Wolves Basketball C-Team 2005-06
- Isaac Rapelje
& Brian Berg
2005-06 Sequim Wolves C-Team
Wolves End With Victory
February 10, 2006 -
After the barnburner against Chimacum the night before
the Wolves took a workman like victory over North Mason in their final
game by a score of 59-47. The game was not as close as the score as
Coach Rap got to use all 14 of his players. Chris Consoliver had his
best game of the season as he scored 19 points on a variety of shots.
Taylor Thorsen had 11, including a perfect 3 for 3 from the line.
Andrew Law continued to draw votes for the most improve player as he
tossed in 8 points. The game was relaxed enough that Reed Omdal even
played a little dodgeball in the 4th quarter. Chris
O’Brien hit 2 free throws and got a field goal for 4 points. The team
worked hard to get Ben Ohnstad a shot as the clock ran down. Ben is
another candidate for most improved and his teammates really wanted to
see him score in the last game.
It was a long season that went by too quickly. Most of the team are
freshmen and will come back this summer looking for spots on next
year’s Varsity and JV teams. Coaches Rapelje and Berg are extremely
proud of the improvement that all the players showed this year. With
dedication, effort, and a lot of time in the gym, the coaches think
that this group can get Sequim back to the State Tournament!
Cowboys Push Wolves to
February 9, 2006 -
The C-Wolves committed the cardinal sin of sports: taking your
opponent too lightly. The game against the Chimacum Cowboys got off
to a blazing start as Sequim jumped out to a 10-2 lead behind Reed
Omdal’s 8 points and Andrew Law’s swisher from the high post. Coach R
had been looking forward to playing everyone after the close game with
South Kitsap, and put in his next 5 players with about 4 minutes left
in the quarter. Everyone on Sequim’s bench was joking and laughing,
when the Cowboys said “Whoa, Nellie!” They started hitting three’s
and hustling on D, and went on a 19-8 run to end the quarter with a
21-18 lead. Coach Rap was not happy. The second quarter settled into
a back and forth battle that saw the Wolves claw their way back into a
29-29 tie at halftime. Omdal got another 5 points and Taylor Thorsen
tossed in 4. At halftime Coach R lit into his team for playing with a
lack of intensity that he hadn’t seen since their first game. He told
them they were in for a war now, since instead of putting the Cowboys
away, they had let them gain confidence. Boy, was Rap right. The
second half continued to see-saw back and forth, with neither team
being able to pull away. The third quarter ended with the Wolves up
by 3, 46-43. In a classic 4th quarter the lead changed
hands several times. Andrew Law made 4 free throws in a row, the last
one pulling the Wolves into a tie at 56 with 46 seconds left. The
Cowboys scored again to take the lead, but with 20 seconds left Reed
Omdal tied it again and the clock ran out in regulation with the score
tied at 58.
In the first overtime the Wolves got the lead on a free throw by
Jaymes McClain. The cowboys answered with a 2, then Thorsen put the
Wolves ahead again. With 22 seconds left Chimacum scored to take a
62-61 lead. The Wolves brought the ball up and McClain was fouled
again with 7 seconds left. He drained the first free throw to tie the
game, but the second one wouldn’t drop, and the first overtime ended
in a 62-62 tie.
As the second overtime started Coach Berg asked Rap about using Kenny
Russell, who had been on the bench since picking up his 4th
foul in the third quarter. Coach R said Kenny had told him he had 5
fouls; but one of those was just a violation for throwing elbows, not
a foul. Rap said Kenny get in there! Russell responded immediately
by hitting a tough put-back to give Sequim 66-63 lead. But the
Cowboys kept shooting, and with 40 seconds left in the game they
reclaimed the lead 67 -66. Reed answered again 10 seconds later to
take the lead 68-67. The Cowboys turned it over, and then fouled Ben
Omdal with 9 seconds left. Ben is the leading free throw shooter on
the team, but this time he got rim 2 times in a row. The Cowboys
hustled the ball up the court, but as the point guard cut right,
Russell was there ahead of him to take the biggest charge of the
year. Game over; 2 overtimes; Sequim wins 68-67!
Reed ended up with a season high 21 points. Thorsen tossed in 17, and
Andrew Law got 10.
And Coach R only got 10 pushups for talking
to the ref!
Rapleje T'd Up, But Not
February 7, 2006 - S.
