Summit boys basketball starts play

The Storm will have a mixture of experience and youth this season

By Grant Lucas / The Bulletin / @Grant_Lucas88

Two seasons ago, Summit wrapped up the boys basketball season with a total of seven wins and a 0-6 record in Class 5A Intermountain Conference play. The Storm were then blown away in the play-in round, 66-36, by eventual state champion Corvallis.

Now, after an 11-13 season in 2011-12, Summit coach Jon Frazier says the Storm are ready to take another step forward.

“For us, we're always just competing against kind of the vision of how good we can be,” Frazier says. “We certainly feel like this year, we have the opportunity to be really competitive. Obviously it's a long season, and the kids have to grow, but we have a lot of guys back, and the new guys are really athletic. There's kids that are ready to contribute.”

Senior Austin Peters, a second-team all-IMC selection last season, leads a group of experienced players coming back for the Storm. Peters returns after scoring 12.5 points per game during the 2011-12 campaign and shooting an impressive 42 percent from three-point range.

Joining him as returning starters are Nick Moyer, who set Summit's single-game rebounding record last season (18), and Cade Cattell. Peters, Moyer and Cattell, Frazier says, were key contributors last season and should have plenty of “big game” this year as the Storm eye their first-ever boys basketball conference title.

“Ultimately, that's where we'd like to see ourselves at the end of the season,” Frazier says. “You have to compete. You have to bring your 'A' game every single week, or you're going to get knocked off. I think there are a lot of great teams that have really good talent.”

To come out on top, Summit will have to contend with Mountain View, the IMC champion three out of the past four years, and Bend High, conference champ two seasons ago.

The Cougars lost 10 seniors after placing fourth in the 5A tournament last season, but Mountain View coach Craig Reid says a productive offseason and experienced personnel make the Cougars optimistic about the coming season.

“We definitely have more weapons,” Reid says. “The last two years, we didn't have the variety of basketball-skilled kids. We had a couple good ballplayers and then a bunch of really, good, tough athletes, but not basketball kids. This year, we've got quite a depth of basketball talent.”

Senior Mitch Modin, a first-team all-IMC player last season, who averaged more than 15 points per game in the regular season, seniors Matt Logan, Erik Siefken and John Carroll and junior Grant Lannin make up the core of the Cougars. Reid believes this Mountain View team has the potential to return to Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene for the eight-team championship tournament.

“They're all very skilled kids, and I've got confidence in them,” Reid says. “We're deep. ... I like the mix of what we've got. We've got some skilled kids, we've got some quickness in the backcourt, we've got some size up front.”

Bend coach Don Hayes, who enters his 23rd season at the helm for the Lava Bears, expects the IMC to be a “dogfight,” but Bend returns three all-league selections in senior David Larson and juniors Connor Scott and Wyatt Beaumarchais. Along with senior Cody Connell, having that experience, Hayes says, is a strength for the Lava Bears.

“Get down to crunch time in the fourth quarter, you expect those kids to make plays, to do the right thing because they have that experience,” Hayes says. “They're going to make that key play at the end of the game and get that key stop. They're going to find a way to win. I think that's what they bring to the table.”

Bend looks to return to the state postseason for the third straight year, and to do that, Hayes says the Lava Bears will have to play both ends of the floor, making defensive stops while also executing offensively.

Redmond High makes its 5A debut after spending the past five seasons in 6A, and with all-league players Matt Dahlen and Trevor Genz coming back, Panthers coach Jon Corbett has high expectations.

“We should be much improved,” says Corbett, in his second year as Redmond head coach. “Last year was very much a learning year with a bunch of seniors. A lot of the guys we have coming back now have been in the system for a couple years, so my expectations are not only are we better, but we can start adding into the system now.”

At the 4A level, Sisters and Madras look to repeat as champions of their respective conferences.

The Outlaws return Sky-Em League co-player of the year and first-team all-state selection Eli Harrison, whose 17.6 points and six rebounds per game led Sisters to its first state semifinal appearance since the 1998-99 season.

For the White Buffaloes, all-Tri-Valley Conference player Jhaylen Yeahquo leads a group of seniors who hope to claim their third straight conference title. Those seniors, Madras coach Allen Hair says, have got to be the leaders and possibly take on the primary scoring roles. If that happens, Hair believes this team's potential is limitless.

“I don't know that there is a ceiling (for Madras),” Hair says. “I think that we have the potential to be very, very good. I think we could go seven or eight deep on any given night and maybe even nine deep. I really think that this group is a pretty solid group, and I really like our chances.”

