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January 17, 2008 at 10:08 AM

H.S. tragedies across the country

I’m sorry to start the day on a somber note, but there are a couple national stories that I wanted to share. The first is from last Saturday, where a van carrying a Canadian basketball team crashed into a truck, eight people died.

In another story from Tuesday, a young track athlete from New York was paralyzed and others were injured in a crash on the highway.

I’m curious to know what you all think. Were these just unfortunate circumstances, or is travel during the cold, winter months a significant factor?

With winter tournaments and events across the country, does the increased travel in potentially icy conditions make it a life-threatening risk, or am I reading too much into this? Obviously, location has something to do with it.

Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

Morning stars

1. Kristi Kingma, Jackson girls basketball — Netted a career-high 32 points in a showdown between WesCo’s best. She scored all of her team’s 13 first-quarter points and also had 10 assists.

2. Hannah Lilly, Mercer Island girls basketball — The 5-foot-8 sophomore also had a career-high 26 points in a 65-56 loss to Issaquah.

3. KingCo wrestlers — Armin Basic of Redmond and Liberty’s David Sandall each recorded the fastest pins of Wednesday’s reported meets at 19 seconds.

Tonight’s top games

1. Lake Stevens at Snohomish, wrestling, 7:00 — The top-ranked Vikings have won 117 consecutive WesCo dual meets and 18 straight league titles. They face the seventh-ranked Panthers, who are unbeaten this season.

2. Cedar Park Christian (Bothell) at Bellevue Christian, boys basketball, 7:30 — Two top teams in the Emerald City League face off. Lots of history between these two. Bellevue Christian looks to avenge a 43-39 loss earlier this season.

3. Quilcene at Bear Creek, boys basketball, 7:30 — A battle between two of the best in the Sea-Tac B League.

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