Once again the young Sequim Wolves showed how much they have improved
by giving the South Kitsap Wolves, who won by 28 in the first
match-up, all they could handle this time as they came up short by a
much closer score of 36 to 44. South plays an aggressive man to man,
and led 22-17 at halftime. But Sequim regrouped and came out with
some stifling defense of their own, taking a lead of 26-24 with 2
minutes left in the third. Taylor Thorsen had 5 of his 9 points in
the quarter, and Kenny Russell had a great put-back for the lead.
Fighting hard against the SK Wolves and some questionable officiating,
the Wolves lost Thorsen to fouls with 7 minutes left in the game. In
an uncharacteristic display of frustration, coach Rap got the first
technical of his career after Reed Omdal was called for a very
questionable charge for saying “Are you kidding me?” The referee said
he wasn’t. Sequim fought hard the rest of the way, but couldn’t close
the gap. Jaymes McClain got 4 of his 8 points in the fourth quarter.
Kenny Russell got 6 points and Andrew Law netted 5.
After the game Coach R apologized to the team for getting a T, but
told them that it was frustrating to see them play so hard and have so
many calls go against them. He vowed to do 10 pushups for every
comment he made to the officials in the next game against Chimacum.
2006 - Sequim
The Wolves may have lost to PA again, but the difference between this
game and the first one back in November was enormous. The Riders got
the victory by a score of 46-31, but they’re lucky that it wasn’t a
double-header. As the game wore on, the Wolves got closer and
closer. They were outscored in the first quarter by 6 points; in the
second by 4; in the third by 3; and in the fourth by 2. If you graph
that out Sequim would win the second game by 4! Just wait until these
guys are juniors and they are playing with fellow freshmen Ary Webb,
Nic Thatcher, and Matt Bedinger who played varsity and JV this year!
Kenny Russell led the Wolves with 8 points. Taylor Thorsen hit a nice
3 in the first quarter. Kevin Beck had a nice defensive game, and
scored 4 points. Ryan Skerbeck got 2 points on a nice finish
Heading into the final week of the season the young Wolves have games
with South Kitsap, Chimacum and North Mason. Coach R is looking for a
strong finish to what has been a good season with tons of improvement.
Bring Out The Brooms
February 1, 2006 - Pt. Townsend
The third time was not the charm for the Redskins as the C-Wolves
swept the season series by a score of 42-25. Sequim got off to a
slower start this time as they adjusted to the tight quarters in PT’s
gym, but the end result was the same. Sean McCreary led the scoring
with 10 points. John Berkes had a break-out second quarter as he got
two field goals, went 2 for 2 from the line, and got a defensive
turnover on a 5 second call. The Wolves led 21-10 at halftime. In
the third quarter things got a little messy as Jaymes McClain got the
inbound pass in the front court and promptly turned and dribbled
towards the Port Townsend basket. Luckily it was over-and-back before
he could jam it. Eric Faulk showed some nice ball handling in the 4th
quarter, one time putting his defender on the floor as he “broke his
ankle” with a nifty cross-over move. Eric was 2 for 4 from the line
in the fourth.
It was Taylor Thorsen’s birthday and he was hoping to celebrate with a
big night, but he found out the basketball gods just don’t care about
birthdays. He did get a free throw to drop.
Even with the victory Coach Rap was not satisfied with the effort, and
he told the team they better bring their A-game to the rematch with PA
January 24, 2006 - Sequim H.S.
On January 24 the
Pirates from Vashon sailed into town. Coach Rapelje teaches tough,
intense, in-your-mug defense every practice, and the Pirates got a
boatload as they went down by a score of 43-29. The C-Wolves jumped
out to a 9-5 lead in the first quarter, helped by Andrew Law’s
rebounding, and 4 of his 8 points. In the second quarter the Wolves
pushed the lead out to double digits, but the Pirates got 5 in the
last minute and trailed 18-10 going into the half. Coach R was not
pleased with the letdown and he gave a good motivational speech at
half time. The team responded well, and came out firing. Taylor
Thorsen got 6 of his 8 points on some nice baby-hooks, which Coach R
told him he liked a lot more than those errant three’s. Sequim took a
29-16 lead into the 4th quarter, and then the Pirates drew
their swords and started slashing away. Reed Omdal was the main
victim, but he thwarted their hopes by sinking 6 of 8 free-throws and
getting another bucket on one of his trademark anticipation steals.
