River Ridge High School will host the inaugural Nick Woods Memorial basketball tournament Saturday. The event begins at 10 a.m., with the championship game of the eight-team field set for 5:30 p.m.
The free event will feature notable River Ridge alumni as well as other Lacey-area athletes, including Mike Sellers, Chris Spivey, Lorenzo Jones, Scott Henderson and Mark Tichenor, said Gary Larson, River Ridge’s athletic director.
In January 1995, Woods, then a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard at River Ridge, died following complications from a hernia operation. He was averaging a Narrows League-leading 19.5 points, four rebounds and five assists a game. In his final game Jan. 20, 1995, he scored 19 points in a 79-72 win over Foss.
“The idea behind the tournament is to raise awareness of community and get involved in schools and youth programs,” Larson said.
ALL-STATE BASEBALL SERIES THIS WEEKEND
Five Thurston County senior baseball players will take part in the annual All-State Baseball Series at Yakima County Stadium on Saturday and Sunday.
Tumwater’s Garrett Terrell (Central Washington signee) and Luke Hare (Saint Martin’s), along with North Thurston’s Ryan Mets (Oregon State) and Riley Storedahl (Edmonds CC) and Rochester’s Dustin Wilson will play in the all-senior all-star games.
Noteworthy 2014 season stats are: Terrell (Team Baker): 2A EvCo MVP, .304 batting average, 9-1 record, 1.26 ERA; Hare (Team St. Helens): .504 BA, 6-1 record, 1.36 ERA; Mets (Team St. Helens): 3A Narrows MVP, 7-5 record, 134 Ks, .308 BA; Storedahl (Team Rainier): 3A Narrows co-pitching MVP, 8-1 record, 85 Ks, 0.75 ERA; Wilson (Team Adams): 1A SWW Evergreen MVP, 11-2 record, .425 BA.
For the second time in three years, Timberline won the 3A Narrows League All-Sports Trophy. The Blazers won league titles in football, volleyball, fastpitch, girls soccer, boys and girls golf, and bowling. … Capital won the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Class 2A Scholastic Cup, which recognizes achievements in academics, athletics and sportsmanship. The Cougars won three academic state championships, to go along with its boys tennis state title and boys soccer state runner-up honor. … Tumwater promoted assistant boys golf coach Nick Schmidt to head coach, replacing Scott Killough.Meg Wochnick: 360-754-5473 email@example.com theolympian.com/southsoundsports @MegWochnick