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Red Wolves eliminate Archbishop Murphy, 55-43 in Duvall

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick

Cedarcrest got off to a slow start offensively, up just 13-10 at the end of the first eight minutes of action last night.

But the team heated up in the second quarter to take a 30-19 score into the locker room at intermission.

The five-minute break showed no ill effect on the Red Wolves as coach Joe Ayers squad exploded for 24 third-quarter points.

Cedarcrest posted 11 points over the final eight minutes to the Wildcats 10 and the Red Wolves turned back Archbishop Murphy 55-43 to advance to the second round of the District playoffs.

"We were pretty cold from behind the arc in the first half hitting only 1-of-11 shots, but our defense was making sure Murphy was unable to take advantage of our poor shooting," Ayers said. "We knew those shots were going to start to fall if we kept shooting. In the third quarter, we started to heat up with Nicolo hitting four straight to come out of the locker room. Shawn (Deming) joined in with two more to help us build an 11 point lead. Before the quarter was done we ended up with seven 3s."

With his team up by a healthy margin headed into the final eight minutes of the game, Ayers wanted the boys to focus on clock management.

"That has been something that we have been inconsistent with over the season, so it was nice to see our senior guards led by Brennan Mallot be able to make sure we were making good decisions especially down the last stretch," he said. "I was really proud of the determination of the boys tonight. Their defense was strong the whole game."

Nicolo Cammarano sank seven buckets from beyond the arc to lead the Red Wolves offensive output with 24 points. Demming added 8 points, Mallot hit for 7. Cameron Brady finished with 6 points.

Cedarcrest matches up with Lynden at Lynden High School in second-round action Saturday. The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.


Cedarcrest Girl's send Borderites packing

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
The Lady Red Wolves collapse their defense and prevent a Blaine score. Bob Kirkpatrick|Woodinville Weekly


Kat Townley knocked down 19 points, Jaylin Yowell added 11 and the Lady Red Wolves blew past the Blaine Borderites 64-24 in Duvall Wednesday. 

Cedarcrest jumped up top 5-0 early and never looked back taking a 32-17 lead into the locker room at the half.

"The girls played well, but got off to a bit of a slow start defensively," Coach Brad Knowles said. "We talked about assignments at halftime and they came out and played really well on both sides of the ball in the second half."

The Red Wolves executing good ball movement and smothering defense, went on to post 16 points in the third and fourth quarters while giving up just seven over the 16-minute span to win in a cakewalk.

"We all work really well together and help each other out," Townley said. "If someone doesn't know what to do we talk about, take the feedback to heart and learn from each other."

The win puts Cedarcrest in a second-round matchup with No. 2 seed Burlington-Edison tonight at BEHS.  The game tips off at 7 p.m.



Childhood-development center will offer more therapy services

  • Written by Madeline Coats
Encompass Northwest will be opening a new pediatric therapy and early learning facility in Snoqualmie. The property is designed to expand therapy services and increase the number of children served. Lisa Yamasaki courtesy photo


SNOQUALMIE—Encompass Northwest was started by a group of passionate parents in search of a place for children with special needs to belong in the community. Nearly 55 years later, the nonprofit continues to expand.

This comprehensive childhood-development center, based in the Snoqualmie Valley, plans to break ground on a new pediatric therapy and early learning facility in June.

The local nonprofit currently has two locations in North Bend and one in Carnation. The new building will be located in downtown Snoqualmie, just down the street from City Hall. 

“A new building is necessary because therapy programs need custom space, which was lacking,” said Lisa Yamasaki, director of development at Encompass Northwest.

She said there is not enough space to meet demand in the existing facilities, and many programs have waiting lists. The new building will allow for an estimated 30% more clients, she added.

Funding for the Snoqualmie location comes from an assortment of private donations, state funds and grant money. Encompass recently received a $350,000 grant from the Vancouver-based M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

The new facility will allow enough space to include applied behavior analysis (ABA) for those with autism or other developmental disorders. Yamasaki said Encompass wants to see “all children thrive regardless of barriers.” 

Encompass provides “wrap-around services” for the entire family, which enables children to receive therapy services in their preschool classes. Therapies focus on speech, feeding, social skills, behavior and rehabilitation. The nonprofit supplies clinic-based, mobile and in-home therapy support services to help children with developmental delays or behavioral challenges and create a treatment plan. 

“We’re about inclusion, not separation,” said Nela Cumming, executive director of Encompass Northwest. 

Yamasaki said the organization will offer a range of early learning, pediatric therapy and family enrichment programs for children at the new location. The Snoqualmie location will also allow for outdoor, nature-based learning, she added.

Encompass currently provides early learning programs for children ages 1-5 at the North Bend and Carnation sites, which include toddler groups and full- and half-day preschool classes. The organization also hosts enrichment summer camps for children ages 2-7 in a variety of themes designed to continue learning outside of the classroom.

Income-eligible families in the Snoqualmie Valley and Riverview school districts can attend preschool free of cost through the state-funded Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP). The ECEAP preschool program features meals and snacks, field trips, health screenings, bus transportation and many more benefits. 

Toddlers within the same school district boundaries can enroll in ParentChild+, a free in-home early literacy coaching program designed specifically for families with children ages 16-30 months.

“We are all about partnering with families,” Yamasaki said. 

