Boys Basketball Overview
Team-by-team glance at area leagues
Friday, December 9, 2011
Key players: Jake Belford, Serg Ovchinnikov. Overview: Despite the loss of Jake Blackman to season-ending shoulder injury, the Tigers have the size, talent and experience to contend for the GSHL title.
Key players: Caleb Dressler, Tre Clark, Austin Gurnsey. Overview: Defending 4A league champs are tough inside, young on the perimeter.
Key players: Tim Hergert, Marquis Evans. Overview: Veteran coach Forbes Lapp returns to Clark County to try to revive Timberwolves.
Key players: Austin Bonds, Levi Gellatly. Overview: Adam Horn, who guided Hockinson to 2A state tournament, takes over the Storm program looking to bounce back from a 4-16 season.
Key players: Jordan Chatman, Tanner Nelson. Overview: With BYU-bound Chatman leading the charge, Titans should push for a return to state tournament.
Key players: Kyle Friend, Trent Johnson. Overview: Skyler Gillispie, age 22, was hired as the Papermakers’ new coach weeks before the season. He is happy with his team’s defense early in the season.
Key players: Isaiah Smith, Chad Love, Jonny Hanberg, Rian Bassett. Overview: Smith, a 6-7 junior, is among the best front-court players in the area. Chieftains more athletic than recent seasons and should compete for league title.
Key players: Quinton Whitfield, Mario Eyler, Jordan Howard. Overview: Trappers hope to be improved, but will it be enough to contend for a playoff spot?
Key players: Jahmile Sipaia, O’Shea Jackson. Overview: Eagles graduated the nucleus of last season’s district championship team.
Key players: Aaron Adams. Overview: Like Hudson’s Bay, Kelso must replace the bulk of the team that reached the district finals last season.
Key players: Zach Torson, Ryan Johnson, Rico Bolivar. Overview: The Thunder should compete with River for the league title.
Key players: Nathan Cherzan, Ryan Denny, Preston Brooks. Overview: With only three seniors and limited varsity experience, this looks like a season of growth for the Falcons.
Key players: Justin Schauer, Everett Klodt, Doug Macdonald. Overview: Defending league champions have seven seniors and return three starters, but must replace scoring of graduated Joshua Hall.
Key players: Isaac Bischoff, Aaron Deister. Overview: Improved Panthers should be in the mix for a district playoff berth.
Key players: Tannyr Knight. Overview: Young Beavers look to improve after winless 2010-11 season, and already have two victories.
REST OF LEAGUE
Hockinson ended Mark Morris’ run of outright league titles last season, but the Monarchs should return to the head of the class.
Key players: Austin Myers, Matt Braaten. Overview: Wildcats are young, with a freshman point guard and only two players with varsity experience.
Key players: Michael Schwinof, Michael Potter, Sam Landerholm, Max Ballantyne. Overview: New coach Nick Veyes has a veteran squad with state-tournament aspirations.
Key players: None provided. Overview: The Bulldogs opened with two one-sided losses to Class 2A Washougal.
REST OF LEAGUE
Kalama and Toledo look like the teams most likely to battle Ridgefield for the Trico title.
Key players: Conor McDaid-O’Neill, Seton Catholic; Isaac Cook, Washington School for Deaf; Jay Becker, King’s Way Christian; Chris Crenshaw, King’s Way Christian; Christian Bukant, King’s Way Christian. Overview: King’s Way returns three all-league performers from a team that reached the 1B state tournament, Columbia Adventist is coming off an unbeaten regular season and a state tournament berth.