Boys Basketball Overview

Team-by-team glance at area leagues

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4A GSHL

BATTLE GROUND

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.

Battle Ground schedule

EVERGREEN

Key players: Caleb Dressler, Tre Clark, Austin Gurnsey. Overview: Defending 4A league champs are tough inside, young on the perimeter.

Evergreen schedule

HERITAGE

Key players: Tim Hergert, Marquis Evans. Overview: Veteran coach Forbes Lapp returns to Clark County to try to revive Timberwolves.

Heritage schedule

SKYVIEW

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.

Skyview schedule

UNION

Key players: Jordan Chatman, Tanner Nelson. Overview: With BYU-bound Chatman leading the charge, Titans should push for a return to state tournament.

Union schedule

3A GSHL

CAMAS

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.

Camas schedule

COLUMBIA RIVER

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.

Columbia River schedule

FORT VANCOUVER

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?

Fort Vancouver schedule

HUDSON’S BAY

Key players: Jahmile Sipaia, O’Shea Jackson. Overview: Eagles graduated the nucleus of last season’s district championship team.

Hudson's Bay schedule

KELSO

Key players: Aaron Adams. Overview: Like Hudson’s Bay, Kelso must replace the bulk of the team that reached the district finals last season.

Kelso schedule

MOUNTAIN VIEW

Key players: Zach Torson, Ryan Johnson, Rico Bolivar. Overview: The Thunder should compete with River for the league title.

Mountain View schedule

PRAIRIE

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.

Prairie schedule

2A GSHL

HOCKINSON

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.

Hockinson schedule

WASHOUGAL

Key players: Isaac Bischoff, Aaron Deister. Overview: Improved Panthers should be in the mix for a district playoff berth.

Washougal schedule

WOODLAND

Key players: Tannyr Knight. Overview: Young Beavers look to improve after winless 2010-11 season, and already have two victories.

Woodland schedule

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.

Mark Morris schedule

R.A. Long schedule

1A TRICO

LA CENTER

Key players: Austin Myers, Matt Braaten. Overview: Wildcats are young, with a freshman point guard and only two players with varsity experience.

La Center schedule

RIDGEFIELD

Key players: Michael Schwinof, Michael Potter, Sam Landerholm, Max Ballantyne. Overview: New coach Nick Veyes has a veteran squad with state-tournament aspirations.

Ridgefield schedule

STEVENSON

Key players: None provided. Overview: The Bulldogs opened with two one-sided losses to Class 2A Washougal.

Stevenson schedule

REST OF LEAGUE

Kalama and Toledo look like the teams most likely to battle Ridgefield for the Trico title.

Link to 1A Trico League

CLASS 2B/1B

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.