La Pine brings back two starters from last season's squad in Gaven Boen and Tyler Parsons. With Josh Ramirez as another scoring option, Hawks coach Kyle Kalmbach thinks La Pine could be in the thick of things for potentially its first state playoff appearance in school history.

Last season, unlike previous years, “instead of getting blown out by 30 (points) in the first quarter, we're competing with teams in every aspect,” Kalmbach says. “We're not big, but we do have a lot more experience coming back this year.”

At Crook County, Jacob Mahurin returns as part of what Cowboys coach Jeff Lowenbach calls a senior-heavy roster. Lowenbach says his team is fairly athletic and has size as well as familiarity, as many of the Cowboys, he notes, have played together since fifth grade.

“Once we start playing some games, we'll really figure out where we are, but I feel like our preparation for the season has gone well,” Lowenbach says. “Hopefully, with our experience and some of our athleticism, we'll have a good showing (tonight against Madras) and get off to a good start.”

Two schools make their boys basketball debuts this season in 4A Ridgeview of Redmond and 1A Trinity Lutheran of Bend. Trinity Lutheran coach Mark Clemo says his goal is just for his kids to get playing time, have fun and improve.

At Ridgeview, coach Nathan Covill, who joins the Ravens after spending three seasons leading the girls basketball program at Redmond High, is not so much aiming for immediate success. Instead, he says he wants to establish a basis for what the Ridgeview program will be for years to come.

“My philosophy this year is to build a foundation so that we do things right in our program,” Covill says. “We want to build what kind of program we're going to be, and I have good assistant coaches who are helping establish that foundation.”

Boys basketball outlook

Boys basketball outlook

Class 5A

Bend

Head coach: Don Hayes (23rd season)

2011-12 record: 14-9 overall, 3-3 Intermountain Conference (2nd); lost in first round of Class 5A state playoffs

Season opener: Bend at Grants Pass, Dec. 4

Mountain View

Head coach: Craig Reid (13th season)

2011-12 record: 22-6 overall, 5-1 Intermountain Conference (1st); won fourth-place game in Class 5A state tournament

Season opener: Mountain View at Madras, Dec. 4

Redmond

Head coach: Jon Corbett (second season)

2011-12 record: 11-15 overall, 2-5 Southwest Conference (4th); lost in first round of Class 6A playoffs

Season opener: Estacada at Redmond, Today

Summit

Head coach: Jon Frazier (second season)

2011-12 record: 11-13 overall, 1-5 Intermountain Conference (3rd); lost in Class 5A play-in round

Season opener: Willamette at Summit, Today

Class 4A

Crook County

Head coach: Jeff Lowenbach (ninth season)

2011-12 record: 3-21 overall, 0-2 Special District 1 (2nd); lost in Class 4A play-in round

Season opener: Crook County at Madras, Today

La Pine

Head coach: Kyle Kalmbach (seventh season)

2011-12 record: 7-17 overall, 2-8 Sky-Em League (5th)

Season opener: La Pine at La Pine Tournament, Today

Madras

Head coach: Allen Hair (sixth season)

2011-12 record: 18-7 overall, 8-2 Tri-Valley Conference (1st); lost in first round of Class 4A playoffs

Season opener: Crook County at Madras, Today

Ridgeview

Head coach: Nathan Covill (first season)

2011-12 record: First-year program

Season opener: Ridgeview at La Pine Tournament, Today

Sisters

Head coach: Rand Runco (15th season)

2011-12 record: 24-5 overall, 10-0 Sky-Em League (1st); lost in third-place game of Class 4A tournament

Season opener: Sisters at Crook County, Dec. 1

Class 2A

Culver

Head coach: Brennan Whitaker (second season)

2011-12 record: 8-16 overall, 2-12 Tri-River Conference (7th)

Season opener: Culver at Sherman County Invitational, Today

Class 1A

Central Christian

Head coach: Dan Poet (second season)

2011-12 record: 1-20 overall, 0-15 Big Sky League (11th)

Season opener: Central Christian at Gilchrist JV Tournament, Today

Gilchrist

Head coach: Todd White (first season)

2011-12 record: 4-16 overall, 2-12 Mountain Valley League (7th)

Season opener: Gilchrist 65, Culver JV 24, Nov. 28

Next game: Gilchrist at Chiloquin, Dec. 4

Trinity Lutheran

Head coach: Mark Clemo (first season)

2011-12 record: First-year program

Season opener: Trinity Lutheran at Gilchrist JV Tournament, Today

Players to watch this season

—Eli Harrison, senior, Sisters: Harrison averaged 17.6 points, six rebounds and two assists last season in leading Sisters to 24 wins, a Sky-Em League championship and its first state semifinal appearance since 1999. He was named first-team all-Sky-Em, conference co-player of the year and first-team all-state.

