SEASON PREVIEW: SQUALICUM STORM

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: Squalicum

Senior Devante Powell (photo by Will Rice)

BOYS
Coach: Dave Dickson

Last season: 9-14 overall, 6-7 in NWC (tied for seventh)

Top returnees: Devante Powell (Sr.), Dedrick Mitchell (Sr.), Leland Zender (Jr.), Lincoln Hofer (Sr.), Brandon Cash (Jr.), Elliott Aslan (Sr.), Reed Richardson (So.), Clayton Bell (So.)

Top newcomers: Mason Binning (Jr.), Steven Owens (Jr.), Aiden Aune (Jr.), Djouvensky Schlenbaker (So.)

Outlook: After a great late-season run that saw them reach the 3A district quarterfinals, the Storm are more experienced, stronger, deeper and ready to take it to the next level. Powell, a second-team all-NWC pick and four-year starter, and point guard Mitchell, a three-year starter, give Squalicum an all-star level backcourt. Zender gives them another returning starter and at 6-7 an inside presence. 

Coach’s quote: “How we blend together offensively and our level of toughness defensively will determine our level of success. There’s a good vibe in practices thus far.”

Junior Grace Schroder

GIRLS

Coach: Ray Ootsey

Last season: 6-14 overall, 3-10 in NWC (11th)

Top returnees: Leah Austin (Sr.), Nichole Adams (Sr.), Grace Schroder (Jr.), Kali Haizlip (So.)

Top newcomers: Rachel Heinke (Jr.)

Outlook: The Storm will have one of the most experienced teams in the NWC having graduated only two seniors from a squad that just missed the district tournament last year. The offense will run through little Schroder, who made a big impact as a sophomore, and forwards Austin and Haizlip, one of the league’s top freshmen last year.

Coach’s quote: “We’re looking to make a competitive push for a 3A playoff spot. Our program is working hard to continue the growth and compete with all the tough teams in the Northwest Conference. We’re working to be a rough Storm for all.”

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