Klickitat County Winter Sports Preview 2011-2012
Winter Sports 2011-2012 High School Basketball & Wrestling Previews & Schedules Bickleton, Columbia, Goldendale, Klickitat, Lyle/Wishram & Trout Lake/Glenwood An annual publication of the White Salmon Enterprise & the Goldendale Sentinel
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KLICKITAT VANDALS Jan. 6 Jan. 7 Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Feb. 3 Feb. 4
SSC TLG Lyle/Wishram Bickleton Alumni Game Yakama Tribal SSC TLG Bickleton Lyle/Wishram Yakama Tribal
6:00/7:30 3:30/5:00 5:00/6:30 6:00 5:00/6:30 6:00/7:30 3:30/5:00 6:00/7:30 5:00 5:00/6:30 3:30/5:00
COLUMBIA BRUINS GIRLS BASKETBALL Jan. 6 Jan. 10 Jan. 12 Jan. 17 Jan. 20 Jan. 24 Jan. 26 Jan. 31 Feb. 2
Stevenson La Center Ridgefield Castle Rock Toledo Ilwaco Kalama Stevenson La Center
7:30 7:15 7:00 5:45 5:45 5:45 5:45 7:30 7:15
LYLE/WISHRAM COUGARS Jan. 6 Jan. 7 Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 17 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 28 Feb. 3 Feb. 4 Feb. 6 Feb. 10
Yakama Tribal Bickleton Klickitat Sunnyside Christian Dufur TLG Yakama Tribal Sunnyside Christian Klickitat TLG Bickleton District
Girls 6:00 3:30 6:30 6:00 6:00 6:00 3:00 5:00 6:30 3:30 6:00 TBA
7:30 7:30 7:30 4:30 6:30 5:00 7:30 TBA
TROUTLAKE/GLENWOOD MUSTANG EAGLES Jan. 6 Jan. 7 Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 24 Jan. 27 Jan. 28 Feb. 3 Feb. 4
Bickleton Klickitat Sherman Co. Yakama Tribal Sunnyside Christian Lyle-Wishram Bickleton Lyle-Wishram Klickitat Yakama Tribal
Sunnyside Christian Lyle-Wishram
Girls 6:00 5:00 6:00 6:00 3:30 6:00 3:30 6:00 7:30
Boys 7:30 5:00
Boys 7:30 7:30 7:30 5:00 7:30 5:00 7:30
7:00 6:00 7:30 3:30 5:00 5:00
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Stevenson La Center Ridgefield Castle Rock Toledo IIwaco Kalama Stevenson La Center
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BICKLETON PIRATES Jan. 6 Jan. 7 Jan. 9 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 17 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 24 Jan. 28 Jan. 31 Feb. 2 Feb. 3 Feb. 4 Feb. 6
TLG Lyle-Wishram Zillah C squad Klickitat LaSalle Yakama Tribal Sunnyside Christian TLG Ki-Be Klickitat Mabton Pasco Yakama Tribal Sunnyside Christian Lyle-Wishram
6:00 3:30 6:00 6:00 3:30 6:00 6:00 3:30 5:00 5:00 6:00 5:30 5:00 5:00 6:00
GOLDENDALE WRESTLING Jan. 5 Jan. 7 Jan. 12
GOLDENDALE TIMBERWOLVES Jan. 6 Jan. 7 Jan. 10 Jan. 13 Jan. 14 Jan. 20 Jan. 21 Jan. 24 Jan. 28 Feb. 3 Feb. 4
Granger Riverside-Boardman Highland Naches Valley Cle Elum-Roslyn Zillah LaSalle Granger Highland Naches Valley Cle Elum-Roslyn
6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00 6:00
Ki-Be + Mabton 6:00 Naches Valley Invite 10:00 am Zillah, Granger, Naches Valley 6:00
Highland, Cle Elum, Naches
Jan. 21 Jan. 26 Jan. 28 Feb. 4 Feb. 11/17
Stevenson Invitational Naches Valley Zillah District - Zillah Regional - Connell/State
6:00 10:00 am 6:00 6:00 TBA
COLUMBIA WRESTLING Jan. 5 Jan. 7 Jan. 12 Jan. 19 Jan. 21 Jan. 26 Jan. 28
Winlock Castle Rock Stevenson Castle Rock Camas Woodland High Hood River
6:00 10:00 am 6:00 6:00 10:00 am 6:00 10:00 am
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By ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN The Sentinel
with a large percentage of those shots from beyond the three-point arc. At point Goldendale’s girls’ basket- guard she triggers the ball program is undergoing offense and is still the “goa transformation. Last year to” player on the team. She was the first year under accounted for 37 percent of Lance DenBoer’s coaching the team scoring during and while it may have been a December, with 19.9 points learning year for both team per game and a high of 33 and coaches, it was also the points against year of defense. If one was C o l u m b i a to characterize this year’s Burbank team in a sound bite, it The problem might be the year of diversithis year’s team ty in the offense. faces in trying to DenBoer has become more the luxury of litdiverse in their tle turnover in scoring, is the personnel for his lack of size for two years. With just their inside game. one graduation from There was diversity last last year’s team, most year with Sadie Shattuck of the girls are getting sharing the load, but it is very familiar with a different looking team D e n B o e r ’ s on the floor this year, with approach. He no dominant post player. stressed defense In fact, the team last year and he is seems to have two stressing defense looks, a small, this year. But, quick team and a when asked what taller version with it will take to go inside game potendeeper into the tial. With a team built playoffs this on defense, the best fit is a y e a r , group of shorter players DenBoer who play a smart, physical says “we style of play. That group need more Johna Lexi Cameron aver- includes balanced Kartes, Haley aged 19.9 ppg in Hoffman and scoring.” When you December. K y l i e talk of Montgomery Goldendale on the front scoring, you start with Lexi line and Andrea Keffeler Cameron. The point guard helping Cameron out at carried much of the burden guard. They are good at last year and it hasn’t using their feet to take away changed much in the early passing lanes and cause a lot going of this year. Cameron, of turnovers that trigger an all-league player last fast breaks that account for year, shoots more than 40 much of Goldendale’s percent from the outside offense.
