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2A GSHL, 1A Trico boys basketball preview capsules

Sean Guthrie sets a screen for Austin Tran during the consolation finals of the district tournament Feb. 19, at Evergreen High School. Washougal and Hockinson battled into overtime, where the Hawks prevailed 67-53.

Sean Guthrie sets a screen for Austin Tran during the consolation finals of the district tournament Feb. 19, at Evergreen High School. Washougal and Hockinson battled into overtime, where the Hawks prevailed 67-53.

Preview capsules, as reported by area high school coaches

CLASS 2A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE

HOCKINSON

Coach: Trevor Person

Key players: Alan Haagen, sr., g; Taylor Rennaker, sr., g; Jack Klodt, sr., g; Nate Gunderson, sr., fwd; Jess Krahn, sr., fwd.

Outlook: The Hawks return seven seniors who played for last year’s team that reach the state round of 16. The one-two backcourt punch of Haagen and Klodt will make the Hawks hard to match up with in league. The Hawks also have a new coach in Trevor Person.

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MARK MORRIS

Coach: Bill Bakamus

Key players: Grant Gibb, jr., fwd; Hayden Tapani, sr., g; Cameron Mosier, sr., g; Keigan Baker, sr., fwd.

Outlook: The Monarchs have a run 13 consecutive outright or shared league championships. The Monarchs sport four players who are 6-foot-5 or taller.

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WASHOUGAL

Coach: Malcolm Estes

Key players: Austin Tran, sr., g; Patrick Jones, jr., p; Yorro Bah, jr., g; Noah Prangley, jr., fwd.

Outlook: After a big season last year, the Panthers look to find new leaders on the court. Tran, an honorable mention all-league pick, brings the most experience to a young team that hopes to contend for a district playoff berth.

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RIDGEFIELD

No report submitted

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R.A. LONG

No report submitted

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1A TRICO LEAGUE

LA CENTER

Coach: Jon Schroeder

Key players: Wyatt Aguirre, jr., g; Connor Wonderly, sr., g; Matt Braaten, sr., fwd.

Outlook: Led by all-leaguers Aguirre, Wonderly and Braaten, the Wildcats look to challenge for the top spot in the Trico League this season.

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WOODLAND

Coach: Jason Buffum

Key players: Tanner Huddleston, sr., g; Kyle Hendrix, sr., fwd; Troy Flanagan, jr., fwd.

Outlook: Buffum takes over the program from Aaron Shepherd, who went to Mountain View. The Beavers are still getting adjusted to Buffum, but they return seven players, which gives them a lot of experience. Huddleston is a four-year starter at Woodland and a first-team all-league pick last year.

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KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN

Coach: Daven Harmeling

Key players: Kienan Walter, so., w; Jay Becker, sr., g; Carter Coval, sr., fwd; Parker Ickert, sr., g; Kyles Gonzales, so., g.

Outlook: Seniors like Becker, Coval and Ickert are trying to blend with talent young players and also a new coach. Harmeling was a standout at Washington State. Walter is a 6-foot-7 sophomore and one of the top players in the county for his age, Harmeling said.

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CASTLE ROCK

Coach: Kevin Johnson

Key players: Jesse Althauser, sr., p; Darren Ayoub, sr., fwd; Ty Johnson, jr., g; Mason Klingberg, jr., p; Brock Johnson, so., g.

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SETON CATHOLIC

No report submitted

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STEVENSON

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No reports: Ilwaco, Toledo, Kalama, White Salmon

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