Lakewood’s Kaleb Duitsman dribbles against a Blaine defender on a breakaway. Brandon Adam/Staff Photo

Lakewood ends district drought

The Cougars were in a first-quarter jam until freshman Alex Jensen happened.

The Lakewood boys basketball team started out trailing Blaine in the opening quarter, eventually battling to a 15-15 tie.

Jensen was tied for 22 points with junior teammate Adam Duran who sunk a game-high seven 3-pointers, but it was Jensen who scored 13 points in the second quarter, and combined for four steals in the first half that helped Lakewood take off with a 37-25 halftime lead that held to a 70-48 win Jan. 30.

“[Jensen] really charges in the second quarter. He plays huge,” Lakewood coach Anthony Wiederkehr said. “He got a couple of very big steals, and really took Blaine out of their game a little bit too.”

The “ahead-of-the-curve” freshman has led Lakewood frequently in scoring with his overall basketball poise, this time scoring on breakaways caused by loose balls, and getting to the free-throw line.

“Physically and skill wise, I have seen freshmen as good as him or better,” Wiederkehr said. “But mentally, he’s such a smart player for his age, and he’s the leader of the team too.”

The win helped Lakewood lock into the sixth-seed of the 2A district playoffs — the post season the Cougars haven’t seen since 2007, coach Wiederkehr said.

“It feels good we’re going to go for sure,” Wiederkehr said. “It really hasn’t hit me yet after just getting done with the game.”

It was always a goal of the 2006 Lakewood alum since he became coach in 2014.

“It’s now a really young team, and it’s good that we’ll get this experience in,” Wiederkehr said. “Their going to be pumped that their reaching one of their goals this year.”

Though the Cougars are penciled in at sixth seed, Wiederkehr said he wants to”amplify” their seeding by winning out their three reaming regular-season games.

“Now it’s a matter of seeing how far we can take this the next couple of weeks,” he said.

Wiederkehr said he hopes his team “peaks at the right time” heading into districts.

“I think this was a statement win,” he said. “I’m hoping we are going to play our very best ball in the next two weeks and into districts.”

Not to be outdone, Duran’s 3-point shooting is one thing that Wiederkehr hopes transitions into playoffs.

“He’s just a great shooter,” Wiederkehr said. “He gets it off quick. great form. Obviously it helps us offensively because it’s a guy teams have to pay attention to and keep a guy on him.”

More in Sports

Golf tourney raises scholarship money in Arlington

ARLINGTON – A golf tournament that provides scholarships for local graduating high… Continue reading

No more pay to play in Arlington

ARLINGTON - Athletic fees of $100 in high school and $50 in… Continue reading

7 on 7 football tourney at Lakewood draws top players (slide show)

LAKEWOOD – They played rock, paper, scissors; one-hand touch; and 7 on… Continue reading

Buhner a big hit at Marysville appearance

MARYSVILLE – Former designated hitter Edgar Martinez making the Hall of Fame… Continue reading

Incoming M-P freshman girl wrestler 3rd in nation

ARLINGTON – Alivia White, who will be a freshman at Marysville-Pilchuck High… Continue reading

Kids love going to sports camps in Arlington (slide show)

ARLINGTON – Every summer, Arlington High School offers sports camps for the… Continue reading

Dozens compete in 5K Foam Fun Run, triathlon in Arlington on 4th (slide show)

ARLINGTON – Not everyone is relaxing today waiting for the fireworks. Dozens… Continue reading

Moms raise money for Marysville youth football by playing the game themselves (slide show)

MARYSVILLE – Moms of Marysville Youth Football League players took to the… Continue reading

Steve Powell/File Photo 
                                Ben Spores tags out a runner in a game this year.
Arlington Eagles to play sports in college

ARLINGTON – Little did Ali Krediet know when she was kicking a… Continue reading

Jarred Rome
Marysville, Arlington stars in SnoCo Sports Hall of Fame

Jarred Rome of Marysville and Carl Zaretzke of Arlington are going to… Continue reading

M-P grad playing for Aquasox

EVERETT — When the Everett Aquasox take the field for their first… Continue reading

Judah Garcia, left, edged out Matthew Knight for second place in the 5K race at the Berry Run. (Steve Powell/Staff Photo)
Arlington teen tops out of 100 at Berry Run (slide show)

TULALIP – Almost 100 runners and walkers participated in the Marysville Strawberry… Continue reading