SEASIDE — “The Fishermen were able to knock off the Seaside junior varsity and hang with Oregon powerhouses Gaston, Knappa, and Hood River in a basketball tournament in Warrenton June 16 and 17. “Our younger kids played a lot against Seaside’s JVs and we were competitive against a pretty experienced and athletic team from Knappa. We gave Hood River a good game. They are very big and also have a lot of experience,” coach Kip Meinhardt stated.

“We have improved a great deal on offense this summer. We are making strides to slow the game down and be more in control. Our defense is getting better every game. We have been ahead at halftime of at least half of our area games this summer, despite being very young and inexperienced. Our leader and point guard Ross Kukula has missed eight games with a strained Achilles tendon and could miss the rest of the summer and his absence has hurt us,” Meinhardt said. “That hasn’t stopped our guys from competing hard. We are hoping to find more scoring punch. We have a ways to go, but it is a delight to work with a bunch of guys who are so committed to improving.”

“We are coming along. Not having Ross has hurt us, but this gives our younger guys a chance to learn our offense and come together as a team. I’m trying to improve my scoring and rebounding and still get the others involved in the offense. It has been tough to compete, but we’re getting there,” Wilson said.

Next year’s seniors include Cody Wright, Jose Gonzalez, and Clark Wilson. Eric McMillan is the only junior and sophomores include Kienyn Adams, Brenden Weidner, Taylor Schisler, and Kenny Sheldon. Giovanni Lazaro and Jack Kaino will be freshmen and Marcos Mendoza and Ethan Bannister as eighth graders added depth to the squad.

“Kienyn showed more aggressiveness. He blocked a couple of shots and improved his scoring. Brenden is back from a hand injury and helped us and Kenny and Taylor also played well this weekend. We are counting on our seniors and junior to lead us,” Meinhardt said.

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