Class 2A boys' basketball Hardwood Classic

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 5, 2014 

ANACORTES SEAHAWKS (19-5)

Enrollment: 631

League: Northwest Conference (finished first)

District: 1/2 (paced third)

State appearances: 32 (47-51)

State titles: None

Coach: Brett Senff

Scouting the Seahawks: Anacortes took advantage of an early injury to Fife star guard Austin Woods and rolled to a 78-34 win during last week's regional to advance to the Hardwood Classic. The Seahawks went on a 40-10 scoring run to take a 55-24 lead following Woods' injury. Jordan Neville finished with a team-high 18 points and Ty Johnson added 15. Guard Daniel McInerney chipped in 13. The Seahawks lost to Pullman in the Class 2A state championship last season. Anacortes has great balance with a myriad of strong guards with a mix of talented post players.

Player to watch: Ty Johnson has extreme talent and single-handedly ended Lynden's bid to play for a state title during last year's Hardwood Classic. He has a great stroke from deep and can score in a number of ways.

Scoring average: 67.8

Opp average: 50.8

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Jordan Neville G Sr. 6-0 8.9

Joe D'Amelio G Jr. 5-10 12.4

Ty Johnson G Jr. 6-3 16.6

Andrew Medalia F Sr. 6-5 14.4

Peter Haynes F Sr. 6-4 6.3

WHITE RIVER HORNETS (21-7)

Enrollment: 857

League: SPSL 2A/3A (finished third)

District: 3 (won district title)

State appearances: 16 (23-25)

State titles: One (1973)

Coach: Rick Tripp

Scouting the Hornets: White River ventured on several large scoring runs and used its size to earn a dominating 70-50 win against River Ridge during last week's regional play. The Hornets held River Ridge to its second lowest scoring output of the season. Senior forward Brandon Dove scored a game-high 22 points, Spencer Swigart recorded 20 and Brandon Garvin finished with 17. The Hornets return to the Hardwood Classic after losing in last year's regionals. White River is an athletic group, rebounds well and has strong postseason experience. Four starters average double figures.

Player to watch: Brandon Dove led the Hornets to a decisive win during regionals, and he uses his height to get to the basket but also has a strong perimeter game.

Scoring average: 58.7

Opp average: 50.6

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Dustin France G Jr. 6-0 12.6

Brandon Garvin G Sr. 6-3 10.8

Brandon Dove F Sr. 6-3 11.0

Clayton Holm F Sr. 6-4 7.7

Spencer Swigart F Sr. 6-4 13.7

PULLMAN GREYHOUNDS (20-2)

Enrollment: 516

League: 2A Great Northern (finished first)

District: 7 (won district title)

State appearances: 23 (29-36)

State titles: One (2013)

Coach: Craig Brantner

Scouting the Greyhounds: The Class 2A defending state champions pulled away from Wapato late to earn a 74-53 regional win last week. Pullman outscored Wapato 20-6 in the fourth quarter, and the Greyhounds shot 44 percent from the field and hauled in 11 offensive rebounds. Pullman star senior 6-foot-5 forward Race Martin scored 18 of his game-high 25 points in the first half, and senior guard David Ungerer added 10 of his 16 points in the final period. Pullman won its first state title in program history last year, beating Anacortes, and put together a 2-1 record against Hardwood Classic team Mark Morris.

Player to watch: Pullman 6-foot-5 bruiser Race Martin has to be arguably the top big man in the Hardwood Classic. He highlights a senior-laden Pullman group and has carried the Greyhounds at times.

Scoring average: 67.8

Opp average: 48.1

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

David Ungerer G Sr. 5-7 13.7

AJ Miles G Sr. 6-2 11.8

Tanner Therrien G Sr. 6-2 8.4

Joe Kurle F Sr. 6-4 5.5

Race Martin F Sr. 6-5 19.3

MARK MORRIS MONARCHS (19-5)

Enrollment: 783

League: 2A Greater St. Helens (finished first)

District: 4 (won district title)

State appearances: 34 (51-49)

State titles: Three (1978, '85, '87)

Coach: Bill Bakamus

Scouting the Monarchs: Mark Morris made key plays in the fourth quarter and wore down regional opponent Sehome to grab a 55-44 win last week to advance to the Hardwood Classic. The Monarchs outscored Sehome 19-7 in the fourth and hit eight 3-pointers. Junior 6-foot-5 forward Grant Gibb scored a game-high 18 points, and Cameron Mosier chipped in 13 with three 3s. Mark Morris converted its free throws and handled the Mariners' pressure defense flawlessly. The Monarchs have a ton of height with two 6-5 players and 6-foot-7 Geordi Morrow. They thrive on getting second-chance points off offensive rebounds.

Player to watch: If Mark Morris has a go-to scorer, then Grant Gibb is the guy. Gibb has a strong inside-outside game and also rebounds very well.

