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Oregon Class 4A

Greater Oregon League

Head coach

Travis Chester, second year

Last year’s record

3-18 overall, 1-8 in Greater Oregon League

Key losses

Dylan Shuler; Saul Ortiz; Jeremy Ley; Tyler Williams; Derek Richwine.

Key returners

Carlos Angel, 6-foot-1, wing; Jake Podolski, 6-4, center; Alex Saldana.

The team:

McLoughlin High School alumnus and former hoopster Travis Chester returns to lead the Pioneers in his second season.

“The boys have had four coaches in four years prior to my arrival,” Chester said. “For them all to be comfortable with the program and the coaches will help this season.”

The team returns three main players, which Chester will count on to start and help lead the team.

“My three returners will start and the rest are up in the air at this point,” Chester said.

He listed five players fighting for the remaining two spots — Ricardo Alva, Moises Manon, Hunter Yensen, Adrian Zaragosa and Ezri Correa.

Scott Zitterkopf, Miguel Rodriguez, Edgar Ponce and Luis Saldana were all mentioned by the coach as “coming along nicely and working hard for playing time”. All but Zitterkopf are first-year players in the program and are “catching on very quickly.”

The Greater Oregon League champ last season, Baker High School, lost several key players according to Chester but should still be good. LaGrande and Ontario will be “young and competitive,” he said.

— Travis Chester

Compiled by Dustin Holden

Weston-McEwen

Oregon state Class 2A

Blue Mountain Conference

Head coach

Brian Pickard, sixth year

Last year’s record

15-10 overall

Key losses

Jacob Ramirez; Calvin Thacker; Tyler Peterson; Nick Pease; Zane Chapman.

Key returners

Colten Youncs, 6-foot-3, post; Lane Rosecrans, 6-4, post; Grayson Zerba, 6-0, wing; Lance Thacker, 5-9, guard; Linton McAllister, 6-0, guard; Tyler Simmons; Justin Burke.

The team:

After finishing 15-10 last season and making the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, the Weston-McEwen boys basketball team looks to replicate its success.

But the Blue Mountain Conference will be tough as usual.

Irrigon, the state runner-up from a year ago, returns three starters and boasts five capable players. The Knights will be the team to beat, head coach Brian Pickard said. Grant Union returns all but two players from its state playoff team a year ago. Heppner and Stanfield will be young, athletic and competitive.

“We will be guard-orientated and rely on them a lot. We will run a little and try to get easy baskets that way. We will also have some shooters and some height down low.”

— Brian Pickard

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Dayton

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Roy Ramirez, sixth year

Last year’s record

4-13 overall, 2-6 in Southeast 2B League

Key losses

Wyatt Frame; Isaiah Lambert; Johnny Sanchez; Grant Heinrich; Dakota Hayes.

Key returners

Cruz Ramirez, 6-foot, guard/post, senior; Logan Hays, 6-0, post, senior; Ian Smay, 5-10, guard, junior; Zach Waggoner, 5-11, post, sophomore.

Reserves

Matthew Warren, 6-foot-3, junior, post; Levi Laib, 5-10, junior, guard; Derek McCleary, 5-10, junior, guard; Andrew Mendoza, 5-10, junior, guard; Oscar Teixeira, 6-0, junior, guard; Ben Kleck, 5-11, freshman, guard; Cal Martin, 5-10, freshman, guard; Tanner Bren, 5-8, freshman, guard.

The Team:

“Our practices aren’t easy and they are all working hard and doing a really good job. The thing for us is that we have all new starters and it will be interesting to see how we progress. Cruz (Ramirez) is pretty strong underneath and we’ll see what the guard position brings for him. It will be Logan’s (Hays) first year starting and I look forward to seeing how he progresses. Ian (Smay) shoots the ball well and is very smart at a guard spot. Zach (Waggoner) is a work in progress. He’s super athletic and he’ll be a handful by the time he’s a senior.

“We have a lot of inexperienced guys (in addition to those four) when it comes to basketball. (But) we have kids that are progressing and we’ve got some freshmen that are pretty darn good.

“We do a lot of the same things every year. We tweak them a little bit. We don’t have the guys to make any major changes. We’ll keep it basic and add things as we progress through the season. We play a lot of man-to-man, that’s no secret, that’s just what we do.

“We may take some lumps to begin with, but getting everybody some playing experience will be big for us. I think we’ll come on later in the season.”