She said family enrichment is a core value at Encompass. Various programs focus on resources for parents and caregivers of young children, in addition to research-based parenting information and free workshops.

The organization even offers regular Parents’ Night Out sessions for parents to invest in their relationships on a night out while the kids are cared for by Encompass staff.

Valley roads put to the test during recent floods

  • Written by Madeline Coats
Northeast Woodinville-Duvall Road became one of the only roads to stay above water, causing problems for commuters trying to get to and from work. City of Duvall courtesy photo


A kayak just might be the best way to get around in the Snoqualmie Valley. 

Major roads are flooded by water, wetlands and crop fields look more like lakes, and mudslides have tested the strength of valley roads. Endless rains over the past week triggered renewed flooding in the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers, among others. 

The King County Sheriff’s Office issued a warning from its emergency operations center to Carnation residents Thursday, Feb. 6. The center said Carnation could become “an island” due to road closures caused by flooding.

“The EOC is getting reports that only one road is available to get in and out between Fall City and Carnation. The flood warning center believes that by morning Carnation may be an island due to the cresting water,” said the city of Carnation on Twitter.

Local residents said it has been a decade since Carnation became an island due to flooding. The King County flood warning center issued a Phase 4 flood alert for areas of the Tolt River in Carnation and a Phase 3 flood alert for the Snoqualmie River throughout the valley.

The National Guard was stationed with crews and a high clearance vehicle in Carnation to assist with access to flooded areas. Eastside Fire and Rescue was also prepared to respond to flooding incidents with a rescue boat. 

Duvall Fire 45 assisted Eastside Fire and the Sheriff’s Office with a water rescue at Northeast 138th Street and State Route 203 due to flooding from the Snoqualmie River. A truck was found in the water and the driver was originally missing, but ultimately found safe.

Major flooding occurred overnight Thursday and resulted in mudslides and road closures across Carnation, Duvall and unincorporated King County. The Riverview School District announced it was closed due to flooding Friday, Feb. 7.

Several mudslides tested valley roads during the relentless rainfall. One slide happened over David Powell Road near Fall City and another occurred on State Route 202 near Tolt Hill Road. 

Novelty Hill Road narrowly escaped a mudslide on the roadway near West Snoqualmie Valley Road. The slide happened just below the road but caused concern about the potential for another one in the same area. Road crews cleared the area quickly and narrowed travel lanes from the slide edge. 

All of the typical roads were covered with water over the weekend, including Snoqualmie Valley Road, Carnation Farm Road, Ames Lake Carnation Road, Tolt Hill Road, West Snoqualmie River Road and 124th Street. 

Parts of Novelty Hill Road and SR 203 also had water on the roadway. Woodinville-Duvall Road stayed above water, creating a path for residents to commute to work despite the accumulation of traffic. 

“River is running through the fields high and fast all around Duvall with many area roads flooded,” said the city of Duvall on Twitter. “We’re still expecting Woodinville-Duvall Road to stay high and dry above it all. Obey road closed signs and barricades.”

The Guard left the area Saturday, although county flood patrols continue to monitor conditions. 

Water is beginning to recede in Carnation, where flooding has forced many residents to seek higher ground. Major flooding is still occurring in parts of the Snoqualmie and Tolt rivers, but water is expected to fall below flood level.

Many of the major roads in the Snoqualmie Valley were constructed in the nineteenth century and built adjacent to rivers, according to county road services. Geography and historical drainage patterns resulted in severe flooding long before these roads were constructed. 

The county said trestle bridges can fix some of the road problems across the valley, although building these projects cost millions of dollars.

Lady Red Wolves get past Edmonds-Woodway

  • Written by Bob Kirkpatrick
Kat Townley is fouled on her way to the hoop. Greg Sweney photo


The Cedarcrest Girls’ got a much-needed 42-39 bounce-back win over the Warriors Monday night. The victory nailed down the District No. 7 seed and put the Red Wolves in a first-round matchup with Blaine at home tonight.

“It was senior night for us and like most senior nights, it was emotional before the game and throughout,” Coach Brad Knowles said. “The team really wanted to win this game for Helena (Van Ess). Van Ess is the teams’ lone senior.

“We knew Edmonds-Woodway is a very good team and that we would have to play a great game from start to finish.”

Both teams got off to a slow start offensively, posting just nine first-quarter points each.

The Red Wolves hit their stride in the second eight minutes of action to go up top 20-12 at intermission.

Cedarcrest then doubled the visitor’s third quarter-point production to stretch its lead to 34-19.

The Warriors heated up in the final eight minutes of the game to outscore the home team 20-8 but were unable to pull out a comeback win.

Coach Knowles was happy with the Lady Red Wolves' ability to hold off the Warriors late-game rally.

“Our defense has been great lately and it really slows down our opponents,” Knowles said. “We had an eight-point lead at halftime and stretched it to 15 to start the fourth. They made a run, we had some turnovers, but we hung on for the win. It was a great way to end the regular season and finish 14-6.”

Kat Townley led the Lady Red Wolves offensive effort with 10 points. Sidra Griffin added 9. Grace McKenzie, Knowles, said had her best game of the season with several rebounds and 8 key points in the third quarter.

Tonight’s game with the Boderites tips off at 7 p.m.