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Tomahawks look to build on success


November 22, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Senior captain Josiah Gould puts up the alley oop pass from the top of the arc during the M-P Madness inter-squad scrimmage at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Nov. 17

As the winter sports season begins, the Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team looks to grow on their success of last season.

Last season the Tomahawks finished with a 5-7 league record and an overall record just below .500, 11-12. With a young squad,they were able to make some noise in the District Playoffs with a first-round win over the Lynnwood Royals. However, they weren't able to do much more as they lost their next two games on the road against the Stanwood Spartans and the Everett Seagulls.

"Coming back with pretty much the same roster, we are able to do so much more early on because they already know everything we do. However, you have to be careful of the overconfidence that comes with having everybody back. A lot of programs have their returners and very solid JV programs, so we'll be ready for them," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.

Over the offseason the Tomahawks lost one senior guard due to graduation, but still maintained all of their varsity starters. After a year of experience, many are expecting them to make the jump in the postseason.

Andrew Hines

Raequan Battle extends the ball back for the Tomahawk slam during the M-P Madness dunk contest at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Nov. 17.

Marysville-Pilchuck is led by their three captains, senior Josiah Gould, junior Raequan Battle and sophomore Luke Dobler. Gould and Dobler will make up the backcourt as they worked well off of each other as starters last season. Gould should handle most of the ball handling responsibilities while Dobler has the green light to fire from beyond the arc.

Battle enters this season as one of the most dominant players in the league. With a combination of height and athleticism, the 6'5" forward now brings a confident jump shot and above-the-rim ability.

With half of the roster consisting of seniors, including Corbin Sims, Decon Mongar and Kobe Baumann, Marysville-Pilchuck looks poised for a season to remember.

If you want to support the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks, they will have their first home game against the Squalicum Storm on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:15 p.m.


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