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Hoop Scoop 2015/16


Five of the teams on the Boys’ side of the GSL are returning their top scorers (L.A.-Prep, K.J. Hassett-Rogers, Mike Ervin-Ferris, Riley Smith-NC, Isaiah Hernandez-LC).  However many teams are looking for a big jump in production from new players as there are as many underclassmen with legit college potential that has ever been seen in this league.  These are the guys I’m looking at to make a BIG impression this season.

Shamrock Campbell- Ferris.  So quick and crafty with the ball and a smart distributor.  He will be tough for any team to handle this season with one of the top scorers as a partner on the inside and a top 3 point shooter on the outside.  The point guard Sham-Rock will be able to wiggle his way into any play he wishes.

Devon Culp-  G Prep.  He will find himself on the top scorers list this season as a super athlete that has the skill to play any position on the court.

Andreas Brown- Shadle Park.  This could be the “Beast Year” for Brown.  He’s going to be the main scorer for a Shadle team that has very good guard play and a legit post player.  He can shoot, he can handle, and he can flat-out score.  Welcome DreBeast!

Spencer Dodd- Mead.  This kid looks like he can develop into a true monster for Mead with his energy, picking, rebounding, and finishing around the basket.  He’s not afraid of physical play and will take over for Petersen at that high post as a focul part of Meads system.

Naje’ Smith- LC.  Smith is going to be a terror this season in his second year as a sophomore.  He grew another 2 inches on an already freaky athletic frame.  The only thing keeping this kid from making everyone trying to check him look foolish is that he has a team full of studs and he wont get as many chances to shine as he could.  But then again he could be the player that those studs follow to the top of the league standings!



It is going to be a fun year on the girls half of the league.  With so many seniors gone that had held their teams torches for so long we are bound to get some new favorites to watch.  Here are my players of potential pandemonian performances.

Kaiti Pannell- U High.  My lone senior on the list for a couple of reasons.  Mostly because I predict a 30 point game from this flame throwing 3 point shooter to bring every witness out of their seats!

Atyzha Upton- Rogers.  With a new coach and a new style of play Upton will lead the new wave of Pirate purple.  She may be a little raw but she is athletic and has a ton of potential that will show improvement every game.  Before the season ends she will make her name known.

Kerynica Keyes- G Prep.  “Ker” is experienced, skilled and lightning fast as a newcomer to the wing for the lady Pups.  I envision her a great compliment to senior PG Drynan, getting many a steals and fast break lay-ups as a first year sophomore letter who will make an impact on both ends for a somewhat rebuilding Prep roster.

Willow Risinger- Shadle.  Willow will be the Rising-one this season for Shadle, now that the Carr has driven off campus.  She showed last year that she doesn’t back down to anyone and with another year of low post development and improved outside shooting, she will be a respected piece of the Highlander play.

Lexi Hull- CV.  “IF” you happened to overlook her the last year on the CV power house you will not be able to miss her this season.  She is 1 of 2 girls who I believe WILL lead the league in scoring this year now that the machine Madison Hovren has joined the Army.  This Hull sister is swift and deadly from everywhere on the wood.  Look out league, you have a new scoring gun!

Tell us who you think we missed.



Here is a look at the GSL Baseball Leaders thru April 2 from available teams.


Cal Webb (LC)- 18

Brayden Olson(Rogers)-  15

Tyler Bailey (MtSpo)-  14

Alex Jacob(NC)-  14

David Mickey (GPrep)-  12

Cooper Smith (MtSpo)-  12

Zach Day (Rogers)-  12

Jayden Nguyen (SP)-  11

Jordan Summers (LC)-  11

Cole Beamer (LC)-  11

Tyler Hojnacki (LC)-11



Zach Day (Rogers)-  6

Matt Pulliam (Mt Spo)-  6

Alek Jacob (NC)- 6

Tyler Bailey (Mt Spo)-  5

Jordan Rathbone (GPrep)-  5

Ryan Gross (GPrep)-  5

Jackson Axtell (CV)-  4

Cooper Smith (Mt Spo)-  4

Jack Machtolf (GPrep)-  4

Brayden Olson (Rogers)-  4

Kyle Shuey (MtSpo)-  4



Ryan Gross (GPrep)-  2

Kyle Shuey (MtSpo)-  1

Jordan Rathbone (GPrep)-  1

Riley Robinett (MtSpo)-  1

Colton Peh (CV)- 1

Jack Machtolf (GPrep)-  1

Billy Parada (MtSpo)-  1

Zach Day (Rogers)-  1

Matt Pulliam (MtSpo)-  1

Bryce Zimmerer (MtSpo)-  1

GSL BOYS- 3 Point Leaders (end of season)



