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Oregon Class 4A

Greater Oregon League

Head coach

Todd Cunnington, first year

Last year’s records

3-19 overall, 0-9 in Greater Oregon League

Key losses

Avery Wells, Caitlin Vaughn

Key returners

McKenzie Fite; Makia Carlson; Tori Correa; Chelsea Figueroa; Alyssa Riedel; Amanda Rhoads; Josie Lonai; Sam Tveidt; Amber Wells; Brittney Erb; Abi Biggs.

The team:

Cunnington preaches three things to his players: no fear, respect and commitment; he wants his players to be of good character.

“We are not bullies, but we will not back down from a challenge; we will attack it.”

He wants respect for each other, for the school, for yourself and for the community. The girls are there to support and work hard for each other. They are to be leaders and good examples for all.

Commitment is a must. The team hopes to have better ball control, improved offensive execution and better shot selection; while working hard on defense.

“To challenge yourself to give your best in all that you do.”

— Todd Cunnington

Compiled by Dustin Holden

WESTON-McEWEN

Oregon state Class 2A

Blue Mountain Conference

Head coach

Amber Doremus, fifth year

Last year’s records

15-10 overall, 9-8 in Blue Mountain Conference

Key losses

Makayla Christopher, J’Shon Thompson

Key returners

Taryn Coffman, 5-foot-5; Dannie Dearing; Josephine Penney; Molly vonBorstel, 5-8; Mackayla Carlin; Keegan Shepard, 5-9; Taylor Entze, 5-8.

The team:

Doremus wants a “never-quit attitude, hustle all the time and a team that causes errors while limiting their errors. They are an athletic bunch. They work well together and they like to run. We’ve got some outside shooters.”

The team will run primarily a man-to-man defense either in the half court or full court. “We need to be fast paced. The girls are small and athletic. Our post height will be 5-foot-8, 5-9 and 5-10. On offense, we try to put ourselves in position to find people open off a cut or a screen or an open lay-in. We are extra-focused on accomplishing a lot this year.”

— Amber Doremus

Compiled by Dustin Holden

DAYTON

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Clayton Strong, third year

Last year’s records

15-7, No. 2 District 9 seed to District 7/9 tournament

Key Losses

Jessica Tate; Courtney Fuller; McKayla Bickelhaupt; Samantha Harting; Malia Frame.

Key Returners

Lexi Ward, 5-foot-9 senior; Lexie Ramirez, 5-6 junior; Sarah Phillips, 5-5 junior; Kaitlyn Andrews, 5-5 junior.

Varsity lineup

Caitlyn Robins, 5-11, junior; Madison Mings, 5-9, sophomore; Kellie Moore, 5-8, sophomore; Sidney Andrews, 5-8, freshman; Jenna Phillips, 5-8, freshman; Shayla Currin, 5-7, freshman; Mia Becker, 5-5, freshman.

The Team:

“Having only one senior presents problems, but with the two Lexies, Kaitlyn and Sarah having played significant minutes (last season), that will give us some experience to lean on. We could be as athletic as we were last year. We have a little bit of size but not that 6-foot girl in the middle. Quickness and what length we do have will have to counter balance any size we may come across.

“We’ll have to lean on kids to step up and make shots. We’re hoping that we can be varied in what we do, both in the full court and in the half-court. Games and match ups will dictate what we do.

“DeSales is versatile and has pretty much their whole team intact. You kind of chose your poison with them. Asotin has a couple of girls that can score the basketball. It will depend on who we are playing, where we are at in the schedule, and how quickly we can get the inexperienced girls up to speed, as to what we are going to do.”

— Clayton Strong

Compiled by Ken Morgan

DESALES

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Tim Duncan, 19th season

Last year’s record

19-8, sixth place at state 2B tournament

Key Losses

Brigit Lyons; Abby Crowley; Gabby Lizardi; Ali Zander.

Key Returners

Ashlyn Lyons, wing, 5-foot-7, senior; Allison Wujek, post, 6-0, senior; Claire Conley, post, 5-9, senior.

