High School Basketball

PREP BOYS’ BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Blaine Borderites

Coach: Shaun Pile

Last year: Finished 11th in the Northwest Conference with a 3-9 record. ... Ended season after going 0-2 in the 1A Northwest District Tournament and finished 6-16 overall.

Players to watch: Sean Herrig (sr., F); Shaq Woods (jr., C); Ben Hodgin (sr., F); Anthony Ball (so., F); Kier Munzanreder (jr., G)

Outlook: With the move to Class 2A, coach Pile knows his Borderites face the tough task of reaching the postseason, but he said Blaine is embracing being an overlooked team. “We like the idea of being overlooked and being the underdog,” Pile said in a phone interview. “There hasn’t been a whole lot of success in Blaine, and we are excited to get things going and turn the corner.” Blaine’s success should start with effort and unselfish play. The Borderites don’t have a lot of size, but Pile said team cohesion and playing with heart will make up for it. Last year’s leading scorer, Josiah Westbrook, transferred to Squalicum in the offseason, but the Borderites bring back senior forward Herrig (8.9 points per game), junior guard Knutzen (7.2) and 6-foot-4 junior center Woods (8.4), who Pile said has done a tremendous job of developing his game. The Borderites will be looking to slow the game down, keeping scores in the 50s, and that starts with offensive execution and making teams work for points on the defensive side. Pile also has been pleased with the play of Ferndale transfer junior guard Munzanreder and sophomore forward Ball.

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