After ending last season as one of the best teams in the state, the Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team is looking reload and put together another great year.
The Tomahawks are coming off an insane year as they were undefeated League Champions, District Champions and went 3-1 in the State Tournament to finish fourth overall. After losing to the State Champion O’Dea Fighting Irish, 63-53, in the second round of State, Marysville-Pilchuck went on to beat Ingraham, 80-68, and Kelso, 71-60, to secure the fourth-place finish. With only one loss in the postseason, the Tomahawks finished the year with an overall record of 22-4 and an undefeated league record 13-0.
In the offseason, Marysville-Pilchuck only lost one senior in RaeQuan Battle. However, they will look to find a new identity after losing the star player that finished the season as the Wesco Player of the Year and is currently an NCAA Division One shooting guard for the University of Washington.
“Even though we have so much experience, I think there is a big chip on their shoulders because everyone is asking what they will be without RaeQuan. We won a lot last year, we have almost all of those guys back and having that experience on our roster is invaluable as we look toward this season,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
Marysville-Pilchuck is poised to have another strong year as they have 10 returning seniors from their varsity roster last season.
Their backcourt will be led by Luke Dobler and Brady Phelps. Dobler, captain, is one of the best shooters in the league as he earned Second Team All-Wesco last season and looks to be the Tomahawks' primary scoring option. Phelps has grown every year on the court and is one of the best ballhandlers on the team as he will be looked at to play smart and make key passes.
At the forward positions Aaron Kalab and Cameron Stordahl will be key pieces. Kalab, captain, ended last season as an Honorable Mention for the All-Wesco team and will be looked at as a slashing forward with a lot of athleticism. Stordahl also finished last year as an Honorable Mention for All-Wesco and separates himself with his ability to shoot from beyond the arc and finish around the rim.
Down low, Marysville-Pilchuck will rely on their big man Ethan Jackson. Standing at 6’6”, Jackson should use his size to dominate inside the paint and lead the team in rebounds.
“The reality is we want to get to the playoffs and then see what happens. Another League Championship would be great, and another District Championship would be incredible, but our goal is to get into the playoffs and play our best basketball once we’re there. My outlook is that we are going to win sometimes on the court and we’re going to win a lot off the court,” said Coach Gould.
Following a few postponements of their early games, the Tomahawks will be hosting their first home game of the season on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 7:15 p.m. as they take on the Jackson Timberwolves.