The Falcon girls basketball team has an even balance of experience and fresh blood. Anchored by five seniors, five sophomores, and two juniors, they'll be building on last year's lessons and making their bid for the division title.
Coach Mike Giusti says the team has a great attitude and work ethic, and hopes to see improvement every day. "We have winners in the program," he said. "We'll be playing the best basketball by the end of the season."
Top returning players include seniors Amy Rogers (5-10) and Jenny Toone (5-9) at the posts and Megan Gaz (5-5) at guard. New prospects are senior Sarah Shaw (5-6) at guard and sophomore guards Megan Johnson (5-6), DeAnna O'Hara (5-5), and Jesse Morris (5-4), and sophomore posts Tristen Johnson (5-9) and Beth Grove (5-10).
Building on the lessons learned last season, the Falcon gymnastics squad, strong in the floor events but up to the challenge on the bars, has set their sights on a stronger year. But there may be a rivalry in the works, since Assistant Coach Glen Craig is the younger brother of Bothell High's coach.
Top returning players include senior Hillory Carpenter, who specializes in floor exercises and the beam; junior Leslie Dulin on the beam and floor exercises; and junior Laura Clark, also competing on floor.
New prospects on the horizon show young blood infusing the ranks in freshmen Emily Bennett and Jenny Bosworth, and senior Lisa Cochrane. The roster also includes Alina Anderson, Tianna Bates, Anne Beaupre, Laura Bennett, Ericka Bolinger, Elise Brackmann, Michelle Chiles, Courtney Doolin, Karin Farrell, Tracy Fjellanger, Autumn Halazon, Crystal Johnson, Carly Larson, Leah McLellan, Vanessa Nason, Christie Pierson, Leah Rutz, Rachel Rutz, Emily Urban, and April Van Dine.
Bothell High's girls basketball will be giving everybody a run for their money this season, with a balance of experience and new blood and top contenders for all-league honors.
Head Coach Terry Galloway, in his eighth year there, is proud of his team's 13-2 finish last year, but this team hasn't slowed down and plans to meet and beat that record in 1997.
The backbone of the team includes senior wingers Tiana Anthony and Jen Babin, junior wingers Becki Ashbaugh, Emilie Ihrie, and Jenae Krell, and junior post Nicole McCain. On the horizon, keep your eyes on newcomers Ashley Wright, a junior at the post, and sophomores Jenny Maag and Courtney Dugan.
"We're experienced and have some speed," said Galloway.
Prospective all-league honors in the teams future? Watch for Babin, Krell, Ashbaugh, and McCain to set the pace.
The Viking gymnastics squad broke records and made it to district for the first time in nearly a decade last year, finishing ninth.
"We have a powerful team this year with a lot of depth and talent," said Coach Erica Patterson, who said they've set their sights on winning the division, placing in the top three at district and making it to state.
"Overall we want to improve over last year and have a healthy and fun season," Patterson added.
This very young and talented team is anchored by juniors Autumn Cagle and Lisa Borba, senior Leika Burhalter, and sophomores Amy Wenaweser, Katie Lynch, and Julie Mushta. But keep your eyes on sophomores Sydnie Heberling and Katie Macfarlane, and freshman Annie Brady and Wendi Hillman as newcomers setting the pace.
The team is more than 17 strong, with three freshmen, 10 sophomores, two juniors, and two seniors.