Port Townsend High School basketball player Kaiden Parcher was chosen to play in the 2018 West Sound Senior All-Star Game, which took place at Olympic College’s Bremer Student Center March 13.
Previous PTHS basketball players who played in the West Sound Senior All-Star Game include Berkley Hill in 2017, Jacob Ralls in 2016 and Chris Adkins in 2015; and Cody Russell, Paul Spaltenstein, Jacob King and Skyler Coppenwrath in 2014.
Bryan Lemaster played in 2013; Seiji Thielk and Jacob Deberry in 2011; Eric Thomas and Cameron Robinson in 2010; Parker McClelland, Dakota Pine and Joe Aase in 2009; Aaron Gifford in 2008; and Ian Robinson in 2006.
“Port Townsend has had a tremendous amount of really good basketball players participate in this game,” said PTHS boys’ basketball coach Tom Webster.
Other teams with players participating in this year’s game included Sequim, Port Angeles, Kingston, Olympic, Klahowya, Central Kitsap, Bremerton, North Kitsap, Bainbridge, South Kitsap and North Mason.
“It’s 24 players, all seniors, from 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A,” Webster said. “Teams from our side of the peninsula compete against the other side.”
Webster credited Rick Walker, owner of Sports Beyond, with starting the annual competition.
“It’s a great way to showcase the talent around the peninsula,” Webster said. “Both teams are being coached by local college coaches: Mitch Freeman from Peninsula College and Craig Murray from Olympic College.”
Webster noted that the 2018 West Sound Senior All-Star Game marks the final high school game for many players, even as they go on to play basketball in college.
“It’s a high-quality game,” Webster said. “You’d better bring some skills, because usually every player is at an MVP All-League caliber.”
Although the game’s outcome wasn’t known before The Leader’s press deadline, Webster expressed the hope that Parcher and his fellow players from this side of the sound would bring all their offensive and defensive fundamentals and skills to bear one last time, for their schools and communities.
“It’s a real honor for Kaiden to be able to play in the game and carry on the legacy of Port Townsend High School’s basketball program,” Webster said.