Boys basketball: Sequim’s Wolves seek return to winning ways

With the changing of the seasons, Sequim High’s boys basketball squad is looking for a change in momentum.

Sequim’s hardwood crew has found hard times in the Olympic League after amassing a 3-21 league record and 11-29 overall mark in the past two seasons, missing the postseason in back-to-back campaigns for the first time since the 2001-02/2002-03 seasons.

“They’ve had a rough couple of years,” Sequim head coach Greg Glasser said. “They’re taken their lumps. One of the things we worry about is (them) getting comfortable with losing.”

But Glasser likes what he sees with the squad he has coming back, one that sees five of their top six players return from last season’s campaign; the Wolves lost regular Konnor Parrish to graduation.

Headlining that group is senior guard/forward Payton Glasser, who earned all-Olympic League first team honors despite the Wolves’ 1-11 league record — last in the seven-team field.

Despite his son’s versatility — Payton is dangerous both in the post and outside the arc — Greg Glasser says his team is going to need to be well-rounded.

“We don’t want to run everything through Payton,” Glasser said. “If these guys want to win, they’ve got to share the ball and trust each other.”

Back are quick junior guards Nate Despain and Kyler Rollness, who figure to take the lion’s share of ball-handling responsibilities.

“He is such a competitor and works so hard,” Glasser said of the Despain, a third-year starter at point guard. “He is such a competitor and works so hard.”

Also back are athletic bigs Cole Williams, a senior, and Keeshawn Whitney, a junior, and add an influx of newcomers from Blake and Taig Wiker to Erik Christiansen, Rigo Langston and Stewart Duncan.

“I feel like we have the start of building a team,” Glasser said.

“(The) guys need to be hungry. They haven’t made the playoffs in a couple of years and have had losing records. They’ve got to fight every night out.”

North Kitsap is the reigning Olympic League champ after going 11-1 in league play last season. Olympic (9-3), Kingston (8-4) and Port Angeles (7-5) finished 2-4 in the league standings.

Sequim opens the 2017-2018 season at home against Port Townsend tonight, Wednesday, Nov. 29.

Sequim travels to North Mason on Dec. 6 and plays at Coupeville on Dec. 8. Sequim was 1-1 against North Mason and 2-0 against Coupeville’s Wolves last season.

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