The Raymond, North Beach, Willapa Valley and Wishkah boys and Willapa Valley, Taholah and Lake Quinault girls are among the well-regarded Class 2B and 1B teams as the prep basketball season opens next week.
Responses to a preseason form have not yet been received from the Raymond, Wishkah, Lake Quinault and Taholah boys and the Ocosta and Taholah girls. If a sufficient number of the above-listed coaches submit, another set of previews will be published next week. Coaches may email their information to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 533-6039.
Capsules of Twin Harbors Class B teams:
Coach: John Peterson, 17th season at Valley.
Returning letterwinners: Matt Konigsberger, 6-2 Sr.; Cody Buchanan, 5-8 Sr.; Anthony Sagen, 5-8 Sr.; Drew Pearson, 6-0 Sr.; Stephen Camenzind, 6-4 Sr.; Kyler Oblad, 5-11 Jr.
Promising newcomers: Trevor Cook, 5-7 Soph.; Jason Fluke, 5-7 Soph.; Hunter Gray, 5-9 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “We only lost three seniors from last year, so we feel like we have some experience on our team. The main core of kids worked very hard in the summer, on the court and in the weight room. We have fair size for a team from Willapa Valley, so we hope to be able to rebound well. Ball-handling is improved, but is still a concern. Depth may be a little bit of a problem, but I really like our young sophomore group.”
Pacific League favorites: Raymond and North Beach (but league is best it has been in a while).
Coach: Larry Moore, 28th season.
Returning letterwinners: Corey Thornton, 6-1 Sr.; Josh Takagi, 5-9 Sr.; Carson Ketter, 6-1 Sr.; Pedro Gonzalez, 5-10 Sr.; Justin Chong, 6-1 Sr.; Steven Fry, 6-3 Jr.; Caleb Bridge, 6-4 Jr.; Gabe Hernandez, 6-1, Jr.; Jordan Chong, 5-7 Jr.; Mike Beck, 5-8 Soph.
Promising newcomers: Levi Edlin, 6-1 Sr.; Austin Perez, 5-10 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “We have a hard-working group of kids who have great attitudes and are ready to play ball. We have some key players back from last year, which should be a big help this year.
Pacific League favorites: Raymond, Willapa Valley.
Coach: Jason Quinby, second season.
Returning letterwinners: Alex Herrera, 5-10 Sr.; James Benn, 6-3 Sr.; Dan Sobrera, 5-3 Jr.; Caleb Tackett, 6-0 Jr.
Promising newcomers: Dylan Tucker, 5-9 Sr.; Luke Anderson, 5-9 Jr.; George Prigmore, 5-9 Jr.; Connor Pegg, 6-5 Soph.; Kyle Bambauer, 6-0 Soph.; Anthony Juarez, 5-11 Soph.; Matthew Torres, 5-8 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “Overall, this is the most talented/deep team we’ve had in a while. We have a very solid group of returners who have not taken their positions as ‘top dogs’ lightly and have instead raised the bar as to what is expected of an Ocosta basketball player. This attitude has permeated throughout practices, which has really raised the level of intensity. If our practices are any indication, our games should be a lot of fun to watch this year.”
Pacific League favorites: Raymond, with Willapa Valley and North Beach in the mix.
Coach: Tom Betrozoff, fifth season at South Bend (28th as a head coach)
Returning letterwinners: Dalyn Ogilvie, Sr.; Zane Johnson, Sr.; Justin Elliott, Sr.; Miles Davis, Jr.; Mitch Edwards, Jr.; Austin Lewis, Jr.; Tyson Johnson, Soph.
Promising newcomers: Angel Diaz, Sr.; Fernando Mena, Jr.; Jayden Madrid, Soph.; Mason Stuck, Soph.; Juan Bucio, Fresh.; Jordan Dockter, Fresh.; A.J. Sanchez, Fresh.
Coach’s comments: “The players have been working extremely hard in practice and playing with a lot of self-confidence. We were quite young and inexperienced last season, but it was a valuable learning experience for these kids. Even though we are still quite young, we are ready and prepared to take the next step. Our roster gives us the ability to be quite versatile in how we choose to play the game each night.”
Pacific League favorites: Raymond, North Beach and Willapa Valley.
Coach: Sean Pierson, fifth season.
Returning letterwinners: Gabe Turner, 5-7 Sr.; Jaala Berentsen, 5-6 Sr.; Christian Wilson, 6-1 Sr.; Kenneth Simpson, 5-10 Jr.; Julio Churape, 5-10 Soph.; Mitch Holmes, 5-5 Soph.
Promising newcomers: Lorenzo Churape, 5-7 Soph.; Nathaniel Baughman, 5-7 Fresh.
Coach’s comments: “With at least two years of varsity experience under their belts, the six returning letterwinners make this season’s Mustangs the most veteran squad to represent North River in the last five years. Strong senior leadership should make the difference for a team with a goal of improving upon a 1-9 record from the previous season.”
Most difficult scheduled opponent: Wishkah.
Coach: Gary Wilson, second season after returning to coaching.
Returning letterwinners: Kessa Wilson, 6-0 Sr.; Katlyn Sawyer, 5-10 Sr.; Sierra Cearns, 5-5 Sr.; Emily Sanchez, 5-6 Jr.; Rielly Myers, 5-10 Jr.
