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Wesco AAA Boys Basketball

CASCADE -- NICKNAME - Bruins. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 7-7, tied for third in league, 10-10 overall. -- HEAD COACH - Charlie Cobb, 13th season. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Trevor Cobb, 6-1 guard; John Greer, 6-6 post; Jason Hansen, 6-7 post. Junior: Jerry Jensen, 6-1 wing. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - Juniors: Garrett Cobb, 5-11 point guard; Andy Hamilton, 6-1, guard. -- OUTLOOK - The football team's success has been contagious; Charlie Cobb is a top coach with a national reputation, and his two sons are both excellent players who will be together in the backcourt. Perhaps the best example of how excited they are about basketball at Cascade came when Jerry Jensen, fresh from Saturday's Kingbowl victory over Puyallup, was in Coach Cobb's office at 7 a.m. Monday with his basketball paperwork. Jensen and Dan Gilday, who caught two touchdown passes Saturday, will be key players for Cascade, and could be eligible by Saturday's nonleague game with Juanita. Trevor Cobb shifts from point guard to shooting guard to accommodate his younger brother, Garrett, in the backcourt. Hansen and Greer give the Bruins the best inside height in the league. Cascade is definitely the favorite in a tough league. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "A lot of teams will be tall inside, but they'll have a 5-8 kid at the point. We've got pretty good height, even in the backcourt. I think we'll be a strong club."


-- NICKNAME - Warriors. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 10-2, WesCo AA champion, 14-8 overall. First season as Class AAA team. -- CO-HEAD COACHES - Daun Brown, 14th season; Art Snoey, 14th season. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Tim Gaydos, 5-11 guard; Joe Petersen, 6-1 forward. Junior: Gabe Fuerte, 5-9 guard. Sophomores: Chris Thompson, 6-0 guard; Eli Morse, 6-0 guard. -- TOP NEWCOMER - Nate Tyler, 6-2, Sr., post. -- OUTLOOK - The Warriors would dominate a 6-foot-and-under league, but the WesCo AAA has no height restrictions. They will try to make up for a painful lack of size by shifting to a wide-open offense that emphasizes scoring in the open court, because they will have trouble scoring in a half-court game. Thompson scored 32 against Lakeside, and if the Warriors can get enough scoring from Morse and Gaydos in the backcourt to keep teams from keying on him, he should be able to score in high double figures on most nights. Petersen is mobile along the baseline, and Tyler, a standout football player, is back after a year away from basketball. The one constant for Edmonds-Woodway will be a hard-working, pressing man-to-man defense that will cause opponents problems. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "We're at a disadvantage because we haven't had a chance to see any of the WesCo AAA teams play in a couple years and we haven't had a chance to see what their JV has to know what they have coming up."

EVERETT -- NICKNAME - Seagulls -- 1990-91 RECORD - 6-8, fifth place; 9-13 overall. -- HEAD COACH - Roger Haug, 8th season. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Shawn Nasin, 5-8, point guard; Rob Schmidt, 6-0 guard; Bob Vik, 6-5 post; Dan Wartelle, 5-11 guard; Jeff Atkins, 6-4 forward; Dan Rucker, 6-2 forward. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - None. Seagulls were junior squad a year ago. -- OUTLOOK - The Seagulls may have the deepest team in the league. Haug has been using 10 and 12 players in each game so far, and the talent doesn't drop off much as he goes down the bench. Nasin is considered the top point guard in the league and he is the focal point in much of what Everett does. Bob Vik, brother of Washington State center David Vik, has been solid inside, with help from Jeff Atkins. The Seagulls will be tough opponent for everyone in league. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "I've got a lot of kids who can play and I'm going to have to play them and see who will take what role. And maybe I'll let them all play."

MARINER -- NICKNAME - Marauders. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 7-7, tied for third in league, 13-13 overall, including 0-2 mark at state tournament. -- HEAD COACH - Tom Lowery, first season at Mariner, 7th season overall. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Jeff Foster, 6-4 guard; Joe Johnson, 5-9 point guard; Jeff Morris, 6-6 center. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - Shane Fortney, 6-4, jr., wing. -- OUTLOOK - Marauders have size in the middle, but height advantage is most beneficial at guard, where Lowery has Foster and Fortney to rotate through the mix with Johnson, an established point. Fortney was a solid contributor last season as a sophomore and moves into a bigger role. Lowery brings an effective motion offense and a solid work ethic on defense that should pay dividends in the second half. Athletically, Mariner is one of league's top teams, and once the coach and players get comfortable with each other and the system, the Marauders will be hard to beat. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "We open up at Mike's house December 20," Lowery said of the WesCo AAA opener at Marysville against his older brother. "I hope that game won't put too much of a damper on our Christmas together, but the guy who loses has to sit at the card table with the kids."

