Three CHS Students Are Named All-State Basketball All-Stars!
by Michael Ward
(L-R) Kalee Fowler, Jordan Corpus, Susan Kenney
After the completion of a competitive and intense Varsity basketball season, Cedarcrest's boys and girls teams were represented at the Cascade Conference All-State Division 2A All-Star games last month as guards Jordan Corpus, Kalee Fowler, and Susan Kenney were selected as All-Star representatives for their respective teams.
For Jordan Corpus, the talented point guard has parlayed more than ten years of basketball experience into a second consecutive year on the Cascade Conference First Team All-League squad and his selection in 2014 as an All-State representative. Tireless and unrelenting in his approach to the game of basketball, the recognition was a significant accomplishment to the years and years of practice Corpus put in on a daily basis for the sport he loves. In seventh grade, Corpus began playing for AAU Elite Teams and made the decision to play for Cedarcrest High School when other private schools were courting him to consider a different academic option. For four seasons, Corpus has been an unmistakable leader, a player others look up to and respect and take advice and counsel from. His ability to lead in earning the respect of his teammates, classmates, junior varsity players, and those associated with the Cedarcrest basketball program has been heralded by teachers, coaches, and Athletic Director Jason Frederick. Off the court, Corpus has dealt with a great deal of adversity. Yet, through it all he has remained focused. Corpus helped guide Cedarcrest's Boys Varsity team to a competitive season this past year and recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball with Whatcom Community College, division champions two of the last three seasons, and their head coach David Dunham, a recent winner of the NWAACC North Region Coach of the Year.
Like her All-State counterparts, Kalee Fowler has played basketball for as long as she can remember. Her first experience with basketball came with the Northshore YMCA at the age of 4. She soon advanced through the Northshore Youth Basketball Program, eventually playing with the AAU select teams within the Riverview School District. Adding in volleyball and track, Fowler is a multi-sport athlete who added softball to her resume her Freshman year. The decision to play softball came as a result of recovering from a broken leg early on in her first season with CHS basketball. Balancing softball and basketball each year, a sudden loss away from the court inspired her at the onset of her junior year. Kalee is relentless in her conditioning and work, and she is dedicated in pushing herself to do the very best she can, allowing the rest to take care of itself. Earning First Team All-Conference recognition her junior and senior year for basketball, she has lettered in Varsity basketball and softball all four years at Cedarcrest. Joining teammate Susan Kenney at the All-State All-Star game and helping lead their team to victory became a wonderful way to end a fantastic high school basketball career. For Kalee, the years of hard work and perseverance have paid off as she recently signed a letter of intent to play for the Northwest University Eagles. Located in Kirkland, she joins a team who returned to the Cascade Conference Championships in 2014.
Susan Kenney began her basketball career playing on Boys & Girls from a very early age. A multi-sport star who was a three-sport Varsity athlete in her freshman year at Cedarcrest, as well as a key member for the nationally recognized Rijo Athletics softball club, Kenney has a competitive fire unlike many who have ever walked through the doors or stepped on a court or field at Cedarcrest High School. While she clearly can play any sport and find success in doing so, years of playing on select teams and Tolt's Varsity basketball squads helped define a path for Susan to follow. A varsity guard all four years at Cedarcrest, Kenney was named to the Cascade Conference Second Team her freshman year and earned First Team designation in the three years which followed. A dislocated shoulder for Kenney her sophomore year forced the talented athlete to focus on a specific path, but even then she wanted to do more and play different sports. Ultimately it was basketball that won her favor. Capping off years of hard work, Kenney was named the Cascade Conference Most Valuable Player for 2014, recently signing a letter of intent to play for Centralia College and head coach Shane Schutz. Centralia, a perennial playoff team and tournament contender in the NWAACC, will be landing a player who averaged more than 20 points per game this season, along with nearly 5 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 3.2 steals per game.
The hard work and perseverance of these athletes, each overcoming unique and challenging obstacles both on and off the court have served as an inspiration to not just their teammates, classmates, and coaches, but our community at large. On behalf of the Riverview School District, we wish Jordan, Susan, and Kalee continued success as they move forward on their journeys.