Bellingham Red Raiders boys' basketball preview capsule




Coach: Brad McKay (first season)

Last year: Finished seventh in the Northwest Conference with a 6-6 record. Didn't qualify for the postseason and finished 11-10 overall.

Players to watch: Tristan Hurley (sr., G); Dante Check (jr., G); Kailen Hayes (jr., G/F); Kyle Hofstetter (so., G)

Outlook: First-year coach Brad McKay is still figuring out his team's direction, but if the Red Raiders can hit shots and rebound, he feels Bellingham can exploit its ability to get up and down the court and score in transition. The Red Raiders return key players Kailen Hayes (13.3 points per game), Dante Check (5.3) and Tristan Hurley (5.5), who together form an extremely experienced and talented backcourt. Much of Bellingham's post presence dissolved after 6-foot-10 junior center Logan Schilder suffered a serious leg injury and is expected to miss most, if not all, of the season. "We are definitely going to have to be consistent," McKay said in a phone interview, "and our team has talent. We have to make sure the defensive intensity stays up for four quarters. We don't have enough firepower to dig out of big holes."

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Year Ht. Pos.

10 Tristan Hurley Sr. 6-0 G

12 Amari Franklin Sr. 6-0 G/F

13 Eddie Haywood Sr. 6-0 G

15 Dante Check Jr. 6-0 G

20 Kyle Hofstetter So. 5-11 G

23 Turner Guy Jr. 6-7 F/C

24 Ryan Fox Sr. 6-2 G/F

31 Kieran Lewis Jr. 6-0 G

32 Kailen Hayes Jr. 6-1 G/F

40 Josh Grimm Sr. 6-0 F/C

44 Logan Schilder Jr. 6-10 C

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 3 Ferndale W 68-61

Dec. 5 at Anacortes L 91-60

Dec. 9 at Meridian W 62-53

Dec. 13 at Nooksack Valley 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 14 Marysville-Getchell 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 17 at Squalicum 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 19 Lynden* 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 27 Prostock Winter Classic TBD

Dec. 28 Prostock Winter Classic TBD

Jan. 2 at Lynden Christian* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 Meridian* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 9 at Blaine* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 14 Squalicum* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17 Anacortes* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 21 Sedro-Woolley* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 at Sehome* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 at Ferndale* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Burlington-Edison* 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3 Nooksack Valley* 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7 at Mount Baker* 7:15 p.m.

Reach ANDREW LANG at or call ext. 862.

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