St. Maries High School
Conference: 2A Central Idaho League
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St. Maries High School Team Bio
Head Coach: Bryan Chase
Years as Head Coach: 3rd Season
Previous Experience: Varsity Girls Basketball, 1999-2008
Record Last Year: 14-5
State Titles: 1960
Jackson Pritchard, 11, G
Glover Buell, 12, P
Kaden Hammond, 11, G
Coy Sands, 11, G
Daniel Howard, 11, P
Key Players lost from last year:
Lost all five starters.
Jake Sieler, All-State 2 Years, All League 3 Years, League MVP
Kiefer Gibson, All-League
Brady Martin, All-League and Honorable Mention All-State
Dakota Wilson, All-League, Top Defender
Bryant Asbury, All-League
Incoming impact players:
Kevin Duffield, 6'4" P
Daniel Howard, 6'3" P
Kaden Hammon, 6'0" G
Coy Sands, 6'0" G
Tyler Lohman, 6'1" W
Written by: Sven Alskog
2A Central Idaho Conference
PRESEASON COACHES POLL
1. St. Maries
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jackson Pritchard, Junior, St. Maries
Glover Buell, Senior, St. Maries
Kaden Hammond, Junior, St. Maries
Trey Dreadfulwater, Sophomore, Grangeville
Colby Kennedy, Junior, Grangeville
Booker Bush, Junior, Grangeville
Brandon Chatfield, Junior, Orofino
Defending conference champion St. Maries lost all five starters from last year, leaving the door open for things to get interesting in the 2A Central Idaho Conference this time around.
The Lumberjacks are led by the inside-out combination of junior guard Jackson Pritchard and senior post Glover Buell.
Combined with a good group of newcomers, the team should still be expected to be solid despite all the seniors that have graduated.
For head coach Bryan Chase, he is most excited to keep the progress going in the right direction with what is another quality core of athletes.
“We are reloading with a strong JV team from last year (14-2 record). We have decent size and athleticism [and] an up-tempo style of play.”
New post Kevin Duffield stands at 6-foot-4 and having the 6-foot-3 Daniel Howard next to him will give St. Maries a couple of quality interior options.
Coy Sands, Kaden Hammond and Tyler Lohman should all receive plenty of playing time from the guard position as well.
“[We] always focus on defense and rebounding. Up-tempo and pressure are keys. Playing together as a team will determine our fate,” said Chase.
Grangeville went 11-12 last season and hopes to see a spike in the win column this season under head coach Kelcey Edwards.
The Bulldogs have an exciting trio of Trey Dreadfulwater, Booker Bush and Colby Kennedy, each of which has at least two years of high school remaining.
That young talent should keep the team in the thick of things for the next few years.
Orofino graduated senior star Bayley Noah and fellow core members Taran Burke and Isaac Glaze.
The Maniacs will be led by new head coach Justin Haag and 6-foot-8 junior post Brandon Chatfield.