Sophomore wing helps Wildcats earn sixth-straight OSAA trophy
The Wilsonville boys basketball teams sixth-straight state trophy had plenty to do with the progress of one of its most improved players.
After earning limited varsity minutes as a freshman in 2012-13, wing Tyler Hieb became a key asset for the Wildcats in his recently completed sophomore campaign.
Hieb received all-state honorable mention for his role on a team that took sixth place at the Class 5A championships in Eugene.
The recognition came after Hieb was named to the all-Northwest Oregon Conference first team and finished second in voting behind only Sherwood forward Jordan Kurahara, the leagues player of the year.
Hiebs individual accomplishments this season included a 27-point effort on 11-of-14 shooting against Scappoose and a 60-point stretch in three early conference games that featured a 17-of-20 outing at the foul line in an overtime win over Liberty.
The 6-foot-4 Hieb hit buzzer-beating shots at the end of the first and second quarters en route to finishing with a game-high 13 points in Wilsonvilles 37-36 overtime win over Portland-Wilson, which secured a sixth-consecutive trip to the state quarterfinals.
Hieb was one of five players in coach Chris Roches program to garner all-league honors this season.
Senior wing Zach Malvar made the second team, carrying more of the offensive load a year after making key contributions as a lockdown defender. Malvar tore his anterior cruciate ligament in the Wildcats quarterfinal loss to top-ranked Portland-Jefferson, the eventual state champion.
Zach Reichle received third-team honors as part of an impressive freshman campaign in which he led Wilsonville in scoring in many games. His two overtime free throws sealed the teams win over Wilson.
Sophomore point guard Sam Bullock and senior wing Tyler Martin earned honorable mention. Bullock became a key leader as he orchestrated the Wildcats offense, also improving his defensive and rebounding skills in his second year as a starter. Martin contributed as the teams sixth man and took on a wide variety of defensive assignments.
Roche was named the NWOC coach of the year in his 12th season at the helm of the program, leading Wilsonville to a 20-8 record its seventh campaign in a row with 20-plus wins despite the graduation of several key starters.
Roche has earned league coaching honors 10 times in his career on the sideline, including eight with the Wildcats and five since the OSAA created six athletic classifications.