Made 3-pointers

Tanner Sloan CV- 42

Logan Adams GP-  42

Spencer Matt UH-  36

Robert Rucker ROG-  35

Riley Smith NC-  34

Murphy Butte FER-  33

Max Hess MEAD-  32

Kylan Kelley SP-  31

Will McPhee MEAD-  30

KJ Hassett ROG-  29

Kea Vargas GP-  29

Robert Little UH-  28

Josh Richter MEAD-  28

Jace Van Leirop FER- 28

NKeil Nelson SP-  27

Dray White UH- 27






















U High @ Mead Basketball – Jan 2, 2015

The games were split 3-3, all very close as suspected.


Mead’s girls JV team is a solid group.   I watched them earlier in the season hold off G Prep and today they had another test against University who is equally as strong.  They held on to win behind Maddie Lee(freshmen) who led the way for her squad, showing her solid and controlled game at the point.  She scored when she needed to and didn’t force the action too much on offense, obviously something her and the coaches are working on.  Lindsay Russell, one of Mead’s upcoming triple threat (she is part of a set of triplets that are freshmen) has good size and a nice outside shot also showed well in this game.  University ladies played very well and could have easily won this match.  They were paced by a group of freshmen.  Courtney Awberry– a shooter and playmaker on both ends.  She knocked down some spot up threes and made a handful of steals in the fourth quarter to keep this game close.  Gracie Dwyer– a post with knowledge and leadership, and Sierra Apodaca, who was fast and tough, just like the varsity PG Emma Kennedy.


Game of the night!  U high came out and was all over Mead, forcing turnovers and scoring underneath with #32 Campbell Barrington(freshmen).  This kid is going to be good, he showed a scoring ability down low, seems to be pretty athletic, and uses his size to rebound.  Elijah Ramirez is lightning quick and loves to handle the rock with shifty crossovers behind the back. He raced up and down the court all game and could develop into a solid point guard.  The Titan were up 6-8 point all game until the fourth quarter when Mead came back with a 3 point assault and tied the game on Chase Boss’s triple with 3 seconds left in regulation to send the game into over time.  Let me tell you this kid can play!  He was EVERYWHERE in this game and Id bet he had 5 steals in the second half alone.  It was fun watching he and Ramirez sprint down the court every possession.  Boss forced this game to go into overtime with steals and the three and helped put it away in OT, with timely defensive plays (a charge) and multiple set ups for his shooters to knock down threes to pull away.


The Titans dominated the Panther boys with the constant offensive pressure of #22 Brady Brinkman and #23 Tate O’Kert.  They both spent the gamer attacking the basket finishing layups and shooting free throws.  Their energetic pace and attacking of the rim was good to see at this level as so many players are timid and afraid to play so intense on offense, afraid to make mistakes.  Mead showed some fight from the PG position as #11 played hard and made some plays to keep it close and the big man owning the high post,  #25 Orom Opien, showed good fundamentals on the block and the sense that he will grow and develop as a bruising scorer in the years to come.


The Mead girls held on to win a one point game against the undefeated Lady Titan group.  It was a game that showed how these girls can score and how it can go if the other team can’t finish at the rim.  Setting the tone for Mead was Olivia Sloan who from the get go was in a scoring frenzy hitting 2 threes in the first quarter and also lacked no confidence in her basketball abilities whatsoever.  She will definitely be someone to watch at Mead for the next 3 years.  Sarah Wilson was the next in line to show the goods, she is fun to watch and generally makes the right play without a lot of flash, just solid fundamentals at the guard position.  For the University Lady Titans it was a tough night but not one that failed to show the talent they posses as a class.  There were 3 girls I noticed that seemed to show a lot of experience and ability.  Ill start with the point- Mo Woods, she runs the show with strong ball handling and an ability to raise her game and score when needed.  The wing- Kailey Sanford is a smooth lefty that has a good shot and can run the court with the best freshmen around.  Lastly, the post- Elena Rhodes, this girl has the heart of a lion and does not own an ounce of “give up” in her DNA.  She was on the floor half of the game and ripping the rebounds away from Mead the other half.  She is not afraid to shoot from the outside and has some good footwork down low.  The combination of these 3 players will in no doubt keep the U High girls program rising to the top.


