High School Basketball

Lummi faces difficult test in regional before it can think repeat

Lummi’s Trazil Lane (32) lays one up for two points against Mt. Rainer Lutheran during the opening round of the 2015 Class 1B State Tournament regional round at Mount Vernon High School.
Lummi’s Trazil Lane (32) lays one up for two points against Mt. Rainer Lutheran during the opening round of the 2015 Class 1B State Tournament regional round at Mount Vernon High School. For The Bellingham Herald

Lummi vs. Sunnyside Christian

2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Richland High School

Lummi Blackhawks (17-8)

Enrollment: 86.0

League: Northwest (tied for second)

District: Northwest/SeaKing/West Central (fifth)

State appearances: 8 (11-14)

State titles: 1 (2015)

Coach: Jerome Toby

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Trazil Lane

F

Jr.

6-3

24.6

Mike Washington

F

So.

6-1

9.5

Hank Hoskins

G

Sr.

5-9

8.0

Free Borsey

F

Jr.

5-11

6.3

Jeff Cultee

G

Sr.

5-8

5.8

Scouting the Blackhawks: The defending state champions have struggled to find much consistency beyond Lane — the returning 1B state player of the year. Lummi barely made it into the state tournament, grabbing the tri-district’s fifth and final berth with a 66-54 win over Tulalip Heritage.

Key to the game: Finding someone to accompany Lane. Washington scored 17 and 16 points in Lummi’s last two victories, which were must wins, but managed only four in a loss to Evergreen Lutheran.

Player to watch: Lane has backed up his breakout sophomore season by scoring in double figures more than 20 times this season.

Sunnyside Christian Knights (20-5)

Enrollment: 65.0

League: Greater Columbia Gorge (first)

District: Central Washington (first)

State appearances: 22 (51-24)

State titles: 6 (1992, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2013)

Coach: Dean Wagenaar

Leading scorers

Player

Pos.

Yr.

Ht.

PPG

Luke Wagenaar

G

So.

6-1

14.6

Chance Marsh

G

So.

6-0

14.0

Cade Bosma

C

So.

6-2

9.9

Lane Marsh

G

So.

5-9

9.1

Justin Faber

F

Jr.

6-3

8.4

Scouting the Knights: With their top four scorers all sophomores, this could be the start of something special for Sunnyside Christian, as the program looks to return to prominence. After losing to Yakima Tribal on Feb. 13, the Knights won three straight, including two in a row over Yakima Tribal, to claim the district title.

Key to the game: With six players averaging more than seven points per game, the Knights obviously have plenty of people to turn to for scoring.

Player to watch: Wagennar, Chance Marsh and Faber all were all-league selections for the Knights this year and have shown the ability to put points on the board.

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Herald prediction

The defending champs have been inconsistent, and the long drive to Richland won’t help the Blackhawks’ cause.

SUNNYSIDE CHRISTIAN 61-52

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