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Montgomery is second to Cameron in shooting, particularly deadly from the 12-15 foot range. Keffeler can also play the point, taking some pressure off Cameron. Kartes and Hoffman are defensive standouts who score most of their points off offensive rebounds. Kartes is the team’s leading rebounder and has been taking more shots from outside the key as the team looks for that diversity in scoring. When DenBoer goes to his big look, he brings in 5-9 Brooke Graff and 5-10 Jessica Lewis at the same time. It dramatically alters the look with both players able to match-up better against taller teams and provide some inside scoring. Lewis is new to the system this year and still learning the defense. She is athletic and can provide inside and outside shooting that should become more of a factor as the season goes on. Graff is more of a post up
GOLDENDALE HIGH GIRLS: The 2011-12 Lady Timberwolves are: (front l-r) Johna Kartes, Crysta Counts, Lexi Cameron, Andrea Keffeler; (back l-r) Brooke Graff, Taylor Swift, Jessica Lewis, Haley Hoffman and Kylie Montgomery. player while Lewis has ball handling skills that allow her to score on baseline drives. The other options off the bench are experienced play-
The 2012 version of the Goldendale Timberwolves is much like last year’s team with a twist. Devon Casey and Brady Conway are the only returning players, but like last year’s team, this one is rich with seniors and dependent on a strong inside game. The twist comes in the inside game. Last year it was heavily dependent on Reed Lindhe’s muscle. This year it is more like the twin towers with Jordan Foley and Michael Folkner giving opponents a double inside scoring threat to defend. Everything is triggered by Casey, a 5-11 senior guard who was an all-league selection last year. With Casey running the offense again, it figures that the basic attack is unchanged. Casey likes to drive the lane and dish to the big guys inside. When teams sag to shut down the lane, Casey is capable of shooting the three. Quick and physical defenders gave Casey trouble last year, but Coach Jay Thacker says Casey’s maturity and off-season work has
GOLDENDALE HIGH BOYS: The 2011-12 Timberwolves are: (front l-r) Devon Casey, Riley Ross, Ethan Enstad, Kenner Milliren; (back l-r) Patrick Golding, Michael Folkner, Jordan Foley, Brady Conway and Lucas Denney. improved his game and he has great expectations of the senior. The other guard is Riley Ross, a 5-11 sophomore who is good with the ball and is a quick defender. Ross looks to dump inside to Foley or Folkner, but will take the three point shot if given room. Thacker describes him as a real team player who bases his success on the team’s success. Conway returns in a sim-
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ilar role as last year, a swing player at 6-2 who is deadly with baseline three-point shots, but capable of taking it to the hoop when pressured. The real difference between last year’s Wolves and this year’s team is the tandem of Jordan Foley and Michael Folkner. The pair give Thacker his first tall, inside game in this, Thacker’s sixth year at Goldendale. Foley is 6-4 with power to keep from being pushed out of the lane. He is a high percentage shooter with most of his scoring coming from inside 10 feet. Folkner is 6-3 with more of a slashing style of play inside with great leaping ability. Folkner likes to take it to the board, but can pull up for the short jump shot, too. While several other league teams can put some size on the floor, Goldendale’s duo will be hard to handle as they are both very active and play
with a lot of athleticism. This is a typical Thacker team on the defensive side of the ball, with a mixture of zone and man defenses. They switch a lot and pressure the ball well. It is a team that has learned to play with their feet and avoid fouls. Casey and Ross are ball hawks and the long arms of Conway and Folkner make it hard to work the ball inside. Folkner and Foley are also good shot blockers. Goldendale’s bench is much different from last year where Thacker essentially had 10 or 11 interchangeable parts. First off the bench this year is Lucas Denney, a 6-foot junior who is a good defender and can muscle inside or play the point guard position. Denney is an all-around athlete who Thacker says “is very intelligent and a great teammate.” Two seniors who are also good athletes off the bench
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Three seniors are poised to make 2012 a very special year for Goldendale wrestling. The program has a history of good teams with several wrestlers qualifying for State in most years. For those who make it to State, the goal is to make it to the second day, as that means you have made it to the medal rounds. It is a huge accomplishment in such a physical, individual sport. What makes this year so special is that three wrestlers, Nolin Bare, Kurt Wilkins and Braydon Ross are expected to make it to the medal round and more. Each of the three has a legitimate expectation of becoming the State champion of their weight division. It would be huge for the team to put three wrestlers into the championship round, but it could be even better than that as there are four other wrestlers who have a shot at State this year and perhaps score points that could give the Timberwolves a top 10 team finish. This year’s team has 19 members, including two girls, Karrie Call and Joelle Akins. Unfortunately, as has been the case for several years now, there are gaps in the line-up, especially in the lower weight divisions, making it difficult for the team to score meet wins. There are four wrestlers who could
compete at 170 pounds and another three at 160. Only one wrestler can wrestle at a weight in dual matches, but two can represent a school at District and beyond, which helps with team points at that level. Bare is ranked at the top of the 160 pound weight division. He has medals for seventh and fifth place finishes at 152 pounds from the past two Mat Classic State tournaments. An early season showdown at the SunDome with Bare’s main competition from Royal, Alex Myrick, didn’t materialize as Myrick was beaten in the semifinals. Bare went on to win the division. Bare attributes his improvement to experience and greater strength. He wrestles in a compact, aggressive style, giving his opponents little opportunity to score against him. Bare’s goal is to finish fourth or better, but there is no reason he shouldn’t be in the championship match at State. Wilkins is also around the top of ranked 195 pounders. He doesn’t have any medals to show for his two appearances at State, making him all the more hungry for a strong finish to his high school career. Wilkins made it to State as a freshman and as a sophomore. He was expected to be a high seed at State as a junior after easily winning District and being seeded number one at Regionals. A knee injury
Kurt Wilkins, on top against Wahluke, looks to return to State Mat Classic.
LADY WOLVES player who has good inside moves and is a high percentage scorer. The Lady Timberwolves have started this season much like last, breezing through non-league opponents and stumbling against
from Page C2 Zillah, LaSalle and Granger. But, their defense, which is one of the best in the league, has given them opportunities to win. They lost to Zillah in overtime and fell by one point to Granger. The losses put pressure
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are Ethan Enstad and Patrick Golding. Enstad is a quick defender who comes in at the guard position. Golding works more as a forward and likes the medium range jump shot. Another sophomore on the team is Kenner Milliren who Thacker brings into the game to add some outside scoring power. He is quick at 5-10 and very confident in firing off three-point shots. Perhaps an “x factor” on the bench this year is Weston Lewis, a 6-3 senior in his first year at Goldendale. Lewis is getting familiar with the Goldendale schemes and could become a big factor on offense and defense toward the end of the season. Last year’s team finished the season 10-2 in league and 196 overall, qualifying for the first regional playoff. They were a team that had the advantage of playing together for several years. This year’s team is more of a potpourri, but they have the potential to go deeper into the playoffs. Thacker likes the look of the team and says the group is still learning to play together. Thacker credits the players for being unselfish and team oriented. “They just want to win,” says Thacker. The Timberwolves are 8-2, losing to Zillah and Granger in games where quick guards exploited softness in the Wolves’ defense, allowing drives to the hoop. Thacker says it’s a day to day thing, trying to get better every day. It may be that the team loses a couple of games along the way that keep them from title contention, but expect this team to be very good come playoff time as they become more familiar with each other’s play. Another regional appearance is likely and don’t be surprised if this team shows up at the YakimaDome in March.
