Monday, March 26, 2012

2012 KingCo 4A - Crest Division Preview

Crest Division - Pre-Season Coaches Poll
1) Issaquah (4 first place votes) - 16 points
2) Newport (1) - 13 points
3) Redmond - 9 points
4) Skyline - 8 points
5) Eastlake - 4 points

Coaches were asked to rank their division in order of projected finish, excluding their own teams. 4 points were awarded for 1st, 3 for second and so on down to 1 point for 4th.

Team Capsules (listed alphabetically)
Eastlake Wolves

Head Coach: Kevin Agnew (2nd year, 27-46 career record)
2011 Summary: 1-11 KingCo (5th in Crest division), 6-14 overall

Returning starters: Casey Fithian (Sr – C), John Armour (Sr – OF), Robert Nolan (Sr – IF), Andrew Stull (Sr – P)

Other returners: Grant Beahm (Jr – OF), Griffin Davis (Jr – IF), Josh Barokas (Jr – P/IF), Michael Staudinger (Jr – IF)

Top newcomers: Mick Vorhoff (Soph – P), Ryan Pladson (Jr – IF/P), Mason Pierzchalski (Soph – IF), Ryan Teasell (Jr – IF), Mitch Loofburrow (Jr – P/OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Agnew: We have great senior leadership. We have two quality starters that we will rely on heavily. Our offense will be young, but talented, and anchored by two seniors at the top in Armour and Fithian. If we can play solid defense and execute offensively we will have a shot to make the playoffs.

Issaquah Eagles
Head Coach:
Rob Reese (19th year, 306-137 career record)
2011 Summary: 6-8 KingCo (4th in Crest division), 8-14 overall, Lost in KingCo playoffs

Returning starters: Jake Bakamus (Sr - SS), Blake Miller (Sr - OF), Jack Gellatly (Soph - 3B), Ethan Kalin (Sr - P/1B), Andrew Kemmerer (Sr - P/C), Brandon Mahovlich (Sr - P/OF), Mitchell Morimoto (Soph - OF)

Other returners: Scott Boydston (Sr - P), Ryan Guiberson (Jr - P/1B), Trenton Nagasawa (Sr - 2B), Danny Rawlings (Sr - OF), Zach Walker (Jr - C), Cole Westover (Sr - P)

Top newcomers: Derek Chapman (Soph - OF), Ryan Dixon (Jr - P/1B), Blake Jones (Soph - SS), Sam Reynolds (Sr - OF), Nick Sutherland (Soph - 3B), Kyle Thomas (Jr - 2B), Justin Vernia (Jr - P)

Season Outlook from Coach Reese: Eagles return 14 players from last season. Entire pitching staff plus 7 starters are back. Pitching staff should keep the Eagles in game while some young hitters develop early. Starting SS Jake Bakamus will return in the next 2 weeks from a torn ACL . His leadership will help solidify an infield with 3 sophomores currently starting. Eagles are led by Gonzaga signee Brandon Mahovlich.

Newport Knights
Head Coach:
Hal DeBerry (4th year, 36-15 career record)
2011 Summary: 11-3 KingCo (T-1st in Crest division), 19-6 overall, KingCo tourney runner-up, lost in 4A state quarterfinals

Returning starters: Nate Anderson (Sr - CF), Curtis Kojima (Sr - OF), Mason Paul (Sr - IF), Billy Sahlinger (Sr - SS/P), Aaron Sandefur (Sr - 3B/P)

Other returners: Kyle Goemmer (Sr - IF), Ioannis Kritsonis (Sr - 2B)

Top newcomers: Mack Barry (Jr - C), Jacob Chinery (Sr - OF/P), Trevor Creek (Sr - 1B/P), James Ferris (Jr - OF), Connor McCarthy (Sr - 3B/P), Levi Novak (Sr - P), Jordan Omoto (Sr - DH), Jacob Rosen (Jr - 1B/P), Ben Schuler (Sr - C)

Season Outlook from Coach DeBerry: We will blend a solid group of returners with several new faces. The ability to improve as we go will determine where we finish in a typical KINGCO league; an absolute battle in every game on the schedule.

Redmond Mustangs
Head Coach:
Dan Pudwill (8th year, 124-46 career record)
2011 Summary: 11-3 KingCo (T-1st in Crest division), 20-9 overall , 4th place finish in 4A state tournament

Returning starters: Cody Beliel (Sr - 2B), Peter Hendron (Sr - P/1B/OF), Patrick McGrath (Sr - SS)

Other returners: Adam Cline (Sr - P), Steven Danek (Sr - OF/P), Peyton Lutz (Sr - OF/P), Alex Miller (Sr - P)

Top newcomers: Brandon Burditt (Soph - OF), Lucas Eliason (Soph - C/3B/P), Kyle Francis (Soph - 1B/P), Brent Firth (Jr - 1B/3B)

Season Outlook from Coach Pudwill: Though 13 seniors are rostered, we are a very young team in terms of varsity experience. We do have some depth on the mound but not much elsewhere. We will have to work, scratch, and claw to find our way into the playoffs.

Skyline Spartans
Head Coach:
Chris Tamminen (8th year)
2011 Summary: 8-6 KingCo (3rd in Crest division)

Returning starters: Brandon Fischer (Sr - OF), Connor Gilchrist (Sr - OF/P), Clayton Huber (Sr - IF/P), Matt Lunde (Sr - P), Conner Reinersten (Sr - OF), Jimmy Sinatro (Sr - C), Matt Sinatro (Jr - IF)

Other returners: None listed

Top newcomers: Pat Harrod (Sr - IF), Chris Moellendorf (Sr - OF), Mike Stewart (Sr - OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Tamminen: Tough league as always. Hoping to compete at a high level and get better as season goes along.