Squalicum Storm boys' basketball preview capsule

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDDecember 13, 2013 

SQUALICUM

STORM

Coach: Dave Dickson (eighth season)

Last year: Finished sixth in the Northwest Conference with a 7-5 record. Did not qualify for postseason and finished 12-9 overall.

Players to watch: Blake Youtsey (sr., F); Ben Garcia (sr., G); Luke Weber (sr., F); Alijah Garcia (sr., G); Clark Hazlett (jr., F)

Outlook: Coach Dave Dickson and his Squalicum Storm are learning on the go after Dickson said he has a completely different team than he anticipated last spring and summer. The Storm have had players move and a few who decided not to turn out. "I think we have a big upside," Dickson said in a phone interview. "We have a lot of pieces that we're trying to put together. I think we are a good team with quickness, and we have some guys that can shoot the ball a little bit." Seniors Blake Youtsey (14.0 points per game) and Ben Garcia (10.3) are two returners the Storm will rely on to produce, while Luke Weber (2.1), Meridian transfer Alijah Garcia (10.1) and Clark Hazlett (1.5) are each expected to contribute. Senior 6-foot-6 center Remington Wilcox adds height, and sophomore Creighton Kaui should find a role. Freshmen Damek Mitchell and Noah Westerhoff are two young players Dickson is excited about.

2013-14 ROSTER

No. Name Year Ht. Pos.

10 Clark Hazlett Jr. 6-3 F

11 Harper Moore Jr. 6-2 F

12 Noah Westerhoff Fr. 5-10 G

13 Remington Wilcox Sr. 6-6 C

14 Josh Vail So. 5-10 G

15 Luke Weber Sr. 6-0 F

22 Alijah Garcia Sr. 5-8 G

24 Damek Mitchell Fr. 5-8 G

30 Benjamin Garcia Sr. 6-0 G

33 Blake Youtsey Sr. 6-4 F

35 Creighton Kaui So. 5-11 G

45 Ben Tripp Jr. 6-4 C

2013-14 SCHEDULE

Dec. 4 Cedarcrest L 53-48

Dec. 6 at Ferndale W 43-40

Dec. 10 at Sehome W 57-49

Dec. 17 Bellingham 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 20 at Burlington-Edison 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 21 at Friday Harbor 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 27 Auburn Riverside (SunDome) 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 28 La Center (SunDome) 1:30 p.m.

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

Jan. 6 Sehome 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10 Meridian 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 14 at Bellingham 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 16 Blaine 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 20 at Nooksack Valley 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 24 Sedro-Woolley 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 27 Ferndale 7:15 p.m.

Jan. 31 at Mount Baker 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 4 Lynden Christian 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 7 Tamawanis Secondary 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 11 at Anacortes 7:15 p.m.

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

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