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Arlington Eagles return strong core to lead team


November 29, 2017 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Jaren Cary sinks the deep three at the top of the arc during shooting drills at Arlington High School on Nov. 24.

After a strong season last year, the Arlington boys basketball team is looking to reload and make a splash this season.

Last season the Arlington Eagles earned the fifth-place spot in the league as they finished with an 8-4 league record, and an overall record of 12-11. They surprised a lot of teams as they only had two seniors in their lineup as well as a handful of inexperienced young players.

"You can really see our experience this year, especially in our juniors. Everyone knows what they're doing, and we also have a lot more athleticism. This is probably one of the most athletic groups I've had so far. We have a long way to go, but they are competitive and ready to work," said Arlington Head Coach Nick Brown.

The Eagles started a lot of sophomores last season and now have a strong core of juniors who are ready to make the leap this season. They are led by their junior captain Anthony Whitis who will look to show his knowledge of the game and his grit, night in and night out.

Andrew Hines

Point guard Anthony Whitis brings the ball up the floor during offensive drills at Arlington High School on Nov. 24.

Senior captain Jaren Cary will be extremely important throughout the season as he has shown the ability to play inside and outside throughout the flow of a game. Last season he displayed a lot of strength with his ability to battle for rebounds and has expanded his game beyond the arc, with a reliable jumper.

"Jaren is a made player. He wasn't a natural, but he devoted himself to the game, got better, stronger, smarter, and now he's the stable force in our program," said Coach Brown.

The Eagles will also have a lot of height in the frontcourt this season as they have the 6'5" junior, Max Smith returning and added the 6'8" sophomore Will Abram. With their speed along the perimeter and their big men down low, Arlington looks poised for a strong run.

If you want to come out and support the Eagles, they will be playing nearby at Lake Stevens High School as they take on the Vikings on Friday, Dec. 1, at 7:15 p.m.


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