This game was controlled by U High from start to finish.  The girls forced a ton of turnovers as Mead tried 4 different point guards and they used clock on offense to get good shots.  A well-played game for the visitors.  This being my first time watching them this season, something that really stood out was the advancement of Kaity Pannell’s game this year.  KP has developed the confidence to shoot and make three pointers and attack the basket with a scorers mentality this season.  Combine that with her sound court presence it makes for a very good player as a junior.  Emma Kennedy did what she always does, hold tempo and make the right pass for her scorers.  Brooke Bailey  has the swagger of an all around talent.  The other player I cant fail to mention is Josie Wicklund.  She plays hard-nosed defense and got into the lane a handful of times and scored with pull up jumpers.  She looks to be a very capable floor leader.  Mead also showed some new faces tonight aside from the usualls-(Winger, Pauling, Douglas)  and without Coreen LabishSydney Hellmen played denial defense on Bailey and kept her in check for most of the game.  It was impressive to watch the way she fought through screens and stuck to the scorer, keeper her to a low point total.   Alyse Jackson got off some shots and as a sophomore I see a lot of treys in the crystal ball for her.


After a hot start I thought Mead might be coming into their own after the break ready to make a run at the top of the league.  Unfortunately for them, that is all it was.  Max Hess had a good night scoring as he nailed threes to start. What I liked most was that throughout the game he was very active offensively posting up off of the UCLA cuts they run.  He could have scored even more with his mindset to attack tonight but the passes just didn’t seem to get to him as U High played with a lot of intensity on defense. Bobby Little made me smile as I got to see him down low using his size to score a couple of easy hoops.  He has a nice game and in too many cases seems to settle for the outside shot with that shooters touch under his control.  Austin Dill continues to get better and seems bigger this season and Garrett Schmerer is under rated or over looked… cant figure this one out…for his contributions to the surprising Titans.

Whos Next?

Stinky Sneaker 2014 Basketball

awinner     stinky sneaker

In the third spirit game of the week and last at the Spokane Arena, University High School and Central Valley showed the goods both on the court and in the stands.  It was by far the loudest and most intense set of games and skits of the week or year for that matter.  A big shout out must be given to our main mama Shelby Pearson for her huge dance set for U High between games!  You played a huge part in bringing back the sneeks!

U High/CV Girls-

This was a rare low scoring game for the Lady Bears as both teams stuck in zones limiting much of the offensive activity, especially in the first quarter when only 11 total points were scored.  Some hot shots tonight, aside from league’s leading scorer Madison Hovren for CV were Megan Dimmler who displayed her fluid outside shot and smooth mechanics with the long ball that was flying high and floating free as she knocked down some big jumpers.   She is a steady floor leader with excellent discipline and ball control who moves the ball with crisp passes to the open players when required.  This aspect of her game is a lot more important at the higher levels of play as every swing pass and kick out forces a defense to rotate out of position opening her teammates up for driving lanes and shots.   Lauren Simpson was one that showed she could shoot the rock from deep and has some quicks that can provide a punch for CV.  Lauren found herself giving a little more offensive output than usual and proved she’s able and willing to be more dynamic with the ball in her hands.  University’s point guard also played a sound game as the combination of the zone defenses and possibly a player rivalry between the two, brought out the focus and intensity to put the shine on the ball handlers tonight.  Emma Kennedy is a ferocious little guard who will not hesitate to attack the defense forcing them to be on their toes.  She owns the dribble and has tremendous command of her offense, pushing when it needs to be pushed, and settling into half court motion if that’s the key the defense gives her.  I love her use of the bounce pass in traffic as she always seems to find the gaps to complete the play.  Along with Ashley Woods whose post game will only get better, Katie Pannell, a leader and inside/outside offensive initiator, and Jessica Shill who are all very capable underclassmen ball players with size, U High has a great future ahead of them.

