Monday, March 21, 2011

KingCo 4A - Crown Division Preview

Crown Division - Pre-Season Coaches Poll
1) Inglemoor (4 first place votes) - 24 points
2) Woodinville (1) - 20 points
3) Bothell (1) - 19 points
T-4) Ballard - 11 points
T-4) Roosevelt - 11 points
6) Garfield - 6 points

Coaches were asked to rank their division in order of projected finish, excluding their own teams. 5 points were awarded for 1st, 4 for second and so on down to 1 point for 5th.

Team Capsules (listed alphabetically)
Ballard Beavers
Head Coach: John Lamm (3rd year, 10-29 career record)
2010 Summary: 6-10 KingCo (5th in Crown division)

Returning starters: Frank Airey (Soph - C), Brendan Foor (Sr - 3B/SS), Rory Graf-Brennen (Soph - 2B), Oliver Guarino (Sr - OF), Danny Thompson (Sr - P), Steven Weber (Jr - 1B)

Other returners: Eric Frank (Sr - P), Joe Jacobson (Soph - P), Ben Welch (Soph - SS)

Top newcomers: Stuart McGeorge (Soph - OF), Alex Stamey (Soph - 2B)

Season Outlook from Coach Lamm: We are still very young; if we can find a #2 pitcher we will be all right.

Bothell Cougars
Head Coach: Paul Moody (13th year at Bothell, 28th year in KingCo, 327-271 career record)
2010 Summary: 10-6 KingCo (2nd in Crown division), 17-8 overall; Lost to Kelso in winner-to-state district game

Returning starters: Henry Baillargeon (Sr - P), Dain Gilbert (Sr - 3B), Jordan Kynaston (Sr - P), Brian McAfee (Sr - P/3B/DH), Kevin McShane (Sr - P/1B), Jon Mercer (Sr - SS), Ryan Morgan (Sr - OF), Mitchell Viydo (Sr - 2B)

Other returners: Brad Monson (Sr - OF/P)

Top newcomers: Zach Anderson (Jr - 1B), Rex Carlin (Jr - P/OF), Zach Farmer (Sr - OF), Nik Gray (Jr - OF), Eric Gregory (Sr - OF), Jordan Johnson (Sr - C), Samuel Lee (Soph - C), Brady Mickelson (Jr - 2B/P), Mark Woods (Jr - SS)

Season Outlook from Coach Moody: Bothell returns a solid group of infielders and a couple of starting pitchers from last year. We hope to compete good enough to make the Kingco playoffs and with any luck move on to the state tournament.

Garfield Bulldogs
Head Coach: Chris Moedritzer (1st year head coach after 3 years as assistant)
2010 Summary: 5-11 KingCo (5th in Crest Division), 8-11 overall

Returning starters: Hayes Gorecki (Soph - P/UTIL), Chandler Honican (Soph - IF), Ruben Palmer (Sr - CF), Spencer Scott (Sr - P/C/3B), John Trupin (Jr - P/1B), Zach Ward (Jr - P/1B/LF)

Other returners: Hank Droege (Jr - P/1B), Liam McFeely (Jr - P/IF), Ian Zapolsky (Sr - P)

Top newcomers: Grant Bronsdon (Jr - OF), Cody Browne (Jr - OF), Valentino Coleman (Sr - P/3B), Collin Evenson (Jr - P/OF), Jordan Gipson (Sr - OF), Sam Kennard (Jr - C/IF), Joe Markman (Sr - C), Ricky Nakamura (Jr - OF/P), Joe Renner (Jr - P/3B), Charlie Tarnoff (Jr - P/IF)

Season Outlook from Coach Moedritzer: The Bulldogs hope to pick up where they left off after a strong finish to the 2010 season. A strong junior class leads the way with 11 Varsity players. Garfield has more pitching depth this year than it has traditionally had in the past, as well as a solid catcher and middle infield anchoring the defense. The offense lost a few big bats to graduation, but the returners have significantly improved their hitting in the offseason. The schedule figures to be different with Garfield switching from the Crest to the Crown division, but the goal of making the Kingco 4Apostseason tournament remains the same.

Inglemoor Vikings
Head Coach: Bryan McNaghten (4th year, 47-27 career record)
2010 Summary: 14-2 KingCo (Crown division champions), 18-5 overall; eliminated in KingCo playoffs

Returning starters: Dustin Doucette (Sr - P), Mitchell Gonsolus (Sr - SS), Emmett Maki (Sr - P/1B), Peter Meuisi (Sr - 3B/OF), Conor Savage (Sr - OF), Obi Taylor (Sr - P/1B), Garrett Vandiver (Sr - OF/2B), Blake Wilson (Jr - C/OF)

Other returners: Alex Morrow (Sr - P/3B), Adam Mosebar (Sr - C)

Top newcomers: Ken Holen (Soph - OF), Sean Howard (Sr - P), Eric Rodgers (Sr - P), Lucas Wimmer (Jr - P/3B)

Season Outlook from Coach McNaghten: Senior led team untested in a couple key spots – success will be determined by ability to fill those spots. Pitching & senior leadership appears to be strengths of the Vikings.

Roosevelt Roughriders
Head Coach: Jason Bowie (4th year)
2010 Summary: 3-13 KingCo (6th in Crown division), 4-16 overall

Returning starters: Blair Davidson (Sr - C), Graylin Derke (Jr - P/3B), David Holt (Sr - P/IF), Tate Maider (Soph - C), Reid Martinez (Sr - P/IF/OF), Tim Moore (Sr - P/IF/OF), Zach Naon (Jr - OF), Cody Shaul (Jr - 1B)

Other returners: Jack Brennan (Sr - OF), Eli Mathieu (Sr - P/2B)

Top newcomers: Spencer Maniccia (Soph - P/1B), Anthony Laguardia (Soph - 2B)

Season Outlook from Coach Bowie: The Riders are welcoming back all three of their starting pitchers from last season. Those pitchers are part of the 8 of 9 overall position players returning from last year as well. Defense and pitching will be the key as the Riders try for their first playoff berth since joining the KingCo in 1997. With some senior leadership and good pitching, Roosevelt has their best chance ever to secure a playoff berth this season.

Woodinville Falcons
Head Coach: Terry Agnew (20th year)
2010 Summary: 8-8 KingCo (3rd place in Crown division), 12-8 overall

Returning Varsity players: Clarke Bader (Jr - C), Shea Donlin (Jr - SS), T.C. Florentine (Jr - OF), Spencer Greer (Jr - P), Ryland Longoni (Sr - OF), Sean Sellers (Sr - 3B), Doug Sullivan (Sr - C/1B), Carl Svanevik (Sr - OF), Beau Vintertun (Jr - 2B)

Top newcomers: Cody Bauman (Jr - P), Max Carter (Jr - OF), Caleb Hamilton (Soph - P/IF), Kalei Kover (Sr - P), Matt Laitala (Jr - IF), Marty Luckenbach (Jr - P), Stephan White (Soph - P), Nate Wilham (Jr - IF/OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Agnew: Woodinville has a good group of players returning to the team this year.