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Spartans Miller, Leslie are All-Kitsap talent

Spartan Theo Miller in mid-season, non-conference play against the North Kitsap Vikings at Seattle’s Key Arena.  - JESSE BEALS/Staff photo
Spartan Theo Miller in mid-season, non-conference play against the North Kitsap Vikings at Seattle’s Key Arena.
— image credit: JESSE BEALS/Staff photo

The pair played key roles in the Spartans’ campaign.

The 2005 Kitsap News Group boys’ All-Kitsap Basketball Team, as selected by the five KNG sports writers and sports photographers:

Starting Five

G — Derrick Webb, South Kitsap — The 6-2 senior has slid into the senior leadership role with ease and leads Wolves in scoring at 15 points a game while hitting 60 percent from the field and averaging six boards a contest.

G — Jacob Gonzales, North Kitsap — A McDonald’s All-American nominee, Gonzales blossomed this year into not only a scoring threat – often notching 20 points or more – but an all-around player, whose tenacity on both offense and defense combined with a fierce discipline to improve matched by few in the Narrows League.

F — Adam Shilmyer, King’s West — Along with Gonzales, Shilmyer is one of just two area players nominated for the McDonald’s All-American team. Averaging 20.4 points, 9.4 boards, 3.4 assists and 2.4 steals, Shilmyer did it all for King’s West, anchoring a boys team that has a good shot at its first trip to state.

F — Jamil Moore, South Kitsap — A tenacious defender, the 6-3 senior recorded 31 steals and took eight charges while his offensive production steadily grew as the season moved on, ending at 10 points a game. Hit 44 percent of his three-pointers.

F — Ryan Young, North Kitsap — The only Kitsap-area high school player to average a double-double this season, he won MVP honors from Narrows coaches. Though talented on the hardwood, he’ll be throwing the javelin for Cal-Berkeley next year as a scholarship athlete.

Bench

Theo Miller, Bainbridge — As a junior, the Spartan was Bainbridge’s stats leader, pacing the team in scoring and often in rebounds each game, and racking up a number of double-doubles. His play was instrumental in the Spartans’ 14-10 season and berth in the Sea-King District Tournament, where they were ousted by state title favorites O’Dea. Paired with the burgeoning talents of junior-to-be Coby Gibler, Miller should provide a formidable front-court presence for the Spartans next season.

Derek “Tippy” Burk, South Kitsap — A 5’ 10” sophomore that runs the show like a senior. A scrappy defender who plays all out every minute of every game. Averaged nine points a game and dished out 79 assists.

Neil Fryer, Central Kitsap — Fryer hasn’t had a player like Brice Brooks around him this season but that hasn’t stopped him from putting up similar numbers. The senior has taken the load and has not only carried the Cougs at times, but has also helped get his teammates involved, helping open up the inside along side Glenn Perkins.

Armand Boddie, Bremerton — Boddie nearly took the Knights into the playoffs in a year they weren’t expected to closely compete. Averaging 14.5 points, Boddie was the focal points of a spread offensive attack and provided a spark on the floor when the Knights needed it most.

Glenn Perkins, Central Kitsap —  Perkins took over inside at times for CK, using great inside moves to get around his often larger opponents. Perkins soft-shooting touch helped him to 15 points, adding nearly eight boards a game.

Josh Monagle, South Kitsap — A junior transfer that gave the Wolves a much-needed presence in the middle. Led the team in rebounds with 133 while scoring 11 points per game. At 6’ 4’’ he was not afraid to bang with the big boys.

Jared Prince, North Kitsap — Only a utility player a year ago, Prince emerged this season as the Vikings’ floor leader and also became a shooting presence, weighing in each game in the top three scorers for NK. A tremendous athlete in baseball and football as well, he could do it all for the Vikings.

Honorable Mentions

Grant Leslie, Bainbridge — Like NK’s Jared Prince, Leslie picked up in basketball right where he left off in football, establishing himself as a team leader on the Paski Gym hardwood. The star quarterback’s talents translated perfectly to his role as point guard, finding post players down low or feeding the Spartans’ shooting guards around the arc. An in-your-face defender as well as a penetrator when needed, the graduating senior leaves a big vacancy for the Spartans to fill next year.

Jesse Reeves, King’s West — Reeves is probably the top passer in the area, creating opportunities for his Warrior teammates with 6.5 assists a game. He can take it to the hole as well, as he scored 11.3 points and also had two steals a contest. With Reeves running the show, King’s West has the opportunity to go deep into the playoffs.

JR Gordon, Central Kitsap — Gordon is one of the fastest, most athletic players in the Narrows League — and he probably has some of the best hops to boot. The electrifying Gordon scored 11.5 points per game for CK, but also used his speed for high-pressure defense.

Conner Gehring, South Kitsap — A 6’ 4’ junior capable of huge numbers, averaged nine points and four rebounds a game. Tough defender.

Justin Turner, Olympic — Turner averaged nine points for Olympic, usually getting them from behind the arc, despite Oly’s tough 2-18 season. Turner always played his hardest and helped keep the Trojans close in some of their narrow losses.

Dan Leenstra, Klahowya — In a 0-20 season, Leenstra did what he could to help Klahowya, averaging just less than six boards a game for Klahowya. Leenstra also snagged about two steals a game for the Eagles.

Erik Bright, King’s West — Bright is the third member of the Warrior boys power trio, playing in the post alongside Shilmyer. Bright was a force inside, using his superior size to score about 14 points and grab eight boards a game.

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