Reed finished with a game high 13 points.
Coach R was pleased
with the way the team played when they were ahead.
Next week is a trip to
PT and the much anticipated third game with the ‘Riders from PA. That
will be a good measure of how much our team has improved since the
first game back on November 30.
Thump Townsend Again
January 19, 2006 - Pt.
Coach Rap called up the reserves for a rematch with the overmatched
Redskins from Port Townsend on January 19, and the result was pretty
much the same, as Sequim claimed a 42-28 victory. The Wolves jumped
all over PT in the first quarter as they raced to a 14-2 lead. Kenny
Russell got 7 of his 10 points in the period. In the second quarter
Taylor Thorsen took over the scoring, tossing in 8 of his game high
12. Then Rap started to use the reserves; the guys who came out in
November when we had 28 players in the gym; the guys who kept coming
to practice everyday even when they didn’t get one of the 15 game
uniforms. All the hard work for Chris O’Brien, Eric Faulk, Ben
Ohnstad, John Berkes, and Steven Moore paid off as they finally got a
chance to shoe their stuff. Ohnstad had 3 tough rebounds, and a
couple of put-backs that just rimmed out as the fans moaned. Faulk
got a bucket on a fast break, and O’Brien scored from inside. Berkes
was all over on defense, and Moore did a nice job passing out of a
double-team. The whole team was rooting hard for these guys as a
tribute to their perseverance.
After the game Coach Rap complimented everyone for their hard play,
especially the reserves.
Wolf bites Wolf
17, 2006 - Sequim H.S.
The Wolves won, but not the ones from Sequim. The bigger, older
Wolves from South Kitsap came in to Sequim on January 17 and gave the
younger Sequim Wolves a lesson on pressure defense, beating them by a
score of 53-25. South Kitsap has only grades 10-12, so their C-team
is all sophomores, and the year’s difference in age made a
difference. Sequim made too many turnovers against the full court
pressure, and too many of them were from sloppy passing. The C-wolves
did a good job rebounding, but just didn’t get enough shots to keep
the game close. Leading the scoring was Reed Omdal with 6 points and
Taylor Thorsen with 4.
Coach Rap missed the game because of teaching responsibilities, and
his mid-game adjustments were missed. After the game the players said
they definitely want another chance at the SK Wolves, and they’ll get
it on February 7.
'Nique Nails Nets for
Jan 13, 2006 - Foster HS
Sometimes one player can single-handedly change the game. The
C-Wolves went into Friday night’s game at Foster, the 4th
in 5 days, ready to win. The Bulldogs weren’t the best team they have
faced, but they were maybe the quickest. For the first half the
Bulldogs played a tight man defense with full court pressure, but the
young Wolves kept their composure and fought back from an 8-14 deficit
to tie the game at half 27-27. Coach Rap encouraged the boys at
halftime to keep up the great effort; that if we could stick with them
into the 4th quarter they would start to get after each
other and the momentum would swing our way. And it might have gone
that way, except for #22. Dominique. Remember the name sports
fans, because this kid will make some noise in the Nisqually League in
the next couple of years. He came out of the locker room and dropped
15 in the 3rd quarter, on his way to 30 for the game.
Everything he threw up found the net. Sequim still played well but
Dominique was too much, and Foster took the game by a final score of
Fodge had his best offensive game with 13 points, 10 of them in the 4th
quarter. He picked up a lot of slack for the Wolves as two of our
post players were missing; Sean McCreary with injuries too numerous to
list, and Chris Consoliver with a ‘miss the bus’ violation. Ben Omdal
had a great night on the free-throw line, going 4 for 4. Reed Omdal
had 11 points, and Kyle Brenske tossed in 10. Taylor Thorsen scored 6
After the game Coach Rap
commended the boys for playing hard all week. He told them he can
hardly believe the improvement he has seen since we started in
for the Wolves is a home game with 4A South Kitsap on January 17.
