2018 Golden Throne Preview: Clarkston boys


Unlike their female counterparts, the Bantam boys are a very young team.

On the roster, only two are seniors.

“Individually especially, we’re all growing and then with us growing comes out confidences as a team,” Sophomore guard Tru Allen said.

As a 10th grader, he already has a college basketball offer to play at Eastern Washington.

Playing in his second Golden Throne.

“As a freshman, it was another level of like, everyone’s watching me,” Allen said.

Luckily, there’s still Lewiston vs. Clarkston experience on the team.

Senior Nate Savolainen plays football, basketball and baseball.

“Every sport is really different,” Savolainen said. “It’s hard to pick one over the other just because each sport has a different mentality and different atmosphere.”

Clarkston has had close games all season, including close ones with the number one team in the league, Pullman.

The first time they played the Greyhounds, they lost by just 2-points.

Pullman is undefeated in league play.

“We’re just trying to take it one game at a time,” Savolainen said. “Focus one us at this point and time and just try to keep the ball rolling.”

Clarkston played Lewiston on the last day of the Avista Holiday Tournament with the Bengals winning 45-29.

Despite the big loss, it’s not shaking the team’s confidence.

“Go Bantams, dude,” Savolainen said.

The Clarkston boys have dominated in its part in the Golden Throne in recent years.

Whenever an Allen was on the team, they’ve won.

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