— Roy Ramirez

Compiled by Ken Morgan

DeSales

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Allyn Griffin, fourth year

Last year’s record

12-11 overall, 6-4 in Southeast 2B Conference

Key losses

Reilly Roach; Travis Haen; Luke Fazzari; Mathew Moore.

Key returners

Adam Eskil, 6-foot-1, senior, wing: Darryl Galloway, 5-10, senior, point guard/wing; Ben Miedema, 5-11, senior, post; Cameron Richman, 6-1, junior, wing; Dominic Kjelvgaard, 6-2 junior, post; Cole Miedema, 6-3, sophomore, post.

Reserves

Juan Cortez, 5-8, senior, guard; Emile LeConte, 6-2, senior, wing/post; Tyler Jacobson, 5-11, junior, wing; Kris Arellano, 5-10, junior, wing; Zachery Leahy, 6-3, freshman, post.

The team:

“We have a great core that has been with me all four years. They bring experience as to what our expectations are. Adam (Eskil), Darryl (Galloway) and Cameron (Richman) are very talented. There will have to be some guys that elevate (their game).

“Our strength is our work ethic. We think we will be the best conditioned team. We don’t have a lot of size, but as these guys grow and develop throughout the season, we will be in the mix.

“We’ll play relentless defense and hope to push the tempo on offense to set up our defense. We want to run and force our opponents into uncomfortable situations. We hope to do it by picking up the tempo on offense and pressuring at 80 feet on defense. I believe we’ll be in the top two or three in the league.

“Last year, we came on strong at the end of the year. We hope to do the same thing. We hope to grow up some of the younger guys quicker. We’ve got great leaders that will push the younger guys, and we’ll see what happens.”

— Allyn Griffin

Compiled by Ken Morgan

Waitsburg-Prescott

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Tavis Crittendon, second year

Last year’s record

4-16 overall

Key losses

Stirling Eastman; Dalton Estes; Seth Deal; Logan Dozier

Key returners

Nate Bartlow, 6-foot-2, senior, post; Devin Acevedo, 5-11, junior, wing; Owen Lanning, 6-2, junior, wing; Chance Leroue, 6-3, junior, post/wing; Luke Alexenko, 5-9, junior, point guard.

Reserves

Chris Campbell, 5-9, senior, point guard; Tyler Dodd, 6-1, senior, post/wing; Chad Pearsen, 6-0, senior, post; Talen Larsen, 5-10, junior, post/wing; Travis Crockett, 5-9, freshman, wing; Injured: Kyle Dozier, 5-9, senior, point guard.

The team:

“We have guys that can put the ball on the court and get to the basket. We’ll (often) have five guys on the court that can handle the ball, which will be a huge advantage. We’ll be a better shooting team and defensively, we’re getting a lot better.

“Our weakness is size. We’ve got to be physical. (But) with our physical play, the way the games are called will be a concern. They are going to tighten it up a little bit.

“We’ll use a combination of zone, man-to-man and full court pressure. We’ll try to get turnovers, because we are going to be athletic. We played three sophomores a lot last year and they got a lot of experience and are leading the way for us. Chance (Leroue) and Owen (Lanning) have taken on the leadership role and are getting guys to work hard in practice all the time.

“As a collective unit, this is the hardest working group I’ve ever seen.

“Our league is not extremely tall. We don’t have to face anyone that is really tall.

“The front runners are Asotin as they return a lot of good players. WWVA has a lot of good shooters. Top to bottom, this league will play out really even. Every game is going to be tough.”

“The biggest improvement this year, is that we don’t have to teach everything. We trust each other more. We’re doing a good job of getting everyone involved.

“We have a good staff with several volunteer coaches. Three or four guys coaching helps out quite a bit.”

— Tavis Crittendon

Compiled by Ken Morgan

Walla Walla Valley Academy

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Scott Wagner, fourth year

Last year’s record

18-4 overall, 8-2 in Southeast 2B Conference; Won the district title before falling to Lind-Ritzville-Sprague in loser-out district tournament game.

Key losses

Alexander Wagner, wing; Mat Hanson, point guard; Jordan Shuette, post.

Key returners

Matt Cosaert, 6-foor-1, senior, point guard; Dustin Rose, 6-0, senior, wing; Cameron Fitzgerald, 6-2, junior, guard; Joey Hutton, 6-0 senior, wing.

Reserves

Malcolm Shaw, 5-10, junior, guard; Caleb King, 6-6 junior, post.

