Coos Bay — The legacy of Micah Wicks at Sutherlin just went from blazing hot to white hot over the span of three days, as she returned home from Coos Bay with a 3rd Place trophy and some rewritten record books that etch her name into 3A history. Here’s the kicker: Wicks is only a junior, giving herself opportunity to improve and do possibly even better in 2023, growing her legacy as a Sutherlin Bulldog and placing herself in her rightful place as one of the best to ever wear the Sutherlin uniform.
Prior to entering the state tournament, Wicks was already breaking records: Setting the single season scoring record in Sutherlin history with 608 points, averaging 25.3 points per game entering the state playoffs. After Sutherlin defeated Yamhill-Carlton to advance to state, Wicks erupted for 23 points, seven assists, and seven steals to get the Bulldogs into the state semifinals against Nyssa, defeating Amity 64-31. Against a tough defense in Nyssa, Wicks put Sutherlin on her back and pushed Nyssa in every facet of the game, finishing with 28 points and three steals but falling short on the scoreboard 48-44.
With the loss to Nyssa, Sutherlin found themselves in the 3rd place game against OES, a program that entered a 16-seed and worked their way to the Final Four. Wicks went for the glory and went off again, throwing up a state tournament record 32 points against the Aardvarks and having seven steals alongside five assists, getting the Bulldogs a 3rd place finish 62-38 over OES. After the dust settled, Wicks had rewritten three separate records: Most points in a state tournament game, most points over the course of the state tournament (83 points, 27.6 per game), and tying the record for steals in a tournament (18).
The legacy of Micah Wicks is just short one thing: A state championship. If Wicks and the Bulldogs can pull it off in 2023, it would be the sixth title in school history and a storybook ending to a legendary career at Sutherlin. Wicks is one of the best players in Oregon, continuously impressing with her multi-tooled abilities that make her a force on both offense and defense, breeding off the mistakes and mismatches of her opponents. 2022 was a great season for Wicks and the Bulldogs, but the aspirations and expectation are much higher for 2023, and you can bet that Wicks will be leading the Sutherlin train right back into the gauntlet again next year.