Posted On: 12/5/18 1:00 PM

Santiam Christian has gotten off to a quick start in 2018-19 as the Eagles have been simply burying opponents from the jump. Zach Baugher is enjoying each and every step of the way. The lanky 6-foot-7 wing recently made his college decision official, allowing the senior to play his final year of high school basketball without the burden of figuring out what his future holds.

Baugher had several choices when it came to signing early. He held offers from NAIA schools such as Carroll College, William Jessup, Lewis & Clark State, Corban, and Northwest Christian but when it all came down to it, Division II Western Oregon was the best fit. “They’re close to home and it’s a great program, that’s why I signed (early),” Baugher said. “Coach Shaw is just a phenomenal coach and he’s built a great program. I’m humbled to be able to play for him. He’s a great guy and it’s exciting to be able to play close to home.”

With his college decision done, it’s given Baugher the freedom to play his game. This year, he’s doing something he’s never done before – play some point guard. In a recent blowout win over Portland Adventist, Baugher showed off these skills and narrowly missed posting a triple double with 27 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. It’s all good for him as he continues to develop his skills for the next level.

“We lost our point guard – he graduated – and we got a couple of bigs, so that pushed me and my brother to share point guard duties,” Baugher said. “It’s helped expand my game. I’ve just got to get more athletic. I’ve definitely been hitting the weight room, even in season. I’ve just got to get bigger, stronger, and faster.”

Santiam Christian is pummeling opponents right now but the schedule will get tougher. The goal of course is a state championship, so Baugher knows there’s no need to rush anything. “We’re just taking it one game at a time,” Baugher said. “Just trying to get better each game.”

Baugher currently ranks as the #20 player in the PrepHoops Class of 2019 rankings.