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Weston Powers new Indians boys' basketball coach

Former three-time all-league Indians guard was an assistant coach the last four years

SPOTLIGHT PHOTO: JAKE MCNEAL - New Scappoose boys' basketball coach Weston Powers and Indians junior guard Tanner Kramer exchange high-fives during a 49-44 summer ball loss to host Banks on Tuesday.Weston Powers is the newest coach with a chance to lead Scappoose boys' basketball to success.

The former Indians three-year varsity and two-time all-league guard replaces Rahim Tufts, who departed for Class 6A Sherwood after the Class 4A defending state champion Indians returned for a fifth-place run.

"I have been an assistant on the Scappoose staff for four seasons before being hired," said Powers, who become the Indians head coach on May 20. "I have helped out at various youth camps in the summer, including the Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum camps [at the Beaverton Hoop YMCA]."

Powers was an all-leaguer in football, basketball, golf and track and field as a senior in 2007.

"As far as [this season's] playing style, I won't be looking to change much," Powers said. "I am not the type of coach who likes to force a style of play on players. I feel like as a coach you must adapt to the abilities of your team and take advantage of your strengths."

Cowapa League honorable mention guard Joey Wagenknecht will return as a junior this season, as will guards Jerad Toman and Tanner Kramer.

Michael Gift and Nate Rieman are back as seniors.

"This season we will have great overall team speed, and we also shoot the ball very well from the outside as a team," Powers said. "We don't have a ton of size down low, and all of our bigs are capable of shooting the ball well. We will look to take advantage this and spread other teams' bigs out of the key. We will look to utilize our team speed by mixing it up on defense with a lot of presses, traps, and unique defensive schemes."

Scappoose graduated seven seniors this spring after going 20-9 overall and 6-4 in league play.