—Matt Dahlen, senior, Redmond: After pouring in a season-high 27 points in Redmond's loss in the first round of the Class 6A state playoffs, Dahlen finished with nearly nine points per game. He earned second-team all-IMC honors and received honorable mention for 6A Special District 1. Dahlen enters his third year as a starter and, according to Redmond coach Jon Corbett, is helping teammates transition to the varsity level.

—Mitch Modin, senior, Mountain View: Modin averaged 15.1 points per game before the Class 5A state tournament and went for averages of 14 points, 3.25 rebounds and two assists during the tourney. He garnered first-team all-IMC honors and propelled the Cougars to a fourth-place showing in the state tournament.

—Austin Peters, senior, Summit: Peters was the co-leader in scoring for the Storm last season, averaging 12.5 points per game and shooting 42 percent from three-point range. He also totaled 99 rebounds and 25 blocks en route to a second-team all-IMC selection.

—Connor Scott, junior, Bend: The Lava Bears earned their second straight trip to the state playoffs thanks to about 11 points per game from Scott, who was named second-team all-IMC. Bend coach Don Hayes says Scott plays a post position, but is truly a wing player, a versatile athlete that can score inside and from long range. That, Hayes says, makes Scott tough to stop.

Class 5A

Bend

Head coach: Don Hayes (23rd season)

2011-12 record: 14-9 overall, 3-3 Intermountain Conference (2nd); lost in first round of Class 5A state playoffs

Season opener: Bend at Grants Pass, Dec. 4

Mountain View

Head coach: Craig Reid (13th season)

2011-12 record: 22-6 overall, 5-1 Intermountain Conference (1st); won fourth-place game in Class 5A state tournament

Season opener: Mountain View at Madras, Dec. 4

Redmond

Head coach: Jon Corbett (second season)

2011-12 record: 11-15 overall, 2-5 Southwest Conference (4th); lost in first round of Class 6A playoffs

Season opener: Estacada at Redmond, today

Summit

Head coach: Jon Frazier (second season)

2011-12 record: 11-13 overall, 1-5 Intermountain Conference (3rd); lost in Class 5A play-in round

Season opener: Willamette at Summit, today

Class 4A

Crook County

Head coach: Jeff Lowenbach (ninth season)

2011-12 record: 3-21 overall, 0-2 Special District 1 (2nd); lost in Class 4A play-in round

Season opener: Crook County at Madras, today

La Pine

Head coach: Kyle Kalmbach (seventh season)

2011-12 record: 7-17 overall, 2-8 Sky-Em League (5th)

Season opener: La Pine at La Pine Tournament, today

Madras

Head coach: Allen Hair (sixth season)

2011-12 record: 18-7 overall, 8-2 Tri-Valley Conference (1st); lost in first round of Class 4A playoffs

Season opener: Crook County at Madras, today

Ridgeview

Head coach: Nathan Covill (first season)

2011-12 record: First-year program

Season opener: Ridgeview at La Pine Tournament, today

Sisters

Head coach: Rand Runco (15th season)

2011-12 record: 24-5 overall, 10-0 Sky-Em League (1st); lost in third-place game of Class 4A tournament

Season opener: Sisters at Crook County, Dec. 1

Class 2A

Culver

Head coach: Brennan Whitaker (second season)

2011-12 record: 8-16 overall, 2-12 Tri-River Conference (7th)

Season opener: Culver at Sherman County Invitational, today

Class 1A

Central Christian

Head coach: Dan Poet (second season)

2011-12 record: 1-20 overall, 0-15 Big Sky League (11th)

Season opener: Central Christian at Gilchrist JV Tournament, today

Gilchrist

Head coach: Todd White (first season)

2011-12 record: 4-16 overall, 2-12 Mountain Valley League (7th)

Season opener: Gilchrist 65, Culver JV 24, Nov. 28

Next game: Gilchrist at Chiloquin, Dec. 4

Trinity Lutheran

Head coach: Mark Clemo (first season)

2011-12 record: First-year program

Season opener: Trinity Lutheran at Gilchrist JV Tournament, Today