July 3, 2008 · Updated 6:17 PM
"A trio of Oak Harbor wrestlers made the mid-season rankings compiled by The Washington Wrestler. The rankings are listed by all classifications. At 130-pounds, Danny Wichers ranks sixth overall, second in Class 4A behind Ariel Garza of Moses Lake.Brian Lang is ranked sixth overall at 152-pounds, third among 4A grapplers behind Luke Chase of Heritage (Vancouver) and Derrick McLaughlin of Capital.Brent Lang is also ranked sixth overall at 171-pounds, third in Class 4A behind Dan Pitsch of Spanaway Lake and Jesse Smith of Eastlake. He would be the only one of these three who would have to face a wrestler ranked above him at the district level.The Wildcat hoopsters have a pair of tough home games coming up, hosting Snohomish Friday night and Cascade next Tuesday. Following last weekend's games, Cascade was resting in second place with a 6-2 league record while Snohomish was a half game back at 5-2. Cascade beat the Panthers 65-64 last Friday at Snohomish.Snohomish is small, but has as much team speed as anyone in the league. 6-foot-3 senior forward Mike Kingsbery is a very accurate outside shooter and the tallest Panther. 6-foot-2 junior guard Josh Vanlandingham and 6-foot-1 senior guard Matt Hulzer have also put up good numbers. Josh O'Conner and Ryan Sommer are both very quick and really get after it on defense. Sommer scored 29 against Cascade Friday.The Panthers will press and create plenty of offense in transition off their defense. They have had problems against larger teams though, most recently in the loss to Cascade.Where Snohomish is small, Cascade brings some good size. 6-foot-7 senior post Carson Hill is one of the top big men in the league. He scored 24 points versus Snohomish as did senior shooting-guard Matt Konsmo. Both will play college hoops.Junior point guard Marcus Hansen is very athletic and a talented passer while junior forward Jamicheal Bailey may be the best leaper in the league. He gets way up. 6-foot-4 junior forward Mike Skoor is a banger inside and has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Former Wildcat Brannon Stone continues to play well at Seattle Pacific. The 6-foot-9 junior scored 15 points and had 12 rebounds as the Falcons earned their eighth win in nine games, 79-66, over Northwest Nazarene Saturday. In the Falcons previous game, an 84-55 win over Seattle University, Stone scored 11 points off the bench as Coach Ken Bone started and gave his reserves the majority of the minutes against the under-manned Redbirds.On a trip to Hawaii earlier this month, Stone dealt the decisive blow to the Hawaii Hilo Vulcans, scoring seven of his 15 points during a breakaway 19-4 run in the second half.He had one of his better outings during the Oak Harbor Freight Lines Holiday Classic just before New Years as he hit all eight of his shots from the field and scored 22 points in a 76-60 win over previously unbeaten Puget Sound. He hit a key three-pointer and followed that with a dunk that sparked a rally to break open a close game. Stone is averaging 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocked shots and 2.1 steals per game this season as the Falcons are off to a 10-3 start.Already the school's career, season and single-game record-holder for blocks, he is fast-approaching the career top five for steals and rebounds, needing just 12 thefts and 64 boards. "