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2017-18 Basketball: Pirates and Ducks Expected to Rise to the Top of C2BL

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Pirates and Ducks Expected to Rise to the Top of C2BL

Two teams coming off of solid seasons with a boatload of returning starters are expected to go neck-and-neck for the Central 2B League crown this season.

Adna, physical and full of guards, is the favorite in the 12-team C2BL, while Toutle Lake — stocked with savvy veterans — is just a tick behind.

“There are lots of teams with the majority of their players back,” Toledo coach Grady Fallon said, “Toutle, especially. And Adna returns all but one.”

The Pirates, under third-year head coach Luke Salme, bring back sharpshooting guard Blake Davis, quick point guard Cody Young, solid guard Conner Weed and tough forward Bo Moon, as well as sixth-man Austen Apperson. They also welcome in W.F. West transfer Trevor Thornberg, a 6-foot-4 guard, to a team that lost to eventual champion Kittitas in the state tournament last year.

“They have strong perimeter players and quite a bit of experience coming back,” one coach said. “They have a toughness that we might not see anywhere else in the league.”

Toutle Lake, meanwhile, will be led by guard Nate Hoff, an All-League first-team pick last year, and 6-foot-3 swingman Cam Swanson.

“They’re gelled; they’re steady and they don’t make a lot of mistakes,” one coach said of the Ducks. “They’re tough and they’re basketball-smart.”

There’s plenty of competition for the top spot in the two-division league, though the final standings are compiled 1-12 regardless of division. Toledo surrounds point guard Reece Wallace with plenty of size in 6-foot-5 Junior Arroyo, 6-5 Westin Wallace and 6-3 Fano Arceo-Hansen, with Dawson Marcil moving into a starting role as a senior.

And Napavine, with starters Jordan Purvis, Peyton Stanley and Dawson Stanley back from a team that finished sixth in state, has plenty of scoring threats in the lineup. The Tigers, though, will have to replace a few holes left inside by graduated Wyatt Stanley, last year’s C2BL MVP, and Austin Finley.

Morton-White Pass has the preseason league MVP favorite in Matt Poquette, a 6-foot-6 senior forward who averaged 24 points and 15 rebounds a game last year before an injury ended his season just prior to the playoffs.

“We don’t see kids with his size and skillset in the Bs very often,” Adna coach Luke Salme said of Poquette, “And he plays the right way.”

Guard Kade Gillispie and wing Carson Lewis are back for the Timberwolves, with Kaleb Rashoff, 6-foot-5 Tristan Storey, Isaac Salguero and guard Josh Lewis moving into the rotation.

Kalama’s picked to finish in the middle of the pack, and won’t start its season with a full roster thanks to the Chinooks’ playoff run. Quarterback Alex Dyer, who averaged nearly 9 points a game last year, is the top returning scoring threat.

Winlock brings back a pair of double-digit scorers in Dawson Hall (12 ppg, 6 rpg) and Nicholas Patching (10.5 ppg, 4 apg), along with sixth-man Carter Whitehead, and nearly got over the hump last year before falling to Toledo in a winner-to-regionals game. With newcomer Bryce Cline, they’ll try to ensure that last year’s district push was no fluke in coach Nick Bamer’s third season at the helm.

Onalaska, with Dennis Bower in his 36th year roaming the prep sidelines, sports a young team with just one senior on the roster, but hopes a crew of young athletes can improve throughout the year to make a playoff push. Alex Frazier (8.9 ppg) and Cody Cooper (6 ppg) are the only starters back, but sophomores Ashton Haight and Cade Lawrence have already made an early impression.

Mossyrock started the season with three starters out, but should have them all back by the end of December. Among them is high-scoring sophomore guard Evan Gootgeld, though his older brother, Justin, accounted for 32 points in the Vikings’ season opener. Jordan Hunter, the Vikings’ first-year coach, grew up in Napavine and recently moved back to Lewis County from Wyoming, though he previously coached in both Wyoming and North Carolina.

Pe Ell returns a pair of solid starters in Kaleb McCalden and big Bradley Prestegord, and will try to improve on last year’s 2-18 campaign with new head coach Chris Fitzgerald at the helm. Fitzgerald previously coached the Trojan football team, and was also previously an assistant girls basketball coach in Pe Ell and an assistant boys coach in Adna.

Note: The Central 2B League was split into North and South divisions last season. Kalama, Mossyrock, Wahkiakum, Toutle Lake, Winlock and Toledo make up the South Division, while Adna, Napavine, Pe Ell, Rainier, Morton-White Pass and Onalaska make up the North division. The divisions, though, are essentially only for scheduling purposes; the standings still include all 12 teams regardless of division.


