Tualatin to put a young team on the court this season

TUALATIN — The Tualatin High School boys basketball team may be lacking in experience going into the season.

But, the Timberwolves are likely going to pick up that experience in a hurry — going up against some of the best teams in the state.

The youthful Tualatin team, looking to prep for Pacific Conference play, is facing a daunting non-league slate this year, including a road game against defending Class 6A state champion West Linn.

But that’s all OK with the DAN BROOD - SCOOP IT UP -- Tualatin senior guard Joey Fishback goes to the basket during the Timberwolves' game with Oregon City. Fishback is expected to be one of the team leaders this season.

“We are a young team and that, despite having perhaps the most difficult preseason schedule in the state, we hope to learn from those tough games how to be competitive in league,” Tualatin coach Rick Osborn said.

Tualatin has just a handful of returnee from last year’s up-tempo Timberwolf squad that finished third in the Pacific Conference standings at 10-4 while going 16-9 on the season, including a state playoff victory at Sheldon.

Among the returnees are senior guard Joey Fishback (5-foot-9), senior guard Taylor Boos (6-3), junior post Jacob Bennett (6-5), sophomore post Luke Osborn (6-4) and junior post Steven Shockloss (6-4).

Fishback and Boos were serve as team leaders.

Among the newcomers to the squad are junior Alexander Reid (6-0), sophomore Danté Reid (6-1), sophomore Nathan Senger (6-0), senior Logan Wiersma (6-2), senior Cooper Brunner (6-1) and senior Brandon Shroyer (6-1).

“We have some athletic players, although we are really inexperienced,” Rick Osborn said.

“The potential is there,” Bennett said. “I love this team. It’s a good, athletic team. Now, it’s a matter of execution.”

As for the Pacific Conference this season, Osborn sees defending champion Tigard as the favorite, with the Timberwolves battling in the middle of the pack.

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