Mount Si boys basketball season opens with jamboree

Mount Si’s boys’ basketball team kicked off the 2013-14 season hosting a jamboree yesterday at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie. The event marked the coaching debut for new Mount Si coach Kyle Clearman, and he welcomed in a pair of teams whose coaches also have Valley ties to participate in the competition. Teams from Overlake School in Redmond, with Mount Si grad – and close personal friend of your editor, full disclosure – Justin Prohn at the helm, and Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, coached by North Bend resident Brian Davis, took on one another in junior varsity and varsity competition.

Mount Si’s varsity went 1-1, beating Overlake but falling to Tahoma, who also beat the Owls to take the jamboree crown. Clearman was pleased with how things went. “I think it was all good. It was all a learning experience. We obviously got to see, in an unofficial game, what execution is like down the stretch, so that is a really good taste of what it’s going to be like during the season,” he said.

Clearman also added that it was special for him to get to make his varsity coaching debut coaching against a friend and former coach of his in Prohn; Prohn was an assistant for Mount Si during that state tournament run in 2006, and has been coaching Overlake for the past few years. “It was pretty unbelievable, man,” Clearman said. “We’re pretty lucky to be in that situation and to have a great relationship over all these years; that’s one of my best friends right there in Justin Prohn.”

The jamboree also gave players and officials a taste of what games will be like this fall with the new emphasis, discussed in our basketball team previews, on curbing “illegal contact.” To that end, prior to the start of the event, players and coaches from all three teams gathered together for a short meeting with the officiating crew from the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Association assigned to work the event; the PNBOA officiates all Kingco 2A/3A contests, and the officials briefed the players and coaches on the new rules changes.

There were a couple of other rules-related issues which flared up during the event yesterday – one concerning new restrictions on where coaches can stand on the sidelines to perform their duties during games; that is an actual rule change this year (NFHS Rule 1-13-2, available in their rulebook which you can order from their website), and also a couple times, including once involving Mount Si, involving the players uniforms and the T-shirts they were wearing underneath.

The Wildcats open the season Tuesday night on the road against Gig Harbor. Clearman says fans who plan on making the trip across the Narrows to see the game should be prepared for anything. “People are going to be confused as to why we play so hard,” he said.

Speaking of Prohn, the SVSJ did an extended interview with the former Mount Si player and coach to see how things have gone for him as he builds a program at Overlake; see that tomorrow here at the Journal.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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