Reserves

Molli Lesko, point guard, 5-5, junior; Hannah Leahy, post, 5-8, junior; Stacia Deal, wing, 5-4, junior; Emily Baumgart, post, 5-8, sophomore; Teresa Acock, wing, 5-4, sophomore; Allesyn Lyons, wing, 5-7, sophomore; Alicia Haider, post, 5-5, freshman; Natalia Maiuri, post, 5-4, freshman.

The team:

“Our kids believe they can get back to the state tournament and compete very well.

“Based on our performance last year at the state tournament, defense is our strength. It was the only reason we got as far as we did. That won’t change. On offense our strength is balance. We’re a lot better inside than we were last year. Having another year under their belt has really helped Allison (Wujek) and Claire (Conley). We can shoot the ball on the perimeter and should be a lot better offensive team.

“We’re going to run a bit more post oriented stuff. We are not going to change a whole lot because the stuff we run, we can get the ball into the post at any time. It’s a matter of taking advantage of it. This year, we’ll be more willing to take advantage (getting the ball to the post). Our posts are playing with more confidence, and our guards have more confidence in them, so they won’t be afraid to throw it in there.

“First and foremost, the biggest thing we need to improve on is free throw shooting. We’re going to get to the line, because we’re pretty big inside. We’ve got to hit free throws at a higher percentage than we did last year.

“Asotin will be really competitive. On certain nights, Dayton is going to give you a ballgame. They are young and will be a bit on the inconsistent side. I think we will be better offensively, and if we defend the way we did the last seven games of last season, we will be competitive with anybody.”

— Tim Duncan

Compiled by Ken Morgan

WAITSBURGH-PRESCOTT

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Brittney Ayers-Stamper, first year.

Last year’s record

13-7

Key Losses

Katy Hofer; Samantha Moss; Krystal Harris; Liz Xaudaro.

Starting lineup

Chelsey Brannock, guard, 5-foot-4, senior; Heidi Miller, post, 5-7, senior; Enedina Fuentes, guard, 5-3, senior; Samantha Fedderson, post, 5-10, junior; Paige Wood, post, 5-10, junior.

Reserves

Emily Wilson, guard, 5-6, senior; Analise Salazar, guard, 5-5, junior; Loegan Harshman, guard, 5-6, junior; Kassidy Kykendall, guard, 5-4, junior; Hannah Grant, post, 5-7, junior.

The team:

“Jerry (Baker, former head coach) said he wasn’t going to leave me hanging as a new coach. He’s been a great help being here every day volunteering to help out. He’s making sure we’re getting on the right track.

“We’re going to try to be a fast break team. We’ll try to move the ball up the floor and use our quickness to our advantage. We’re working a lot (defensively) with both man and zone. In the past, we’ve been a man team, but I would like to change that with a zone. Every girl has to do her part in a zone, so we are working on developing strong team work.

“DeSales will be our top competitor this year. We need to work on our intensity and dedication. Our girls will have to overcome themselves. Our confidence is low. They need to build confidence in themselves.

“Chelsey (Brannock) will be a strong point guard for us. Heidi (Miller) was a strong post for us last year. Samantha (Fedderson) and Paige (Wood) are tall, strong posts and will be really good for us.”

— Brittney-Ayers Stamper


Compiled by Ken Morgan

WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY

Washington state

Southeast 2B League

Head coach

Lloyd Redberg, 13th season

Last year’s record

7-13 overall, finished last in the Southeast 2B League.

Key losses

Emily Field, Megan Gregg, Kailee Croft, Amber Hellie, Sara Thompson.

Key returners

Amy Arnzen, guard, 5-8, senior; Hannah Woolever, guard, 5-6, senior; Daisy Nateras, guard/wing, 5-4, junior; Kate Underhill, post, 5-10, junior.

Key reserves

Olivia Miller, guard, 5-5, sophomore; Abbie Underhill, guard, 5-6, sophomore.

Projected starting lineup

Arnzen, Woolever, Nateras, and Kate Underhill; fifth potential starter unknown.

