High School Basketball

CLASS 2A BOYS’ REGIONAL: Squalicum vs. White River

Squalicum Storm

Enrollment: 953

League: Northwest Conference

District: 1

State appearances: 11

State titles: 2 (2009, 2010)

Coach: Dave Dickson

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Noah Westerhoff G So. 5-9 4.4
Damek Mitchell G So. 5-9 15.9
Josiah Westbrook G Jr. 6-1 17.6
Darious Powell G So. 6-2 9.3
Harper Moore F Sr. 6-2 7.1

Scouting the Storm: Squalicum has won nine of its past 12 games. Led by sophomore Damek Mitchell and Josiah Westbrook, the Storm have an extremely talented backcourt. Sophomore Darious Powell is a strong complimentary piece, and Squalicum’s defense has improved as the season has gone along. The Storm doesn’t have a lot of height, but Harper Moore and Chris Paz give the team great minutes.

Key to the game: The Storm can get caught looking at White River’s record. If Squalicum treats the Hornets like another district game, it should earn a trip to Yakima.

Player to watch: Damek Mitchell is a highlight waiting to happen and should make a big impact on the game.

Key Stats

5Years since the Storm won back-to-back state titles. 7Times White River has lost by five or fewer points.

White River Hornets

Enrollment: 857

League: South Puget Sound League 2A

District: 3

State appearances: 18

State titles: 1 (1973)

Coach: Rick Tripp

Projected starting lineup

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Dustin France G Sr. 6-0 16.6
Brandon Scheer G Sr. 6-2 12.2
Trent Buchanan G Sr. 6-0 2.5
Chris Marmon F Jr. 6-4 2.9
Alex Wallen F So. 6-2 11.7

Scouting the Hornets: White River didn’t play particularly well during the regular season, but made a strong postseason run to earn District 3’s No. 3 seed. The Hornets are led by three standouts, but senior guard Dustin France is by far White River’s biggest threat. Fellow senior guard Brandon Scheer is a talented player, and sophomore Alex Wallen gives the Hornets a nice post presence.

Key to the game: White River will want to get Dustin France going if it hopes to get past Squalicum. He’s a threat along the perimeter and can drive to the basket.

Player to watch: Like the Storm, White River doesn’t have a ton of height. Wallen, at 6-foot-2, will be critical to the team’s success.