Scoring average: 60.3

Opp average: 52.3

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Cameron Mosier G Sr. 5-10 9.4

Hayden Tapani G Sr. 5-11 7.3

Evan Troy G Jr. 6-3 6.5

Grant Gibb F Jr. 6-5 15.3

Jared Bartleson F Sr. 6-5 6.0

LAKE WASHINGTON KANGAROOS (15-9)

Enrollment: 1,078

League: Kingco 3A/2A (finished third)

District: 1/2 (placed second)

State appearances: Nine (14-16)

State titles: None

Coach: Ryan Staudacher

Scouting the Kangaroos: Lake Washington enjoyed its third best scoring output of the season during its 87-60 regional blowout win over Bremerton last week. The Kangs scored 26 first-quarter points and led by 14 at the half. Kelly Guy, who coach Ryan Staudacher said is the heart and soul of the team, scored 30 points to go with seven assists and six rebounds. Drew Heimdahl added 21 points and seven rebounds, and backcourt mate Jeffrey Staudacher finished with 19 points on five 3-pointers. Lake Washington returns to the state tournament two years removed from placing fourth in Class 3A.

Player to watch: Senior Kelly Guy can do it all. He picked apart Bremerton, went for 16 against Sehome and tallied a game-high 20 against Lynden during the District 1/2 title game.

Scoring average: 63.8

Opp average: 53.8

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Kelly Guy G Sr. 6-1 N/A

Jeffrey Staudacher G Sr. 5-10 N/A

Drew Heimdahl G Sr. 6-4 N/A

Neema Hodaie G Sr. 6-1 N/A

Wonjun Im F Sr. 6-1 N/A

CLARKSTON BANTAMS (21-3)

Enrollment: 557

League: 2A Great Northern (finished second)

District: 7 (placed second)

State appearances: 23 (25-41)

State titles: None

Coach: Justin Jones

Scouting the Bantams: Clarkston built a large early lead and rolled to an 84-69 regional win against Grandview last week to earn its first trip to the Hardwood Classic since 2011. The Bantams opened the second half with a 20-5 scoring run that put the game away. Junior forward Trevor Sperry scored a team-high 19 points, senior guard Kage Sobotta added 17 and guard Depaul Blunt chipped in 15 points. Clarkson outrebounded Grandview 39-20, and junior forward CJ Johnson hauled in a game-best 12 rebounds. The Bantams have a 1-2 record this season against Pullman, last year's Class 2A state champion, losing twice on the road and winning once at home.

Player to watch: Clarkston's guard play is impressive, but CJ Johnson is a force inside. He can score, grab rebounds and earn second-chance opportunities for the Bantams' talented backcourt.

Scoring average: 68.1

Opp average: 50.8

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Depaul Blunt G Sr. 5-10 N/A

Trevon Allen G Sr. 6-0 N/A

Kage Sobotta G Sr. 6-1 N/A

Trevor Sperry F Jr. 6-3 N/A

CJ Johnson F Jr. 6-4 N/A

HOCKINSON HAWKS (19-5)

Enrollment: 513

League: 2A Greater St. Helens (finished second)

District: 4 (placed second)

State appearances: Four (2-7)

State titles: None

Coach: Trevor Person

Scouting the Hawks: Hockinson was dialed in from the free-throw line last week, converting 33 of its 39 shots to earn a 64-53 regional win against Foster. Guard Jack Klodt scored a team-high 24 points and was 15 of 15 from the line, and fellow backcourt mate Alan Haagen added 22 points and made 13 of his 14 shots from the foul line. Hockinson led 28-20 at half and held off Foster's comeback bid in the fourth quarter. The Hawks are an experienced group with seven seniors and are led in scoring by Klodt and Haagen. The Hawks don't have a ton of height. Senior forward Jess Krahn, who stands 6-foot-3, is Hockinson's top frontcourt producer. Hockinson split its season series with Mark Morris and again lost to the Monarchs during its district title game.

Player to watch: Alan Haagen has been putting up big numbers this season and has an ability to shoot from range and penetrate to the rim.

Scoring average: 62.8

Opp average: 51.5

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Jack Klodt G Sr. 5-10 13.6

Alan Haagen G Sr. 6-1 14.1

Taylor Rennaker G Sr. 6-1 6.9

Jess Krahn F Sr. 6-3 4.6

Nate Gunderson F Sr. 6-1 5.7

LYNDEN LIONS (20-3)

Enrollment: 592

Nickname: Lions

League: Northwest Conference (finished second)

District: 1 (won district title)

State appearances: 46 (107-58)

State titles: 8 (1961, '62, '68, '81, '91, '92, 2007, '12)

Coach: Brian Roper

Scouting the Lions: Lynden used an impressive defensive effort to earn a decisive 56-35 regional win against Sumner. The Lions limited the Spartans to five first-quarter points and four third-quarter points, as the Spartans finished 25 percent from the floor. Lynden sophomore leading scorer, Sterling Somers, finished with a team-high 13 points, and Scott Hastings added 11 points and nine rebounds. Defense has served as Lynden's catalyst the second half of the season, and Somers and Hastings give the Lions two strong offensive threats. Jaremy Martin provides a strong, veteran presence at the point guard position.

Player to Watch: Scott Hastings returned after the Lions' first district tournament game and showed why Lynden missed its 6-foot-7 junior, but Hastings can be a true difference maker in the Hardwood Classic if he can fully put his game together.

Scoring average: 57.3

Opp average: 46.4

Projected Starting Lineup

Player Pos Yr Ht PPG

Jaremy Martin G Sr. 6-2 10.0

Jordan Wittenberg G So. 6-0 7.0

Sterling Somers G So. 6-4 14.1

Jalani Phelps F Sr. 6-3 7.3

Scott Hastings F Jr. 6-7 13.4

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