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WHS winter sports preview

WHS winter sports by Jason Longley


Boys Basketball
   "If we play hard, we'll be competitive, said Rodney Anderson, WHS senior guard.
   Woodinville is small when compared to other high school basketball teams. However, their hard work and ability to run the floor compensate for their lack of team height.
   The Falcons will be led by First Team All-Kingco senior guard/forward, Marques Tuiasosopo. Seniors Rodney Anderson, Mike Cady, and Shaun McGrath are expected to get a considerable amount of playing time, but the rest of the roster has not been finalized.
   Joe Meagher, the Woodinville High School Athletic Director, will be coaching the team.

Girls Basketball
   "We'll be a much stronger team this year," said Girls Basketball player Jenny Toone.
   The team has been working hard this year, practicing six days a week. Mike Guisti, the team's new head coach, emphasizes defense and rebounding.
   Four seniors--Megan Gaz, Amy Rogers, Sarah Shaw, and Jenny Toone--are returning varsity players from last year. Although last season wasn't a success in the wins and losses columns, the experience gained by these returning varsity players will benefit the team throughout the 1996-97 season.
   The Falcon girls play their first game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., at WHS against Seattle Prep.

Gymnastics
   "We're expecting to do better this year," commented senior gymnastics co-captain Ericka Bolinger.
   This year, the Woodinville Gymnastics Team will be led by senior co-captains Ericka Bolinger, Melissa Bosworth, and Hillory Carpenter. The remainder of the team is composed ot two returning seniors, ten returning juniors, and a new senior. Glen Craig will coach the team with Adrienne Linenberger.
   All home meets are at the WHS Gymnasium, with the first meet coming up on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

Wrestling
   "We should be able to take Kingco, no problem," predicts senior Tyson Chester.
   Last year, the Falcons went undefeated, repeating as Kingco Champions. This year, once again, the Falcons will be tough opponents to face in virtually every weight class.
   The returning wrestlers who went to state last year are Kurt Ahlstrand, Isaac Amondson, Tyson Chester, and Kingco Champion Pat Runez. The team will be coaced by Willie Estes, Shaker Culpepper, and Josh Chester.
   The WHS wrestling team's first meet is Wednesday, Dec. 4, 4:00 p.m., at Issaquah High School.

Boys Swimming and Diving
   The swim team captains are Peter Bonifaci, Aaron Price, and Matt Smith. Although this year is regarded by many as a rebuilding year, the team, composed of about 16 sweimmers, is sure to show some immediate improvement.
   Last year's diving team, which consisted of four divers, went undefeated. This year, it appears that seniors Jeff Marth and Nick Sturm will be the only divers on the team.