Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Spokane-Plus HS Boys Weekly Report - May 5

Alex Garza (10) and Medical Lake had plenty to celebrate Thursday at Lakeside 
With Central Valley having already secured the GSL title, the final week of the season was all about seeding... and it was a rough eight days for Ferris, which went from a first-place showdown with the Bears to finishing fourth. Meanwhile, Pullman took care of business in the GNL to wrap up the title and things got very interesting among the top three in the NEA with an extra week still to go.

LEAGUE PLAY :: April 28 - May 2 

Greater Spokane League - The previous week ended with Ferris coming up short against Central Valley in a bid to try and grab a share of the regular season title. They bounced back with an easy victory over Shadle Park midweek, but a tough loss to rival Lewis & Clark Friday proved damaging. The Tigers leaped past the Saxons into second with the win, and the result allowed Gonzaga Prep to snare the third seed in the playoffs via the head-to-head tiebreaker having pulled even via the one point they received in a shootout loss to University following a 2-2 draw.

Jacob Bloomfeldt (R) 
Jacob Bloomfeldt had three goals Wednesday against the Highlanders on a day in which Terry Cox was frustratingly close on a number of occasions. Neither, though, were able to find the back of the net Friday at LC. The Tigers, who rolled to a 9-0 midweek win over Rogers scored a minute into the second half via Jared Mehaffey with Eric Huber adding some insurance in the 68th as Jeremy Ratcliff held on for the shutout, his second of the week and league-leading sixth of the campaign.

Gonzaga Prep's resurgence continued with an easy win Wednesday, 4-1, at Mt Spokane powered by a hat-trick from Drew Mosman, but it was a showdown with University that proved eventful. University was coming off a showdown Wednesday against Mead among the bottom two of the 4A classification in which they pulled themselves out of the cellar thanks to goals from Tyler Kemp and Lluis Mulero and a shutout from Hunter Atwood in the 2-0 result.

Prep took the lead at home against the Titans through Spencer Ceballos 11 minutes in and were up two at the break on a goal from Mosman in the 23rd. The second half was a different story though. Adam Drassen cut into the deficit two minutes into the second half and Mulero tallied his second of the week to tie it up in the 67th. The two remained deadlocked through extra time, sending the game to a tiebreaker shootout that finished in favor of the visitors.

Jake Morse propelled the Wildcats to second among 3As
Mosman, with four goals on the week, finished second in the GSL in scoring with 22 points on nine goals and four assists. Central Valley's JD Hauenstein, with 23 points on 10 goals and three assists, was atop the table for the league.

In the 3A classification, Mt Spokane saved themselves on the final day. Having lost to Rogers the week before, the Wildcats were facing a scenario of a last-place finish had they finished tied at the bottom of the table. Jake Morse rescued the Wildcats, though, with three goals Friday at Joe Albi against North Central in a 4-1 win. He put them up from the spot in the 12th and pushed the lead to two before the break. He added a third before NC got on the board as they held on for the win, putting Mt Spokane second behind NC in the classification.

Wednesday - Rogers 0 :: 9 Lewis & Clark
Wednesday - North Central 0 :: 10 Central Valley
Wednesday - Gonzaga Prep 4 :: 1 Mt Spokane
Wednesday - University 2 :: 0 Mead
Friday -  Ferris 0 :: 2 Lewis & Clark
Friday - Rogers 0 :: 5 Central Valley
Friday - University 3 :: SO :: 2 Gonzaga Prep
Friday - Shadle Park 1 :: 6 Mead

Postseason Schedule (subject to change)

Tuesday - Shadle v Mt Spokane (SFCC 5:30)
Friday - North Central v Shadle/Mt Spokane (SFCC 5:30)

Tuesday - Ferris v University (SFCC 7:30)
Thursday - Central Valley v Ferris/U-High (SFCC 5:30)
Thursday - Gonzaga Prep v Lewis & Clark (SFCC 7:30)
Saturday - Thursday's winners (SFCC 11:00)
Saturday - 3rd place game

Sam Druffel
Great Northern League - In the final week of play, it was all about whether or not Pullman could hold onto its two point lead in the league over Cheney. They were both victorious Tuesday and Cheney jumped in front Thursday with a narrow 2-0 win in their season finale at West Valley while Pullman was idle. The Greyhounds, however, were hosting winless Clarkston Saturday. As expected, they cruised to the win and reclaimed the top spot and the regular season title.

