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Camaraderie to strengthen Seagull girls over season

“ ‘All in’ — that’s our motto,” Everett girls coach Luther Weathersby said, beaming about the team’s prospects for this season. He’s thinking they’ll make districts.
Kate Pohland, a five-foot-eleven junior, will be an important part of the team as one of the five starters. She was named onto the all-star team at a summer camp much of the team attended in June.
“She is poised to have a big year” as a forward and wing, Weathersby said.
Co-captain Alexis Rutter, a senior who plays center, is another key player.
“We’ll look to get her the ball a lot,” the coach said.
Senior point guard Marlena Urvater upped her game last year, and seniors Brittany Pedigo and Sienna Utt will round out the Seagulls’ regular starters.
He’s also excited by sophomores Morgan Carter and Brooklyn Johnson, who are coming up from the junior varsity squad.
He believes this year’s team will become stronger by post-season, and Everett has now built a basketball program backed up by depth.
Weathersby beams about junior varsity coach Jamar Williams, who will develop future stars for the Seagulls. But the coach is also looking outward as there are now feeder programs in Everett’s fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grades.
Already, he’s looking at Alex Hansen, a six-foot-one sophomore in the junior varsity squad, to move up next fall. She’s a hustler “in the paint” — the area directly under the basket.
“The skill work these kids are getting is good,” Weathersby said.
Pohland was strategically named a captain to have her continue in a leadership role next year as a senior, the coach said.
Building consistency is key, the coach said, but so is consistency.
Taking a page from Glacier Peak’s program, Weathersby has unified the team by instituting team dinners at each of the player’s
houses and strengthened the booster club.
“We really have had the parents buy in,” the coach
This season they’ll be going to the annual Holiday Classic, a tournament in Wenatchee that could raise the Seagulls’ profile further.
The Seagulls started their season Tuesday, Nov. 29 with a home game against Meadowdale, followed by a second home game Wednesday, Nov. 30 against Shorecrest. The team plays home games in the Norm Lowery Gymnasium, at the corner of Rockefeller Avenue and 24th Street.

Girls Schedule

Nov. 29  vs.  Meadowdale
Nov. 30  vs.  Shorecrest
Dec. 2  vs.  Cascade
(6:15 p.m. @ EvCC)
Dec. 5  @  Squalicum
Dec. 9  vs.  Ferndale
Dec. 14  vs.  Stanwood
Dec. 16  @  Shorecrest
Dec. 20  vs.  Redmond
Dec. 22  in Wenatchee (7 p.m.)
Dec. 23  @  Eastmont (7 p.m.)
Jan. 4  vs.  Snohomish
Jan. 6  @  Shorewood
Jan. 11  @  Marysville-Getchell
Jan. 13  vs.  Arlington
Jan. 18  @  Marysville-Pilchuck
Jan. 19  @  Mountlake Terrace
Jan. 25  vs.  Meadowdale
Jan. 27  vs.  Oak Harbor
Feb. 1  @  Edmonds-Woodway
Feb. 3  vs.  Lynnwood

Tipoff is always 7:15 p.m. unless otherwise noted

Boys Schedule

Nov. 29  @  Newport (7 p.m.)
Dec. 1  vs  Squalicum
Dec. 2  vs  Cascade (7:45 p.m.)
@ EvCC
Dec. 6  vs  Jackson
Dec. 9  @  Ferndale
Dec. 10  @  Skyline (7 p.m.)
Dec. 13  @  Stanwood
Dec. 15  vs  Shorecrest
Dec. 21  vs  Lambrick Park, B.C.
Dec. 22  vs  Juanita
Jan. 3  @  Snohomish
Jan. 6  vs  Shorewood
Jan. 10  vs  Marysville-Getchell
Jan. 13  @  Arlington
Jan. 17  vs  Marysville-Pilchuck
Jan. 20  vs  Mountlake Terrace
Jan. 24  @  Meadowdale
Jan. 27  @  Oak harbor
Jan. 31  vs  Edmonds-Woodway
Feb. 3  @  Lynnwood

Tipoff is always 7:15 p.m.
unless otherwise noted

Seagull boys one of its strongest teams in recent history

Seagulls boys coach Bryce Levin is confident this year the team is poised to make districts and a run at getting into state.
He hasn’t been this excited in a while.
“We’ve got a lot of ‘size’ this year,” Levin said. He’s not kidding: He believes  six-foot-five Byron Lewellen and six-foot-six Murdock Rutledge, both forwards, will be among his top players.
Both are seniors who played strong last year.
Add in senior point guard Nate Tuck, who stands five-foot-ten, among others, and the Seagulls have a potent team.
“We’re deep enough that everyone is competing for playing time,” Levin said.
Lewellen, a third-year player, is co-captain with Tuck, who’s in his fourth year.
The entire roster is made up of juniors and seniors, but Everett has developed its junior varsity program to provide “a lot of depth,” Levin said.
Bogdan Fesiienko also has Levin’s praise. He’s a junior this year who “plays harder than anyone I’ve ever seen,” the coach said.
Levin’s known this group for years. He was their freshman year coach for their early careers before he became the Seagulls head coach.
Levin has built in the principle of accountability among his guys — making sure they call on each other to attend extra practices,
open gyms and work together to make the blue and gold proud.
“It’s a really good group of kids who have been pushing hard,” Levin said.
Everett’s first home game is a nonconference match at home against Squalicum on Thursday, Dec. 1. The Bru-Gull Fest will be at Everett Community College this week on Friday, Dec. 2.



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