Wolves Smooth Out Rough
Patches Against 'Riders
January 11, 2006 -
Well, the ‘Riders beat the C-Wolves again in a rematch at Port Angeles
on Wednesday, but it was nothing like the first game. The defensive
effort was magnificent, as the PA boys never got more than 9 points in
any quarter, but the Wolves lost leading scorer Sean McCreary early to
a knee injury and struggled at the offensive end as well. The final
score of 34-20 shows how much the Wolves have improved since November,
and has them looking forward to the third game against PA on February
2. Scoring leaders were Taylor Thorsen and Josh Fodge with 6 a
piece. A highlight was Chris Consoliver’s twisting, spinning,
how-did-he-do-it-without-traveling finish on a fast break. The Wolves
also dominated the boards. Coach Rap was pleased with the improvement
he saw, and is anxious to get back to the gym to make a few
Thursday is a much needed practice day, then it’s on to Foster Friday
night for a Nisqually League match-up.
Embarrassed By Harassing Wolves
2005 - Sequim
An old coach once said that sometimes a team can play so well that the
other team just disappears. Tuesday afternoon the C-Wolves made the
Redskins disappear, blowing them out by a score of 73-21. It was never
a contest, as Sequim raced to a 20-2 lead after the first quarter. PT
tried to stop the bleeding by putting in some JV players, but the
slaughter continued and the Wolves led 39-5 at the half. In the second
half coach Rap divided the team into two groups, and told them to run
the offense for lay-ins only. Which they did, and pushed the score out
to 59-11. The Redskins were so discombobulated that they even scored a
basket for Sequim on a breakaway going the wrong way!
McCreary led the scoring for the second game in a row, upping his season
high to 20 points. Reed Omdal had some great anticipation steals, and
got 11 points. Kyle Brenske was all over the court as usual, creating
havoc and scoring his season best 9 points. Taylor Thorsen had 8, with
a bucket in each quarter. Andrew Law and Josh Fodge both had 6, with
some nifty shooting around the basket. Ben Omdal had 6 points and
another superb defensive game.
young Wolves are off to PA Wednesday as the game-a-day schedule
Bulldogs Get Help From Above
January 9, 20065 - Sequim
exactly cheating, but after getting doubled-up 55-27 by the C-Wolves
back in December the Bulldogs brought down 5 JV players to try to change
the outcome in their gym on January 9. In the meantime Sequim has sent
leading rebounders Jacob Blume and Travis Priest up to our JV, and were
without defensive stopper Nathan Fuentes. Coach Rap smelled a rat right
away during warm-ups as he observed. These guys are bigger than
the team we beat in Sequim! The Wolves played hard, and made a nice run
in the 4th quarter, but they were rusty after the long break
and fell short as the game ended on a 43-48 score. After the
shenanigans with their lineup, NM better look out when they come back to
Sequim in February. Rap doesn’t get mad; he gets even!
McCreary led the scoring with his season high 14 points, and took a
charge in the paint to save his team from some line drills in practice.
Josh Fodge had 6 in the second half. Reed Omdal had 6 points, Andrew
Law had 5, Kyle Brenske got 4, and Jaymes McClain, Ben Omdal and Taylor
Thorsen each had 2. Coach Rap singled out Ben Omdal as the defensive
player of the game, and complimented Brenske on his strong effort too.
There’s no rest this week as the C-Wolves meet PT tonight, PA Wednesday,
and travel to Foster on Friday.
McClain Leads C-Wolves Past
December 13, 2005 - Sequim
The C-Wolves extended their
winning streak to 3 games as they beat Nisqually League rival North
Mason on Tuesday night by a score of 55-27. Jaymes McClain had a career
night as he threw in 16 points. Andrew Law had 4 points on sweet jumpers
from the short corner. Sean McCreary got 8 and took a charge, and
Travis Priest scored 7. Everything was working for Coach Rap, except
when he substituted 5 players into the game and only 4 came out, leading
to a technical foul for too many men on the court. Coach Berg tried to
take the responsibility, but Coach R told the players that when they
enter the game they have to communicate with the player who is going
out. Too many men won’t happen again!
Rap was pleased with the defense
since the Bulldog pups highest quarter was 10 points. Kenny Russell and
Travis Priest continue to be tenacious. The young Wolves handled the
press very well, and most of their turnovers were self-inflicted.
