High School Sports

Narrows League 3A basketball preview

BOYS

CRYSTAL BALL

(2009-10 records)

1. Lincoln (19-9)

2. Foss (14-8)

3. Wilson (20-8)

4. Capital (19-4)

5. Timberline (12-10)

6. Yelm (5-15)

STARTING FIVE

G Marcus Chambers, 5-10, Soph., Foss

Smooth-shooting sophomore scored 32 in season opener

G Jordan Russell, 5-10, Sr., Lincoln

Contributes in all aspects, averaging 14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds

W Damani Coley, 6-8, Sr., Lincoln

Lithe and lanky, he can score inside and outside

G Phoenix Waters, 5-8, Jr., Wilson

Came off bench last season, will be a focal point this season

G Colin Bossio, 6-1, Sr., Capital

Played most of last season with a torn ligament in shooting hand, still scored 14.4 ppg

FASTBREAKS

Tacoma rivals Lincoln, Foss and Wilson are the top teams in the newly formed Narrows League 3A. The second-ranked Abes return almost all of the top contributors from their 4A West Central District championship team. PG Jordan Russell, the Narrows League Bridge Division MVP in 2009-10, is capable of taking over games. Wings Damani Coley (7 ppg, 4 rpg) and Isaac Barsh, guards Terrell Lewis (7.5 ppg, 2.0 spg) and Geno Horsley (5 ppg, 3 rpg) and the versatile Tre’Shaun Lexing (5 ppg, 4 rpg) return with plenty of varsity experience. Abes coach Aubrey Shelton said newcomers Derek Holliday and Quadelle Satterwhite also could make an impact. ... After missing the state tournament last season, Foss is primed to return despite just one starter returning. PG Marcus Chambers is on his way to becoming one the area’s top players. The Falcons don’t have much size – again – and will depend on F Tevin Richmond, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound junior, to provide a presence in the paint. ... Wilson made a storybook run to the Class 4A state semifinals last season, but the Rams return no starters from that team. Despite that, coach Dave Alwert remains confident Wilson can contend. The Rams have size in G Deion Judie, a 6-5, 190-pound senior, and G/F Deondre Martin, a 6-4, 210-pound senior. PG Phoenix Waters has impressed in the offseason. ... Capital’s Colin Bossio averaged 14.4 points a game, despite playing most of last season with a torn ligament on a finger on his shooting hand. ... Timberline has five seniors with varsity experience, led by F Drew Dixon. Junior Chaney will provide depth at guard. ... Yelm has a new coach (Dave Wasankari) and a veteran backcourt of seniors Jonas Chambers and Keith Anderson, who will provide the bulk of the scoring. The Tornados had an impressive win over Gig Harbor last week.

GIRLS

CRYSTAL BALL

(2009-10 records)

1. Wilson (12-12)

2. Timberline (12-10)

3. Capital (20-9)

4. Yelm (19-9)

5. Lincoln (8-13)

6. Foss (5-15)

STARTING FIVE

G Sasha Weber, 5-11, Jr., Timberline

All-around athlete averaged 15 points per game in 2009-10

G Bethany Montgomery, 5-9, Soph., Wilson

Played beyond her grade last year, earning first-team all-league honors

G Kaysha Fox, 5-7, Soph., Wilson

Rams point guard has made big strides since last season

G Camille Williams, 5-4, Sr., Timberline

An all-league selection has sights set on a league title

G Keana Magalei, 5-3, Sr., Lincoln

3-point threat can light up the scoreboard in a hurry

FASTBREAKS

Wilson is loaded with talent and will be that way for at least a few seasons. The Rams return all five starters from a team that reached the Class 4A West Central District tournament and all are underclassmen. Guards Bethany Montgomery and Kaysha Fox were all-league selections, and Wilson expects to again get plenty of production from Carsen Stanley, Janessa Flynn and Nina Caldwell. C Tia Briggs, a 6-1 sophomore, gives Wilson stability inside, and coach Michelle Birge said freshman F Jemila Leppard could “turn a few heads.” ... Timberline’s Sasha Weber might be the top player in the league. She’s primarily a guard but can play any position. G Camille Williams averaged 8 points a game last season. Posts Sophie McKee, McKenzie Raben and transfer Cymone Martin give the Blazers size. Timberline’s record has steadily improved each season under sixth-year coach Zandrea Edenstrom. ... Capital’s Aria Goodman, a first-team all-Western Cascade Conference pick last season, is not playing this year. Returning starters Kelsey Antles, who led the Cougars in assists, and Kendal Wilkerson (7.8 ppg) will lead the team. Kristyn Ross, one of the area’s top volleyball players, is back after sitting out her junior year. ... Yelm P Anushka Maldonado, a 6-foot sophomore, will be key to the Tornados’ success. She was a second-team all-league player off the bench in 2009-10. ... Lincoln has four senior guards – Keana Magalei, LaChelle Milner, Tre Jackson and Chakira Thomas – that coach Cal-Jean Lloyd says are capable of leading the team in scoring on a given night. ... Foss has a young squad with decent speed. The Falcons will rely heavily on posts Tajane Linton and Ashleigh Beam.

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