Athletics from Coach Cowherd


Girls’ 7th/8th Grade Basketball
In their final home game of the season, the girls faced KCD in what would be the game of the year!
The Wyverns would trail the entire first half, but would remain within striking distance all throughout the second half. At halftime, the score read Bearcats 17, Wyverns 13 after a Maggie McGraw bucket.  All year long, the girls have struggled with putting together a complete game.  They had shown flashes of brilliance, but would later relinquish leads and momentum late in the second halves.  Things were different this time around.  Although down by four points, they dug deep for the remainder of the game to knock off the athletic Bearcats.  Olivia Zimmerman caught fire for four clutch third-quarter points to cut the deficit to one by the end of the third quarter.  In the fourth quarter, Alexa Von Feldt contributed with seven critical points to make this a seesaw battle with KCD.  In the final seconds of regulation, the Wyverns made an impressive defensive stop to force overtime with the score knotted up at 28 all.  The crowd was in a frenzy as the game headed into an extra period.  In the overtime period, Mary Claire Duncan rose to the occasion, scoring four points in OT and make heady plays and decisions, clinching the Wyvern win, 36-32!  Six girls scored in the game:  Alexa Von Feldt (18), Mary Claire Duncan (6), Meredith Fleming (4), Olivia Zimmerman (4), Arabella Maki (2), and Maggie McGraw (2).  The win was their fifth of the season. They look forward to tournament play this weekend at OSL.

Boys’ 7th/8th Grade Basketball
The boys’ team played host to Our Savior Lutheran in their home finale.  Earlier in the season the Wyverns knocked off the Panthers, looking to repeat the previous outcome would be no easy task.  The game started off with all four 8th graders making the start (Clay Smedley, Angus Middleton, Matthew Melendez and Wyatt Ware) in their final home game of their Middle School careers.  The lineup would conquer the first quarter lead, 10-3.  In the second quarter, the Wyverns switched to a full-court press, creating turnovers and easy scoring opportunities.  The team played flawlessly from that point on to capture the 32-14 victory over OSL.  Half of the players who dressed for the game scored:  Michael Patterson (9), Connor Gorman (8), Will Cole (6), Bruce Hamilton (3), Angus Middleton (3), Clay Smedley (2), and Lake Mackin (1).  The win gave the Wyverns their 13th of the season, with the OSL and Anchorage postseason tournaments ahead.

Boys’ 5th/6th Grade Basketball
The boys’ 5th grade basketball team went 1-2 over this past weekend.  On Friday night they avenged their Whitefield Championship loss to CAL, beating the Centurions 30-29.  On Saturday morning they faced CAL again and didn’t fare as well, falling 53-24.  It was the first game of a double-header for the boys that day.  They also lost to KCD in their second game of the day, 33-20.

The boys’ 6th grade team won handily against Walden on Saturday, despite being without a number of key players.  Isaac Davis and Owen Carey led a team that included a number of 5th graders to the 40-20 victor.  On Sunday they played their opening-round tournament game in the MidAmerica open division league, falling to Fall City Select.

Girls’ 5th/6th Grade Basketball
The girls’ team lost a close game, 14-11, to Collegiate.  They were without their leading scorer Ayda Marshall due to injury, but still managed to almost pull off the win despite her absence.  The team has a 6-8 overall record and are just a couple of baskets away from being 10-4 or 11-3.  The team will take on Our Savior Lutheran this Saturday at home.

Girls’ 3rd/4th Grade Basketball
The 3rd and 4th grade girls played Portland Christian over the weekend and gave it everything they had.  They couldn’t pull out the win and lost 23-8 to the Eagles.  In the second game of the double-header, the team played CAL and won 16-8.  All of the girls are getting more confident, taking more shots, and playing more cohesively as a team – important ingredients to do well in the upcoming tournament.  The team will be back in action this Saturday for another double-header at 10:05 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at CAL.

Boys’ 2nd/3rd Grade Basketball
The boys’ 2/3 basketball team opened tournament play on Sunday evening against SC Future.  For only the second time this season, they were down at halftime 14-7.  The Wyverns battled back behind stellar team defensive play, as they pulled out the 18-14 victory. They advance to face overall #1 seed GHITP on February 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Kindergarten/1st Grade Basketball
This past weekend the young Wyverns played a great game against a team from their St. Matthews League. Led by the defensive effort of Piper Kuhn, the game stayed close through the first half. Much of the scoring was led by Tonya Amini and Micah Patrick, who had six points each. The team also got on the board with their newest player, Mya Booker, who went one of two from the free-throw line. Although the final score was 13-22, it is not indicative of the hard work put in by the squad this game. They continue to move forward and learn each week.