Wilsonville basketball: season preview

Wilsonville starts their season on December 2nd as they look to kick off another great season.


Greg Artman

Wilsonville celebrates its second straight state championship victory after they beat the Silverton Foxes. Wilsonville hopes to start another championship season on December 2nd.

Wilsonville basketball has been a 5a power house to say the least over the last decade, with 2 straight state titles and winning 4 of the last 5 (2020 and 2021 seasons were cancelled due to Covid-19) power house might be an understatement for the dominance they have shown over the last few years.

Led by coach Chris Roche, Wilsonville took home another state title in 2022, and look to do so again in this upcoming season. After losing Seniors Enzo Chemienti as well as Logan Thebiay in the offseason, Wilsonville was only going to lose 2/5 of their starting lineup, that was until Tristan Davis also left by transferring to Lakeridge in the offseason.

Wilsonville still brings back Kallen Gutridge and Maxim Wu the both stud wings who can defend positions 1-5 and can shoot lights out from downtown. Wilsonville also brings back their 6th man last year Kyle Counts who has grown into a very athletic 6-7 frame and dazzled down low in his opportunities last year, after a wrist injury cut his season short last year Counts looks to have a monster Junior year this year.

Wilsonville will return Nick Colyer who came off the bench at the end of last year after the injury to Counts, all of these guys played crucial minutes in their state championship run. The expectations coming into this year don’t sound any different even with all of those players leaving as Colyer put it “We will have the younger guys step up and have a next man up system so those guys can step into their role and help the team win, I am really excited to this year and bonding with this team.”

Wilsonville starts it’s season December 2nd as the Wilsonville Invitational Tournament takes place that weekend, after that Wilsonville has its first league game against Parkrose on the 14th. After that Wilsonville will get to match up against some of the top teams across the state in the Capitol City Classic before going back to league play after the new year.

Wilsonville has had high expectations before and by the looks of this team those expectations should stay high as this Wilsonville squad looks to make it 3 straight state titles in 2023.