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Northshore prep sports: Bright season on the horizon


Falcon Focus

Boys Basketball
   With returning senior Marques Tuiasosopo, who made 1st team KingCo last year and helped push the Falcons to their 16-10 record, Woodinville High School boys basketball will be setting the pace for the rest of the league this season. Coach Joe Meagher is confident about the team's abilities and is looking forward to their bid for the division title.
   New prospects for the Falcon team include senior Shawn McGrath (6-5) on the front lines and post, along with juniors Aaron Brown (forward, 6-5), Nate Lubetkin (guard, 6-0), Jesse Barham (guard, 6-2), Nate Cole (guard, 6-2), and Brad Kertson (guard, 5-9).

Girls basketball
   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).

Gymnastics
   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.

Cougar Closeup

Boys Basketball
   Planning to top last year's second-place finish in the KingCo playoffs, Bothell High's boys basketball is fired up and ready to take their club all the way to state.
   Last season, they finished 8-7 in the league and 11-11 overall. This year they're drawing on the combined strength of top returning players: seniors Brian Trofholz (6-3), Jeff Thompson (6-0), and Jeff Nelson (6-5), and junior Josh Karp (6-5).
   "This is a very athletic and exciting team," said Coach Ron Bollinger, who noted they'll be working on ball handling and rebounding.
   New prospects this year include juniors Dan Sandrin (6-5) and Pat Elvidge (6-2), mixing and matching with seniors Ben Gores (6-2), Blake Murphy (6-2), Alphonso (6-2), and juniors Tyler Rourke (6-10), Robey Willis (6-0), Ryan Simonds (6-3), and Brian Hashiguchi (6-0).

Girls Basketball
   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.

Viking View

Boys Basketball
   Inglemoor High School will be the team to beat in 1997, with most of the league setting their sights to vanquish the Vikings. But they'll have quite a climb to top last year's 17-6 finish. Awesome Al Minahan, a senior this year, made 1st team league honors last year, and this was the team that went to San Diego and won the Surf 'N Slam Christmas tourney.
   Top returners include seniors Minahan, Steve Devoe, Obinna Achalonu, Craig Wenawesar, and Jeff Pahl, and juniors Matt Uffens and Kevin Bynum. Eyes will also be on newcomer junior Robbie Harding at forward.
   Inglemoor's powerful season ended last year in the first round of the Wes-Sea-King AAA Regional Tournament, edged by Cascade in double overtime 65-63.

Gymnastics
   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.