This and That Notebook

Carl, you there?

He’s back.

Carl Click will provide webcasts of the Prairie girls and Union boys state tournament basketball games.

Go to at 8:50 a.m. today for the pre-game for Prairie’s 9 a.m. game against Lynnwood. The Union broadcast will go on the Web at 2 p.m.

Click expects to carry the rest of the week’s games featuring Prairie and Union. Times to be determined.

Best wishes to Nikki Bond

Nikki Bond, a sophomore basketball standout from Skyview, is recovering from her second serious sports injury in less than a year.

Bond broke the second spinal lumbar after a collision when several players scrambled for a loose ball during the Class 4A District 4 championship girls basketball game on Feb. 25. She spent a few days in a hospital but maintained a positive attitude.

“My first reaction was I’m glad it wasn’t my knee,” Bond said. “This will only take weeks to recover from, not months.”

Bond, who made The Columbian’s All-Region team as a freshman, tore her anterior cruiciate ligament in a knee last summer. After surgery and rehabilitation, she returned to the Storm late this season.

Bond was told her back injury will take six to eight weeks to recover. Her basketball coaches have advised her to avoid any tough workouts until summer basketball, to give more time for her knee and this back injury to heal.

From a fan of basketball:

After that 4A district girls game, I received an e-mail from a fan who was there. Here are some excerpts of that e-mail:

“… if I could think of one thing more inspiring than the win for Evergreen (it) is the toughness and dedication of a couple of the players. One player, Justine Joudrey, on her performance and leadership once again. … My heart went out to her near the end of the game when she went down on her arm. … 

“The other girl is the Skyview player, Nikki Bond. I understand that she just came back from a knee surgery, and I applaud her courage to come back on the court so soon. I remember that last year she scored around 30 or so points against Evergreen in the first 15 or 16 minutes of play. But to see her fighting for a loose ball last night and getting a knee in her back was excruciating to watch. …

“But (what) was even more obvious (and I was sitting directly behind the Skyview bench on the Evergreen side) was that this girl would not leave the game and go to the hospital. She refused to leave and sounded like she wanted to stay right there in case the coach could use her back in the game. Wow, that’s dedication. Even with her mother there to take her away, she sat there in tears and pain for the opportunity to play and to support her team to the last minute.

“Their dedication, passion, and unwillingness to give up is a story in itself.

“That’s a story of a couple of winners.”

Two more signings:

Columbia River football player Cody Gilder has signed a letter of intent to play football at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.

Gilder, an offensive lineman, helped the Chieftains reach the Class 3A state playoffs this past fall. 

Kelsey Frasier, a senior at Hudson’s Bay, has signed a letter of intent to play women’s soccer at Northwest University in Kirkland.

Frasier was voted second-team forward for the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League in the fall. 

Concert tonight:

Three bands featuring students from Skyview High School will be holding a benefit concert for the Trey Foote Foundation at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the high school’s auditorium.

“If All Else Fails,” “Faire du Surf,” and “Search & Rescue” will play in an effort to promote spirit and support the foundation

Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. For tickets, call 360-635-2227.

Trey Foote was a student at Skyview when he died in 2006 after a battle with cancer. His fight inspired his football team, his school, and later the Vancouver community. The Trey Foote Foundation awards a scholarship to a Skyview senior each year and also raises funds to help fight cancer. 

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