Projected starting lineup

Cosaert, Rose, Fitzgerald, Hutton, King.

The team:

“We’re looking forward to league play this year. League play gets us ready for the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how the league shakes out this year. Lots of teams lost a lot of key players. You can’t point at a favorite right now.

“Our guys are well prepared to step up. We have good continuity. We have to work hard and earn the wins. We’ll see what happens.”

— Scott Wagner

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Pomeroy

Washington state

Southeast 1B League

Head coach

Brian Koller, fifth year

Last year’s record

19-9 overall, 11-5 in Southeast 1B League; placed second in the Class 1B District 9 Tournament, and fifth in the Class 1B State Tournament.

Key loss

Tanner Feider

Key returners

Cody LaMunyan, 6-foot-6, senior, post; Max Ruchert, 6-4, senior, post; Riley Bott, 6-7, senior, post; Bryan McGreevy, 6-0, junior, guard; Tyson Feider, 6-2, junior, guard; Kade Snyder, 5-11, junior, guard; Cole Mayfield, 6-1, junior, guard.

Reserves

Memo Morfin, 5-9, junior, guard; Cade Gingerich, 5-10, freshman, guard; Cort LaMunyan, 5-10, freshman, post; Scott Slaybaugh, 5-0, freshman, guard.

Projected starting lineup

LaMunyan, Ruchert, Feider, Snyder, McGreevy, Bott and Mayfield could be starters at any point.

The team:

“The experience gained from reaching the state tournament, plus the time put in during the summer, will definitely help this year’s team. We have good size, good quickness and an excellent work ethic. We take nothing for granted and know that this is a new year/season in which we must work our tails off to achieve our goals.

“Our league will be solid on the upper end with Gar-Pal, Colton, Touchet, Pomeroy and Rosalia. Liberty Christian and Lacrosse-Washtucna will be solid and will present a challenge to anyone on the upper end on any given night. Every night will be a dogfight, which should make for a fun league title race.”

— Brian Koller

Compiled by Roy Elia

Touchet

Washington state

Southeast 1B League

Head coach

Tim McKeown, fifth year

Last year’s record

7-11, sixth in the Southeast 1B League. Went two and out in the district tournament.

Key loss

Vicente Flores

Key returners

Connor McKeown, 5-foot-8, senior, guard; Elias Martinez, 6-1, senior, guard/forward; Zach Carson, 6-3, senior, forward/post; Ruben Butler, 6-3, senior, forward/post; Edgar Rincon, 5-10, senior, guard/wing; Colter McKeown, 5-11, junior, guard/wing; Tim Weber, 6-1, junior, post.

Reserves

Cesar Velasquez, 5-8, senior, guard; Carlos Rincon, 6-2, sophomore, guard/forward; Fernando Solis, 5-9, junior, guard; Taylor Schack, 5-10, senior, guard/wing.

Projected starting lineup

Connor McKeown, Martinez, Carson, Butler, Colter McKeown

The team:

“It’s just a matter of getting into the routine of playing basketball (in light of the football team’s success). We had 21 or 22 kids that signed up (including) freshmen prospects. We have a lot of depth. It’s a matter of putting the pieces together.

“We’re going to be a threat to any team we play. We’re not missing a lot. We will be one of the main teams to beat. We’re going to try to better ourselves.

“Our league is always one of the more dominant leagues in the state. There are always a couple of teams going to state and finishing in the top five. It’s going to be wide open.”

— Tim McKeown.

Compiled by Roy Elia

Helix

Oregon Class 1A

Big Sky League

Head coach

Jeff Newston, first year

Last year’s record

3-21 overall, 1-14 in Big Sky East Conference

Key returners

Dusty Bennett, senior; Derek Clark, senior; Jarred Cope, senior; Jeremy Rochelle, senior; Trenton Russell, senior; Brandon Thompson, senior; Willie Wood, senior; Jason Bushman, junior; Keenan Hack, junior; Levi Papineau, junior; Braden Sprenger, junior.

The team:

Helix graduate Jeff Newston and assistant Ben Maney take over a program with 21 players focused on fundamentals, a new offensive look and man-to-man and zone defenses this season.

“We have a good group of boys looking to play ball and have been playing together since grade school. We have a big senior class and good-sized junior class, but with one week of practice the starters and reserves are undetermined.”

There are seven freshman and two sophomores that round out the junior varsity team and try to crack the rotation on the varsity.

— Jeff Newston

Compiled by Dustin Holden

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