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GOLDENDALE HIGH WRESTLERS: The 2011-12 Timberwolf wrestlers are (front l-r) Kirk Giese, Jacob Partlow, Reggie Sargeant, Ruben Finn, Dean Enstad, Zach Cully, Daniel French; (back l-r) Joelle Akins, Braydon Ross, Nolin Bare, Kyle Wilkins, Joseph Gast, Kurt Wilkins, Wade Gaston, Zach Shattuck and Karrie Call. during practice kept Wilkins out of the Regional tournament. He might have fallen off the map with some rankings, but he didn’t slip in the rankings of people who knew him. This year he moves up to 195 pounds, a new division that looks like it was created just for him. He too won at the SunDome and is bound to set a new record for wins by pin at Goldendale High School. Wilkins is a legitimate candidate for the championship round at State. Ross, like Wilkins made it to State in his first two years. As a sophomore he finished with the fourth place medal at 160 pounds. Injuries marred most of last year for Ross who still managed to qualify for State, but was unable to compete due to injured ribs and shoulder. This year he is healthy and looking to return for a high finish. If there is any obstacle in Ross’s way it could be his weight division. Ross could make 160, but with Bare there, he most likely
will be at 170. Ross has wrestled in the 182 pound division in the early going this year, so he should be a strong contender at 170. The four wrestlers who also have a good shot at getting to State are Kirk Giese, Wade Gaston, Kyle Wilkins and Dean Enstad. Giese is a senior who will wrestle at 120 pounds. He has always had the strength and experience to be a contender, but was wrestling in too high of a division his first two years and battled injuries last year. This is his last shot at making it to State and he is off to a strong start and looks like a good fit at 120 pounds. Gaston was expected to make it to State last year as a sophomore. He will likely wrestle at 160, although 170 is a possibility. Gaston is a very strong, technical wrestler. He failed to make it beyond District last year and will wrestle some matches at 182 pounds during the year to get varsity matches. Gaston started this season
on the Wolves for a top four finish, but with the close nature of the games, they believe they have a shot at redemption on the road. DenBoer expects defense will keep them in a lot of games this year.
The diversity in the offense has yet to emerge, but when it does, expect this team to improve on last year’s 5-7 league record with a chance of making it to the regional round of the playoffs.
battling a shoulder injury. He looked strong, fit and focused in his debut, a first round pin against Juan Mendoza, of ColumbiaWhite Salmon. Gaston has the potential to be a State medal winner. Kyle Wilkins, a sophomore has really come on this year. He started last season as a seemingly reluctant participant who warmed up to the sport as the season went on and was 2-2 at the District tournament at 152 pounds. It was a confident and aggressive Wilkins on the mat at the SunDome last month where he scored a pin over an opponent from Wenatchee. He will wrestle at 152 again. It is a tough division that will be hard to get past Regionals, but Wilkins is up to the challenge. Enstad also came up short at District last year, wresting as a 125 pounder. This year he will compete at 132 pounds, which is another tough division. Enstad put on a great show in a match in Goldendale last month, defeating two Toppenish wrestlers. Enstad, a sophomore also pinned a Wenatchee wrestler for the
fifth place medal in the SunDome Mat Classic in December. The rest of the team is very young with freshman Miller White wrestling at 160 to 170 pounds. White is inexperienced, but he looks to have a bright future at Goldendale. Sophomore Thurman Johnson was set to make some noise at 138 pounds this year after a good freshman year, but he has been sidelined with an injury. Other sophomores include: Kahner Adams at 126 pounds, Daniel French at 138-145 pounds, and Zach Cully at 220 pounds. All will help the Timberwolves compete in dual matches this year, but are probably a year away from being contenders at District, although Cully did wrestle at Regionals last year. Call had a strong start to the season with three pins in the early going. Both girls have suffered from inactivity and haven’t had many opportunities to wrestle outside of practice. Both girls are first year wrestlers and likely will compete at 137 pounds.
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Columbia boys stay positive, working hard However, Garwood says that regardless of the Bruins’ perfor mances, the SWW 1A Trico Division is stacked this year and he estimates that five of the teams are playoff contenders. “To our kids’ credit,” Garwood says, “we have played a lot of quality teams who may see some post-season play, so it’s been a tough schedule.” Garwood says that the team must continue to develop its skills and improve in all areas of the game to become more competitive, particularly eliminating turnovers and other mistakes. He would also like to see his team learn to see mismatches. “Every day we work on shooting and eventually the repetition will pay off,” Garwood explains. “Being a young team, I’m trying to get them to practice at game speed, which will make us all better.” In order to help the team get there, Garwood says that he will continue to rely on sophomores Hayden Gibson (6-foot-2, 1.3 ppg), Jared Garwood (6-1, 1.4 ppg), and Clayton Gross (5COLUMBIA HIGH BOYS: The Bruins in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Andres Herrera, 9, 3.7 ppg), who have been Zachary Ingram, Thomas Doty, Clayton Gross, Cristian Oliveras; (back) Asst. instrumental in creating Coach Adam Dahl, Jake Kempton, Tim Webster, Jared Garwood, Hayden Gibson, scoring opportunities for Columbia. Kasey Bond, Ben Childs, Sebastian Mael and Bruins Coach David Garwood.
By BEN MITCHELL The Enterprise Although the Columbia High boys basketball team lost every game in December by margins of 30 points or more, the Bruins (0-9 for December) aren’t about to give up or get down on themselves either. “They’re playing against some good players and they continue to work and haven’t gotten down on themselves once,” says sec-
ond-year Bruins Coach David Garwood. “I’m proud of them and they will be much better because of this.” Garwood said that a majority of the struggles stem from many of last year’s players not returning. The 2010-11 team finished 7-14. Garwood also said many players on the opposing teams outsize the Bruins, which makes staying competitive in games even
more difficult. Still, Garwood is a little surprised at the difficulties the team has experienced in trying to find the basket. The Bruins averaged 20.5 points per game for December, while opponents scored 67.3 ppg. “I knew being a young team that we would have some struggles,” Garwood explains, “but I didn’t think we would struggle this bad on the offensive end.”
The sophomore triumvirate will get help from juniors Kasey Bond (6-0, 3 ppg), Ben Childs (5-10, 1.3 ppg), and Thomas Doty (5-9, 0.4 ppg). Seniors Cristian Oliveras (5-8, 2.8 ppg), Zachary Ingram (5-8, 2 ppg), Timothy Webster (5-11, 2.1 ppg), Sebastian Mael (5-10, 2.4 ppg), Andres Herrera (0.5 ppg), and Jake Kempton (5-9) will also provide assistance. The Bruins also will look to freshman Ryan Lockman (5-10, 0.2 ppg) who has been called up from the junior varsity team to play at the varsity level.
The remaining games in Columbia’s season are all against Trico teams and if past contests are indicators of future performances, the Bruins may have a tough time with the rest of their schedule. Garwood realizes this and seems, for now, more focused on team development than the winloss column. “Being young and well undersized every game is a mismatch for us,” he explains. “Winning obviously would be great, but I want us to become a competitive team and learn what it takes to get to that level.”
CHS BOYS JAYVEE: The Junior Bruins in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Joshua Lewis, Ryan Earls, Ryan Lockman, Tanner Rabinowitz, Miguel Perez-Gomez, Dawson Reynier; (back) JV Coach Adam Dahl, Zan Yang, Ian Whidden, Blake Walker, Kyler Riggleman, Jordan McClain, Gabriel Guzman and Bruins Coach David Garwood.
