Reese Ericson, Cali Denson, Zeke Viuhkola set for WAVOR games
If you like high school basketball, and if you'd like to see how Oregon's best stack up against Washington's elite, have we got a deal for you.
The annual Oregon vs. Washington basketball series — now known as WAVOR (formerly, the Northwest Shootout) — is set for Sunday, April 3, at Liberty High School in Hillsboro. The Oregon vs. Washington girls game is set for 1 p.m., while the boys contest follows at 3 p.m.
The girls game will feature two of Clackamas' county's best, Lakeridge senior point guard Reese Ericson (a West Point commit) and Putnam senior guard Cali Denson.
Ericson, the Three Rivers League Player of the Year, led her team to a TRL title, a Class 6A state playoff berth and a sixth-place finish at state. Along the way, Ericson averaged 15.5 points (while shooting 50% from the field, 37% from 3-point range and 76% from the foul line), six rebounds, seven assists and four steals per game.
In addition, Ericson is a member of the National Charity League, National Honor Society and the Honor Roll, and is a Multnomah Athletic Club Scholar Athlete.
Denson, meanwhile, took her team to a fourth-place finish in the Northwest Oregon Conference and a Class 5A state playoff berth. Along the way, she became just one of just 12 players in the state to surpass the 2,000-point plateau in her high school career, averaging 27 points (while shooting 47% from the field, 36% from 3-point range and 88% from the foul line), six rebounds, five assists and six steals per game.
The NWOC Player of the Year as a freshman, Denson is the second all-time leading scorer in Oregon girls history, with records for the most 3-pointers made in a game (14) and most points in a half (36).
The boys game, meanwhile, will feature West Linn senior guard Zeke Viuhkola. Viuhkola, in his final Lions' campaign, led West Linn to a second-place finish in the Three Rivers League, the No. 5 ranking in the state and a third-place finish in the Class 6A state tournament.
Along the way, Viuhkola averaged 16 points (while shooting 54% from the field, 43% from 3-point range and 77% from the foul line), six rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.
A two-time first-team all-TRL selection, Viuhkola carries a 3.8 grade point average and was also a first-team all-league football player.
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