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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Boys still building chemistry ahead of Friday's season opener at Wahluke

 

November 28, 2018

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Senior Lane Siebert scores during last year's home game against La Salle.

Like the Goldendale girls, the boys basketball team will have a lot of fresh faces in its starting five this season after the departure of last year's strong senior class.

Throughout the first few weeks of practice, second year head coach David Stelljes said the team hasn't quite built the cohesiveness it takes to make a successful basketball team.

"They haven't played enough together to have the flow," Stelljes said. "A lot of the kids have played a lot of basketball, but not together as a unit."

Half of this year's team are new to the varsity squad and only a few of them played meaningful minutes last year.

Lane Siebert is back as the only senior with varsity experience and brings a steady hand from the guard position while his scoring and distributing should be a big help for the Timberwolves. Hayden Lorton is the team's other senior, a bigger guy who Stelljes said has a good baseline midrange jumper.

After those two seniors, a good class of juniors with lots of varsity experience should make up the bulk of the team.

Corbin Bland, who's entering his third year playing varsity for the Wolves, is a quick, athletic forward who can bang on the boards and run the floor. The state track hurdler also is one of the fastest players in the league and made many acrobatic plays and finishes last year.

Juniors Cameron Mains, Curtis Kayser, and Nick Lee also all bring previous varsity experience to this year's club and will take on even bigger roles when the season kicks off.

Both Mains and Kayser are bigger and quicker guard/forward combo players and good scorers/shooters and will play more minutes this season. In last year's road finale at Granger on Feb. 2 in Granger, Kayser scored a career-high 21 points to help lead the Wolves to the upset win over the Spartans.

Lee split time between junior varsity and varsity last season and is one of the best long-range shooters in the program.

After the two seniors and four juniors, the rest of the team is filled with new players who will make their varsity debuts when the team travels to Mattawa on Friday for the season opener against Wahluke. Tipoff for Friday's game is set for 7:30 p.m. Last year, the Wahluke boys finished second in the SCAC East and fell in regionals to King's Way Christian 71-67 in overtime. They lost four seniors to graduation from last season's team.

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Junior Curtis Kayser, right, and Jacob Bischoff, graduated last school year, put the press on during last year's home finale against Cle Elum. Dealing with presses will be a big factor for the Wolves this season.

Skylar Lowe, who played with Bickleton last year and Goldendale in the year before, is back in Goldendale and can be a contributor to the team. Joining him are juniors Napoleon Owen, Dylan Layfield, and Andrew Ihrig, all first-year varsity players.

There are many new faces and they may not be playing up to their potential yet, but the chemistry is sure to pick up when the Wolves get a couple preseason games under their belts.

Last season, the Goldendale boys finished 5-14 overall and 4-8 in SCAC West play including a 70-65 win to spoil Granger's senior night on the last weekend of the regular season. They also won on their own senior night, topping Cle Elum 59-55 to finish the season with a win after missing out on the district tournament by two games. They finished fifth in the seven-team West, where the top four teams reach districts.

 

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