MARCH 17, 1997
(Left to right) Back row: Courtney Dugan, Ashley Wright, Jennae Krell, Jen Babin, Nicole McGain, Jenny Maag, Tiana Anthony, Wendi Kelley, Mariah Pallansch. Front row: trainer Jennifer Leahy, Kellie Tuttle, Becki Ashbaugh, Gretchen Walla, Emilie Ihrie.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Leahy.
by Madeline Moore
In their third straight appearance at the State AAA Tournament, the Bothell girls basketball team missed an opportunity to place when they lost in the first round to Federal Way, 46-45. Cougar efforts to defeat Federal Way were hindered by foul troubles, and they fell short by a single point.
Bothell came back strong against South Kitsap, 61-35. The shooting strength of junior guard Jennae Krell and help on the boards from senior Jen Babin pushed the Cougars to victory. A final game on Friday with Estlake took the girls out of title contention with a 57-53 loss in overtime.
Coach Terry Galloway will lose senior Jen Babin, but four other starters will return, including All-Kingco first teamers Becki Ashbaugh and Jannae Krell, and Nicole McCain and Ashley Wright.
(Left to right) Standing: Asst. coach Tim Driver, Ben Gores, Blake Murphy, Brian Trofholz, Jeff Nelson, Tyler Rourke, Dan Sandrin, Josh Karp, Ryan Simonds, Alf Goudeaux, coach Ron Bollinger. Front: Jason Shapiro, Pat Elvidge, Jeff Thompson, Brian Hashiguchi, Robey Willis, Tim Hammer, manager Kim Bigham.
After their first appearance in 16 years at the State AAA Tournament, the Bothell boys brought home the 8th place trophy.
After winning tough games against Issaquah and Lake Washington to secure a berth in the tournament, the Cougars lost in the first round of double elimination to Prairie, 71-51. Disappointed, but bolstered by their coach Ron Bollinger, and big push by Pat Elvidge and Dan Sandrin, the Cougars came back to beat Tacoma's Lincoln High, 77-72.
A victory on Friday against Garfield, 57-48, put Bothell into the trophy round on Saturday. They played for fifth place against the Columbia River Chieftains of Vancouver. Ahead for the first two quarters and tied at the end of the third, Bothell failed to pull ahead of the Chieftains in the fourth, losing 57-45. Brian Trofholz was high man for the Cougars. Vancouver earned fifth place and eighth place went to Bothell.
A team known for its balanced scoring efforts, the Cougars will lose two senior starters, Brian Trofholz and Jeff Thompson. The other starters, Josh Karp, Jason Shapiro, and Dan Sandrin, will return next fall. Bothell finished the season 19-11.
Bothell cheerleader Jennifer Sharp sang the national anthem before the Bothell-Garfield game. The Bothell girls dance team performed during the halftimes of all Bothell games.