Boys Basketball

2A boys basketball spotlight: 7 questions with Columbia River’s Nate Snook

Nate Snook, the 2A Greater St. Helens League co-player of the year, helped lead Columbia River to a 2A state tournament win over Anacortes on Wednesday, tallying nine points, seven rebounds and five steals in the Chieftains’ 49-37 win.

Snook and his teammates will have their hands full in the 2A quarterfinals Thursday against No. 1 Lynden at the Yakima SunDome. Win or lose, though, the Chieftains have had a terrific season. We recently caught up with Snook, a 5-11 junior, to ask him seven questions:

How would you describe your game?

I would describe my game as high paced but under control. I can get to the basket using my quickness, while also possessing the ability to shoot the ball. I love playing defense as well. Having a good defensive possession is just as important as scoring for me.

What are your goals for the season?

An individual goal I have this year is to lead my team at the point guard position and always give my team 100%. As a team I would like to go to state and play on that very last Saturday of the season to take home a trophy.

How would you describe your coach (David Long)?

Coach Long is a very enthusiastic coach who loves his players. One minute he will be on you, then he will tell you how much he cares about you right after. Coach understands the game of basketball better than a lot of people I know.

Who is your favorite player?

Damian Lillard.

Who was your toughest matchup of the season?

Our toughest matchup of the season would be Skyview. There is always a playoff atmosphere when we play them. Being each other’s rivals always makes the game tons of fun.

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

My favorite gym is our home gym at Columbia River. So many memories created with teammates over the years have made J Hoover a place I’ll never forget. Countless hours in the gym makes me comfortable anywhere on the court.

What are your aspirations as a player?

I would love to play college basketball. Playing basketball after high school is special no matter where you go to college. Very few people get the opportunity to do that. I want to be one of those very few people.

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