Their season ended a couple of games short of the state tournament, but Sequim’s Payton Glasser and teammate Nate Despain have some postseason hardware to show for their 2017-18 hoops season.
Glasser, a senior was name to the All-Washington State 2A team and both Glasser and Despain, a junior, were named to the all-Olympic League first team.
Glasser led the team with 19.6 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 11 blocks and was third on the team with 35 stealsand 32 assists.
“I looked at some of the pictures from his freshman to his senior year; he went from a 6-foot, 170-pound kid to a 6-5, 200 pound man,” Sequim head coach Greg Glasser said about his son.
“He’s put the time in. His accomplishments are based on his effort,” Greg Glasser said.
The younger Glasser is considering three Northwest Schools — Pacific Lutheran University, Pacific and Linfield — and hopes to continue his basketball days in college.
Despain was second on the team with 10.9 points per game and a team-high 68 steals (3.1 per game) and 61 assists (2.8). He also led the team in 3-pointers made (30) and 3-point shooting (32 percent).
“I was excited to see that coaches (in the Olympic League) feel what I feel about Nate,” Greg Glasser said. “He’s such a great kid and a head worker. Every year he’s gotten better.
“I think (Despain) is the second best guard in the league behind the MVP.”
The MVP would be North Kitsap senior Zac Olmsted, who was also named the state 2A Player of the Year.
Rounding out the all-league first team was Olympic duo Jaiden Mosley and Evan Turnquist.
A trio of Port Angeles players were named to the all-league second team: Kyle Benedict, Liam Clark and Garrett Edwards.
Sequim was awarded the Sportsmanship Award.
The postseason honors keep rolling in for the Glasser family. Sophomore Hope Glasser was the lone Sequim Wolf to earn a postseason accolade in girls basketball, named to the all-Olympic League second team.
Glasser led the team with 10.1 points per game and was second in rebounding (12.6 per contest) and assists (2.3).
“She’s just a lot of fun — she loves basketball and she’s super competitive,” Sequim coach Larry Brown said. “She’s one of the nicest people you can meet (but) she wants to win every play and she has a knack for the ball.”
Port Angeles freshman Emilia Long was named Olympic League MVP after helping lead the Roughriders to the state quarterfinals. North Kitsap’s Raelee Moore and Olivia Selembo, Kingston’s Lily Beaulieu and Karleigh Gomez, and Olympic’s Kiki Mitchell were named to the first team.
Port Angeles earned the league’s Sportsmanship Award.
Capping a spectacular senior season, Sequim’s Kiara Pierson was named co-MVP of the Olympic League with North Kitsap’s Holly Beaudoin.
Pierson went 31-3 this winter, earning three pins on her way to the 135-pound weight class finals at MatClassic and taking second place — her fourth top-eight finish in four years. (Beaudoin also took second place at state, at 110 pounds).
Joining Pierson on the all-league list were Sequim teammates Jamie Schroepfer and Madison Uranga. Schroepfer, a senior, went 21-13 for the season and earned a spot at the state tournament at 132 pounds. Uranga, a sophomore, was 8-12 and qualified for the regional tournament — two wins short of state — in the 190-pound weight division.
Earning Olympic League Sportsmanship Awards for the season were Sequim (girls) and Port Angeles (boys).