Wednesday Mar 09 2011
Guiles racking up the miles
By: Ray Hacke Journal Sports Correspondent
Ethan Guiles’ college basketball career has already taken him halfway across the country and back. The Colfax High graduate will be relocating at least once more before he’s done. Guiles spent the past season at Lane Community College in Eugene, Ore. The 6-foot-5 sophomore forward spent last season at Grayson County College in Denison, Texas, where he was on scholarship but wasn’t receiving much playing time. “I didn’t see that improving too much,” Guiles said. Guiles had some friends attending the University of Oregon, which is also in Eugene. Wanting to be closer to them, Guiles contacted Lane coach Bruce Chavka about playing for the Titans. Grayson is a nationally respected junior college program, according to Chavka, and after seeing film of Guiles playing for the Vikings, he was happy to welcome Guiles into his program. “I always tease him,” Chavka said. “I say, ‘Where the heck did we find you?’ And he says, ‘I found you.’” Although Lane already had a solid group of returning sophomores, according to Chavka, Guiles played himself into a starting role. Guiles shot 46 percent from the field (42-for-92) and averaged 3.9 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in helping the Titans go 13-13 overall and tie for third place in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ South Division. “He’s not a scorer or an offensive threat, but he does well on put-backs and has a nice spin move,” Chavka said. Guiles has accepted his role as the type of player who provides necessary but less-than-glamorous defensive and hustling contributions. “He’s a lunch-pail kind of guy,” Chavka said. “He does a lot of the dirty work. But he hasn’t complained once.” Guiles is one of several local products who have performed well on junior college basketball courts this season. Colfax graduate Ryan Salmonson recently completed his freshman season at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. The 6-9 forward averaged 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in 25 games for the Hawks (18-11, 8-6 Big 8 Conference). “His development has come along really, really well,” CRC coach James Giacomazzi said. “It took him a while to adjust to the speed of the college game, but he’s getting better and better. He’ll work himself into a Division I player by next year.” Del Oro graduate Casey Arent averaged a double-double for Sierra College (13-14, 5-9 Big 8). The 6-10 sophomore center scored 19.1 points and pulled down 12.5 rebounds per game for the Wolverines, shooting 51.6 percent from the field. Arent also blocked a team-high 53 shots and had 25 assists. On the women’s side, Samantha Hodge (Del Oro ‘09) and Kayla Campora (Forest Lake Christian ‘09) served as Sierra’s starting and backup point guards, respectively. The two helped the Wolverines (20-12, 10-4 Big 8) secure a spot among California’s top eight teams before falling to Santa Rosa in the NorCal regional playoffs last Saturday. Prior to Saturday’s loss, Hodge averaged 8.7 points and 2.0 rebounds while dishing out a team-high 67 assists in 29 games for Sierra. The 5-6 sophomore was also second on the Wolverines with 45 steals. Campora, a 5-7 redshirt freshman, averaged 2.0 points and 1.1 rebounds and had 29 assists for the Wolverines. Guiles, who is undecided on a major, hopes to transfer to an NCAA Division II or an NAIA school next season. Regardless of where he goes, he’s looking forward to finally settling down for his final two years of college. “It’ll be nice not to have to pack at the end of the school year,” he said.