2016-17 Twin Harbors Class 2B/1B Boys Basketball Preview Capsules

Here is a listing of 2016-17 high school basketball preview capsules for the Twin Harbors small schools, submitted by the coaches.

Pacific 2B League


Coach: Jason Quinby (fifth year, all at Ocosta)

Returning Letterwinners: Dereck Thomas 5-11 Sr (All League HM) guard/forward; Drake Mitby 6-1 Sr guard/forward; Zach Allton 5-8 Jr (All League 2nd Team) guard; Alex Bailey 5-5 Soph guard; Kobe Beck 5-9 Soph guard; Paul Bjornsgard 6-0 Soph forward.

Promising Newcomers: Hunter Hatton 5-11 Jr forward; Kaden Smith 6-5 Jr center; Joe Wardlow 6’3” Jr center; Cole Hatton 5-9 Fr guard; Jose Sevilla 5-4 Fr guard; Evan Waara 5-11 Fr guard/forward.

Coach’s comments: With more than two-thirds of our kids being underclassmen, this has been one of the more fun and challenging group of kids for me to work with. On one hand, they are young and full of energy and can do things that make you get very excited about their potential. On the other hand, because of their youth, sometimes we lose focus during a drill and do something out of character for our team. I believe that as the season progresses, we will make huge strides as a team, particularly on defense. Excluding Life Christian, our league is deeper and more wide open than it has been in awhile. Including us, there are probably five or six teams with a realistic chance at the No. 2 seed from our league. This should make for very competitive games each and every night.

League favorites: Life Christian

North Beach

Coach: Larry Moore (30-plus years at North Beach).

Returning Letterwinners: Diego Gonzalez 6-0 Sr. post; Tim Johnson 5-9 Sr. wing; Ryan Turner 5-9 Sr. guard; Ben Poplin 6-0 Sr. post; Marcus Pope 5-10 Soph. guard.

Promising Newcomers: Elijah Ewing 5-10 Sr. guard; Christopher You 5-8 Sr. guard; Carlos Robles 6-2 Jr. wing; Steven Sotomish 5-10 Jr. guard; Rodney Washington 6-2 Jr. wing.

Coach’s Comments: The boys have been working really hard. The attitude has been great. We have excellent senior leadership. We are ready to see what the 2016-17 season has in store for the Hyaks.

League favorites: Life Christian. After that, I think it is going to be a very competitive league.


Coach: Derek Rask (At Raymond for 11 years, head coach for past three seasons).

Returning Letterwinners: Kason Koski 6-1 Sr. all-league guard; Marcus Anderson 6-3 Jr. all-league HM guard/forward; Kaci Phansisay: 5-5 Jr. guard; Taevon Hubbard 5-11 Jr. guard; Devine Souvannavanh 6-3 Soph. guard; Kedrick Collins: 6-4 Jr. center.

Promising Newcomers: Luke Hamilton 6-3 Sr. center/forward.

Coach’s Comments: Most of our impact players are back from last season, so we have a little more experience coming into this season. We are excited to get started and our guys are ready to compete.

League Favorites: Life Christian, Ilwaco.

Willapa Valley

Coach: Jay Pearson (entering third season as head coach and spent the prior 15 years as the Vikings assistant coach).

Returning Letterwinners: Leo Ruelas 5-11 Sr. forward; Walker Oblad 5-10 Jr. guard; Ryon Ashley 6-2 Jr. forward; Matt Pearson 6’0 Soph. guard/forward.

Promising Newcomers: Frank Roonsburg 5-5 soph. guard; Chad Flemetis 5-10 frosh forward; Peter Hamilton 5-11 frosh forward; Carter Pearson 5-6 frosh forward; Allen Deniston 5-11 frosh forward; Adam Smaciarz 5-8 frosh forward; John Carlson 6-1 soph forward; Sam Western 6’1 frosh forward; Michael Naranjo 5-10 frosh forward; Joey Simpson 5-11 soph. forward; Jed Western 5-4 jr. guard; Patrick Pearson 5-4 jr. guard; Hunter Kudasik 5-5 jr. forward.

Coach’s Comments: We are entering the season as a very young and inexperience varsity basketball team. Walker Oblad is our only returning varsity letterman who has had considerable amount of varsity level play from last season. However, that lack of inexperience may be in return one of our strengths of the season as we have a vast potential for growth throughout the season. Every game we paly will be crucial for us has too gain that much needed experience. However young we are, we have a great group of kids that have the basketball savvy instilled in them. It will be crucial for us to make teams earn every basket, block out and win the 50/50 hustle battle. It will be an exciting and interesting year to watch these young athletes develop into players. Hopefully with the experience gained from the beginning of the season and our goal of getting better each week that we will become that competitive team by the end of the season.

League Favorites: Life Christian Academy.

Coastal 1B League


Coach: Mike Rose (Second year as boys varsity head coach; former Taholah girls varsity head coach).

Returning Letterwinners: Brett Orozco, 5-8 senior point guard, returning starter and all league first team; Tom Anderson, S5-11 senior guard, returning part time starter and honorable mention all league; Levi Jackson, 6-0 senior center, returning starter and all league first team; Terrance Jones, 6-0 senior forward, returning starter and all league second team; Zach Cain, 6-3 junior forward/center, returning starter, first team all league and second team all state; Dylan James, 5-11 senior forward; Jayson Mowitch, 5-9 soph. point guard.

Promising Newcomers: Dawson Bastian, 5-11 senior forward; Michael Valenzuela-Pierce, 5-11 senior forward.

Coach’s Comments: Last year, we went undefeated in league, won district, won our regional game against Evergreen Lutheran and lost at state to eventual State champions Neah Bay by seven points. With basically the same team back from last year and with a lot of senior leadership, we hope to improve on that record.

League favorites: Naselle, Oakville.

Lake Quinault

Coach: Christian Garcia (third year at the school, first year head coach).

Returning Letterwinners: Kenneth Sellers 5-7 frosh guard; Murray Cottrell 5-11 frosh forward; Kalon Neeland 5-3 frosh guard. Anthony Demarco 5-9 soph. guard; Brenen Theel 5-4 soph. guard. Allen Espinoza 5-10 jr. forward; Eliceo Escobar 5-11 jr. center.

Promising Newcomers: Alex Morris 5-11 soph. forward; Raul Cardenas 5-6 soph. guard; Jose Ramirez 5-7 jr. forward; Lorenzo Ramirez 5-10 sr. forward; Gabe Dominguez 5-8 sr. guard.

Coach’s Comments: I was happy to see 12 kids I can depend on turn out this year. We are a very young team, but should improve as the season goes along. It is exciting for me as a first-year coach to have these players and truly believe we will be a team to contend with in the next few years. Our seniors will provide great leadership for this team.

League Favorites: Naselle and Taholah.