By Tom Rohrer
Like they did all season long, the Timberline High School boys basketball team kept battling back. However, the Blazers came up just short in the consolation bracket of the 3A boys basketball tournament, falling to Seattle Prep 56-52 at the WIAA Hardwood Classic in the Tacoma Dome.
The Panthers were paced by D.J. Fenner, the leading scorer in the Seattle area this season who will play at the University of Nevada Reno in the upcoming winter. All game long, Fenner and Timberline’s own star Donaven Dorsey went at each other, with Dorsey notching 21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists. Senior post Elijah Sanders, in his last game in a Blazer uniform, posted 12 points, five rebounds and an assist. It was Timberline’s first appearance in the Hardwood Classic since 2004, and with a host of key players returning next year, including Dorsey, wings Chase Ryan and Tyler Gartner and guards Brandell Evans and Brandon Brown, the Blazers may be back in the dome next spring. Already with offers from Gonzaga, the University of Washington, Washington State University, Oregon State University and Portland State University, Dorsey will likely generate more recruiting interest following his 51 point performance between the two Hardwood Classic games.