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March 2, 2010 at 9:43 AM

Washington recruits head to state

Mercedes.jpgIf Seattleites are playing hooky, it’s probably to a waterfront destination to enjoy the nice weather. But if Washington fans can get away Wednesday, going inside might be a treat. You could see incoming point guard Mercedes Wetmore (pictured right) and her Auburn Riverside (25-0) play a first-round Class 4A state tournament game against No. 9 Edmonds-Woodway (22-2) at noon at the Tacoma Dome.
The top-seeded Ravens are projected to win the title, but finished fourth last season. Wetmore, the SPSL North co-MVP, was named to the 2010 Star Times today and is regarded as one of the better PGs in the state.
“I don’t think I’ve ever coached a player that has a greater desire to win,” Riverside coach Terry Johnson told Times reporter Sandy Ringer in feature on Wetmore. “There is nothing she is not willing to do to find a way to be successful. I just think that is such a hard trait to find in a lot of young people today, and she definitely has that.”
Meanwhile Washington G Kristi Kingma’s brother Brett is leading Jackson (20-4) against Skyline (20-3) at Class 4A state at 2 p.m. on Wednesday. And Seattle University transfer Salena Dickerson’s brother Cole is leading the defending champion Federal Way (22-1) against Stanwood at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
In California, Washington’s incoming guard Ashley Moore of Vallejo High is getting the tag “Ms. February” for her triple doubles in the opening round of the Apaches’ playoff games. Moore had 30 points, 10 assists and 10 steals in a win against Atwater.
The No. 3-seeded Apaches (23-6) play No. 2 Bella Vista (25-4) at Pacific at 4 p.m. on Wednesday. As for attending Washington, Moore said the decision was out of nowhere.
“I just fell in love with the school and the area,” she told the Times-Herald. Moore thought she’d attend UC Santa Barbara. “It’s kind of like home in a way. If I ever need my parents, they’re only a few hours away.
“The Pac-10 is a really good conference and I have a lot of friends who are playing in the conference.”

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