sluggish," Coach Souvenir said. "We did not move the ball very well in the first quarter, but we started moving the ball a little bit better and were able to end the half with a five point lead. At half time we talked about moving the ball, and creating for each other, and having a little bit of fun. In the third quarter we did that on both ends of the floor. We were able to break open the game, and give some of the guys some rest in preparation for the game the next day."
Avalon had 19 points, Leitz added 14 points and nine rebounds. LaBerge scored 10 points and had four steals. B. Carlson had 10 points. Curl and Sause had four points apiece. Niemeyer had four points and nine rebounds. Collupy finished the game with three points.
Winlock 16 9 5 13 --43
Mules 13 17 21 17 --68
On Tuesday, the Mules beat Toledo in the quarterfinals of the district tournament 82-53.
"We wanted to get off to a fast start and share the ball, and continue the momentum that we built from the third quarter of the Winlock game," Coach Souvenir said.
The Mules shot 59 percent from three point range.
"That's just sharing the ball and trusting each other," Coach Souvenir said. "Every time Jake touches the ball in the paint, our guys on the perimeter are going to get a good look, because he's going to be double teamed. As long as we move the ball, trust each other, and relocate on the offensive end, we can put up a lot of points."
Leitz scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds, Avalon had 21 points. LaBerge added 18 points, Johnson scored nine points, B. Carlson had eight, and Sause had two.
Toledo 16 15 13 9 --53
Mules 27 30 13 12 --82