CHS girls looking for another shot at district By BEN MITCHELL Ridgefield Spudders in a 52- and retur ning Br uins The Enterprise 49 come-from-behind win at Coach Howard Kreps is It’s been a month of ups home. generally pleased with the and downs for the ColumOver the first 10 games of improved girls team that bia Bruins girls basketball the 2011-12 season, the Bru- was very close to achieving team, but the team is al- ins averaged a respectable a .500 record in December. ready greatly im“The season is proved from where going well,” Kreps it was a year ago at says. “We are getthis time. ting better and that In December of is our goal.” 2010, the Bruins did However, Kreps not win a single is more than willgame, although a ing to acknowledge couple of the dethat the team still feats came from has work to do. contests that were “We need to handecided by only a dle the ball better,” few points. This Kre ps admitted, year, the Columbia “and we need to be girls are 4-6 overall more aggressive on going into January offense.” and 2-2 in the SWW One of Kreps’ 1A Trico Division. goals is to develop a F o r t h e m o s t CHS GIRLS JAYVEE: The Junior Bruins good ball-handler part, Columbia has in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Hailey Cooper, who can step up been in almost and play the point every game so far Jasmine Montero, Katherine Childs; guard position efthis season. Two of (back) Ashley Gross, Payton Struck, Ju- fectively. The team the Bruins’ six loss- nior Bruins Coach Don Struck, Juliet has greatly missed es were quite close, Knowles and Savannah Story. Not pic- L a u r e l H u t h , a including a 54-46 de- tured: Katelyn Clavette. player who gradufeat by the Washouated last year and gal Panthers on who Kreps said was Dec. 2 at home and a 42-35 45.3 points per game. Op- responsible for handling league loss at Ilwaco on posing teams far-ed only the ball “80 percent of the Dec. 22. The Bruins had an- slightly better, averaging 48 time.” other close one on Dec. 13 ppg against Columbia. This year, Kreps and when they snuck by the CHS Athletic Director Bruins fans will look to se-
COLUMBIA HIGH GIRLS: The Bruins in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Kristin Orr, Chantelle Hickman,Cheryl Reetz; (back) Kylene Olin, Kayla Wimp, Corrie Brending, Aleigha Rude, Taryn Struck, Jaleh Kermani, Rebecca Campos and Monika Swick. Not pictured: Bruins Coach Howard Kreps. niors Aleigha Rude (5-foot8, 13.8 ppg), Rebecca Campos (5-6, 6.8 ppg), and Taryn Struck (5-10, 7.6 ppg) to lead the Bruins to victory. Rude is by far the team’s leading scorer, with a laudable 124 points in the season’s first nine games. She is also very accurate, boasting 60 percent marksmanship from the field. Additionally, Rude easily leads the team in total rebounds (86, 9.6 rpg) and blocks (10, 1.1 bpg). Struck is the next high-
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est scorer with 68 points and Campos, who leads the Bruins in steals (18) and assists (19), is close behind with 61 points. These three players will be backed up by fellow senior Kayla Wimp (5-6, 3.4 ppg) and by juniors Chantelle Hickman (5-5, 2.0 ppg), Monika Swick (5-9, 3.7 ppg), and Kristin Orr (5-8, 1.1 ppg). Additional support will be provided by sophomores Jaleh Kermani (5-9, 8.3 ppg), Kylene Olin (5-7, 1.2 ppg), Cheryl Reetz (5-7, 0.8 ppg) and Corrie Brending (6-0, 3.1 ppg). Kreps says that he would
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Bruins wrestlers making push for post-season berths By SVERRE BAKKE The Enterprise Columbia High’s 2011-12 wrestling team boasts 11 returning wrestlers and its strongest group of firstyear wrestlers ever, according to Bruins Coach Stoner Bell. Back for their senior seasons are 2011 state participants Leo Torres and Sarah Gibson, as well as Mason Swick, James Pillon and Francisco “Junior” Villanueva. Also returning are juniors Tai Moses, Juan “Paco” Ramos, Levi Bell and Juan Mendoza, and sophomores Nathan Bell and Daniel Lewis. New to the team are freshmen Re gina Bell, Austin Morris, Luis Perez and Catalina Suarez, and juniors Edg ar Cor tes, Aaron Walker and Anton Pscheider. As always, said Coach Bell, the coaching staff ’s goal is to get all wrestlers a maximum number of matches to help them develop the necessary skills that will enable them to reach their fullest potential. “We’re already seeing great improvement in individual wrestling skills as wrestlers are competing better against opponents that they wrestled earlier in the season,” Bell noted, and added, “In general, we’re doing better than expected when considering our experience level. They all wrestle like they can win, and so they do.” The Bruins won’t be winning many dual meets this season because they don’t have wrestlers for all 14
weight classes but “we’ll win a few against other teams with similar issues,” Bell said. Leading off for the Bruins at 113 pounds is Regina Bell, who’s posted a 9-10 record to date. “Regina is wrestling well for a firstyear wrestler, especially in girls competitions,” Coach Bell noted. “She’s capably filling a weight class for the varsity boys competitions as well.” Lewis, CHS’s entry in the 120-pound weight class, is out with an injury but hopes to return to wrestling later this month. In December bouts, Lewis went 2-5. We i g h i n g i n a t 1 2 6 pounds is Morris, who has gone 6-9 and impressed his coaches with strong showings in varsity meets. Suarez is listed at 132 pounds and is practicing with the team but has yet to wrestle a match. Moses, a team co-captain, and Nathan Bell are wrestling at 138 pounds this year. Moses is 10-5 and “wrestling well this year,” his coach said, while Bell, who had his 2011 season cut short by a shoulder injury, has a 6-4 record so far “and should be fine for the remainder of the season.” Columbia’s 145-pound weight class is populated with Gibson, Ramos, Villanueva, Pscheider, and Perez (JV, 2-11). The Bruins’ entries at 152 are Torres, another co-captain, and Walker. (Pscheider and Walker are practicing but not competing.) Bell said Gibson (8-5 record) is only competing
in girls tournaments this season due to the logjam at 145, but he expects she will advance to the state meet in Tacoma again — and place again. Last year Gib-
son may be in jeopardy. Ramos (5-10) has been wrestling at whatever weight is open on a given day, Bell said, and is covering the 152 slot while Tor-
record), who’s also filled in at 195 when necessary. Swick (7-2) “is developing well as a technical and funk wrestler,” his coach noted. “I expect him to do
into the post-season at either 182 or 195.” Looking at success from a team standpoint, Bell said it would be “an extremely successful season”
COLUMBIA HIGH WRESTLERS: The Bruins in 201112 are (front, l-r) manager Kalee Frazer, Catalina Suarez, Regina Bell, manager Natasha Vermeire; (middle) Daniel Lewis, James Pillon, Tai Moses, Juan “Paco” Ramos, Sarah Gibson, Juan Mendoza, Austin
Morris, Francisco “Junior” Villanueva; (back) Assistant Coach Devry Bell, Nathan Bell, Levi Bell, Leo Torres, Mason Swick, Luis Perez, Anton Pscheider, Aaron Walker and Bruins Coach Stoner Bell. Not pictured: Edgar Cortes.
son made history for CHS by becoming its first girl to place in a state wrestling tournament. She finished eighth at 140 pounds. Torres (8-1 record) also made his state debut last season, and Bell was anticipating a return trip to Tacoma for the fourth-year wrestler. However, Torres is currently sidelined with a broken hand and his sea-
well in the post-season.” Bell also is high on Cortes’ post-season prospects. To date, Cortes has fashioned a 10-4 record between two weight classes. “He’s doing very well for a first-year wrestler. He’d never seen a match before this year,” Bell said of Cortes. “His strength and rapidly developing technical abilities may take him
res is out with injury. Manning the 160 and 170 spots are Pillon, who is 4-6 to date, and Mendoza, who’s won five of 11 bouts. Bell said the length of their seasons will depend on their own technical development and the overall strength of their weight classes. At 182 pounds, Swick is backed up by Levi Bell (9-3
if the Bruins qualified six to eight wrestlers for the regional tournament in February. In the final issue, Bell added, “I would also like to see a couple of guys make it to state — maybe Mason and Leo, if his hand heals quickly. And, of course, we are hoping to get Sarah back to state competition and a medal.”
