High School Basketball

How far can Squalicum boys basketball go in a bigger classification in 2016-17?

Coach: Dave Dickson (11th consecutive season, 12th overall)

Last season: Finished 19-5; tied for third in NWC; advanced to regional round of Class 2A State Tournament

Player to watch: Guard Damek Mitchell likely will end up being one of the best players not only in the Northwest Conference but in the state this season after averaging 16.3 points per game as a junior. He’s already committed to play for Lewis-Clark State College. “When a kid has his future mapped out and doesn’t have to play for a scholarship or have the anxieties a lot of seniors have, I think it frees them up to have fun playing ball,” Dickson said.

Newcomer to keep an eye on: Devante` Powell is the half brother of Darious Powell, and he’ll add to the wealth of guards for the Storm. “He’s pretty good for a freshman,” Dickson said. “Very coachable, smart kid that is hungry to get better, and he’s got a very impressive skill set for a freshman.” Seniors Ben Peterson and Jack Wendling also are new to the team after showing their athleticism on the football field.

Key to the season: Wendling could play a large role inside, as Squalicum doesn’t have much height. “I think we’re going to have to up the tempo and make sure that we’re able to compete in the paint with people,” Dickson said. “There’s a lot of ways to do that with quick guys.”

Outlook: The move up to Class 3A is not a concern, at least at the district level. The Northwest District gets four berths to state, making the road a little more manageable than the 2A ranks. But Dickson admits it’s “a different animal at the state level.” The last time Squalicum was a 3A school, it took third (in 2008). Time will tell if the Storm have the talent to go that deep this season.

2016-17 Roster

No.

Player

Pos.

Yr.

10

Taylor Lenderman

G

Sr.

11

Jacob Hardy

P

Jr.

12

Noah Westerhoff

G

Sr.

14

Ben Peterson

G

Sr.

20

Eric Monahan

F

Jr.

22

Jack Wendling

G

Sr.

23

Darious Powell

G

Sr.

24

Damek Mitchell

G

Sr.

33

Devante` Powell

G

Fr.

43

Kendall Engelhart

F

Jr.

44

Jacob Johnson

F

Sr.

2016-17 Schedule

Date

Opponent

Score

Dec. 1

at Everett

W 68-62

Dec. 6

Marysville-Pilchuck

W 70-54

Dec. 9

at Stanwood

L 79-61

Date

Opponent

Time

Dec. 12

Sehome*

7:15 p.m.

Dec. 15

Lakewood*

7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21

at Marysville Getchell

7 p.m.

Dec. 26

at Sterling Shootout (at Kennedy Catholic)

TBD

Dec. 27

at Sterling Shootout (at Kennedy Catholic)

TBD

Dec. 28

at Sterling Shootout (at Kennedy Catholic)

TBD

Jan. 3

at Lynden Christian*

7:15 p.m.

Jan. 5

Blaine*

7:15 p.m.

Jan. 10

at Lynden*

7:15 p.m.

Jan. 13

Bellingham*

7:15 p.m.

Jan. 17

at Mount Baker*

7:15 p.m.

Jan. 20

at Ferndale*

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24

Burlington-Edison*

7:15 p.m.

Jan. 27

at Sedro-Woolley*

7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31

at Meridian*

7:15 p.m.

Feb. 2

Nooksack Valley*

7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7

at Anacortes*

7:15 p.m.

*NWC game

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