High School Sports

4A, 3A Narrows League boys basketball team capsules


Olympia Bears

Coach: Luke Salme (fourth season)

Last year: 14-11 overall, advanced to district tournament.

Returning varsity players: Alex Weber-Brader, guard, sr.; Jamey Smith, guard, sr.; Marcus Raschkow, guard, sr.; Tui Magalei, forward, sr.; Caleb Slater, guard, sr.; Kyle Steen, guard, sr.; Brett Wittenberg, forward, sr.; Dom Francks, guard, jr.

Top newcomers: Cole Voorhees, forward, sr.; Trevor Houser, guard, jr.; Michael Naipo, guard, so.

Coach’s outlook: “Our strengths this year is our experience as well as our team speed. This group has really dedicated themselves to reaching their potential this year. Every player on our varsity roster will contribute to our success.”

Shelton Highclimbers

Coach: Mark Jensen

Last season: 2-18 overall

Returning varsity players: Tre Fisher, 6-1, guard, sr.; John Padgett, 6-5, forward, sr.; Jon Ownby, 6-5, forward, sr.

Top newcomers: Barry Peterson, 6-1, guard, sr.; Michael Millard, 6-2, guard/forward, sr.


Capital Cougars

Coach: Doug Galloway (10th season)

Last season: 19-4 overall, advanced to district tournament.

Returning varsity players: Colin Bossio, 6-1, guard, sr.; Logan Myers, 6-6, post, sr.; Jay

Maiava, 5-11, guard/wing, sr.; Alex Smith, 6-1, guard, sr.; Greg Hibbard, 6-2, wing, sr.

Top newcomers: Luke Olson, 5-11, guard, sr.; Karl Peterson, 6-1, wing, jr.; Jared Eidenmuller, 5-10, guard, so.; Keenan Williams, 6-1, guard, so.

Coach’s outlook: “We are going to have to work extra hard to get bonus opportunities.”

Timberline Blazers

Coach: Mike Tafoya

Last season: 12-10 overall, advanced to district tournament.

Returning varsity players: Lucas Williard, guard, sr.; Austin Kleinhans, guard, sr.; Tyler Brown, forward, sr.; Kevin Russell, forward, sr.; Drew Dixon, post, sr.

Top newcomers: Junior Chaney, guard, sr.; Cooper Podowicz, forward, jr.

Coach’s outlook: “We have a group of players who expect to be successful. They are an extremely competitive group who will play hard for each other every night.”

Yelm Tornados

Coach: Dave Wasankari

Last season: 5-15 overall

Returning varsity players: Jonas Chambers, guard, sr.; Keith Anderson, guard, sr.; John Larsen, forward, sr.; Brandt Hetland, guard, sr.

Top newcomers: Joe Zawislak, forward, jr.; Bryan Miskimens, guard, jr.

Coach’s outlook: “We expect to compete every night, make good basketball decisions and work as a cohesive group every practice and every game.”