Whatcom County boys and girls are ready to tip off the 2019-20 basketball season, and Whatcom Hoops has previews for all our teams. Today: Lummi Nation
Coach: Jerome Toby
Last season: 23-3 overall, 15-1 in NWB (tied for first), 1B state qualifier
Top returnees: Caleb Revey (Sr.), Tyran Lane (So.), Duncan Toby (So.), Ja’ie Leighton (Jr.)
Top newcomers: William Hetland (Jr.), Richard Wilson (Fr.)
Outlook: Any team with Revey has a good outlook. The four-year starter was the Northwest B Conference MVP and will be looking to lead the Blackhawks back to the trophy round at state. But he’s not alone — returning starters Lane and Leighton give Lummi a strong inside game, and Toby, an honorable mention all-conference pick, will be one of the top outside shooters in the league.
Coach’s quote: “We have group of young men who are ready to hit the court and play for our Lummi Nation community.”
Coach: Kevin Day
Last season: 11-6 overall, 8-3 in NWB (second)
Top returnees: Ashtin McElderry (Sr.), Rian Greene (Jr.), Alayla Solomon (Jr.), Jordyn Casimir (So.), Raven Solomon (Fr.), Alesha Solomon (Fr.)
Top newcomers: Allison Lawrence (Sr.)
Outlook: In one year, the Blackhawks went from a losing record to just missing a spot in regionals, and with six of their top eight players returning and a deep bench, they have high expectations. With their tallest player only 5-8, they won’t be tall but they are quick on both ends of the court.
Coach’s quote: “We’ve improved the past couple of years, and if they play as they can, we’ll be in the running for the league title. Our goal is to make it to regionals this year and then to make it to Spokane (site of the 1B state tournament).”
Jim Carberry is a former Bellingham Herald sports editor and author of several books on Whatcom County prep basketball. Follow him on Twitter @whatcomhoops and visit the Whatcom Hoops Facebook page.