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"With the Christmas break behind them, local high school squads will be rolling up their sleeves and getting heavily into league play. For the Oak Harbor boy's basketball team the last week of 2000 was bitter sweet. The Cats managed a split of their two non-league games last week, losing at Stanwood but pulling out a win over Squalicum at home.The Wildcats have a tough pair of games in the next week as they travel to Kamiak to face the Knights this Friday night and then return home to host perennially tough Sehome Tuesday.Kamiak got off to a slow start, losing their opening three games, before running off four consecutive wins, including a trip to the championship game of a holiday tournament in Phoenix.The Knights just missed a trip to state last year, going 23-5 and they return three starters, two of those having earned All-League honors a year ago.6-foot-6 senior guard Jeff Knudson signed a national letter intent to play at Seattle Pacific next year. He's a dangerous outside shooter with great range. Knudson set a school record, making 73 three-pointers as a junior as he averaged 16.6 points per game. 6'-foot-7 senior center Scott Szalay is receiving some recruiting attention as well. Szalay averaged 12 points and eight rebounds as a junior and was a second team All-WesCo performer.Sehome once again looks like the team to beat in the WesCo North. The Mariners, who finished 24-4 and fourth at the state tournament last year, came out of the holiday break with a 9-1 record and a hold on first place in the division. They met South Division leading Mountlake Terrace last night. They are led by a pair of small guards who both play much larger than their respective statures. 5-foot-10 senior point guard Kyle Jackson was a first-team All-Wesco performer as a junior, averaging 12 points and six assists per game. He will be continuing his basketball playing at Western Washington, where his father Brad is the head coach. Joining him is 5-foot-11 senior shooting guard Mike Harvie. He earned second-team All-Tournament at state last March. Harvie is an excellent outside shooter and has been impressive in his ability to take the ball strong inside. He scored 35 points in a game against 2A No.1 Lynden Christian last week.Inside Sehome always has some muscle. Coach Pat Fitterer has had a Division-1 lineman on his squad for 10 consecutive years. This year he broke that chain but has a 6-foot-5 exchange student from Crete doing the banging. Theo Koulouriotis has been a pleasant surprise for Fitterer and has picked up the Sehome system quickly. If you are not a regular attendee at Wildcat games but have thought about going to a game, this is a good one to catch. Sehome will be leaving WesCo next season, dropping down to the Northwest 3A League. I think I speak for the entire league when I say, there is no team anyone would rather beat than Sehome.In case you hadn't noticed, some games this year have employed three-man officiating crews. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has considered going to the larger crew and allowed each league and officials association to experiment with the larger crew during non-league games. The Wildcat wrestlers return to the mat after a two-week break, hosting league rival Kamiak tomorrow night. The Cats split up for the weekend with the junior varsity team heading to Marysville for a tournament and the varsity going to the Everett tournament. They get back into the league schedule Tuesday with a dual meet at Marysville. "

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