The key word for Marshall's boys basketball team is 'rawtokem.'
'I told our guys, When you figure it out, we'll all be better,' coach Don Elwell says.
Rawtokem? That's 'teamwork,' scrambled.
Elwell, who teaches math, not English, at Marshall, heard of it at a seminar and decided he would use it this season.
The Minutemen have figured it out, he says, and their 6-4 record bears that out. Marshall has won six of its last seven games going into tonight's PIL 5A league opener at home against Roosevelt.
'This is the most talented team we've had in a while, with a nice blend of older and younger guys,' Elwell says, 'and the guys like each other.'
• The Parkrose boys went 4-5 in the preseason, with four losses by two to six points and the biggest defeat by only 12 to Cleveland. The Broncos hope to be competitive in the Class 5A Northwest Oregon Conference when they begin league play Friday night at home against Hillsboro.
'We probably have the most athletic team in the league,' coach Anthony Steward says.
A basketball 'boot camp' - weeks of conditioning -got his players ready. Guards Elijah Graham (6-1), Santwan Eaden (6-2), Kirby Hawkins (6-2) and Darius Tarver (5-7) have been leading the way.
• The Metro League doesn't start league action till Jan. 18. In preseason boys play, Southridge is 11-1, Sunset 11-2, Jesuit 7-5, Aloha 6-7, and Beaverton and Westview both 5-7. In nonleague girls, three-time defending state champion Southridge is 8-3, Sunset 9-3, Aloha 8-3, Westview 8-4, Beaverton 6-5 and Jesuit 6-7.
• Central Catholic's boys won a big Mount Hood Conference opener Friday, coming from behind to turn back host Barlow 65-62. Nate Carr hit a key 3-pointer down the stretch, and Damas Gakwasi fed Demetrius Guice for a pivotal, go-ahead layup with 40 seconds remaining. The Rams (6-5 overall) go to Centennial (8-4, 1-0) tonight, while Barlow (9-2 overall) is at David Douglas (5-6, 1-0).