ILWACO – Though small in numbers, the Fishermen junior varsity was long on results, recording an 8-8 season with a 44-36 win over Castle Rock Thursday, Feb. 3. “We had at least five or six other games we were close enough to win. The kids worked hard defensively and improved in their rebounding and that was the key to our success,” Coach Tim Harrell stated.

“In four games this season we had Ryan Tapio and Kasey Plato down from the varsity. Ryan scored 19 against South Bend and Kasey blocked 12 shots and had 15 rebounds and was one point shy of a triple-double against the Indians,” Harrell praised.

“Carlos Lopez worked hard and brought a smile to everyone in the program. Eric McMillan is a smart player and although he is smaller he gave us good interior rebounding. Austin Wirkkala ran the show for us at point guard. His growth as a player against pressure defenses was great and he is also an excellent defender,” Harrell said.

“Clark Wilson is bursting with potential with a nice outside shot and he led the team in scoring and he defended the other team’s best player every game. He will be a fun player to watch at the varsity level next year. Jose Gonzales Sebastian became a scoring threat who never met a shot he didn’t like and he’s a hard-working defender,” Harrell explained.

“Jose Juan Hernandez is a reliable and likable kid who played well defensively and rebounded well and had the knack for scoring on put backs. Eli Schenk gave 100 percent every time he stepped on the court. He was a great defender and had a great first step on offense. He is a good athlete who works hard and has a bright future in the basketball program.”


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