Trio boosts Meadowdale’s postseason prospects | Boys basketball

By David Pan | Aug 22, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Cole Nelson looks to pass the ball during a Maverick Shootout game at Meadowdale High School.

If senior Colton Walsh is healthy for the 2019-20 season – and all indications are that he will be – then the Meadowdale boys basketball team should be one of the league’s top contenders.

Walsh would join a lineup that includes all-league honorable mention standouts Cole Nelson and Hunter Moen.

Walsh, who missed most of last season after suffering a leg injury in early December, wasn’t on the court in any of the tournaments the Mavericks played in this summer.

But Meadowdale coach Roger O’Neill still is confident Walsh will be ready to go in December.

“When he’s been hurt, every time he comes back, it’s like he hasn’t lost a step,” O’Neill said. “We’re looking forward to him having a full healthy season.”

Before he went down, Walsh was playing at a high level and he might well have ended up earning first-team, all-league honors, the Meadowdale coach added.

Nelson played extremely well this summer, O’Neill said.

“In most of the games, he’s looked like the best player on the floor,” O’Neill said. “I’m excited to see the jump he can take.”

As a sophomore, Nelson started every game for Meadowdale. He’s expanded his offensive skills.

“When he’s on from the 3-point line, he’s hard to stop,” O’Neill said. “He’s worked at getting the ball inside and creating more driving opportunities.”

Moen spent most of the season running the point for the Mavericks, though O’Neill said that the senior standout might be more of a natural wing.

“He’s a good scorer,” O’Neill added. “We’re going to try and be more interchangeable with our lineup.”

The graduation of four seniors means Meadowdale needs other players to step into offensive roles.

“Summer is about figuring out how we’re going to be able to score,” O’Neill said. “I feel good about Cole and Hunter … This summer it was good to see other people kind of step up and show us what they can do.”

Sophomore Aiden Bloomquist and junior Leonado Baquian both played well this summer. Senior Mason Vaughn also will figure in Meadowdale’s plans.

Though things can change between now and the start of the season, O’Neill sees the Wesco 3A as a wide-open race with no dominant team.

Last season, Marysville-Pilchuck with UW recruit Rae Quan Battle went undefeated in the league.

“I’m excited about our nucleus,” O’Neill said. “The guys are coming together and are working hard. We’ve not had to coach effort or attitude.”

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