High School Basketball

PREP BOYS’ BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Burlington-Edison Tigers

Coach: Travis Radich

Last year: Finished tied for eighth in the Northwest Conference with a 5-7 record. ... Did not qualify for postseason and finished 10-10 overall.

Players to watch: Tarren Lautenbach (sr., P); Blake Rawlins (sr., G); Mason Schwetz (sr., G); Drew Wesen (jr., P)

Outlook: The Tigers have nine upperclassmen on their roster, but that doesn’t mean they have a whole lot of playing experience. In fact, Burlington-Edison faces the task of developing new key players after graduating its three top scorers from last season. Isaak Davies, Jacob Kamps and Rudy Mataya are massive losses, but first-year coach Travis Radich is confident with the group he has this winter. “I like the senior leadership,” Radich said in an interview with the Skagit Valley Herald. “It has been really good so far, and we have a lot of guys who are working very hard. ... We are still working on getting guys in the right spots.” Rawlins (6.4 points per game), who is the team’s top returning scorer, could be the Tigers’ top player, and senior post Lautenbach (5.5) should develop into Burlington-Edison’s best frontcourt player. The Tigers also have some strong, yet unproven athletes who will get their chance to play. Those include Schwetz, Trey Lopez and Tavion Swanson.

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