Centralia’s Cudney Tabbed Western Region MVP

Centralia sophomore Selena Cudney scored 17 points and pulled down eight boards during the Blazers’ 87-54 win over Highline Saturday.

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The Lady Blazers ran the table in the Northwest Athletic Conference’s Western Region, and that dominance showed up in the NWAC All-Region teams.

Centralia College sophomore Selena Cudney was voted the Western Region’s Most Valuable Player and teammates Caitlin Yenne and Lindsey Nurmi were both first-team selections. The NWAC released its All-Region teams on Tuesday.

Cudney, a forward from Rock Springs, Wyoming, averaged 13.1 points per game and shot 59.7% from the field, the second-best percentage in the NWAC. She started all 28 games and added 8 rebounds and 1.9 steals a game for the Blazers, who went 14-0 in Western Region play.

Yenne, a sophomore from River Ridge High School, led Centralia in scoring at 14.1 points per game and added 2.6 steals a game. Nurmi, a sophomore from Black Hills High School, scored 8.4 points with 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals a game.

Piper Cai, a sophomore from Colfax, and Megan Cash, a sophomore from White River High School, were both second-team picks. Cai averaged 11.3 points and 4.9 rebounds a game, while Cash scored 9.2 points with 6.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists a game.

Blazer coach Caleb Sells was voted the Western Region Coach of the Year. The Lady Blazers (21-7 overall) have won 14 games in a row, and enter the NWAC Championships tournament on Thursday. Centralia faces Yakima Valley, the No. 4 team out of the Eastern Region, at 6 p.m. at Everett Community College.

Blazers’ Kobe Matsen Named Freshman of the Year

Centralia College’s Kobe Matsen was voted the Northwest Athletic Conference Western Region Freshman of the Year, the conference announced Tuesday.

Matsen, a 6-foot-6 forwards from Rupert, Idaho, started in each of the 24 games he played for the Trailblazers this season, averaging 11.7 points and 6.4 rebounds a game. 

Lower Columbia’s Samaad Hector was voted the Western Region’s Most Valuable Player, after averaging 18 points a game and shooting 56% from the field. The Red Devils won the Western Region title with a 13-1 conference record (25-4 overall).

Ben Janssan, a sophomore for South Puget Sound, averaged 17.2 points and 7.5 rebounds per game to earn a spot on the Western Region first team. Janssan, originally from Adelaide, Australia, played his senior season for Centralia High School.

Highline’s Mahlik Hall, South Puget Sound’s CaCoa Chatman, Green River’s Tanner Nygren, and Lower Columbia’s Alexis Angeles rounded out the All-Region first team.

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