Postman John Vaara, at 6ft 9in, was instrumental in bringing the Port Angeles men’s basketball team back with its first trophy since 1997 from the 2A State Basketball Tournament this week-end.
Despite facing double and even triple teams most of the time, Vaara averaged a double-double in his last three games at the Yakima SunDome as the Roughriders finished sixth in the state. Vaara has averaged 14.3 points and 13 rebounds in those past three games.
In a Thursday game against North Kitsap, Vaara had 13 points and 11 rebounds. In perhaps his best game of the tournament, Vaara knocked down 19 boards while scoring 17 in a win over Prosser on Friday that sent the Riders to the medal round.
Finally, in the Riders final on Saturday, Vaara had 13 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
Vaara also plays baseball for the Riders and will return to the field for Port Angeles later this week.
The Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Swains General Store in Port Angeles.