MARYSVILLE -- NICKNAME - Tomahawks. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 14-0, league champions, 19-5 overall. -- HEAD COACH - Mike Lowery, 9th season. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Scott Leger, 6-2 senior forward. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - Seniors: Trent Campbell, 5-9, point guard; Scott Baklenko, 6-5, post. -- OUTLOOK - The Tommies graduated 12 of their 13 varsity players from last season. Leger, the only returning player from a year ago, was injured for season opener with O'Dea, so Lowery had an entire team without varsity experience to start the season. The program has been successful, year in and year out, with predominantly senior lineups, but this year coaches are thinking Tommies will be down - at least at the start of the season. Top five teams qualify for district. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "We've always played a tough nonleague schedule, and we weren't smart enough to change that this year. If you look at it, four of the teams in this league have new coaches, if you count Edmonds-Woodway coming in as a coaching change. That will make for an exciting time in the WesCo AAA."

OAK HARBOR -- NICKNAME - Wildcats. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 8-7, second in league, 12-11 overall. -- HEAD COACH - Ken Talquist, first season. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Trig Johnson, 6-0, point guard; Dan Shaw, 6-3 post. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - Manny Martucci, 6-3, junior guard. -- OUTLOOK - Talquist spent six seasons as an assistant at Mount Vernon, and hopes to bring the defensive intensity the defending Class AA champions showed. Johnson and Martucci will make a solid backcourt and will be primary offensive focus. Johnson is a two-year starter and runs the offense well. Martucci has four-year college potential and needs only self confidence to be a force in the league. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "All of our kids work really hard. When I was at Mount Vernon, I was impressed with how hard we were able to get those kids to work. At Mount Vernon, we had to teach those kids how to work hard. At Oak Harbor, the kids have been doing that since Day 1."

SHOREWOOD -- NICKNAME - Thunderbirds. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 4-10, last in league, 5-14 overall. -- HEAD COACH - Gail Pintler, 17th season. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Jason Pintler, 5-9 point guard; Alec Whittle, 6-4 center; Brian Dunphy, 6-2 forward. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - Seniors: Tony Smith, 5-11 guard; Ari Eddings, 6-3 forward. -- OUTLOOK - Thunderbirds have struggled through three lean seasons in a row, but this season has a bright outlook - especially in light of a win over state tournament-bound Mariner in the second half of last year's league season. Shorewood will be industrious on defense, and if offense can produce consistently, there's no reason T-birds won't be one of league's top three or four teams. Gail Pintler is the dean of WesCo AAA coaches, and has a good crop of athletes to work with. Son Jason is team's best scorer, and Eddings and Whittle can hold things down inside. The only thing Dunphy is lacking at forward is a couple inches. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "If any of the team's in the league had a real strong big man, they could be dominant, but there isn't one. But there are some really fine guards out there, and a team's ability to defense them will be a key to success. This will be a guard-oriented league."

SNOHOMISH -- NICKNAME - Panthers. -- 1990-91 RECORD - 5-9, tie for sixth in league, 8-12 overall. -- HEAD COACH - George Fowler, first year. -- RETURNING PLAYERS - Seniors: Craig Stevens, 6-2, forward; Kent Channing, 6-5 post. -- TOP NEWCOMERS - Seniors: Keith Sackett, 6-0, guard; Brawn Lausen, 6-3, post; Morgan Harris, 6-3, forward. Junior: Jeff Ogden, 6-0, point guard. -- OUTLOOK - With so many football players on the squad, the Panthers will have to relearn that you shoot a basketball, not fall on it. A key loss was guard Mark Grimmer, who moved with his family to Royal City immediately following the football season. Fowler was an assistant to Jim Adams for nine seasons before taking over this season, and he won't change too many things. The Panthers will be one of the few teams looking to go inside to a group of burly forwards, especially when Harris recovers from the broken leg he suffered against Lakes in the state football playoffs. -- COACH'S COMMENT - "It's going to take us a little while to get used to playing with a round ball. I think we're going to be OK, but it may take us into January before we start to put it together."

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