MARCH 10, 1997
by Madeline Moore
Bothell High: Cougar soccer starts its season this Saturday at home against Sumner. Varsity coach Gina Cassella expects this season to be a building year, with only five varsity letter-winners returning from last year.
Senior Nick Lambert, coming off foot surgery, is a returning all-conference Honorable Mention. Seniors Ryan Middleton and Evan Gerlach, and juniors Mike Losh and John Singer are the other returning varsity players. Nick Whitman, David Hutchinson, and Joe Tassani are coming in as new propects.
The team's goal this year is "to have a .500, or better, season," coach Cassella said. The Cougars placed fifth in Kingco last year.
Inglemoor High: Head coach Steve McGrath of Inglemoor's men's soccer team reported that although his team missed earning a possible state berth by only two games last year, the Vikings "are ready to make a challenge for that berth this year." Missing two top scorers and the All-Kingco players from last year, the strength will come from "defensive cohesion, desire, and work-rate," McGrath said.
Josh Bayles, Charlie Hensel, Anton Jackson, Justin O'Brian, Mike Sorensen, Phil Martin, and Aaron Jackson will move the Vikings against Garfield this Friday at Garfield.
Woodinville High: Falcon head coach Sully Hester noted that 64 players turned out for this year's team, the most in recent history. He hopes to improve on last year's third-in-state finish. Goals for the season include involving more players into the offense and scoring more points. Hester hopes to improve teamwork this year, as well.
The Falcons return five starters and four new sophomores who made the varsity, including top players Scott Gordon, Tophie Wright, Brett Lasby, Kurt Ahlstrand, and Anders Hagan. The JV team also is said to have a lot of talent. Woodinville could be contending for state into the future.