KITTITAS — The Kittitas Secondary School boys basketball team will be almost unrecognizable next season. It lost five seniors including the state’s all time scoring leader Brock Ravet.

The Coyotes also lost head coach Tim Ravet who resigned after guiding them to their third consecutive 2B state championship.

But Kittitas filled that void on Wednesday by hiring Chet Weekes, a Kittitas graduate himself (‘01), to take duties as head coach.

“We had a strong applicant pool to choose from for this position. Chet was ultimately selected because he has the skills, demeanor and qualifications to keep our basketball program on track,” said Kittitas athletic director Austin Brothers.

“Obviously next year is a new year with a new team, but we will continue to have high expectations for all of our teams, including basketball. With that being said, Chet being a Coyote himself made for a nice segue between last year and this year. He has a great community here at Kittitas and his personal connections and character will pay off in dividends with support next year.”

Weekes is excited to be on board with a program that has enjoyed much prosperity over the past few years. He was successful player himself during his high school days.

His coaching experience mostly comes from AAU, coaching various age groups of boys and girls up to the middle school level.

“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” Weekes said. “And this opportunity came up. ... There’s been a pretty good foundation that’s been built.”

Kittitas returns one starter, and that’s senior Justin Hudson. He’ll more than likely be Kittitas’ linchpin on both sides of the ball and bring intensity the team will need.

Kittitas will be different, no doubt, but having a returner who brings a lot of championship experience will help round out the team.

“I think he’s a great leader,” Weekes said. “I’m pretty fortunate to have a kid like that coming back that was part of a very special team that came through Kittitas. He brings a lot of leadership, a lot of big game experience.”

Kittitas became the third team to three-peat as state champions of the 2B tournament. Northwest Christian had four consecutive from 2006 to 2009 and Brewster with three from 1975 to 1977, going 27-0 in each of those three seasons.

The bar is high for Weekes and the Coyotes as they head into the 2019-20 campaign.

“Same as everybody. We play to compete and play to win a state championship,” he said. “Are we going to have growing pains? Probably.”


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