The team:

“I know the league is going to be tough. A lot of teams lost critical players from last year. There are a lot of questions marks, but there are programs that are always playing well — Asotin, DeSales, Dayton. It’s going to be a strong league again.

“For us, it’s going to be a scramble. Our girls are going to have to figure out how they fit in the big picture in terms of making contributions. Scoring points will be a big issue (lost two-thirds of offensive output from last year).

“To be competitive, we’ll have to play good defense.

“We have a young team. We have two freshman that have a lot of potiential.

“It’s going to be challenging.”

— Lloyd Redberg.

Compiled by Roy Elia

POMEROY

Washington state

Southeast 1B League

Head coach

Nettie Severs, eighth year

Last year’s record

Finished 4-12 in the Southeast 1B League, 6-14 overall.

Key losses

None.

Key returners

Tori Koller, guard, 5-8, senior; Mackenzie Monahan, post, 5-11, senior; Savannah Ruark, post, 6-1, junior; Emily Wolf, guard, 5-6, junior; Ireland Mayfield, guard, 5-6, sophomore; Emily Jentz, guard/post, 5-11, sophomore.

Key reserves

Esther Schuh, guard/post, 5-11, sophomore; Kacey Halbert, guard, 5-6, freshman.

Projected starting lineup

Koller, Monahan, and Ruark; two projected starters still unknown.

The team:

“I’m excited about having more kids and playing a more fast-paced game. Height will be an advantage for us. We have a couple of quick kids.

“We’re still pretty young, which leaves a lot of room for growth. We’ve set goals for being more successful.

“The league is tough every year. We’ll have to battle. We’re hoping that we can finish better than we did last year and get into the postseason. That is not out of the realm of possibility.

“We’re looking forward to the season. It’s going to be a fun one.”

— Nettie Severs

Compiled by Roy Elia

TOUCHET

Washington state

Southeast 1B League

Head coach

Missy McKeown, second year.

Last year’s records

15-5 overall, finished fourth in the Southeast 1B League; went two-and-out in the district tournament.

Key loss

Kristen Warner.

Key returners

Makaila Cheshire, guard/forward, 5-7, senior; Cierra Jo McKeown, guard/forward, 5-9, sophomore; Jennifer Aceves, guard, 5-5, sophomore; Rachel Miller, forward/post, 5-8, sophomore.

Key reserves

Harlie Schaeffer, forward/post, 5-7, senior; Abby Grudzinski, post, 5-10, freshman; Paytyn Richartz, forward, 5-8, freshman.

The team:

“We have a hard-working group of girls. We don’t have many players (11), but we’re experienced. A lot of them started for me, so they saw a lot of varsity time. Finishing fourth in our league was pretty good. We split with the second- and third-place teams in our league (St. John-Endicott and Rosalia). I am expecting a lot of good things out of them.

“It will be a tough league, but I think we’re going to do really well. Everyone (from places two on down) will be pretty much even.”

— Missy McKeown

Compiled by Roy Elia

HELIX

Oregon Class 1A

Big Sky League

Head coach

Kirk Flerchinger, first-year

Key returners

Mackenzie Mize, 6-foot-0, sophomore; Paden Flerchinger, 5-11, sophomore; Pegan Jackson, 5-11; Ana Goodwin; Angel Harris; Brittany Iles; Lyle Kacee; Amanda Karlson; Darrion Hill; Hannah Jones; Riley Burgess; Betthany Newtson; Kyla Roberts; Macey Tullis.

The team:

Four upperclassmen lead a 14-player squad coached by Helix graduate Flerchinger, who was an assistant las season. He has coached at the junior high level, and his father coached at Helix for 20 years. Six sophomores and four freshmen round out the squad.

“We are a young team this year. But everybody will get some playing time and we we expect to be very competitive. We have seven girls vying for five spots this year that will start. We will compete and be ready as smart, knowledgeable players. We are really looking forward to the season, and we will build around our tall girls that have played together since they were kids.”

— Kirk Flerchinger

Compiled by Dustin Holden

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