The King’s Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams had great seasons this year and both traveled to the state tournament in Yakima for the weekend of March 4-6.  

King’s Boys Place 2nd in State 

Senior Gage Smith helped lead King’s Boys to a 2nd place win at State.

The King’s Boys’ Basketball team went into the state tournament ranked 5th . They played King’s Way Christian in the first round and won 72-49. That moved them on to the quarterfinals against Annie Wright, and they won 66-63. The team went up against Blaine in the semifinals and won 57-38, advancing to the championship game against Lynden Christian, the team that entered the tournament in the number one slot for the state.

The game against Lynden Christian was a rematch for the number 1 place for the third year in a row. King’s won state against Lynden in 2020 and lost to Lynden in 2022. At the half, King’s was ahead, but ended up losing by 10 points, the final score 57-47. It was a great game and both teams put up a great fight.

King’s Athletic Director David Gerig said, “Our Boys Basketball team finished 2nd in State after going 3-1 at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Their toughness, character, and resiliency shined throughout the tournament, led by seniors Maddox Boyce and Gage Smith. Leading scorers for the Knights were All-Tournament First Team honorees Cam Hiatt and Nick Linhardt. The Knights finished their season 20-7.”

King’s Girls Place 5th in State

Senior Ana Francisco fought hard for King’s Girls at State.

The King’s Girls’ Basketball team went into the state tournament ranked 5th. In the opening round they played Montesano and won 51-37. This advanced them straight to the quarterfinals in Yakima where they played Deer Creek and won 35-34 as the buzzer went off! Their fans who had traveled with them went wild with excitement over the nail-biting end to the game. Advancing to the semifinals against Noosack Valley, the number 1 team in the state, King’s lost the game by 12 points. A follow-up game with Wapato, ranked number 3 in state, the girls put a great fight but lost again by 12 points, earning the Knights a trophy for fifth place.

King’s Athletic Director David Gerig said, “Our Girls’ Basketball team finished 5th in State after a strong tournament performance at the Yakima Valley SunDome. The team represented King’s well with their unselfish play and team-first attitude. They were led by seniors Ava Francisco and Gwyn Siers, alongside All-Tournament First Team honoree and Freshman Kaleo Anderson. The Knights finished their season 23-5.”