State basketball tournament records by school BICKLETON Boys: 3 appearances (Class B only); Record, 3-6; Placings (1), 7th in 1979; Last entry, 1979 (Coach: Kermit Wigen). Girls: 5 appearances (Classes 1A/B, B and 1B); Record, 11-9; Placings (5), 4th in 1978, 6th in 1977 and 1979, 7th in 1981; 7th in 2010; Last entry, 2010, Class 1B, 7th place (Coach: Emily Barnhart). GOLDENDALE Boys: 21 entries (Classes B, 1A and 2A); Record, 4036; Placings (15), 1-2nd, 23rd, 2-4th, 1-5th, 3-6th, 27th, 4-8th; Last entry, 2003, Class 1A, 6th place (Coach: Mike Carlquist). Girls: 11 entries (Classes 1A and 2A); Record, 18-18; Placings (5), 2nd in 1981 and 1997, 4th in 1993, 5th in 1980, 8th in 1998; Last entry, 1998, Class 2A, 8th place (Coach: Brian Wanless). GLENWOOD Boys: 1 entry (Class B); Record, 2-2; Placings (1), 8th in 1992 (Coach: Joe Bales).
Girls: 3 entries (Class B); Record, 6-6; Placings (3), 6th in 1987, 7th in 1990, 8th in 1989; Last entry, 1990 (Coach: Joe Bales).
(Coach: Joe Bales). Girls: 5 entries (Class B only); Record, 3-9; Placings (1), 3rd in 2000; Last entry, 2 0 0 3 ( C o a c h : Ve rl y n Smith).
KLICKITAT Boys: 2 entries (Classes LYLE B and 1B); Record, 0-4; and WISHRAM Placings, none; Last entry, Boys: 1 entry (Class 1B); 2008 (Coach: Kirk Huwe). Record, 0-1; Placings, none; Girls: 4 entries (Class B Last entry, 2011 (Coach: only); Record, 3-8; Plac- Scott Myers). ings, none; Last entry, 1995 Girls: No appearances. (Coach: Kirk Huwe). STEVENSON LYLE Boys: 10 entries (Classes Boys: 4 entries (Class B B and 1A); Record, 8-19; only); Record, 1-8; Plac- Placings, 5th in 1981; Last ings, none; Last entry, 1998 entry, 2007 (Coach: Glenn
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By ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN The Sentinel
Rarely can a high school coach develop a team over two or three years, like a professional team in a rebuilding phase, but that is pretty much the way it is at Bickleton. This season is the second year for the boys’ team, trying to build around a core group of players who have been together for several years. And with two slots to State every other year, their timing couldn’t be better. Two years ago the Pirates couldn’t win a game with a team dependent upon eager, but out gunned freshmen. Jerry Roberts took over the coaching job last year and began to build a team around that group of players, then in their sophomore year. He began to teach his approach and measure his success with the individual improvement of those players. The team missed the District playoffs with a 1-9 record, but their 4-14 overall record gave reason for optimism. This year, the team is still gelling and still young. The core unit of four players are now juniors and they are joined by four freshmen and
a sophomore transfer student. Roberts understands that progress will be judged by the team’s win-loss record, so they have a goal of making it into the District playoffs this year, but Roberts’ eye is still on the long term goal of helping each player reach their potential. They are probably another year from contending which puts them right on schedule for a shot at one of two berths for Regionals in 2013. They have all the pieces they need with floor leadership from Peter Clinton, outside shooting from Justin Roberts, size inside with Taylor Brown and ball hawking and medium range shooting from Mitchell Powers. The transfer student, Jay Jay Bates, has limited organized team experience, but clearly has the tools to be a good player. At 6-0 he is a good size to play guard at Bickleton and has the ballhandling skills that allow him to drive the lane and make things happen around the hoop. With Bates in the line-up, the Pirates have a three guard look to their offense. Clinton doesn’t do a lot of shooting, playing the playmaker role, but he can put
points on the board and is very secure with the ball. He is a smart player who has his head in the game, providing on-floor leadership. The team suffered a setback when Clinton went down with a concussion against TLG last week. His return to the line-up is uncertain. Roberts is a guard and an all-opponents team selection last year. He is also good with the ball and is the team’s main outside scoring threat. He can play the point or shooting guard position and is a quick defender. Powers is a swing player who has a knack for getting open with the ball and scoring. Powers will take the three, but is more of a threat on the perimeter of the key and one of the team’s better rebounders. At 6-4, Brown has the size to lead the team in rebounding and is a serious scoring threat inside. Brown’s defense will be key this year with a lot of height on Sunnyside Christian and Lyle-Wishram teams. The four freshmen will see plenty of floor time and comprise the next wave in the rebuilding program. First off the bench at post will be Michael Underwood at 6-2. Expect Underwood to
ing Katelynn Clinton, one of the most dominant players in the game, they began this season as a strong contender to repeat. The reason for that optimism was the fact
that their competition also had big losses to graduation and Bickleton was about to field one of the best front lines in the league with Aymie Osborne, Jamie Venema and Lindsay Brown. Some of that optimism has faded due to the loss of Osborne to a knee injury that has finished her season. Two other problems loom over the team: lack of numbers and lack of game time. The Pirates are very thin with just seven players. At times they could not put five players on the floor, forcing them to cancel all December games. Their first action was a make-up game win over Pasco sophomores last week. The Pirates went to the Klickitat Jamboree at the end of November to play two 10 minutes games with just six players. In the first game, Amanda McBride banged her head on the floor and sustained a concussion, putting her out for two weeks. In the second game, Osborne had a freak injury to her knee and the team had to finish against Goldendale with just four players. The injury was aggravated in practice, becoming a torn ACL which
BICKLETON HIGH BOYS: The 2011-12 Pirates are (l-r) assistant coach Tom Whitmore, manager Christian Mittring, Brandon Berk, Clint Strader, Justin Roberts, Mitchell Powers, Taylor Brown, Michael Underwood, Jay Jay Bates, Peter Clinton, Joe Cardenas, manager Troy Roberts, and head coach Jerry Roberts. give a boost to Bickleton’s rebounding, something that Coach Roberts has set as a goal for this year. Brandon Berk is first off the bench at guard. He and the other freshmen, Joe Cardenas and Clint Strader are talented players who will play larger roles in the offense as the season develops. So, in year two of the
rebuilding program at Bickleton, expect to see a team that plays a disciplined brand of man and zone defenses. The Pirates want to be more controlled in their offense and less likely to beat themselves with turnovers. It is also going to be a running team with three or four guards on the floor at any one time and a tireless group of athletes
who are known for their cross-country and track skills. After missing the District playoffs the past two years, Bickleton should compete for a top four finish this year against the tough boys’ division of the Greater Columbia Gorge League. A year of progress is the goal with the payoff year coming in 2013.
