Williams, Dressler shine in all-star games

Williams scores 25 in girls game; Dressler has 29

By Paul Valencia, Columbian High School Sports Reporter



Representatives from Union and Evergreen took Star of Stars honors Sunday night at the Les Schwab Tires Roundball Shootout.

Angelique Williams of Union scored 25 points, leading the White Jerseys to an 84-74 victory in the opener of the girls-boys doubleheader at Prairie High School.

Then Caleb Dressler of Evergreen scored 29 points in White’s 104-74 victory over the Blue Jerseys in the boys game.

“I’ve never got an honor like this before,” said Williams, who swished a 3-pointer with 2:30 left in the game to give her squad a seven-point lead. “It was fun playing with everyone I’ve seen for the past four years.”

Dressler had no idea he had that many points until the MVP announcement was made.

“Personally, I just wanted to come out and have fun,” he said. “I just wanted to give my best, show the crowd a good time, and have some fun.”

The event showcases some of the top senior basketball talent from Southwest Washington. While it is an exhibition, the players still want the victory.

“I was thinking all day, I just want to win. I just want to win,” Williams said. “We did it.”

The girls game was more dramatic. There were six ties and five lead changes in the first half, with the White squad erasing a seven-point deficit to take a six-point lead at the break. Williams had 15 points in that half.

The White Jerseys built the lead to as many as 18 when Nikki Bond of Battle Ground and Jenna Haagen of Hockinson hit back-to-back 3-pointers.

But the Blue Jerseys responded, with Skyview’s Katie Swanson providing a big lift. Swanson led her stars with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Her 18th point made it a three-point game at 70-67 with just more than three minutes to play.

Williams hit a free throw, then made that 3-pointer to keep White in control.

“There was a lot going on. It was crazy,” Williams said. “At first, I was nervous. Then I got the hang of it.”

Skyview’s Delaney Keser added 20 points for White. Bond and Prairie’s Kelsey Asplund each had 10. Williams also had a team-high six assists.

Swanson finished 9 of 13 from the floor. Storm teammate Brooke Bowen had 14 points and eight assists. Prairie’s Andrea Smith finished with 13 points.

The boys game was close for about 11 minutes.

Then Dressler attacked.

With his team up three, he sparked a 22-4 run to put White up 46-25. Dressler scored 10 of his team’s first 12 points of that spurt. In the first half, the 6-foot-10 post had three dunks and two 3-pointers.

“During the season, I don’t really get to try 3-pointers,” Dressler said. “My goal was to take at least one. It went in. Then I was open again. Why not? And I hit it.”

The White Jerseys were up by 18 at the half and cruised to victory.

Dressler finished 10 of 13 from the floor for his 29 points. He also had 10 rebounds and three blocked shots. Evergreen teammate Tre Clark was 10 for 17 and scored 23 points for White. Rico Bolivar of Mountain View added 11 points and Michael Potter of Ridgefield had 10.

Three Blue Jersey players had double-doubles. Skyview’s Ryan Bickford had 21 points and 13 rebounds. Skyview teammate Austin Bonds had 14 and 12, and Fort Vancouver’s Quinton Whitfield had 12 and 13. Justin Schauer of Hockinson also had 12 points.

Heather Corral of Prairie did not play while nursing an injury. But she can still shoot. She won the girls 3-point contest, knocking down 18 in a minute to qualify for the finals. Ryan Denny made it a Prairie-Prairie finish from long range, taking the boys 3-point contest.

And Serg Ovchinikov of Battle Ground wowed the crowd with his championship in the dunk contest.


at Prairie High School

Girls Game


BLUE — Sydney Allen 8, Brooke Bowen 14, Andrea Smith 13, Jennifer Patterson 8, Katie Swanson 20, Treneisha Doyle 4, Maddie Down 7. Totals 33-80 (3-17) 5-19 74.

WHITE — Angelique Williams 25, Nikki Bond 10, Emily Myers 6, Delaney Keser 20, Kelsey Asplund 10, Tatum Schroeder 8, Jenna Haagen 5, Ava Bartley 0. Totals 29-79 (12-27) 14-20 84.

Halftime — White 41, Blue 35.

Boys game


BLUE — Chad Love 2, Austin Bonds 14, Sam Landerholm 9, Quinton Whitfield 12, Ryan Bickford 21, Justin Schauer 12, Ryan Denny 4. Totals 27-89 (7-40) 13-23 74.

WHITE — Rico Bolivar 11, Serg Ovchinikov 9, Micheal Potter 10, Tre Clark 23, Caleb Dressler 29, Ezekiel Wells 8, Mario Eyler 8, Nathan Cherzan 4, Jamile Sipaia 2. Totals 40-83 (10-32) 14-19 104.

Halftime — White 54, Blue 36.

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