Cashmere tourney a good tune-up for 2017 QHS hoops team
CASHMERE – The Quincy High School varsity boys hoops team said goodbye to spring with a busy, sweaty weekend of games.
The Jacks played teams from Brewster, Lakewood, Bellevue and the hosting city at the Cashmere Summer League tournament, one of two tourneys the squad will play between now and July 4.
“It’s a varsity tournament so we try to get our upperclassmen to start to prepare for next year,” Quincy head coach Wade Petersen said.
Most of the players who traveled west have worn the white varsity jersey for the Jacks before, but a few new faces came along, too.
“It’s kind of our varsity team plus whatever upperclassmen that’s going to turn out,” he said. “We had our camp a couple of weeks ago so we got an idea of what kids were kind of thinking about coming back.”
The tourney serves as a showcase of sorts for the new guys, as well as an opportunity to put new and returning guys in new positions on the court.
At a point during the tournament, Petersen shouted “K-Y-P, K-Y-P!” at his players. KYP stands for Know Your Personnel, an acronym made famous by, among others, Jud Heathcote, who coached Earvin “Magic” Johnson at Michigan State.
Washington-raised Heathcote led MSU to the national title in 1979.
“That means for me, to know what your teammates can do and can’t do,” Petersen said. “Try to put them in a position where they can be the most successful.”
This Monday, the team goes to Connell for its last team tourney of the offseason.
“What we are doing this year is what I call open-gym, open practices Tuesdays and Thursdays.” At the end of July, coaches and players can no longer have any contact with each other until the end of summer vacation.
The Jacks went 1-3, but despite all the effort from all the teams, the results are pretty meaningless for all involved.
At the same time, Petersen said he saw some pretty encouraging signs from some of his players.
“Without giving you individual names, a couple of kids have made some real improvements,” he said. “You can see that they have worked on their game. They are really making some strides, they have been working on their game at home, at the gym.”
Players can’t shelve the ball come June and then expect to be good come November, Petersen added.
“You’re going to have to pick the ball up, do something, in June and July,” he said.
The tournament lasted three days, but Quincy only stayed the first two days, playing three games on the second day, Petersen said he doesn’t like playing on Sundays, and since he knows the man organizing the tourney (Cashmere head coach and former Quincy assistant Levi Heyen), he asked to have his team play all his games by Saturday.
“It’s good for conditioning the kids, too,” he said of the tourney. “They get to play a lot of basketball.”
When they weren’t playing basketball, the team hung out and watched other CWAC teams participating in the tourney.
“They watched Ephrata, Ellensburg, quite a few teams that are in our league that were in the tournament,” Petersen said. “We got the chance to see them, who they have coming back and the new kids they have.”
Sebastian Moraga, email@example.com