Lady Pirates’ strength lies in attitude and team concept By ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN The Sentinel
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Barnhart is made of different stuff and she even sees positives in the December layoff. “We are extremely heartbroken over it [Osborne’s injury] especially it being her senior year,” said Barnhart.” But, with games cancelled, the Pirates are getting plenty of hours of practice. “We are probably going to be more prepared for our first game than any other team in the league this year, as far as knowing our plays,” said Barnhart. The coach grants that the playing time would have been valuable and although they have scrimmaged with the boys, it isn’t the same as real game situations and dealing with pressure defenses. Venema and Brown are still a force in the middle
that will pose a challenge to opponents. They are used to mixing it up inside and both players run the floor like deer. In Venema, Bickleton has a returning all-opponents team player who really came into her own last year. She is a strong rebounder at 5-10 and can hold her own inside and put points on the board for the Pirates. Brown is just a freshman, but plays like a seasoned player. She stands over 5-10 and is also a shooter. The size, speed and ball handling skills of Venema and Brown also make it tough for teams to successfully press the Pirates. Osborne’s senior leadership will be sorely missed. Her spot on the floor will be
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KLICKITAT HIGH GIRLS: The 2010-11 Lady Vandals are (front l-r) KeAndra Kessinger, KyAnn Kessinger, Kelsi Mack; (back row l-r) Tina Lambert, Ashley Meeks, Cassie Clack, Lara Parsons and Nicolle Oldfield. Not pictured, Candice Templeton. By ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN The Sentinel There is no doubt that losing Samantha Brewer hurts the Klickitat Vandals’ scoring power, but it just might make them a better team. For the past three years, the team has been able to look to
Brewer to score. According to Coach Traci Kessinger, “the girls would just look to throw the ball to Sam and hope she scores. Now, all the girls know they have to produce or we won’t win, and they like that.” Lara Parsons is emerging as the post player and scor-
ing leader. The team has waited for Parsons to emerge from the shadows of Brewer and become a dominant inside player. At 5-7, Parsons isn’t going to be the biggest player on the court, but she is a good athlete and with the maturity of a junior, she knows how to play
inside and is putting points on the board. It’s a young group this year with sophomores KyAnn and KeAndra Kessinger at the guard positions. Both are capable ball handlers and each can play the point position. KeAndra is a cool head looking to set up the offense. She led the team with 11 points for a win over Helix last month. Although KyAnn is just 52, she knows her way around the hoop and has been one of the team’s leading rebounders. She handles the ball well and is a key defender. At the forward positions are Cassie Clack and Nicolle Oldfield. Clack is a strong player who plays taller than her listed 5-5. She can be counted on to score from around the key. Oldfield, a freshman, plays like a more experienced player and has the size and instinct to be an effective inside scorer. Coming off the bench are sophomores Candice Templeton and Kelci Mack and freshman Tina Lambert. Templeton is tall and can provide Parsons with inside help. Lambert and Mack are guard/forward type players who will be called upon to give the perimeter players a rest. Coach Kessinger likes that all of the girls are shoot-
THE KLICKITAT HIGH BOYS: The 2010-11 Vandals are (l-r) Tim Lambert, Logan Foix, Mitchel Sanchey, Cole Walters, Nathen Erickson and Mason Knowland.
Vandals to play JV schedule in 2012 By ANDREW CHRISTIANSEN The Sentinel
Klickitat’s boys’ lost five players to graduation and four more from last year’s roster are not out for basketball or not in school this year, leaving a skeleton of a team for the Vandals. After discussing the possibility of having to forfeit league games with the other schools in the league, the Vandals opted to play a junior varsity schedule this year to avoid causing other schools to have holes in their schedules. It will be a tough two years for the Klickitat faithful, as things don’t look much better next year when they lose their post player and have few new players expected. Coach Phillip Watlamet and the six players on the team plan to go out and play their best and win some ball games. They have three experienced players to lead the way with Cole Walters, Tim Lambert and Mitchell Sanchey. More important, says Watlamet is that the players want to compete and “have a real good attitude.” Walters is a 6-3 senior who is good enough to be an All-opponents team contender if he were playing varsity ball. He will be the class of the field in junior varsity games, likely leading the team and the game in scoring and rebounding. Lambert is a 5-11 player who shoots well around the key and is strong enough to get his share of rebounds
on both ends of the court. Watlamet describes Lambert as “an incredible athlete with a nice shot.” Sanchey, like Lambert is just a sophomore. He gained some experienced last year and is the team’s best ball handler and plays the point guard position. The remaining players are freshmen. Mason Knowland is 6-2 and gives the Vandals domination of the boards when paired with Walters. Nathan Erickson and Logan Foix lack experience, but will get plenty of playing time that should prepare them for next year. Watlamet likes Erickson’s shot and will look to develop him as a three-point threat. Develop is the key word for this team. The young players on the team will be the core of the team that returns Klickitat to a varsity schedule in the future. They lose only Walters to graduation. In the meantime, the team also has to learn to play under control and stay in the game. “Cole understands that he needs to be in the game,” says Watlamet, stressing that the team can’t afford to have players foul out. “We are practicing man defensive principles every day, but we have to play zone in the games to keep players fresh and out of foul trouble.” The boys have had a slow start to the season as not all opponents have junior varsity teams. They lost 64-50
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ing. The one aspect that needs improvement is ball control. Turnovers have been a big problem for the Vandals in four of their losses this year. The other area where Kessinger wants to see improve is shot selection. “That will come with confidence. Right now they are taking bad shots,” says Kessinger. Kessinger wants her Vandals to be a running team with a pressure defense. “We are in good condition,” says Kessinger. “The girls can do it if they commit to it.” But, with just
eight players on the team, a pressure defense might be hard to maintain. TLG won the first meeting at Klickitat 50-41 after the Vandals had four players foul out. Sunnyside Christian is the class of the league this year and will certainly claim one of the two Regional playoff spots. Competition is wide open for the second berth. Bickleton is dealing with injuries while TLG, Lyle-Wishram and Yakama Tribal are teams in transition. Klickitat hopes experience and continuity will give the Vandals an edge.
Vandals and Pirates will battle inside, as above at the Klickitat Jamboree where Ashley Meeks, Sydnie O’Banion (with the ball), Lara Parsons, Cassie Clack and Jamie Venema fought it out in the key.
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taken by sophomore Syndie O’Banion. O’Banion is still learning the game, but she is strong and can fill Osborne’s rebounding and defensive duties at the forward position. McBride is back, teaming at guard with an experienced junior in Haley Goodnight. McBride is a smart player who can handle the ball well and has a good outside shot if given room to shoot. She could become the Pirates’ main threat from beyond the arc. With Osborne out, the team will look for more scoring from Goodnight at the point guard position. She is a savvy player who can handle the ball and plays tenacious defense. The only other players available are Annie Lindsley, an inexperienced sophomore and eighth-grader, Heather Goodnight,
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called up when Osborne went down. Lindsley is on a fast track for learning the game with such a thin bench. She will be an experienced player by playoff time. Barnhart is comfortable with Lindsley’s progress and will count on her to give players a rest. Heather Goodnight has the size and courage to hold her own on the inside and provide help on the boards. She shows more confidence
than most eighth graders playing on a varsity team. The Pirates expect to make it to the District playoffs again this year. If they can keep players healthy and out of foul trouble, they have as good of a chance as anyone to capture another trip to State. Barnhart says, “the capability of these girls to pull together as a solid five on the court at all times,” is what it takes to win.
