Everett will be well-represented Sunday in the 2006 Washington Interscholastic Basketball Coaches Association (WIBCA) All-State boys basketball festivities.
Jackson High guard Drew Eisinger, the Herald’s All-Area Player of the Year, and Cascade High forward Marcus Guffey, a Herald All-Area first team performer, are among 10 players picked to play for the Class 4A team, which takes on the 3A squad in one of three all-state games at KeyArena in Seattle. The 3A group features Michael Duty of O’Dea and Tyler Hobbs of West Valley (Spokane).
Shoreline Christian’s Grant Brandal is expected to play in the B “state” versus B “city” game at 11:30 a.m. The 3A/4A game is at 1 p.m. and the 1A/2A contest is set to start immediately after the 6 p.m. SuperSonics/Trailblazers NBA game. Jared Madrazo of King’s is on the 2A roster.
WIBCA officials select all-state players based on state-wide nominations from coaches.
Tickets will be sold starting at 11 a.m. Sunday at KeyArena’s east box office. Seating is general admission for the 32nd annual all-state prep event and reserved for the Sonics game (one ticket is good for all-day admission). Fans are required to exit the facility after the 3A/4A game and can re-enter with their ticket for the Sonics game at 5 p.m. For more information visit www.finalscore.tv.
Jackson’s Eisinger and Cascade’s Guffey emerged as two of the state’s premier players this season. The 6-foot-4 Eisinger scored 19.7 points per game to help Jackson place fifth in the state and win the program’s first trophy. Eisinger increased his output at state with 24.5 points per outing and 13 3-point baskets in four games.
Guffey, a well-rounded 6-foot-8 standout, tallied 16.1 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game for Cascade, which won a district championship and advanced to state for the first time since 1999. Guffey, who made 64 percent of his field goals and 80 percent of his foul shots, finished his career among Cascade’s all-time leaders in seven categories, including first in total points (946) and first in total made field goals (393).
Hawes, Bjorklund are Gatorade state players of the year: Spencer Hawes, a 7-foot senior center who led Seattle Prep to the Class 3A state boys basketball title earlier this month, was named Gatorade’s 2006-06 Washington Boys Player of the Year. Hawes, who will play at UW next year, averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 4.0 blocks per game this year. “Spencer is obviously a gifted player – he is arguably as skilled offensively at his position and at his height as anyone has ever been at his age,” Seattle Prep coach Michael Kelly said in a statement of Hawes, who was picked to play in the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Jordan All-American Classic.
Angie Bjorklund, a junior guard/forward from University (Spokane) is Gatorade’s girls state player of the year. The 6-foot star, who has made a verbal committed to play for Tennessee, was averaging 19.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals at the time of her selection.
Arlington shortstop picks Akron: Krista Hansen, a senior shortstop on the Arlington High softball team, signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Akron (Akron, Ohio). Last season Hansen batted .370 with a .537 slugging percentage and a .521 on-base percentage. On defense Hansen, who has helped Arlington start 5-0 this season, regularly makes diving stops and rarely lets the ball get by her, Arlington coach Cherlyn Schander said.
“Krista has no idea how good she is going to be,” Akron head coach Julie Wright said in a statement. “She is a middle infielder that is just coming into her own and is getting better and better each time she takes the field. I have been very impressed with her mentality and maturity.”
Jackson’s Ramback signs with Concordia: Jessi Ramback, a senior at Jackson, signed a letter of intent to play soccer for Concordia University of Portland. Also a volleyball standout, Ramback played soccer for the Silver Lake Fusion club team since 2003. “Jessi has great pace, and is very athletic,” Concordia coach Grant Landy said in a statement. “She’ll help stretch defenses, and allow us to vary our attack this coming season.”