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Wolves' Longmire earns starting spot on All-Kitsap team
Many weren’t certain what to expect from this season’s South Kitsap boys basketball team after the school graduated its leading scorer off its 11-10 team in 2007-08.
And while the Wolves didn’t advance to the West Central District Tournament, they did finish 13-9 and received some surprising performances along the way that garnered recognition in the all-Kitsap team.
The all-county team, made up of eligible players from schools in Kitsap County, was voted on by the sports editors and writers of the Kitsap News Group, including the Port Orchard Independent, Bremerton Patriot, Central Kitsap Reporter and North Kitsap Herald. The following is the 2008-09 AKC Boys Basketball Team.
2008-09 Boys Basketball Team
C — Taylor Hoffer, North Kitsap, senior: The 6-foot-7 Hoffer was the Vikings’ go-to guy in the middle, averaging 15.7 points and 12 rebounds per game. He averaged 26 points per game in the postseason while playing through injuries.
F — Brandon Durham, Central Kitsap, senior: Better known, at least by his teammates, as “Diesel,” the 6-foot-7 Durham led the Cougars with 15.7 points per game.
G/F — Mike Longmire, South Kitsap, senior: In addition to arguably being the Wolves’ best player, Longmire might have been the most improved in the area. After averaging 2.5 points per game during the 2007-08 season, Longmire spent the offseason working on his perimeter game. The result was 51 percent shooting from the field — behind only center Ricky King — and a team-high 13.8 points per game. “He probably was our best post-up player,” South Kitsap coach John Callaghan said. “He’s tough inside.” Longmire also averaged 4.9 rebounds and nearly a steal per game.
G — Kyle Erickson, North Kitsap, senior: He averaged 17.4 points per game, once again leading the Vikings to the playoffs.
G — Andre Moore Jr., Klahowya, senior: The school’s all-time scoring leader with more than 1,000 career points, Moore was the Eagles’ leader on both ends of the floor throughout his varsity career.
Coach of the Year - Steve Henderson, Bainbridge High School: Henderson stepped in this season for now-departed Scott Orness, who resigned last spring, to guide the Spartans to a 14-6 regular-season record (11-4 league) and a share of the Metro League Sound Division regular-season championship.
G — Ryan Burris, Bainbridge, junior: A strong shooter and his team’s leading scorer, Burris averaged 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.
G — Tionne Curry, South Kitsap, senior: Following in the tradition of his older brothers, Trivone and Tysaiah, the younger Curry has been one of the Wolves’ best defenders in his three varsity seasons. Despite missing time early in the season, Curry still finished second on the team with 43 steals. But he also improved from averaging nine points per game in 2007-08 to 12.2 this season. “He’s as talented as anyone in our league,” Callaghan said. “He’s quick, can pull up for the 3-pointer and handle the ball with either hand.”
G/F — Larry Dixon, Olympic, junior: He led the Trojans basketball team with 16.5 points per game, also adding three rebounds and two steals per game.
C — Ben Eisenhardt, Bainbridge, senior: Eisenhardt, 6-10, was the centerpiece of a Spartan team that finished 11-4 in the Metro League, posting big numbers when it counted.
F — Josh Koets, Bremerton, senior: Koets was Bremerton’s most productive player on offense, averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game, nearly 10 points more than the team’s second-leading scorer Jarell Flora (7.4).
G/F— Phillip Thomas, Central Kitsap, senior: Thomas averaged 11.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
G — Isaiah Thompson, Central Kitsap, senior: Arguably the most athletic player on Central Kitsap’s roster, Thompson averaged 15.1 points per game, second on the team to Durham.
G — Cody Thurmond, Central Kitsap, senior: The team’s most reliable outside shooter, Thurmond led the team with 26 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting.
Andre Coleman, Bremerton, sophomore: Coleman, the lone underclassman on a Bremerton roster that included nine seniors, averaged 6.8 points per game in limited playing time.
Will DiIorio, Bainbridge, junior: While he was Bainbridge’s third-leading scorer with 11.9 points per game, DiIorio also was unselfish, averaging 3.1 assists.
Tre Haslom, South Kitsap, sophomore: Haslom was involved with one of the Wolves’ biggest wins early when he took a pass from Longmire and scored on a layup with 2.2 seconds left to give his team a 67-65 double-overtime win Dec. 12 against Wilson. He was South’s third-leading scorer at 7.8 points per game.
Aaron Lawrence, Kingston, junior: The 5-foot-5 Lawrence was the Buccaneers’ leading scorer, averaging 9.5 points per game.
Terrance McGhee, Bremerton, senior: Bremerton’s starting point guard, McGhee’s job was to manage the game. He averaged 6.9 points per game.
Drew McCullough, King’s West, senior: McCullough finished the season with a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game to go with 9.9 points per game.
Darell Newman, Klahowya, senior: The 5-foot-9 guard offered balance with 6.8 points, 3.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.
Zane Ravenholt, Kingston, sophomore: Ravenholt averaged 9.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game, making him one of Kingston’s most valuable assets.
Dino Thomas, Olympic, senior: He averaged a modest 6.0 points per game, but led the team in rebounding with 8.0 per game.
Jeff Wasson, Klahowya, senior: Wasson led Klahowya with 147 total rebounds (6.7 per game), including a season-high 15 against Olympic Jan. 30.
Sam Weldin, King’s West, senior: The Warriors’ strongest and most productive player down low, Weldin averaged 10.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.