Promising newcomers: Baylee Trent, 5-6 Sr.; Tammi Kousonhsavath, 5-1 Jr.; Emma Lorton, 5-7 Jr.; Edith Razo, 5-9 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “This is a hard-working, fun bunch of kids. We will have both players with years of varsity experience and players with none. We are all working to improve as the season progresses. Our plan is to control the tempo of the game, both on offense and defense.”
Pacific League favorite: Willapa Valley.
Coach: Brett Mackey, Returning to coaching after year’s absence. Coached North Beach for 10 previous seasons.
Returning letterwinners: Marya Pope, 5-5 Sr.; Quay Sotomish, 5-3 Sr.; Maria Garman, 5-6 Sr.; Paola Robles, 5-6 Jr.; Emily Takagi, 5-8 Soph.; Mousie Shale, 5-5 Soph.; Cora Pope, 5-5 Soph.
Promising newcomers: Elizabeth Garman, 5-6 Sr.; Teyha Pillsbury, 5-5 Jr.; Miquie Pinnel, 5-5 Jr.; Hadley Moore, 5-6 Jr.; Reilly Moore, 5-5 Fresh.
Coach’s comments: “This is a fun group to work with. If we can continue to work hard and stick together, things will fall into place nicely. We have a nice balance of experience and youth within our team as we look forward to see how we fit into this year’s league.”
Pacific League favorites: Willapa Valley, South Bend.
Coach: Jon Schray, third season.
Returning letterwinners: Hailee Williams, 5-5 Sr.; Alex Gilbert, 5-4 Sr.; Aiyisha Garcia, 5-9 Jr.; Jaislin Heckard, 5-7 Soph.; Gabriella Oatfield, 5-7 Soph.
Promising newcomers: Aubree Gardner, 5-4 Fresh.; Cyndey Flemetis, 5-3 Fresh.; Winter Newman, 5-7 Fresh.; Mikayla Collins, 5-8 Fresh.
Coach’s comments: “We are young, enthusiastic and athletic.”
Pacific League favorites: Willapa Valley, South Bend, Northwest Christian.
Coach: Matt Bannish, first season returning to coaching after long career as boys coach at Adna.
Returning letterwinners: Brooke Harden, 5-9 Sr.; Emily Fluke, 5-5 Sr.; Lauren Friese, 5-6 Sr.; Mackenzie Trotter, 5-7 Sr.; Sydney Wilkeson, 5-6 Sr.; Karli Friese, 5-4 Jr.
Promising newcomers: Alicia Smaciarz, 5-3 Soph.; Jessica Cook, 5-4 Jr.; Brooke Spoor, 6-0 Soph.; Meagan Sanaski, 5-4 Sr.; Madison Huber, 5-5 Fresh.; Baylee Layman, 5-10 Jr.
Coach’s comments: “We start the year needing to replace three starters due to graduation, but return several players with varsity experience. I think we will have a good mix of guard and post play. We should have the ability to go with a small, quick lineup or put one of the tallest teams in recent Willapa Valley history on the court. Offensively, we will look to push the ball while running multiple offensive sets. Improving our ability to score more consistently, thus eliminating scoring droughts, is an area that needs improvement. Defensively, we hope to mix it up with a variety of presses and half-court defenses. Our emphasis has been on practicing with a purpose and hope to play the way we practice.”
Pacific League favorite: South Bend.
Coach: Katherine Butcher, first season as head coach (two years as assistant).
Returning letterwinners: Chrissy Rurup, 5-7 Jr.; Ryan Anderson, 5-8 Soph.; Payton West, 5-6 Soph.; Ally Ancich, 5-10 Fresh.; Maggie Sorenson, 5-10 Fresh.; Tiana Warren, 5-5 Fresh.
Promising newcomers: Lacey Barber, 5-5 Jr.; Kayla Tudor, 5-7 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “I would define our team as still in its rebuilding phase, yet with a promising change in momentum. This team has been focusing on fundamentals and confidence the past two years. This year, we look to raise the bar in skill and concepts. So far we are responding well to a different style of program, where they are being pushed additionally in areas of mental focus and discipline. We still have a lot of young and inexperienced players, but I expect teams to see a change in the level of competition when they play us. I am excited to see where we match up this year and truly believe the girls will begin seeing results this season from the work they’ve been putting in the past few year. I am blessed to be working with such a great group of young ladies.”
Coach: Denny Hinchen, second season.
Returning letterwinners: Hannah Allen, 5-7 Sr.; Mikaila Blackburn, 5-5 Sr.; Donna Gerard, 5-6 Sr.; Romenita Begay, 6-0 Jr.; Haylee Erdman, 5-10 Jr.; Faith Thomas, 5-6 Soph.; Brittany Thomas, 5-10 Soph.; Aida Garcia, 5-5 Soph.; Melissa Silva, 5-2 Soph.; Alex Kelly-Blackburn, 5-7 Fresh.; Espy Silva, 5-4 Fresh.
Promising newcomers: Johana Esparza, 5-2 Sr.; Mikayla Quilt, 5-7 Jr.; Lupe Aguilar, 5-2 Soph.
Coach’s comments: “With 11 returning players from last year’s playoff team, I expect we will do pretty well.”