Raymond, Willapa Valley and Taholah are regarded as the favorites in their respective league as the Class 2B and 1B boys basketball seasons open this week.
Capsule previews of Twin Harbors teams. Taholah did not respond to the survey. North River, which has a later opening to its season, will be sent a form later.
CLASS 2B PACIFIC LEAGUE
Coach: Larry Moore, 25th season.
Returning letterwinners: Joseph Wagner, Sr.; Tyler Turner, Sr.; Corey Thornton, Jr.; Carson Ketter, Jr.; Josh Takagi, Jr.; Caleb Bridge, Soph.; Steven Fry, Soph.; Gabe Hernandez, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Pedro Gonzalez, Jr.; Justin Chong, Jr.
Coach’s comments: “We have really been working hard. We have good senior leadership. Practices have been very competitive. The coaches and players are excited to starting playing some games.”
Pacific League favorites: Raymond, Willapa Valley, Naselle.
Coach: Jason Quinby, first season as head coach.
Returning letterwinners: Kurt Bambauer, 5-9 Sr.; Alex Campos, 6-0 Sr.; Nate Krigbaum, 5-10 Sr.; Alex Herrera, 5-10 Jr.
Promising newcomers: Leeroy Rindlisbacher, 5-9 Sr.; James Benn, 6-3 Jr.; Caleb Tackett, 6-1 Soph.; Dan Sobrera, 5-3 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “Experience-wise, we are still a young team, with more than half the varsity roster being new. That being said, we have more depth than we’ve had in a while, which allows us to play a more up-tempo style. The kids have been working very hard and improving each and every day. Practices have been very competitive and I believe that competitiveness will carry over into the games.”
Pacific League favorite: Raymond.
Coach: John Peterson, 16th season at Willapa Valley.
Returning letterwinners: David Rockett, 6-2 Sr.; Zack Friese, 6-0 Sr.; Richard Ashley, 5-7 Sr.; Matt Konigsberger, 6-0 Jr.; Cody Buchanan, 5-8 Jr.; Anthony Sagen, 5-7 Jr.; Drew Pearson, 5-10 Jr.; Stephen Camenzind, 6-3 Jr.; Randy Heckard, 6-1 Jr.; Neal Riley, 6-0 Jr.
Promising newcomers: Don Carlson, 6-0 Sr.; Steven Ochman, 6-0 Sr.; Kyler Oblad, 5-8 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “We lost only two players from last year, so we feel we have some experience on our team. Our core group of players worked very hard in the summer, on the court and in the weight room. We have fair size for a team from Willapa Valley, therefore we hope to be able to rebound well. Ball-handling is improved but still a concern. One thing is we do have some depth and right now the kids are competing very hard for playing time. This group works like crazy and will play very hard.”
Pacific League favorites: Raymond and North Beach.
Coach: Tom Betrozoff, fourth season at South Bend.
Returning letterwinners: Mike Hoerr, Sr.; Zane Johnson, Jr.; Angel Diaz, Jr. Miles Davis, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Nathan Kunke, Sr.; Dalyn Ogilvie, Jr.; Justin Elliott, Jr.; Spencer Case, Jr.; Mitch Edwards, Soph.; Austin Lewis, Soph.; Tyson Johnson, Fresh.
Coach’s comments: “We are young and very inexperienced, we have only one player who has played any meaningful minutes in a varsity basketball game. We have 23 players in the program and they have been working very hard in practice. We will improve with each day of hard work and we may struggle somewhat in the beginning but become more competitive as the season progresses. They are a very enjoyable group to coach and I am looking forward to being part of their growth in becoming a successful basketball team.”
Pacific League favorites: Raymond and Willapa Valley.
Coach: Mike Tully, seventh season.
Returning letterwinners: Carte Bisbee, 5-8 Sr.; Andrew Hamilton, 6-3 Sr.; Alec Oatfield, 5-9 Sr.; Marcus Lundy, 5-10 Sr.; Darol Ratsavongsy, 6-0 Jr.; Alex Sida, 5-8 Jr.; Rayce Newman, 6-0 Soph.; Marvin So, 5-6 Soph.
Promising newcomers: Elliot Murdock, 5-9 Fresh.; James Hamilton, 6-1 Fresh.
Coach’s comments: “We got a bit of a late start due to football, but we are working hard to get caught up. We will look to use our quickness and athleticism on both ends of the floor. If we can play smart, disciplined team basketball, good things will happen for us. We have a good core of leaders who create a positive environment and are willing to put in the work it takes to improve.”
Pacific League favorites: Willapa Valley and North Beach.
CLASS 1B COASTAL LEAGUE
Coach: Dave Hinchen, second season.
Returning letterwinners: Christian Garcia, 5-8 Sr.; Dalton Lines, 5-11 Sr.; Santos Venegas, 6-1 Sr.; Chris Erdman, 6-3 Sr.; Kobe Kalama, 5-10 Soph.; Dylan Lines, 5-10 Soph.
Promising newcomers: Richard Carlile, 5-10 Sr.; Austin Peters, 6-2 Sr.; Tyler Colton, 6-1 Sr.; Luis Mondragon, 5-8 Sr.
Coach’s comments: “We are a senior-laden team with lots of leadership. We have tremendous speed around the perimeter and strong post players down low. We will be a team that gets after it on the defensive end, hoping that it will translate into easy buckets at the other end of the floor. With such a large group of upperclassmen, the practices thus far have been very positive, with lots of energy. If this group continues to work hard and get better, I believe this can be a very successful season.”
Coastal League favorites: Taholah clear favorite, with Wishkah and Mary M. Knight very good as well.
Coach: Matt Ferrier, third season.
Returning letterwinners: Brady Anderson, 6-1 Jr.; Gavin Baltzell, 6-2 Jr.; Chris Thein, 6-2 Jr.; Trey Berge, 6-3 Jr.; Ethen Arnold, 6-0 Sr.
Promising newcomers: Jace Anderson, 6-0 Soph.; Robert Rodriguez, 6-0 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “I am excited where this team is going to take our program. We have a group of kids who are very dedicated to building this program and taking it to new levels. Look for us to be very competitive this year. We return a good core of players from the last two years, including our leading scorer, Brady Anderson.
Coastal League favorites: Taholah and Mary M. Knight.