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Lyle/Wishram boys eye return trip to state By SVERRE BAKKE The Enterprise Lyle/Wishram's varsity boys basketball team tipped off its second Greater Columbia 1B League season on Jan. 6 against Yakama Tribal School. It was the first of eight league games for the 2011-12 Cougars, whose previous campaign ended with a first-round loss to Cusick in the WIAA's Class 1B Boys
Hardwood Classic. In preparation for another run at a state tournament berth, Cougars Coach Scott Myers' fifth Lyle/Wishram team went 5-3 in non-league action during December with wins over Stevenson, Maupin, Ore., and Dufur, Ore., and two against the Hood River Valley junior varsity. Two of its losses were to King's Way of Vancouver, by three
points, and Arlington, Ore., by 24 points. The Cougars were scheduled to resume play on Jan. 4 with a nonleague return game in Lyle versus the 6-2 King's Way Knights. In league play Lyle/Wishram will play Bickleton, Trout Lake/Glenwood, Sunnyside Christian and Yakama Tribal two times each in the lead-up to the Yakima Valley District
Tournament in February. (Klickitat did not field a varsity boys basketball team this season due to insufficient numbers.) Myers said no team in the GCB can match up five-on-five with Sunnyside Christian for four quarters, but the games among the other four members should be competitive. However, with just one berth in this year's state championship field, the Yakima Valley District won't be as well-represented as it has been in recent years. The odds-on favorite to win the league and the district is defending state champion Sunnyside Christian. Despite the long odds against his -- or any GCB -team upsetting Sunnyside Christian at district, Myers said Cougars fans can bet their team will give everything it has to put itself in position to play for the district title and a return trip to the state tournament. "We're pretty dee p," Myers said of his 11-player varsity roster, "and we've got a lot of experience. Most of these guys got a lot of playing time last year, and that's going to make a LYLE/WISHRAM BOYS: The Cougars in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Justin Mills, difference for us in a lot of
Cody Carse, Jacob Armour, Darnell Luke; (back) Asst. Coach Chad Myers, Asst. Coach Mike Eiesland, Dustin Mutch, Jonathan VonAhn, Ricky Titcomb, Ricardo Manzanedo, Gabe Montoya, John Stephens and Cougars Coach Scott Myers. Not pictured: Ricky Wolff.
league games this year." The Cougars are led by sophomore Jonathan VonAhn, a second-year player who has emerged as L/W's primary scoring threat. The 6-foot-2 forward scored a career-high 21 points in a win over Maupin and had 15 in the lopsided loss to Arlington. A junior, 6-4 exchange student Ricardo Manzanedo of Spain, has reached double figures twice and posted a doubledouble of 10 points and 10 rebounds against Dufur's Rangers. Both VonAhn and Manzanedo will be counted on for double-digit scoring, plus rebounding and interior defense, in Lyle/Wishram's remaining games. Myers also hopes 6-5 senior Ricky Titcomb returns to the form that made him an impact player for the Cougars in the second half of last season. If that happens, Lyle/-Wishram might be able to hold its own inside against Sunnyside Christian's usually formidable front line. Junior Dustin Mutch (5-11), sophomore John Ste-phens (5-11) and freshman Gabe Montoya (5-11) back up Lyle/Wishram's front-court starters.
Nonetheless, Myers said the play of the Cougars' back-court will be the key in any head-to-head matchups with the Knights of the lower valley realm. Lyle/Wishram starts juniors Darnell Luke and Ricky Wolff at guard, but 510 junior Justin Mills off the bench gets equal playing time. In the role of sixth man, Mills provides an outside scoring option with 3-point range. His high game so far was a careerbest 20 points in the Cougars' season-opening defeat at King's Way. Myers is fond of the 5-7 Luke, who is coming along as a penetrating point guard who can score or pass, while the 5-11 Wolff is a lunch-bucket-type player who looks to get his points off putbacks and steals. Jacob Armour, a 5-10 junior, and 5-9 freshman Cody Carse round out Lyle/Wishram's back-court rotation. "We play pretty good defense, and we rebound the ball pretty well," Myers said. "But we need to get more guys involved in the offense, be more balanced, so that’s something to watch for in our upcoming games."
L/W girls still learning how to play as a team By SVERRE BAKKE The Enterprise Lyle/Wishram’s varsity girls basketball team opened the 2011-12 season on Dec. 2 with a 49-38 victory over King's Way in Van-couver. The Cougars, however, weren't been able to replicate that winning formula in their seven remaining non-conference games in December, though, as new Cougars Coach Rick Knowles pointed out, they were in a number of close contests that a more experienced, cohesive team probably would have won.
"We're getting there. I can see the improvement," Knowles said of the Cougars learning to work and play together as a team. "Our biggest problem has been that we tend to go flat at some point in each game, fall behind, and we aren't able to recover. So, we're still working on put-ting together a full game and building toward being a more consistent, balanced team. But I don't think we're that far away." The Cougars in 2011-12 are a young team that starts one senior, three sophomores and a freshman.
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Taylor Freemantle, one of two seniors on the Cougars this year, is in her fourth varsity campaign and third as a starter. At 5-foot-6, she's one of the Cougars' better rebounders (she snatched a career-best 24 rebounds in a win over Trout Lake/Glenwood last season) and outside shooters. The sophomores are 6foot-1 post Kirstin Hylton, and guards Mandy Solomon (5-4) and Suzanne McConville (5-2). Hylton is also a returning starter. She gives the Cougars a big presence in the paint on defense, under the backboards, and in the post-up game on offense. McConville was a starter early last season who showed a lot of promise before injuring a knee and missing the rest of the year. In terms of her development, Coach Knowles noted, his point guard is
LYLE/WISHRAM GIRLS: The Cougars in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Suzanne McConville, Marissah Lacock, Mandy Solomon, Shelby Casey, Krisha Guinn, Taylor Freemantle, Ayla Wells; (back) Cougars Coach Rick Knowles, Julie Weddle, Jocelyn Knowles, Kirstin Hylton, Lyndsay Smith, Dakota Doolin and Asst. Coach Lori Smith. Not pictured: Mercedes Beck. still a freshman. The true freshman in Lyle/Wishram’s lineup is 510 post Jocelyn Knowles, who made her varsity debut as an eighth-grader in the second half of last season. In her first game as a varsity player, Knowles -the granddaughter of the Cougars’ head coach -scored 13 points. She tallied a personal-best 19 in this
season’s opening tilt at King’s Way. Five-eight junior post player Dakota Doolin, senior guard Shelby Casey (5-2) and sophomore guard Marissah Lacock (5-4) are among the first players off the bench for Coach Knowles, who's carrying as many as 12 players on the varsity roster while also running a
junior varsity program with the help of his assistant coach, Lori Smith. Also in the mix for varsity playing time this year are 5-4 junior Mercedes Beck; a pair of 5-9 sophomore posts, Lyndsay Smith and Julie Weddle,; 5-5 sophomore Krisha Guinn, and 5-3 freshman guard Ayla Wells.
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TROUT LAKE/GLENWOOD BOYS: The Mustang Eagles in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Jaylin Throop, Jo Jo Throop, Devin Van Laar, Lucas King, Hunter English, Jackson Nakae, Micah Melkonian, Jacob Cox; (back) Asst. Coach Ryan Webb, Alex King, Gunnar Hoodenpyl, Slater Modrich, J.D.Yarnell, Wesley Johnston, Skylar Sanders, Ben Vollema, ballboy Micah Colburn and TLG Coach Morgan Colburn. Not pictured: Curtis Ford.
