As the basketball season nears tip-off, the Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball team is getting ready for an exciting year.
Last season the Tomahawks had a lot of talent and played their way to a 10-2 league record, 19-5 record overall. With such a successful regular season they ended up fighting through the 3A District Tournament and finally lost at the State Regionals. Through the offseason, Marysville-Pilchuck lost four seniors but return an incredible array of talented basketball players.
“With having so many guys back we are able to get to mid- or late-season form at the very beginning, which is huge. Sometimes I pinch myself and think about all of the super talented guys we have and the compliment of the solid players that we have surrounding them,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Bary Gould.
This season will be all about division one prospect Raequan Battle, as he enters his final year as a Tomahawk, before playing for the Washington Huskies next season. Battle finished last year with first team all-conference honors as well as solidifying himself as one of the best shooting guards in the country.
Around Battle will be big-time junior starters Luke Dobler and Aaron Kalab. Dobler capped off an incredible sophomore year by joining Raequan as a first team all-conference honoree. This season he will be in charge of the offense from the point guard position after the graduation of senior Josiah Gould. Kalab seemed to get better with every game last season as he finished with an all-conference honorable mention. He played strong inside, crashing the boards and forcing contact, as well as being one of the best defenders for M-P.
In the offseason, the Tomahawks added two transfer students from Marysville Getchell in juniors Cameron Stordahl and Ethan Jackson. Stordahl will provide Marysville-Pilchuck with some height as well as another weapon from beyond the arc. Jackson will play a big role down in the paint, as he adds some much-needed size and rebounding help.
“The advice you get from long-time coaches is ‘when you’re going to be pretty good you should enjoy it’. So right now, I’m just trying to make them better every day and enjoy the team that I have in the gym,” said Coach Gould.
If you want to come out and root on the Tomahawks, their first home game will be against the Lynden Lions on Friday, Nov. 30, at 7:15 p.m.