The 2A GSHL will have some improved teams this year. Woodland and Washougal return almost all their production from a year ago. The other two teams that qualified for district were Ridgefield and Columbia River. Ridgefield lost their leading scorer,…
The 2A GSHL will have some improved teams this year. Woodland and Washougal return almost all their production from a year ago. The other two teams that qualified for district were Ridgefield and Columbia River. Ridgefield lost their leading scorer, but returns some key players. Columbia River was young and return all but a couple key contributors. That said, the league championship should still be decided in Longview. Mark Morris and R.A. Long will enter the season as what looks like will be the two top teams, just as it was last season. Woodland and Washougal will be better this year, but only time will tell if they are able to compete with the two schools from Longview. Here’s a look at the defending GSHL 2A champs.
23-5 (15-1 league) 1st District – 5th state
(league MVP) Peyton Thill, Jaxson Cook, Jake Gabbard, Aeybel Milian
The returning player of the year in the GSHL, and one of the top players in all of 2A. He’s a scoring machine and could average in the 30 point range this season. He will be the focus of every team that plays them however, making his floor vision and ability to break down the defense all the more important.
He got a lot of minutes as a freshman. He’s a great shooter, who will help his team by knocking down those open looks provided from the defense giving Holden so much attention. As he continues to improve on getting himself looks as a second level scorer, he will be a good source of points for the Lumberjacks.
He’s the other returning starter besides Holden. He will help this team a ton with his size, alone. He should be able to get position deep in the paint and get easy buckets. On a team with little size other than himself, he will be counted on to do the big man dirty work.
One of the first players off the bench for the Jacks last season. He will hold down a starting role in the backcourt this year. He can also help this team a ton if he is knocking down shots. He seemed to be effective in that role off the bench last season. I saw a couple of games where he knocked down triples in the post season including three in a row vs White River as the Jacks blew that one wide open. That’s a tough role, and it always comes easier as a starter. He could be this team’s 2nd or 3rd leading scorer with a big upside. These are the last of the ones who got regular minutes. Some others will need to step up if they plan to win their 2nd straight GSHL title.