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Tenth of a point — Hoops teams heating up

At the halfway point, it’s safe to say that the winter season has been kind to Marysville-Pilchuck athletics.

So far, the boys swim team remains undefeated at 6-0 with a number of state-qualifying times already in their pockets, and the Tomahawks wrestling team has posted a 6-1 mark.

The success continues on the hardwood also, with the girls team on the top half of the Wesco North, winning all of its first six conference games. That is impressive no matter where you’re playing.

The girls have been successful playing end-to-end defense and bringing back the rare offensive strategy of scoring by committee.

The lady Tomahawks have had four different leading scorers in those six Wesco North games, and routinely have more than three players score in double digits.

It’s just as hard to tell who Marysville’s top scorer is in person as well. In each of the three Marysville games I’ve covered, I’ve had to check my notes to figure out just who did the most damage — what a nice problem to have.

On a given night, that wrecking ball could be swung by Morgan Martinis, Andi Adams, Dacia Heckendorf or even Emily Enberg. Preparing for such a team must leave most Wesco coaches scratching their heads.

Also maintaining a high level of play is the boys.

After a rocky, 1-3 start, the Tomahawks caught fire, winning five of their last six games, including three Wesco contests. Their only loss came at the hands of top-seeded Lake Stevens by just three points.

Conversely from the girls, the boys are led by sophomore Ryan Shannon’s steady stream of points. The 6-5 forward is averaging almost 15 per contest, and has proven to be the engine behind this team. When he scores less than 14 points, Marysville is 1-3 this season, and 5-1 when he scores 14 or more.

Coach Bary Gould has surrounded him with a supporting cast of Kyle Hinkley, Dom Kiblinger and Danny Stokes who can score when needed.

It must be nice for coaches Gould and Julie Martin to see their teams doing well, especially since they are going to stick around for a while.

To get ahead of ourselves, there is only one senior on the girls team and two of the starters on the boys are sophomores.

This is a stark contrast from both of last year’s senior-heavy squads. Nevertheless, there is a lot to be excited for this winter. It almost makes me want the weather to stay gray ­— then I have a reason to stay inside.

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