Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 KingCo 4A - Crown Division Preview

Crown Division - Pre-Season Coaches Poll
1) Woodinville (5 first place votes) - 25 points
T-2) Bothell - 19 points
T-2) Inglemoor (1) - 19 points
4) Ballard - 12 points
5) Garfield - 9 points
6) Roosevelt - 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
2011 Summary: 6-8 KingCo (4th in Crown division), 9-10 overall

Returning players: Frank Airey (Jr - C), Nelson Cooper (Sr - 1B/DH), Paul Crane (Sr - P), Rory Graf-Brennen (Jr - OF/2B), Joe Jacobson (Jr - P), Caleb Jaeger (Sr - P), Ryan Kangas (Jr - SS), Stewart MacGeorge (Jr - OF), Alex Stamey (Jr - 2B), Steven Weber (Sr - 1B/P), Ben Welch (Jr - SS/OF)

Top newcomers: George Chrisafis (Jr - 3B), Chris Kahn (Jr - P), Drew Lombardi (Jr- C), Damani Nkeiruka (Jr - P/OF), Carl Pearson (Jr - P), Ian Scott (Soph - OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Lamm: We hit .316 as a team but we did not face all the #1 one pitchers last year. We will hit well and play defence with so many returning varsity players. Our arms will make or break us this year. If we make teams put the ball in play and not give up walks we will be competitive in most our games.

Bothell Cougars
Head Coach:
Paul Moody (14th year, 350-265 career record)
2011 Summary: 13-2 KingCo (1st in Crown division), 23-4 overall, KingCo Champions, 4A State champions

Returning starters: Sam Lee (Jr - C), Mark Woods (Sr - SS)

Other returners: Zach Anderson (Sr - 1B), Rex Carlin (Sr - 3B/P), Nik Gray (Sr - OF), Brady Mickelson (Sr - P), Kellen Webster (Soph - 2B)

Top newcomers: Jake Cooper (Jr - C), Travis Dohr (Jr - 1B/P), Daniel Fredrickson (Soph - OF), Evan Harder (Jr - P), Ryan Harder (Jr - OF/P), Ryan Hert (Jr - P), Camden McLeod (Jr - P/3B), Brett Steiner (Sr - OF/P), Jake Storer (Sr - OF), Eric Woods (Sr - OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Moody: Bothell graduated a lot of seniors from 2011 and looks to rebuild.

Garfield Bulldogs
Head Coach:
Chris Moedritzer (2nd year)
2011 Summary: 3-12 KingCo (5th in Crown division), 6-14 overall

Returning starters: Hayes Gorecki (Jr - 3B), Chandler Honican (Jr - SS), Liam McFeely (Sr - 2B/P), John Trupin (Sr - P/1B), Zach Ward (Sr - OF/P/1B)

Other returners: Hank Droege (Sr - P/C/1B), Collin Evenson (Sr - P/OF), Sam Kennard (Sr - C/2B), Ricky Nakamura (Sr - OF), Joe Renner (Sr - P/3B)

Top newcomers: Justin Arkills-McLain (Soph - OF/P/3B), Derek Billey (Soph - OF/SS), Alex Chase (C), Duncan Skerrett (Soph - P/OF/1B), Owen Vickrey (Soph - P/3B)

Season Outlook from Coach Moedritzer: Garfield returns a large senior class, including one of the top pitchers in the conference. The sophomore class now on Varsity led JV to its first record above .500 since joining Kingco 4A in the 1990s. The pitching, offense ,and defense looks to improve from a competitive club last season. The Bulldogs hope to put it all together this year to make a playoff run.

Inglemoor Vikings
Head Coach:
Bryan McNaghten (4th year, 62-36 career record)
2011 Summary: 9-6 KingCo (3rd in Crown division), 15-9 overall, 4th place finish in KingCo tournament

Returning starters: Tyler Beahan (Sr - OF), Brandon Edwards (Jr - IF), Blake Wilson (Sr - OF)

Other returners: Kenny Holen (Jr - IF), Danny Larson (Sr - P), Jake Sleder (Jr - IF), Lucas Wimmer (Sr - P/IF)

Top newcomers: Willie Augustavo (Jr - P), Curtis Bafus (Soph - P), Dustin Bradshaw (Jr - OF), Ryan Caylor (Sr - P), Perry Pipkin (Sr - C), Josh Seefeld (Jr - C), Josh Williams (Sr - OF)

Season Outlook from Coach McNaghten: Team has lack of varsity experience – success will depend on how quickly they can elevate their game.

Roosevelt Roughriders
Head Coach:
Jason Bowie (7th year)
2011 Summary: 2-13 KingCo (6th in Crown division), 6-14 overall

Returning starters: Mitchell Bouldin (Jr - OF), Graylin Derke (Sr - IF/P), Tate Maider (Jr - C/1B), Spencer Maniccia (Jr - 1B/P), Zach Naon (Sr - OF), Cody Shaul (Sr - 1B), K.J. Suedel (Soph - IF)

Other returners: Bridger Hayashi (Sr - C)

Top newcomers: Nathan Aberg (Jr - 3B/2B), Nick Ferguson (Jr - P/IF), Myles Gouveia (Soph - IF/P), Paul Gray (Sr - OF/P), Julien Hayes (Jr - IF/OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Bowie: The Roughriders lost some arms from last year’s squad and are hoping to have some younger pitchers pick up the slack. Pitching and defense will be the key for the Riders this year. The top half of the batting order could be pretty strong. Hopefully the crop of incoming arms can propel the Riders to a few more KingCo victories this season.

Woodinville Falcons
Head Coach:
Terry Agnew (21st year)
2011 Summary: 9-5 KingCo (2nd in Crown division)

Returning starters: Clarke Bader (Sr - C), Shea Donlin (Sr - SS), T.C. Florentine (Sr - CF), Spencer Greer (Sr - P), Marty Luckenbach (Sr - P), Beau Vinterun (Sr - 2B)

Other returners: Cody Bauman (Sr - P), Max Carter (Sr - OF), Myles Franklin (Sr - 1B), Nate Wilham (Sr - OF)

Top newcomers: Conner Brueske (Jr - OF), Caleb Hamilton (Jr - IF/P), Griffen Jones (Sr - OF), Matt Laitala (Sr - IF), Stephan White (Jr - P), Tommy Wick (Soph - IF), Lee Wunderlich (Soph - C/OF), Jeff Wyner (Sr - P/OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Agnew: Woodinville has a veteran team with starters returning in most positions. Pitching depth and team speed are two of Woodinville’s main strengths.