Crescent’s Ciara Cargo-Acosta, center, signs to play basketball for Northwest Indian College. She is flanked by parents Jeremy Acosta and Vashti White-Acosta. (Courtesy photo)

Crescent’s Ciara Cargo-Acosta, center, signs to play basketball for Northwest Indian College. She is flanked by parents Jeremy Acosta and Vashti White-Acosta. (Courtesy photo)

PREP BASKETBALL: Crescent’s Cargo-Acosta signs to play at NW Indian College

JOYCE — Crescent’s Ciara Cargo-Acosta made history for the Loggers’ girls basketball program, becoming the first girls basketball player in decades at least to sign a scholarship to play college basketball.

Cargo-Acosta signed to play at Northwest Indian College in Bellingham.

Cargo-Acosta averaged 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.1 assists a game for the Loggers this past season. She was instrumental in leading the Crescent girls to their best season in many years, going 13-7 and qualifying for the postseason.

NWIC is operated by the Lummi Nation and has an enrollment of 1,200 students from 113 Indigenous nations and 26 states. Port Angeles’ Gary Johnson in on the Eagles’ roster.

“We are so proud of Ciara and wish her the absolute best as she pushes herself to new heights, both in athletics and furthering her education in the coming years after high school,” said Sam Kneiss of Boost Crescent. “Knowing Ciara for the last two years through my support of the women’s basketball program and the Crescent athletic program in general, I believe she embodies the ‘Warriors heart’.”

According to Kneiss, Cargo-Acosta is the first Crescent girls basketball player to sign a college athletic scholarship in at least 20 years and perhaps ever.

Cargo-Acosta is also the second recent Crescent graduate to further their athletic career in the Bellingham area.

Former Logger Raine Westfall won two Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles in 2022 and 2023 in the hammer throw for the Western Washington University women’s track and field team.

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