Size and Shooting Should Make Richland Competitive in Shootout
About the only thing more rare than watching a high school player record a triple-double is for the Richland Bombers to finish a game without having Riley Sorn block a shot or with the 35-second shot clock expiring before they get off a shot.
The Bombers are an entertaining up-tempo team that averaged over 75 points per game last year and just happen to have a 7’3 center, who is one of two returning starters back from last year’s team that finished with a 21-7 record.
Richland was a 3-pointer away from making it to reaching the state championship game but ended up finishing fifth in the state tournament.
If opposing team’s hope to find success against Richland, they must figure out how to get around the Sorn, is a 7’3, 225-pound center, junior center, who averaged 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocked shots per game last year.
He was an all Mid- Columbia Conference unanimous all-league selection and voted defensive player of the year. Sorn set the Washington State tournament record with 30 blocks in our four state tournament games. He was selected to the WIAA all-tournament team and was an honorable mention AP All-State team. He has been offered by Washington State and St. Mary’s.
“He is a very young senior with a great upside as his best years are ahead of him,” said Richland coach Earl Streufert. “If his progress this year mirrors what he did last year, he will be a dominant force this season.”
The Bombers have been successful on offense by feeding the ball to Sorn in the post and having him take a job hook or having him kick the ball out to one of three guards, who all started at times last year and can carry the team when they get hot.
“I’m not sure who will lead the team in scoring,” Streufert said. “We will probably have some games when we have four different guys score 15 points or more.”
Streufert believes that Cole Northrop, Garrett Streufert, and Cody Sanderson are as good of shooters as he’s had in recent history.
“They’re all lengthy and can score. The biggest key for us thing year will be finding out who we go to when we need to make a basket at the end of the game,” said. “Streufert. “We’re excited to come back (to Orem). You all treated us so well last time and in addition to the high caliber of teams you play, you know that you will face all different styles of teams.”
Streufert begins his 19th season as head coach at Richland. The Bombers finished second in 2014 and have won five straight league titles. They participate in 4A, the highest classification in Washington.
|5||Ryan Wagar (Captain)||Guard||12th||6’3″|
|20||Rhet McCullough||Guard/ Forward||12th||6’3″|
|52||Riley Sorn (Captain)||Forward||12th||7’3″|
Head Coach: Earl Streufert
Assistant Coaches: Bruce Robertson, Calvin Chunn, Danny Taasevigen, Phill Neill, Jim Castleberry
Program Assistant: Meg Beo