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7 questions with Hunter Ecklund, La Center High School

La Center High school guard Hunter Ecklund has already eclipsed 1,000 points in his career. And he’s not close to being done.

Ecklund, a 6-foot junior, has helped lead La Center to a Trico 1A league title, a District 4 championship and a No. 2 seed in the 1A regionals. The Wildcats season continues Saturday with a regional matchup against Deer Park at Battle Ground High School.

We recently caught up with Ecklund to ask him seven questions:

How would you describe your game?

A lot of my game is based on my speed. I get to the rim a lot in transition and in the half court. I also can get the defenders to step over to help so I can get an open shot for my teammates.

What are your goals for this season?

Team goal: Make it to State, bring home a trophy.

Individual goal: Be the best leader I can on the floor.

How would you describe your coach?

My coach has been my Dad (Jeremy Ecklund) since I’ve been in 3rd grade, and his coaching is built around defense first. He pushes us hard during practice and games and is always doing things to make the team a better unit.

Who is your favorite player?

Josh Perkins, Gonzaga

Who was your toughest matchup this season?

King’s Way. They match up well with us and like to slow us down in the half court. They do a good job of scouting us and always mix things up. Every time we play them it comes down to the wire. In three years of high school basketball, my only two league losses have been to King’s Way

What is your favorite gym in the state to play in?

Davis High School in Yakima.

What are your aspirations as a player?

Help my team win one game at a time and continue to work on my game.

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