High School Basketball

Class 2A Boys’ Basketball State Tournament preview

Mark Morris Monarchs

Enrollment: 783

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

District: 4 (placed second)

State appearances: 35 (42-43)

State titles: 3 (1978, ’85, ’87)

Coach: Bill Bakamus

Regional result: Beat Lynden 65-62

Scouting report: The Monarchs return to Yakima after placing sixth last year. Top-ranked Mark Morris’ length, skill and the use of a 2-3 zone frustrated Lynden in a regional-round top-three showdown. The Monarchs still had to stave off a furious fourth-quarter rally to hold on for the win, Spencer Sweet scored 19, Will Burghardt had 16 and Evan Troy and Geordi Morrow each added 11 points.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Grant Gibb F Sr. 6-5 17.5
Evan Troy G Sr. 6-4 11.3
Will Burghardt G So. 5-10 9.8
Spencer Sweet G Sr. 6-0 9.8
Geordi Morrow F Sr. 6-9 8.3

Anacortes Seahawks

Enrollment: 631

League: Northwest Conference (finished fourth)

District: 1 (placed first)

State appearances: 33 (42-46)

State titles: None

Coach: Brett Senff

Regional result: Beat Centralia 65-44

Scouting report: The Seahawks return to Yakima for a fourth-straight year and are seeking to advance to at least the semifinals for a third straight trip. Ty Johnson, who has played in Yakima all four years, scored a game-high 21 points and hit four 3-pointers, as the Seahawks cruised through the regional round. Joe D’Amelio added 13 points to help Anacortes jump out to a 31-21 lead by halftime.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Ty Johnson G Sr. 6-0 17.2
Jordan Neville G Sr. 6-0 12.2
Joe D’Amelio G Sr. 5-10 8.5
Trystan Lowry G Fr. 6-0 6.5
David Rodriguez P Jr. 6-4 5.6

Sehome Mariners

Enrollment: 817

League: Northwest Conference (finished third)

District: 1 (placed fourth)

State appearances: 14 (26-20)

State titles: 1 (1996)

Coach: AJ Labree

Regional result: Beat Washington 67-60

Scouting report: The Mariners list nine seniors on their roster, but this will be the first trip to Yakima for the state tournament for them. Sophomore Marcus Montage stepped up big in the regional, scoring the game’s final nine points, including a game-tying lay-up, to lead Sehome past Washington. Montag finished with 17 points, while Leighton Kingma scored a game-high 20 and Tanner Clark had 10.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Leif Anderson G Sr. 6-1 14.5
Leighton Kingma G/F Jr. 6-6 13.1
Tanner Clark G Sr. 5-11 10.7
Marcus Montag G So. 6-1 10.0
Langston Engle G/F Sr. 6-1 7.3

River Ridge Hawks

Enrollment: 818

League: SPSL 2A (finished first)

District:2/3 (placed first)

State appearances: 9 (8-13)

State titles: None

Coach: John Barbee

Regional result: Beat Wapato 75-52

Scouting report: The Hawks have advanced to state the past nine years, but this is their first trip beyond the regional round since 2011. Despite the 75 points, River Ridge didn’t run at the break-neck speed it is known for during its regional win. LaBrandon Price led the Hawks with 18 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists in the game, while Thayer Murphy added 14 points, including four 3-pointers.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Thayer Murphy G Sr. 5-11 12.9
Kobe Key G Jr. 5-11 10.9
Labrandon Price G Jr. 6-0 10.1
Kade Coleman G Jr. 6-0 7.0
Issiah Scott G Jr. 5-11 6.6

Squalicum Storm

Enrollment: 953

League: Northwest Conference (finished second)

District: 1 (placed third)

State appearances: 10 (19-11)

State titles: 2 (2009, ’10)

Coach: Dave Dickson

Regional result: Beat White River 68-59

Scouting report: The Storm has gotten strong guard play all year from Josiah Westbrook, Damek Mitchell, Darious Powell and Josh Vail. Westbrook led the team with 24 points in its regional win over White River, and Powell, who has really come on in the postseason, scored 19 points. Mitchell added 14 points and four steals, while post Chris Paz grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Josiah Westbrook G Jr. 6-2 17.9
Damek Mitchell G So. 5-9 15.8
Darious Powell G So. 5-7 9.7
Harper Moore F Sr. 6-2 6.9
Chris Paz P Sr. 6-6 4.7

Olympic Trojans

Enrollment: 869

League: Olympic (finished first)

District:2/3 (placed sixth)

State appearances: 5 (4-6)

State titles: 1 (1983)

Coach: Devin Huff

Regional result: Beat Yakima East Valley 45-43

Scouting report: Other than a regional-round loss in 2013, this is Olympic’s first trip to state since 1993. The Trojans used a stingy defense, that limited East Valley to 23-percent shooting, to advance through the regional round, despite turning the ball over 18 times and shooting only 31 percent themselves. Erik Turnquist led Olympic with 19 points, while Keshun McGee and Makaleb McInnis each had nine.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Makaleb McInnis G Sr. 6-0 n/a
Damarius Johnson P Sr. 6-6 n/a
Keshun McGee G Sr. 5-10 n/a
Jumier Johnson P Jr. 6-6 n/a
Tyler Yost P/W So. 6-4 n/a

Clarkston Bantams

Enrollment: 557

League: Great Northern (finished first)

District:5/6/7 (placed second)

State appearances: 24 (28- 42)

State titles: None

Coach: Justin Jones

Regional result: Beat Sammamish 63-59

Scouting report: The Bantams, whose only loss came Jan. 17 to West Valley by just three points, return to Yakima after placing fourth last year. No. 2 Clarkston wears opponents down with its efficient offense and effective defense. Trevon Allen led the Bantams with 22 points in its regional-round win over Sammamish, while CJ Johnson added 16. Jake Dwyer chipped in eight points.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Trevon Allen G Jr. 6-2 n/a
CJ Johnson F Sr. 6-4 n/a
Jake Dwyer G Sr. 6-0 n/a
Tervor Sperry F Sr. 6-3 n/a
Davian Sobotta G Jr. 6-1 n/a

Fife Trojans

Enrollment: 759

League: SPSL 2A (finished third)

District:2/3 (placed fourth)

State appearances: 17 (14-24)

State titles: None

Coach: Mark Schelbert

Regional result: Beat Tumwater 70-69

Scouting report: Austin Woods, who suffered a gruesome arm injury that nearly cost him his life in last year’s regional against Anacortes, scored 20 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead Fife to an upset victory over Tumwater in this year’s regional round. Jephthah Appiah-donkor scored 21 points in the first half and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Tony Aguilar put Fife ahead for good.

Players to watch

Player Pos. Yr. Ht. PPG
Austin Woods G Sr. 5-11 n/a
Jephthah Appiah-donkor F/C Sr. 6-5 n/a
Tony Aguillar G Jr. 5-10 n/a
Kyle Mozzone F Jr. 6-4 n/a
Khyri Edwards F Sr. 6-2 n/a
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