The Wolves will have a long
break over the Winter Vacation. Coach R will have a vacation practice
schedule to the team this week. Next game will be a rematch with North
Mason in their gym on January 9, then another match-up with the boys
Falcons Look Fowl,
Drop One to C-Wolves
2005 - Bainbridge HS
The boys from
Sequim crossed the water on Saturday to take on the Falcons of South
Whidbey and escaped with a 30-28 win in a defensive, well, snoozer.
team could really get it going in the first quarter, as Sequim oozed to
a 7-3 lead on the strength of Taylor Thorsen’s 5 points. The second
quarter was a little better as Sequim pulled out to a 17-11 halftime
lead, as Reed Omdal tossed in 4 of his 6 points. Coach Rap gave one of
his patented inspirational speeches at half time and the C-Wolves
responded by holding the Falcons to a single point in the third
quarter. Unfortunately, Sequim only tallied a lone free-throw by Sean
McCreary in the period. Yawn. Still, Sequim was leading 18-12 going
into the final period. Then the Falcons started to flex their talons by
fouling and sending the young Wolves to the free throw line. The
strategy worked, as Sequim missed 11 of 13 in the quarter and the
Falcons scored 16 points. But the final buzzer rang before the Falcons
could catch up. Kenny Russell had 2 hoops in the 4th, but
missed his free throws. Jacob Blume had 3 points (and took a big
charge), but missed 5 free throws also.
Coach R was pleased with the win,
but said we’ll be working on those free throws.
Next game is against Nisqually League rival North Mason on December 13.
C-Wolves Blow Out Forks
2005 - Forks HS
the time Coach Berg found the gym Monday night the score was 10-1 and
the Wolves were well on their way to a 65-21 thrashing of the
Spartans. Reed Omdal got his 8 points in the first quarter as the
Wolves rolled to a 22-6 lead. In the second stanza Travis Priest,
Chris Consoliver and Jacob Blume all got 4 as the lead increased to
40-14 at the half. Coach Rap told the team at half-time that they
needed to use the opportunity to run their set plays. After the break
Sean McCreary and Blume each put 4 points in, and the score went to
51-17 at the end of three periods. Not done yet, Kenny Russell
created several scoring opportunities with pressure defense, and put
in 6 points during the fourth. The defense was outstanding, as the
Spartans biggest quarter was only 8 points.
Coach R was proud of
the team for bouncing back strong after two big losses. Next up is a
boat trip to Whidbey Island on Saturday.
Bainbridge Will Be "Hardt" To Beat
2005 - Bainbridge HS
The C-Wolves hit the road Saturday December 3 and lost to the Bainbridge
Spartans 71-33. Coach Rap was a little worried when their coach told him
they had beaten Port Angeles by about 30, but Coach R told the boys to
just go out and do their best. The Spartans had a 6’4” post named Ben
Eisenhardt who helped them jump out to a 15-4 lead after a quarter, but
Nathan Fuentes went in as the defensive stopper and slowed him down a
little. Reed Omdal started our scoring with a nice back-door cut on an
assist from his brother Ben. Taylor Thorsen had a nice offensive game,
leading the Sequim scorers with 11. Josh Fodge had a great 4th
quarter as he got 6 in a single period. Kenny Russell and Travis Priest
again led the defensive effort with their desire and hustle.
Coach Rap told the team after the game that they had played against a very
good team, and played hard the whole game. Blocking-out and rebounding
will be the emphasis in the next practice, but that will have to wait
until the C-Wolves get back from Monday’s game in Forks. Sean McCreary
says he’s feeling a win coming on!
13 Definitely Unlucky For
November 30, 2005 Kaps Gym
In a sloppy game that saw combined turnovers hit the century mark Port
Angeles ran away with a 51-13 victory in the first game of the season on
the last day of November. Sequim showed some heart late in the game as
Travis Priest and Kenny Russell cranked up the defensive effort and held
the Riders to only 7 points for the quarter. Coach Isaac Rapelje had
challenged the boys during a time-out to forget about the score and play
for pride, and the team began to respond. But the offense sputtered and
never really got out of the starting gate. Eugene Negus led the scoring
with three made free-throws, and Kyle Brenske, Priest, Reed Omdal, Nathan
Fuentes, and Ben Omdal each tossed in a single bucket. Jacob Blume had 4
fouls as he played his usual hard-nosed game.
25 boys on the roster Coach Rap and assistant coach Brian Berg are trying
to provide an opportunity for all the players to improve their skills,
while putting a competitive team on the floor.
Playing time is at a premium,
and practices are the proving ground for who wants to play the hardest.
up is a Saturday game with perennial power Bainbridge. Coach Rap is
looking for better defense for the whole game, and someone to step up and
be a scorer.