Sam Druffel scored four goals on the week for Pullman, three against Clarkston, to finish as the leading scorer in the league with 23 points on nine goals and five assists.

Tuesday - Clarkston 0 :: 5 Cheney
Tuesday - Pullman 4 :: 1 East Valley
Thursday - East Valley 3 :: OT :: 2 Clarkston
Thursday - Cheney 2 :: 0 West Valley
Saturday - West Valley 1 :: SO :: 2 East Valley
Saturday - Clarkston 0 :: 7 Pullman

Postseason Schedule (subject to change)
Thursday - Clarkston @ Cheney
Thursday - West Valley @ East Valley
Saturday - WV/EV @ Cheney/Clarkston
Tuesday 5/12 - Saturday winner @ Pullman

Northeast A League - Things got interesting in the NEA this week. The three-way tie atop the table fell apart, starting Tuesday when Colville was upset 3-1 in Newport. Matthias Loft scored all three goals for the Grizzlies, tallying two in the first half and putting things firmly in their control with the third four minutes into the second period.

Nick Rosenbeck (R)
After drubbing their Tuesday opposition, Medical Lake and Lakeside squared off Friday for sole possession of first. Lakeside jumped in front at home six minutes into the game on an own goal off a cross. The visiting Cardinals, though, answered midway through the half when Ryan Spangler netted his 12th of the year. Nick Rosenbeck and Alex Garza combined for the next two. Rosenbeck pushed his goal total to a league-high 13 in the 26th on a ball from Garza and then returned the favor eight minutes into the second half. Mason Labelle pulled the Eagles within one, but the 76th minute left little room to find an equalizer as Medical Lake jumped into the league-lead for the first time this season with a win on coach Zane Higgins' birthday.

Tuesday - Deer Park 2 :: 8 Medical Lake
Tuesday - Lakeside 9 :: 3 Riverside
Tuesday - Colville 1 :: 3 Newport
Thursday -  Deer Park 1 :: 8 Colville
Thursday - Medical Lake 3 :: 2 Lakeside
Thursday - Newport 2 :: 1 Riverside

Remaining League Schedule (subject to change)
Tuesday, May 5: Colville v Lakeside; Newport v Deer Park; Riverside v Medical Lake
Thursday, May 7: Medical Lake v Colville; Riverside v Deer Park; Lakeside v Newport


Wednesday - Ferris v Shadle Park [+]
Wednesday - North Central v Central Valley [+]
Thursday - Medical Lake v Lakeside [+]
Friday - Mt Spokane v North Central [+]
Friday - Rogers v Central Valley [+]

FIVE STARS - Top performers of the Week

Matthias Loft (Newport) :: He scored twice in the first half and finished the hat-trick four minutes into the second half to give the Grizzlies a surprising 3-1 upset win over visiting Colville, which had been in a three-way tie for first prior to the game.

Lluis Mulero
Jake Morse (Mt Spokane) :: He gave the Wildcats a commanding three-goal lead against North Central with a hat-trick en route to a 4-1 victory that ensured the team did not finish at the bottom of the table.

Lluis Mulero (University) :: Scored the second goal in an important 2-0 win against Mead Wednesday and then provided the important equalizer in the Titans' match Friday at Gonzaga, forcing the game to overtime and a shootout, where they prevailed for a 3-2 win.

Nick Rosenbeck (Medical Lake) :: He had a pair of goals in a blowout 8-2 win against Deer Park Tuesday, but he provided the second goal and set up an important insurance goal in a 3-2 win at Lakeside Thursday that put the team atop the league.

Adam Thompson (Lewis & Clark) :: In a dominant win Wednesday, he had a goal and assist in building the team's early three goal lead 23 minutes in, and went on to add another goal to his ledger. More importantly, he set up the opening goal in the Tigers' 2-0 win against second-place Friday a minute into the second half, allowing them to take the second seed in the league.

STANDINGS & STATS (league games only)