TROUT LAKE/GLENWOOD GIRLS: The Mustang Eagles in 2011-12 are (front, l-r) Beyyine Ozkan, Sammi Thompson, Lauren Hoodenpyl, Chelsea Cox, Ashley Sampson, Dakota Jones; (middle) Candace Ballard, Ashley Powell, Grace Anton, Maggie Baker, Caitlin Scott, Abbie Vermeire; (back) Mustang Eagles Coach Steve Allaway, Jojo Maul, Sierra Jessup, Valerie Vogt, Tamaira Huffsmith, McKinzie Wurtz, Gabrielle Van Laar, Mattie Mersereau and Assistant Coach Tana Slawson. By SVERRE BAKKE The Enterprise The sign posted on the gym door for Trout Lake/Glenwood girls basketball practices could read Under Construction. According to first-year TLG Coach Steve Allaway, the 2011-12 Mustang Eagles are "a work in progress." TLG went 4-4 in non-conference games in Decem-ber. The Mustang Eagles got their wins against Lake Quinault, Horizon Christian of Hood River, Vancouver Christian and King's Way of Vancouver but closed out 2011 on a twogame losing streak. This month TLG is turning its attention to Greater Columbia 1B League affairs, with its eye toward putting together a strong closing run. All told the Mustang Eagles will play 10 league games -- two each against Bickleton, Klickitat, Lyle/Wishram, Sunnyside Christian School and Yakama Tribal School of Toppenish -- in the lead-up to the Yakima Valley District Tournament in February. And, with two state tournament berths at issue this season, the intra-league competition for those coveted tickets to Spokane should be especially spirited. Allaway took TLG's December growing pains in stride. With a varsity that includes four freshmen and two sophomores among its 12 players, the Mustang Eagles are a young team that's still learning to play together in a system new to all of them. (Overall, 19
girls are playing basketball for TLG this season, including one senior, Lauren Hoodenpyl, and six freshmen.) "This is a rebuilding year," Allaway said. "We're really young. I could see us, in certain games this year, actually starting four freshmen. It's a learning process for all the girls. The roles of our returning players have changed. This year they're going to have to step it up and do more. Otherwise, we're going to fail." For TLG's Jan. 6 league opener against Bickleton, Allaway suggested he may go with a starting lineup of junior guard Dakota Jones, the team's only returning starter; sophomore guard Caitlin Scott, and three freshmen, forward Ashley Sampson, post Tamaira Huffsmith and guard Beyyine Ozkan. In reserve the Mustang Eagles will be counting on Hoodenpyl, junior forward Valerie Vogt, junior guard Chelsea Cox, sophomore guard Maggie Baker, freshman Abbie Vermeire and post players Mattie Mersereau and Sierra Jessup to play solid minutes in relief of the starters. And, because TLG plans to play an up-tempo transitional style, there should be plenty of playing time to go around. "With our team we're going to have to pressure the ball. We can't let opponents set up in the halfcourt and run set plays," Allaway noted. "We don't have a go-to player this
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year, so we have to score in transition, and when we don't score in transition, we have to have patience and be able to eat clock in our half-court sets." Allaway's goal is to have a balanced lineup -- with four players scoring at least 10 points a game in league play -- that gives TLG a chance to win every time it takes the court. "In December we won some games and we lost some games," Allaway said, "but I didn't care if we didn't win a game until January because our main goal in non-league games was to get experience. Our goal now is to be good at what we do by February. And if we get good by February, we will have the chance to advance in the playoffs because there are two berths to state this year." Allaway considers Sunnyside Christian -- TLG's fourth opponent on its GCB schedule -- the favorite to claim the league crown and the No. 1 seed in next month's district championship. Nonetheless, he's looking forward to the return game at home later in the season. "As a first-year coach, one of my goals is to make Sunnyside Christian nervous about coming to Trout Lake," Allaway said, "and my personal goal for the program is to make Sunnyside Christian not want to come to Trout Lake or Glenwood."
TLG boys planning to finish with a kick By SVERRE BAKKE The Enterprise It's difficult to not compare the 2011-12 Trout Lake/Glenwood boys basketball team to last season's edition. Last year the Mustang Eagles had 6-foot, 7-inch Jacob Wells patrolling the paint. This season they don't. Wells transferred to Horizon Christian School of Hood River, Ore., which gave Trout Lake/Glenwood two of its six non-league losses in December. The Mustang Eagles got off to a good start under new TLG Coach Morgan Colburn after losing their opener to Horizon. They swept a two-game weekend series with Lake Quinault in Trout Lake, and picked up a third win against Vancouver Christian. But against better competition from around the region -- Stevenson, King's Way of Vancouver and Sherman County, Ore. -TLG went 0-4 and finished the opening month of the season at 3-6. Those games, though, were just warmups for the real action that got under way last weekend. The Mustang Eagles began Greater Columbia 1B League play Jan. 6 at home against Bickleton. In all, TLG will play eight league games between Jan. 6 and Feb. 4 -- two each against Bickleton, Sunny-side Christian, Lyle/Wish-ram and Yakama Tribal. (Klickitat is playing a junior varsity schedule this season.) Colburn, who is return-
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ing to the bench after a fiveyear hiatus, expects the Mustang Eagles to be competitive in league play because of their speed and athleticism. TLG starts 5-10 senior Lucas King at point guard and 5-8 junior Jackson Nakae on the wing. Its frontline starters are 6-4 senior Slater Modrich, 5-10 junior Alex King and 6-0 junior Hunter English. Key reserves for the Mustang Eagles this season are 6-0 freshman forward/guard Wesley Johnston, 6-3 junior post Gunnar Hoodenpyl, 6-1 junior post J.D. Yarnell, 5-8 sophomore guard Devin Van Laar and 5-9 freshman guard Jacob Cox. Lucas King, an all-state player in 2B/1B soccer the past two years, is a dyna-mo on the court. His hustle for loose balls on defense helps TLG earn a lot of extra possessions, and his ability to penetrate opposing defenses with the dribble gives the team a way to attack the basket, draw in the defense, and create op-enings for other scorers. The left-handed Nakae is one of the team's primary 3point shooters who looks to spot up on the arc for kickouts from a driving King or from the post. Nakae -- who
has scored 15 points on two occasions this season and 14 once -- can be streaky, so opposing defenses have to play him close attention when he’s floating around the peri-meter on offense. Modrich emerged last season as a complementary player to Wells on offense and defense. This season he has had to take on a bigger role at both ends of the court and is managing to hold his own most nights. He had 23 points and nine rebounds in TLG’s 18-point victory over Vancouver Christian. Alex King, like his brother, has a nose for the ball, which helps him sniff out steals and second-chance scoring opportunities. In TLG’s first win of the 201112 campaign, King collected 15 points and six steals versus Lake Quinault.
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Columbia’s Rebecca Campos draws a foul driving against Goldendale.
Trout Lake/Glenwood’s Gunnar Hoodenpyl (left) and Alex King box out for a rebound.
Goldendale’s Jacob Denney puts up a shot against Lyle/Wishram.
Bickleton’s Peter Clinton goes left vs. Mitchell Sanchey of Klickitat.
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