Submitted by Mike Martin
The red-hot Friday Harbor High School Wolverines boys basketball put their 10-game winning streak on the line in the first round of the WIAA 2B first round matchup against the Timberwolves of Morton-Whitepass.
The trip to Spokane had FHHS head coach, Rod Turnbull, his Wolverine boys in Spokane for the second time in the past three seasons. Coach Turnbull had his team peaking at the right time of the season but this first round matchup is loser out opponent is 2015 State Champion and 2B Central District powerhouse.
The Timberwolves third-place finish in the 2B Central District is deceptive said Friday Harbor Tiny Radio play-by-play announcer, Oly Archibald.
“Three of MWP’s losses were to powerhouse, No. 2 Adna, by a total of 9 points,” he said. “Two of those three losses were by 1 and 2-point.”
Additionally, MWP has faced many of their toughest battles in their own backyard with a loss to conference foes No. 2 Kittitas/Thorpe (22-1) and splitting the season series against No. 8 Toledo.
To get to Spokane the Wolverines’ center, Marshall Clark has put the team on his shoulders but Friday Harbor Tiny Radio, color-commentator, Kaila Olin said that no team gets to state as a one-man show. “It’s not all Marshall Clark all the time,” she said. “One game it’s Chase Wilson, one game it’s Isaac Mayer, another game it’s Kyle Mapstead, or Rio Black, or Lucas Chevalier.
Archibald agreed, “the development of point guard, Lucas Chevalier, has been a fun one to watch.” In FHHS’s region final against Oroville HS, the Wolverines found themselves in a 7-0 deficit. “Chevalier woke up the Wolverines offense with a bucket, a steal, and a 3-point bucket,” Archibald remembers. The Wolverines would go on a 16-2 run to close out the first quarter and bounce the Hornets out of the postseason.
Rod Turnbull has mastered the art of exploiting a mismatch offensively and deploying a stifling, blue-collar defense. “During their 10-game winning streak the Wolverines have held their opponents to 50 points or under,” Olin said.
Archibald said that the Timberwolves will attack for four quarters. “The Wolverines will face a battle-tested Morton Whitepass team that averages nearly 62 points on the season,” he said. “FHHS will have to play their most complete game on both ends of the court for all four quarters.”
But don’t expect the Wolverines to blink, Archibald said. “The Wolverines have seen their share of battles as well. They spent much of the first month of the season getting their mettle tested to the likes of 1A powerhouses No. 3 Lynden Christian and Kings of Seattle, and a tournament in Alaska. “Coach Turnbull is not afraid to play anybody, anytime, anywhere,” Archibald said.