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The Pacers are relatively inexperienced, but ready to battle, compete in TRL

PMG PHOTO: MILES VANCE - Lakeridge senior guard Mason Nelson and the Pacers hope to surprise in the upcoming Three Rivers League race.The Lakeridge boys basketball team is starting anew in 2019-20.

The Pacers, after graduating nine seniors and losing two other potential varsity returners, bring back just two varsity players from a year ago, but are ready to battle nonetheless.

"We plan to compete as always," said Lakeridge coach Fred Gold. "It is difficult to understand how ... we will fare, but we are going to compete, play hard and make it difficult on all."

This year's Pacers will be led by those two varsity returners — 6-foot-3 senior guard Mason Nelson and 6-6 senior forward Nick Holum — and Gold will need big contributions from both.

"We will be depending on Mason to lead us both on and off the basketball court and he is up to the task," Gold said. "Mason will play guard for us as he is a really unselfish player who has the ability to create shots for himself and others."

In addition to those two, the Pacers will also feature two former varsity players who return to the program after a year away — 6-2 senior guard Carson Mike and 6-7 senior center Eric Struik — and another solid senior in 5-10 senior guard Aaron Buck.

"Nick Holum and Aaron Buck have worked hard in the offseason," Gold said. "Both Nick and Eric will manage the paint, (while Buck and Mike) will be depended on to play great perimeter defense and create opportunities for themselves and others."

The Pacers will also get contributions from 6-2 senior forward Daniel Zaninovich, 5-11 junior guard Kobe Kruse, 6-3 junior forward Clark Sheehan, 5-11 junior guard Max Wise, 5-9 junior guard Ozzy Stevenson, 6-1 sophomore guard Tyler Bradley and 6-0 sophomore guard Rylan Lafaye.

While the Pacers are ready to compete, they hold no illusions about what lies ahead in the ever-tough Three Rivers League race, where Lake Oswego and West Linn are currently ranked third and fourth in the state. Lakeridge is coming off a seventh-place TRL finish in 2018-19 and a 6-17 overall record last year.

"I believe the TRL is the best league in the state of Oregon and I suspect each team has a good chance to compete for the TRL title," Gold added. "All (of them) have gotten better and most set up a fairly good preseason in preparation for league."

To see the Lake Oswego boys team preview, click here.

To see the West Linn boys team preview, click here.

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