Mule boys claim Mt. Vernon tourney title


January 5, 2023

The Wahkiakum Mules boys basketball team came out on top at a Christmas tournament at Mount Vernon Christian School, beating Lummi Nation, Orcas Island, and Mossyock for a first place finish. Back row, left to right: Kyler Sause, Titan Niemela, Dominic Curl. Middle row, left to right: Cooper Carlson, Sebastian Britt, Brodie Avalon, Nathan Garrett, Jacob Johnson, Grant Wilson, Declan Hendricks, Maddox Moore, Jayden Stoddard, and Parker Leitz. Front row, left to right: Zakk Carlson and Manager Max Ohrberg. Courtesy photo.

Sixty was the magic number for the Mule boys basketball team last week, when they won three games with that score and were named champions of a Christmas tournament at Mount Vernon Christian School.

Lummi Nation went into high gear in the final minutes on the Mules first night of competition, scoring 31 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough. The Mules managed to hold on for a 60-58 win.

Zakk Carlson scored 26 points and pulled down eight boards against Lummi Nation. Brodie Avalon added 13 points, 10 rebounds, and four steals. Sause had 10 points and nine rebounds. Dominic Curl scored five points, Jacob Johnson and Titan Niemela added three apiece. Niemela also had seven boards.

Lummi Nation 10 14 3 31 58

Mules 14 19 11 16 60

The following night, Orcas Island gave the Mules a little more breathing room, and Wahkiakum came away with another win, 60-50.

Carlson scored 17 points. Sause had 16 points. Avalon added 14 points and 10 rebounds. Niemela scored seven points and had eight rebounds. Johnson had five points and six assists. Curl finished the game with one point.

Orcas Island 8 12 13 17 50

Mules 13 14 20 13 60

With the title on the line, Wahkiakum handled Mossyrock easily on the final night of the tournament for a 60-42 win.

Carlson scored 21 points. Sause and Niemela had nine points each. Curl added eight points. Avalon had seven and Johnson scored six.

Mossyrock 11 11 10 10 42

Mules 14 14 13 19 60

Regular season play resumes this week. The Mules travel to Morton/White Pass on Thursday and Winlock next Tuesday.


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