Team Spotlight: Oak Harbor Wildcats

Coach Brian Schulle got his Oak Harbor Wildcats into the playoffs in just his second year as head man and is looking to match the football team's success with another trip to post-season play.

Three starters return from last year's team. Feisty 5-10 senior point guard Jeremy Brown (10.7ppg), 6-2 senior Chris Raimundi (6.8ppg) and 6-1 senior Nate Metcalf (8.5ppg) bring the experience back.

Schulle is expecting 6-2 senior Felix Lobbestael and 6-0 junior Marc Ferguson to step up.

"Our strong suit is our quickness and toughness," Schulle told us. Brown, Metcalf and Raimundi all play football and Schulle noted that the competitive toughness they have from the gridiron carries over to the basketball court.

But Schulle also noted his squad's weakness. "Our height, or lack thereof, is our Achilles heel."

"The summer went very well. We had great participation and played well for the most part," the coach told us of his team's off-season work.

He, like most around the WesCo North, said that the inside track to the league championship is a one-horse race. "Snohomish!" We ask for a surprise team and Schulle jumped right on that loose ball and gave props to Lake Stevens. "Surprise may be a stretch, they'll be pretty solid, I think."

"Our league will continue to be competitive. Snohomish looks like they're the favorite, but my guess is they'll see some surprises this season from within the league. As for Oak Harbor, we're going to look to run a little more this year and despite our lack of size, we won't back down from any opponent."

As for contenders for the state title, Schulle leans towards the status quo; "the usual suspects!"

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