Archbishop Murphy prepares for new challenges | Boys basketball

Retooled Wildcats set to play in Wesco 3A
By David Pan | Aug 03, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Archbishop Murphy’s Ryan Kenny attempts a shot during a game at Mountlake Terrace High School.

It’s going to be a season of change for the Archbishop Murphy boys basketball team.

On the court, the Wildcats are retooling their lineup after graduating five seniors from last year’s district playoff squad.

The upcoming year also will be the school’s first in the Wesco 3A after the disbanding of the Cascade Conference.

Archbishop Murphy coach Len Bone is excited about the new challenges awaiting his team.

“We’re losing a lot of skilled kids and really maybe our most athletic kids from last year,” he said. “So it’s going to be interesting and exciting to see who steps into those spots.”

Moving up to the Wesco 3A for the regular season means tougher competition as the league includes some of the top teams in the area, such as Stanwood, Arlington and Marysville-Pilchuck.

“It’s, for sure, a higher level in terms of the league,” Bone said. “There are a lot better teams and more good players in the Wesco. … I think we’re going to have some good days and some tough days.

“Some nights we’re going to have a tough time. It’s going to be a little bit of a switch for the kids. There are some teams that we aren’t really ready to play against. They are at a higher level than we’re at.”

Archbishop Murphy, along with Mountlake Terrace and Cedarcrest, will still participate in the 2A District playoffs.

The Wildcats were busy this spring and the summer, starting off with a tournament in Lake Stevens and continuing with tournaments at Seattle Pacific University, Glacier Peak and Mountlake Terrace. Archbishop Murphy wrapped up with team camp at St. Martin’s University.

“We had great participation and commitment from the guys coming back,” Bone said. “Our goal, like everybody else, is just trying to get better both in terms of our skills and in terms of physical strength and that type of thing. I think our guys have worked hard and made a lot of progress over the summer.”

Bone noted that senior Sage Oliveria and juniors Ryan Kenny and Jaxon Miller were three players who have stood out in the offseason.

“They all had really good summers,” Bone said.

Senior Mateo Trimble, another returner, also played well. Trimble didn’t see much time on the court last season due to injuries.

“He’s a basketball junkie,” Bone said. “I think he’s going to be a good player for us.”

Bone expects some new faces to be factors this season.

“Some of the kids from the JV teams have stepped up and are in the mix,” the Archbishop Murphy coach added.

The graduation of 6-foot-4 Trey Miller and 6-3 Rwehabura Munyagi leaves a significant hole in the middle.

“The big question is who’s going to be our inside presence,” Bone said. “Who’s going to defend and rebound?”

As most schools in the area, Archbishop Murphy plans to play in Everett Community College’s fall league.

“Its about four months until the first game. There’s still a lot of time for kids to work on their game and get stronger. Hopefully, our boys are motivated to do that,” Bone said. “We’ve had good leadership and good chemistry over the summer. I’m hoping that gets even better and we can really be connected as a team.

“I’m really excited for the better competition with the group of kids we have. They’re excited about it too. I think it’s going to be a fun year.”

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