Vikings pull away in second half to top Trojans


Nate Fluke and Hank Swartz combined for 38 points on Thursday night, leading the Willapa Valley boys basketball team to a 57-44 win over Pe Ell.

Both Fluke and Swartz scored 19 to lead the Vikings (2-2, 2-0 CVL), who pulled away in the second half after leading by five at the break.

Blaine King added eight points, Brody Ritzman added four, and Kevin Ruelas, Connor Keeton and Aiden Young each tacked on a pair.

Carter Phelps led the Trojans (1-4, 1-1 1B CVL) with 12, while Mauricio Morales added eight and Blake Howard tallied seven. The Trojans struggled from beyond the arc, shooting just 1 for 19 from three-point range.

“These young men played hard tonight, but we have to a better job winning the little things,” Pe Ell coach Chris Phelps said. “We have a lot of potential with this group, and we as coaches need to do a better job maturing our offense. Give it time we will get where we need to be when it counts.”

Pe Ell will look to rebound against the Washington School for the Deaf on Tuesday, while Willapa Valley will head to Ocosta on Monday.