Meridian Trojans boys' basketball preview capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 13, 2013 

MERIDIAN

TROJANS

Coach: Shane Stacy (ninth season)

Last year: Finished tied for 10th in the Northwest Conference with a 3-9 record. Ended season after going 1-2 in the 1A Northwest District Tournament and finished 9-14 overall.

Players to watch: Blake Briones (sr., F); Jacob Plagerman (sr., G); Sam Chambers (sr., F); Alex Martin (jr., F); Kyle Young (jr., P)

Outlook: Meridian coach Shane Stacy raved about the leadership seniors Blake Briones (7.5 points per game), Jacob Plagerman (0.9) and Sam Chambers (1.4) have displayed both during the offseason and preseason. The chemistry his seniors have helped build has Stacy excited about what the Trojans can do despite the loss of players Alijah Garcia and Logan Carlson. "When you have that mixture of humility and coachability, the sky is the limit," Stacy said in a phone interview. Tanner Tutterrow should join Plagerman in the backcourt, and junior forward Alex Martin and junior post Kyle Young have already proved to be capable scorers. "Rebounding is going to be huge for us, because we are a bit undersized," Stacy said, "but we make up for that in our tenacity, and we place a great emphasis on our offensive and defensive rebounding."

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Yr. Ht. Pos.

3 Cody Bachman Jr. 5-9 F

5 Jacob Plagerman Sr. 5-11 G

10 Tanner Tutterrow Jr. 5-9 G

11 Brady Moore So. 6-2 F

12 Nick Rautenberg Jr. 6-3 P

14 Alex Martin Jr. 6-2 F

20 Blake Briones Sr. 6-3 F

21 Derek Campfield So. 6-3 P

24 Sam Chambers Sr. 6-0 F

30 Devyn Holmes So. 6-3 F

32 Kyle Young Jr. 6-3 P

33 Daniel Young So. 6-2 F

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 4 at South Whidbey W 59-43

Dec. 9 Bellingham L 62-53

Dec. 16 at Blaine 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 19 at Nooksack Valley* 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 20 at La Conner 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27 De La Salle, Ore. (Cloud 9 Classic) 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 Cashmere (Cloud 9 Classic) 5 p.m.

Dec. 31 at Mount Baker 4 p.m.

Jan. 3 Sedro-Woolley* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 6 at Bellingham* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10 at Squalicum* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 14 at Friday Harbor 4 p.m.

Jan. 17 at Ferndale* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 21 at Anacortes* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 Blaine* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 28 Burlington-Edison* 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 30 Lynden Christian* 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 1 Mount Baker* 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 3 at Sehome* 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 6 Lynden* 7:15 p.m.

Reach ANDREW LANG at andrew.lang@bellinghamherald.com or call ext. 862.

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