Adna Pirates

Coach: Luke Salme (third)

2016-17: 21-8 (made state)

Returning Starters: Cody Young (5-8, G), Blake Davis (6-1, G), Conner Weed (6-3, G), Bo Moon (6-3, F), Austen Apperson (5-10, G)

Key Newcomers: Lyle Metzenberg (6-5, F), Trevor Thornburg (6-4, G), Adam Mower (5-11, G), Cole Fay (5-11, G)

Morton-White pass Timberwolves

Coach: Tony Gillispie (12th)

2016-17: 12-10 (lost in districts)

Returning Starters: Matt Poquette (6-6, F), Kade Gillispie (6-0, G), Carson Lewis (5-11, F)

Key Newcomers: Kaleb Rashoff (6-2, G/F), Tristan Storey (6-7, F), Isaac Salguero (6-3, F), Josh Morris (5-10, G)

Mossyrock Vikings

Coach: Jordan Hunter (first)

2016-17: 5-14 (missed playoffs)

Returning Starters: Justin Gootgeld (6-3, G), Lucas Johnson (6-3, F), Evan Gootgeld (6-0, G)

Key Newcomers: Deuce Kolb (5-7, G), Dyllan Padrick (6-4, F), Aiden Weist (6-0, G), Ryan Bellino (6-0, F)

Napavine Tigers

Coach: Rex Stanley (19th)

2016-17: 24-4 (sixth in state)

Returning Starters: Jordan Purvis (6-3, G/F), Peyton Stanley (6-0, G), Dawson Stanley (5-11, G)

Key Newcomers: Noah Lantz (6-0, G), Randy Kinswa (6-2, F), Isaac Subitch (6-1, F)

Onalaska Loggers

Coach: Dennis Bower (36th)

2016-17: 5-17 (lost in districts)

Returning Starters: Alex Frazier (6-2, G), Cody Cooper (5-9, G)

Key Newcomers: Ashton Haight (5-11, G/F), Cade Lawrence (5-10, G), John Wells (5-10, F), BJ Cleveland-Barrera (5-10, F), Tristen Lawrence (5-11, F)

Pe Ell Trojans

Coach: Chris Fitzgerald (first)

2016-17: 2-18 (missed playoffs)

Returning Starters: Kaleb McCalden (6-1, G), Bradley Prestegord (6-4, F)

Key Newcomers: Colton Nelson (6-4, F), Kobe Hoffman (6-0, F), Ryan Shepherd (6-2, G), Max Smith (5-10, G), Carson Cox (5-10, G)

Toledo Indians

Coach: Grady Fallon (fourth)

2016-17: 20-8 (made state)

Returning Starters: Reece Wallace (5-10, G), Junior Arroyo (6-5, F), Fano Arceo-Hansen (6-3, F)

Key Newcomers: Westin Wallace (6-5, F), Dawson Marcil (5-11, G), Andreas Malunat (5-10, G), Hayden Farbo (5-11, G)

Winlock Cardinals

Coach: Nick Bamer (third)

2016-17: 9-12 (lost in districts)

Returning Starters: Dawson Hall (6-2, F), Nicholas Patching (5-10, G), Carter Whitehead (5-6, G)

Key Newcomers: Jayce Coleman (6-3, F), Bryce Cline (5-11, G), Coleson Richendollar (6-1, F), Noah Patching (6-0, G), Alan Contreras (5-10, G)


Players to Watch: Central 2B League

Cody Young, Adna: Tough senior guard is one of the quickest players in the league, and averaged 13.3 ppg, 2.6 steals a game last year. “Doesn’t get any more fun to watch than him,” said one coach.

Matt Poquette, Morton-White Pass: 6-foot-6 senior forward was dominant last season, averaging 24 points and 15 rebounds a game. “One of the two top guys in the state,” said one coach.

Nate Hoff, Toutle Lake: Ducks’ senior guard averaged 14 ppg last year to earn an All-League first-team nod. “He’s a gifted defender and leader/floor general on a very talented team,” said one coach.

Reece Wallace, Toledo: Senior guard averaged 15 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists last season to earn a first-team All-League nod. “He’s a true gym rat who can score and defend,” said one coach.


Central 2B League

Preseason Poll

1. Adna

2. Toutle Lake

3. Toledo

4. Napavine

5. Morton-WP

6. Kalama

7. Winlock

8. Onalaska

9. Wahkiakum

10. Rainier

11. Pe Ell

12. Mossyrock

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