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Big basketball season brewing at Union

High schools: Tim Martinez

By , Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
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Union's Mason Oberg drives between a pair of Kentwood defenders in a girls basketball game at Union High School.
Union's Mason Oberg drives between a pair of Kentwood defenders in a girls basketball game at Union High School. (Joshua Hart/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

A special basketball season is brewing out at Union High School.

The Titan boys and girls teams are a combined 12-0, rolling up some impressive routs and both getting big wins over ranked foes last weekend.

After two very impressive wins over 3A state tournament teams Prairie and Hudson’s Bay, the Union girls got perhaps their biggest win of the season to date by knocking off Glacier Peak 49-45 on Friday.

Glacier Peak was ranked No. 4 in the 4A girls by the Seattle Times.

The Titan girls are led by senior guard Mason Oberg. The Western Washington commit is back after sitting out all of last season with a knee injury

“I sat out for a while obviously,” Oberg said. “It just feels good to come out here and start to win and be with a good team. I’m just so excited to be back.”

Oberg knocked down eight 3-pointers, scoring 27 points on Monday against Hudson’s Bay, Oberg followed up with a game-high 22 in the win over Glacier Peak.

“Every time we needed a bucket, she came through with a big one,” Union coach Gary Mills said.

In addition to Oberg leading, the Titans also depend on a deep roster.

“At every practice, we have different players playing with different teams,” Oberg said. “It’s not just about who’s starting because anybody can rotate in.”

Union will play at Evergreen on Wednesday before hosting Bellarmine Prep of Tacoma on Saturday.

And the Union boys are back at it, steamrolling their way through their non-league schedule.

The Titans are averaging 84 points a game and winning by an averaging margin of 40.

The Titans got their first big test Saturday when they traveled to face Mount Si, ranked No. 1 in 4A by the Seattle Times.

Tanner Toolson scored 28 points and Kaden Horn added 18 as the Titans rolled past the Wildcats 68-51.

Toolson is averaging 20.2 points a game and the newcomer Horn is averaging 14.3. Union is also getting contributions from Brad Lackey and Izaiah Vongnath.

The Titan boys are also at Evergreen on Wednesday before facing North Kitsap in the Highline College Showcase on Saturday.

Here’s a look at other prep events of note this week:

WRESTLING ON WEDNESDAY: Mountain View hosts a 3A Greater St. Helens League double dual with Hudson’s Bay, Prairie and Evergreen. And in what is sure to be a hot topic at the Godinho family holiday gatherings, Union travels up to Castle Rock as a sibling rivalry is renewed between Union coach John Godinho and Castle Rock coach Joe Godinho.

GO NORTH, EAGLES: The holiday basketball tournament season gets started up on Thursday as the Hudson’s Bay boys basketball team heads to Anchorage, Alaska, to play in the Grace Christian Grizzly Classic Thursday through Saturday. The Eagles open against Cicero Prep of Scottsdale, Ariz.

GO TO THE BEACH, PANTHERS: The Washougal girls basketball team also has a holiday tournament this week. The Panthers will face Madras (Ore.) on Thursday in the first round of the Seaside (Ore.) Holiday Tournament.

GO TO THE LAKE, PLAINSMEN: The Evergreen boys complete a busy week with two games at the Lakeridge Tournament in Lake Oswego, Ore. The Plainsmen will face North Medford (Ore.) on Friday.

MORE THURSDAY HOOPS: The Prairie girls rallied to get a much-needed win over Snohomish on Friday. The Falcons will host Camas on Thursday.

2A GSHL LEAGUE PLAY: League games already? Yes, the 2A Greater St. Helens League opens with league games in basketball on Wednesday with Washougal facing Mark Morris in both boys and girls games (boys in Longview; girls in Washougal). Ridgefield boys play at Columbia River on Thursday.

BIG MEET SATURDAY: Washougal, Ridgefield, Union and Woodland will be going to the Hammerhead Invitational in Bremerton on Saturday. Camas, Evergreen and Prairie will be at the Best of the West tournament in Pasco.

Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep coordinator for The Columbian. He can be reached at 360-735-4538, or follow his Twitter handle @360TMart.