Wildcat boys basketball season ends

SNOQUALMIE - The 2004-05 Mount Si boys basketball season has now wrapped up, as the team finished with an 8-13 mark, seventh in the eight-team Kingco 3A Conference.

Senior Erik Tierney finished his four-year career at Mount Si by leading the Wildcats this season in points per game (PPG). Tierney chipped in 11.6 PPG, while junior Kevin Englund added an average 11 points per game to the effort this season. Englund is developing into a strong post presence. In addition to his 11 PPG, he led the team in field goal percentage (48.4 percent), shots attempted (155), shots made (75) and was a strong second in all rebounding categories.

Leading in the rebounding department in all categories-offensive, defensive and cumulative total-was Kyle Meuli. The team rebounded 50.3 percent of the time, opponents, 49.7 percent. Despite that tight statistic, look for Englund and Meuli as seniors next season to help the Wildcats become dominant inside.

Overall, the season's record was largely the result of inconsistent play, and poor shooting at times didn't help, either. Mount Si shot only 38.8 percent from the floor this season, while their opponents shot 43.3 percent. The Wildcats were better free throw shooters than their opponents, shooting just over 67 percent from the line, while their opponents shot 65.6 percent from the stripe.

Senior reserve Jon Clegg hit all four of his attempts from the line, while for the more regular players, Ryan Reilly led the team in free throw percentage with 85.7 percent. Englund led in free throws attempted (87) and free throws made (67). With Englund expected to be a force inside, look for him to be a constant visitor to the line.

Junior varsity may provide relief for next season's varsity. With four seniors graduating from the varsity team this year and presumed concern about the future of this team from some levels, it should come as a bit of relief to varsity fans that help may be on the horizon from Mount Si's younger players.

The Wildcat JV team, coached by Geri Spalding, went undefeated in conference this season en route to a stellar 18-1 record. Leading the JV cast is Tommy Abbott. Abbott pitched in 10.5 points per game, tops on the JV this season, while leading in several other categories including field goals made (82), field goal attempts (148), defensive rebounds (69) and total rebounds (102).

Mount Si shot 44.9 percent from the floor, well over their opponents' 34.6 percent. The team also grabbed 54 percent of the rebounds, far better than their opponents' 46 percent.

Expect Abbott to be a potential force next season on the varsity team. Remo Castagno also is expected to see more time on varsity next season, along with Nick Dietsch. All shot well from outside the three-point line this season.

Freshman Caleb Williams also did well this season on JV, earning him time on the varsity squad. Look for him to continue to develop next season.

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