High School Sports

Narrows League 4A basketball preview

BOYS

CRYSTAL BALL

(2009-10 records)

1. Olympia (14-10)

2. Bellarmine Prep (15-10)

3. Mount Tahoma (13-11)

4. Gig Harbor (17-9)

5. South Kitsap (7-13)

6. Central Kitsap (10-11)

7. Stadium (2-18)

8. Shelton (2-18)

STARTING FIVE

G Donald Gaddy, 5-10, Sr. Bellarmine

Bundle of excitement plays much bigger than his height

G Alex Weber-Brader, 6-5, Sr., Olympia

A complete player, signed with Seattle Pacific University

G/F Xavier Bazile, 6-3, Sr., Mount Tahoma

T-Birds will rely on elite Idaho commit to play multiple positions

F Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6-7, Sr., Gig Harbor

Teams will have difficulty guarding big man with quickness

G, Brandon Gagliardi, 6-2, Sr., Gig Harbor

Top-notch shooter can fill up the basket in a hurry FASTBREAKS

Olympia is a slight favorite, but Bellarmine Prep, Gig Harbor and Mount Tahoma are contenders for the league title. The Bears return three starters, including G Alex Weber-Brader – the Narrows League Bay Division MVP last season who averaged 20.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals a game. PG Jamey Smith and G Marcus Raschkow are also back for Olympia, which also returns five other senior lettermen. ... Bellarmine Prep has just two starters back, but G Donald Gaddy and F Sefo Liufau are two of the league’s finest athletes. Gaddy might appear small, but his athleticism makes him much larger than his 5-foot-10 frame. Liufau became a starter less than a month into his freshman season. ... Gig Harbor has a tremendous inside-outside game with G Brandon Gagliardi and F Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Gagliardi, a second-team all-league pick last season, can score quickly, and Seferian-Jenkins will be a defensive mismatch for nearly every team the Tides face. The UW football recruit moves quickly for a high school player his size. ... Mount Tahoma is loaded with athletes and capable of playing with the best teams in the state.The Thunderbirds just need to be consistent. G/F Xavier Bazile, who signed with Idaho, is one the top players in the area. ... Central Kitsap lost a lot to graduation – three all-league players are gone – but the Cougars should be one of the league’s quicker teams. ... South Kitsap will be good on the perimeter, but must develop an inside presence. G Isaiah Davis, a 5-11 senior, is a leaper. ... Stadium is heavy with guards, led by seniors Tre Briscoe and Chase Hillis. The Tigers will rely on their transition game.

GIRLS

CRYSTAL BALL

(2009-10 records)

1. Bellarmine Prep (21-8)

2. Mount Tahoma (19-6)

3. South Kitsap (17-8)

4. Olympia (14-11)

5. Gig Harbor (11-11)

6. Central Kitsap (15-9)

7. Stadium (2-18)

8. Shelton (4-16)

STARTING FIVE

G Sarah Hartwell, 5-10, Sr., Bellarmine Athletic Xavier recruit makes basketball look easy P Jessi Williamson, 6-6, Sr., Mount Tahoma Shot-blocker extraordainnaire, she has signed with Seattle University G Deborah Anderson, 5-8, Sr., Mount Tahoma Will be among the state leaders in scoring; averaged 27.8 ppg last year G/F Simonne Potts, 5-10, Sr., Bellarmine Potts can get it done in the paint and on the perimeter G Kelsey Callaghan, 5-4, Sr., South Kitsap Heady point guard can make big plays, hit big shots FASTBREAKS

With two players committed to Division-I schools and a roster full of talent, Bellarmine Prep can make a serious run at a state title. G Sarah Hartwell, one of the state’s top athletes, has committed to play at Xavier University, and G/F Simonne Potts is headed to Air Force. Hartwell and Potts have each been named league MVP in the last two seasons. PG Grace Beardemphl is a two-time all-league selection. ... With all five starters back, Mount Tahoma is loaded and will challenge Bellarmine Prep for the league title. G Deborah Anderson led the state in scoring last season (27.8 ppg). And 6-6 P Jessi Williamson makes life miserable for opponents trying to get to the hoop with her shotblocking ability. G Kaitlyn Bunger (12.9 ppg) and G Charly Williams (7.3 ppg) are also capable scoring options for the Thunderbirds. ... South Kitsap should make another postseason run. The Wolves return their leading scorers – G Angela Romonsky (13.0 ppg) and W Dana Goularte (10.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg) – and PG Kelsey Callaghan (6.7 ppg, 5.7 apg). ... W Jenna DeWalt (10.0 ppg) will lead a Gig Harbor team that returns three starters. G Leah Davis excels as a defender, and P Racheal Smith is a force on the boards. ... Rod Tripp takes over coaching duties at Olympia and has a team that can contend. Guards Tayler Fettig (8.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg) and Olivia Rethwill (11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg) are scorers. Stadium could be poised for a ... breakthrough season with four returning starters – G Nicole Williams (7.6 ppg), G M’lis Cleary (7.9 ppg), G Tina Atonio 96.2 ppg) and P Carli Hallis – and 10 players with varsity experience. ... With no returning starters and a new coach, Shelton is starting from scratch. Coach Nigel Warren takes over a team that has decent height – P Taylor Gustafson, F Madison Gaa and P Heather Sawyer are 5-10 or taller.

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