This team finished 10-10 in the regular season. We
did beat west in both games, and that always makes it a good year. I
remember the Burlington-Edison game that we played up there. Holy God
they had a good team. I thought we should have won that game. And Mt.
Tahoma had a good team and I thought we could have beat them. We split
with O’Dea this year and they weren’t really very good. We had a number
of close losses and could easily have been 15-5 or 16-4..
The starters were Steve Boyce, Kevin Eddy, Mark
Beach, Dave Hegland and Clark Blaisdell. Jim Trostad and Dennis Reagan
were the first guards off the bench and Ken Drew and Tom Berentsen were
the main substitutes for the front line. Dave Bean, Gordon Rinke and
Brant Gibler rounded out the team. We had a lot of depth this year.
Mark Beach: No shot, one of those kids that
somebody would wonder, well why was he even playing. But when you put
Beach in the game, something would happen. If you didn’t hustle for the
ball, Beach would be flat out on his nose trying to get it and he’d make
you look bad so pretty soon everybody was playing that way and playing
Steve Boyce: This is Boyce’s senior year and he
averaged 22 points/game. He ended up the 2nd leading scorer
all time at East. Boyce could play; he was a big kid and was tough off
Kevin Eddy: Oh God. There was a character I’ll
tell you. He was the 2nd leading scorer on this team at 13
points/game. Eddy was a fast one; he could get into a lot of things…you
had to keep your eye on him.
Dave Hegland: Dave was a systematic good player
and an excellent shooter
Clark Blaisdell: a tough kid; a good kid who
Tom Berentsen: was a shooter; added some good
scoring off the bench.
Ken Drew: Tough kid. liked to mix it up under the
boards. He started a couple of games for Boyce and had a pretty good
average for the year at 7 points/game.
Jim Trostad: Was the quarterback on the football
team. A smart kid who could run the offense.
Dennis Reagan: The other half of the second unit
guards along with Trostad. Didn’t score a lot, but added a spark when
we needed it.
Brant Gibler: He wasn’t as big this year as he got
the next year. Melba was probably still burping him when he got his
uniform. I yelled at Gibler more than I did any other kid and the fact
is I don’t feel too good about that. But he had talent and if you could
get him mad enough at you or the other team he could play.
Dave Bean: good kid, not a bad shooter, a good jump
shooter. Not very tall but he could really jump that kid.
Gordon Rinke: He played better than he could
play. I mean, he would get into a game and he’d do real well and then
you would watch him in practice sometimes and he wouldn’t do very well
We made it to the regionals at Pacific Lutheran
University. We played Foster the first night and won in overtime
72-70. In the region final we played top ranked and undefeated Curtis.
We lost that game 90-81. But we learned something from that game
against Curtis. We learned how hard you had to play because Curtis
played harder than we did. It was a great game but the fact remains
that right down towards the end, they had the push and we didn’t have it
and so after that I started working harder on the kids on conditioning.
Curtis went on to win the state tournament. Central Kitsap got seeded
into a different region that year and finished 3rd. We had
beat Central both games, 83-76 and 86-69. It just goes to show you that
the best team doesn’t always get the best finish.