U High/CV Boys-

Ok, this is the game of the week so far, filling the building with an atmosphere only felt in an NCAA tournament game.  It was off to a blazing start causing the teams to sub fast and furious out of the gate.  AJ Knudsen began and ended the first half with a barrage of three-point torpedos destined to crush the hopes of the Titans as the lead ballooned.  MR D, was in a zone and proved again he is a lethal all around player and not just CV’s defensive stopper.  Although he did play a large part on the defensive end in the last 3 minutes of the game, denying U High’s star Michael Isotalo the ball and only allowing him to get off one field goal attempt in which it was contested and missed.  More on Isotalo in the bit as I want again to give my affection for CV’S Cameron Tucker’s ability to get to the rim and finish.  This kid has some serious bounce that he again put on display with the “play of the week”.  It came about in a basic half court set,  “CT” caught the ball on the right baseline and instantly exploded to the basket with one right hand dribble before the defense even knew what was happening.  With a collection of energy he caused an elastic recoil off of the ground, where the defense still inhabited, and above the rim dropped in a finger-roll for only two points.  If you missed this I’m sure it will be on late night news casts and youtube soon because it was an occurrence that is not often seen in these parts, period.  Now back to U High’s “highs”, I want to mention Ben Kuiper.  He’s missed some games this year and I know that when he does play, he’s a legit scorer inside and outside who has soft hands and plays a physical style of ball on both ends.  He seems to run well, has good footwork down low and can shoot the three.  I’m not fully aware of why he comes off the bench, and I’m not questioning coach Phillips by any means,  it may simply be because he is a firestorm that can put the ball in the basket and helps the Titans keep the offense going, but either way this guy can play.  Another thing that University can say for sure is that they are home to one of the most profound scorers in the city in Michael Isotalo.  This kid has a remarkable offensive ability with the “erk and jerk” dribble and stop and pop swishers.  For the old school guys from the GSL, doesn’t he play a lot like North Central superstar Aaron Shephard from the early 90’s?  He doesn’t look quick but he is with his deceptive back and forth dribbling and his shot will come at any time hitting only net.  He showed his “A” game tonight scoring 27 and drawing a foul on a three-pointer in the closing seconds bringing the game within 2 points.  He’s as clutch as I’ve seen this year.


Girls 3 Point Leaders

grl 3Girls GSL REG Season  “Three Ball” Leaders-

  1. Hannah Caudill, G Prep-  51
  2. Jill Louthian, Ferris-  44
  3. Kaley Lenhart, Ferris-  43
  4. Delaney Junkermier, Mead-  36
  5. Shyla Carr, SP-  35
  6. 6T-Lindsay Lee, LC-  29
  7. 6T-Ashlee Pedersen, MS-  29
  8. 8T-Kayla Leiland, G Prep-  27
  9. 8T- Brianna King, NC-  27
  10. Sarah Guertin, Rogers-  26


* THRU Jan 17th games

  1. Hannah Caudill, G Prep-  31
  2. Brianna King, NC / Jill Louthain, Ferris-  27
  3. Kaley Lenhart, Ferris, 26
  4. Delany Junkermier, Mead-  23
  5. Shyla Carr, Shadle / Lindsay Lee, LC-  20
  6. Michaela Kay, LC-  19
  7. Kayla Leiland, G Prep, 16
  8. McKenzie Peterson, U High / Kristin Hunter, Rogers-  15

The First Hoop Scoop

The GSL basketball rosters are loaded this year with 7 out of 12 returning first team ALL LEAGUE members!ALL_GSL_GIRLS_BASKETBALL_2013_t400

Sam Dowd- G Prep

Adam Chamberlain- CV

Stu Stiles- Mt Spokane

Cody Benzel-  Ferris

Delany Junkermier- Mead

Otiona Gildon- G Prep

Madison Hovren –  CV


The season starts Tuesday and I have a list of under the radar players that I cant wait to see in action with their new game.

My list includes;  Ryan Alexander(G prep), Brendan McClary (G prep), George Pilimai (SP), Jalen Hicks (Ferris), Jacob Krants(MS), Michael Isotalo (UH), Brandon Pettersen(Mead), Thomas Kautzman (Mead), Robert Rucker (Rogers),  Beau Byus (CV), Conor Hojnacki (LC), and the QB/WR duo of Quinn Zerba and James Weigel @ NC.

On the girls side I like; Riley Lupfer (LC), Kayla Leland (G prep), Brianna King (NC), Megan Dean (NC), Mariah Cunningham(CV), McKenzie Peterseon (UH), Brooke Bailey (UH), Megan Nilson(MS), Brittney Johnson(Ferris), Brianna Bowton(Ferris), Sue WInger (Mead), and the twins Sarah Guertin and Loretta Guertin(Rogers).

Let me know if you think I missed you and then show me the goods on the court!  I’ll be around…