The Mountlake Terrace Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament tips off on Tuesday, Dec. 29, with two days of boys prep basketball action on three courts. Varsity games begin at 1 p.m. with the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors taking on the Battle Ground Tigers in the main gym of MTHS. Admission is $5 per day.
Varsity and junior varsity games will be played at Mountlake Terrace High School, 21801-44th Ave. W.; C-games are set to take place at Brier Terrace Middle School, 22200 Brier Road.
The event had originally included eight varsity teams but is down to seven after Canyon Springs, a Las Vegas school, cancelled their appearance early last week. Here’s the line-up of the seven varsity teams in the tourney:
Mountlake Terrace Hawks
2015-2016 record: 2-0 in Wesco League South play, 5-2 overall
Coach: Nalin Sood
Why watch: After an uncharacteristic 6-14 season last year, the Hawks are off to a solid start this season. Gabe Altenberger can light it up from the outside when he gets hot; the senior drained five three-pointers and scored 21 points in Terrace’s last outing, a 74-72 victory over the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors on Dec. 17.
2015-2016 record: 2-1 in Wesco League South play, 6-2 overall
Coach: Robert Brown
Why watch: The scoreboard operator better be ready whenever the Warriors take to the court. E-W has averaged 86.2 points in their last five games; they were one point short of reaching 100 in their last outing, a 99-71 win over Shorewood on Dec. 18. Explosive senior guard David Woodard is averaging 25.3 points per game to lead the Warriors so far this year.
2015-2016 record: 0-2 in Wesco League South play, 2-6 overall
Coach: Bobby Hinnenkamp
Why watch: Coach Bobby Hinnenkamp moves over to lead the Royals boys’ squad after serving as an assistant under Everett Edwards on last year’s 3A state champion Lynnwood girls basketball team. The Royals are counting on their defense to keep them in games while they try to find some offensive firepower on a roster that includes only two seniors, Jared Simbulan and Tanner Mack.
2015-2016 record: 0-0 in Wesco League South play, 0-6 overall
Coach: Bary Gould
Why watch: The Tomahawks are retooling after losing five seniors to graduation from last year’s squad that finished 20-8 and qualified for the WIAA 3A State Basketball Tournament at the Tacoma Dome. Senior guard Josh Bevin leads M-P in scoring with a 19.1 points per game average.
2015-2016 record: 0-3 in Wesco League North, 2-5 overall
Coach: Len Bone
Why watch: Longtime Snohomish Coach Len Bone is the son of former Queen Anne and Nathan Hale High School Coach Walt Bone and brother of former Washington State University Coach Ken Bone. Panther guard Jacob Shogren is averaging 15 points per game, but is capable of more; the senior scored 24 points in a Dec. 18 loss to Mariner.
West Seattle Wildcats
2015-2016 record: 5-0 in Metro League, 7-0 overall
Coach: Keffrey Fazio
Why watch: The Wildcats have always been overshadowed in the 3A Metro League by powerhouses Rainier Beach, Garfield and O’Dea, but maybe not this year. Undefeated West Seattle is led by 6’1” junior guard Nate Pryor, who is currently averaging 17.9 points per game and has verbally committed to play college basketball at Seattle University.
Battle Ground Tigers
2015-2016 record: 0-1 in Greater St. Helens 4A League play, 3-4 overall
Coach: Wesley Armstrong
Why watch: Third-year Coach Wesley Armstrong is counting on strong guard play from seniors Kobe Ford and Kellen Butler to help the Tigers compete against the likes of Union and Mountain View in the tough Greater St. Helens 4A League in southwest Washington. Ford leads Battle Ground in scoring this season with a 13.6 points per game average.
Prep Boys Basketball: The Mountlake Terrace Holiday Tournament varsity game schedule (Mountlake Terrace High School)
Tuesday, Dec. 29
1:00 p.m. – Edmonds-Woodway vs. Battle Ground — Broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network.
3:00 p.m. – Lynnwood vs. Snohomish — Broadcast on the Sound Live Sports Network.
5:00 p.m. – Marysville-Pilchuck vs. West Seattle
Wednesday, Dec. 30 (Sound Live Sports Network broadcast schedule TBD)
1:00 p.m. – loser of Edmonds-Woodway/Battle Ground vs. loser of Lynnwood/Snohomish
3:00 p.m. – West Seattle vs. Mountlake Terrace
5:00 p.m. – winner of Edmonds-Woodway/Battle Ground vs. winner of Lynnwood/Snohomish
— By Doug Petrowski