Team Spotlight: Seattle Christian Warriors

Seattle Christian Coach Roger DeBoer returns just one starter from a state runner-up team. But don't show too much pity for the coach. He and his Warriors will be just fine…once again.

DeBoer has built a program at the Sea-Tac school in his 15 years as head man that rivals any in the state as far as success goes. All they do year in and year out is go to state and bring home hardware. And of late they have a habit of getting to the championship game.

The Warriors have been to four consecutive state championship games and five in the last six years.

Three players who garnered All-State honors of some sort have departed. The lone returning starter is 6-2 senior guard Jordan Collier. He was the Chinook League Defensive Player-of-the-Year last season. Collier has played in five state championship games in two sports so he's used to pressure situations.

Other varsity returnees include 6-1 junior Trever Peterson, 6-6 junior Bryon Jansen, 6-4 junior John Finn, 5-6 senior Blake Lang, 5-10 senior Joel Hoover and 6-1 senior Brent Peterson.

DeBoer has a very key newcomer in 6-3 senior Dan Scheibner. He had to play JVC a year ago, averaging 23ppg in the early game, after transferring and being declared ineligible by the WIAA. The coach praises Scheibner for the adversity he has gone through to play for the Warriors.

SC will play to their strengths. "We are strong at the guard spot, have good shooters and great team chemistry," DeBoer told us. "But we are inexperienced with all the guys who graduated."

"Scheibner, if completely healthy, and Collier both need to have great years for us. And you can look for us to chuck it up from the cheap seats," he added, referring back to that shooting strength thing.

Coach sees the Chinook League as a battle between his own team as well as King's and Bellevue Christian. As far as the state championship goes, DeBoer echoed what everyone is thinking, "Brewster will win it!" And he gave some props to a Brewster player who may not only be the second best player on his own team, but the second best player in Class 1A. "Michael Taylor will be the second best player in the state behind Pendergraft before the end of the year." He also named Napavine's Loren Bluhm as a player for recruiters to keep an eye on.

"We have graduated the farm but hope to surprise some people by the end of the year. In the battle for second behind Brewster Napavine and King's on paper appear to be the favorites."

On a side note, you'd be hard pressed to find a team that reverses the ball as well as Seattle Christian. DeBoer's teams routinely do an outstanding job of passing over the defense to get the ball into a shooter's hands on the weak side. And they are always very fundamentally sound.

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