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Page 10 Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Lady Tita, have something to prove BY LAURA PERKINS The Lady Titans hope to defend their District III Championship from last year, but face new challenges due to the restructured Long Pin League. Last season was a successful 12 and 6, falling 4 points short of a consolation trophy at the State Tournament. Coach KyLee Morris says "We have a lot to live up to:' The Lady Titans return with folur Varsity starters, but only one Senior. Billie Cada is the lone Senior, but she has a solid backup with Juniors Skye Southwick, Victoria Branch, and Hillary Hollon. This is a versatile team, with good defense and teamwork. Coach Morris would like to see this young team avoid careless turnovers and inconsistent tempo, while using every game to "build their basketball IQ: The Lady Titan's are looking forward to a mid season match up with two-time State Champion Dietrich. at the end of December. The Adams County Record L ayMo a unt:a11 BY LAURA PERKINS The Lady Mountaineers could be facing a pretty tough year in omparison to their outstanding 2011-12 season in which they had 4 Senior players and an 8 and 13 season. Last year's season also earned the Mountaineers a respectable 2nd place finish at the district tournament, but they fell one game short of the state tournament. The Mountaineers are returning 5 varsity players; 4 of them are Seniors - Rebecca Baird, Sarah Price, Saige McDonald, and Baylee Moore. This year also brings a coach who is brand new to coaching and to the Meadows Valley program. Tashia Ingle says her goal is "to have a team that works hard, never gives up, A fred BY LAURA PERKINS After a dismal 0 and 18 year for the Lady Jacks in 2011-12, the girls are looking forward to a new beginning and a new coach. Rodd Baxter brings a fresh approach to these 21 girls, utilizing their willingness to work hard and their competitive team spirit. There are 3 returning Seniors: Suzy Meza, Taylor Cole, and Brandy Gibleau. Meza is a veteran player with 24 Varsity games under her belt and 124 career points. All three seniors will have to be leaders on and off the court, as the rest of the team is fairly young. Coach Baxter feels the team will be more competitive thaff they were last year, stating "the team desires to compete and play hard. They have shown in practice they are Tri V tlley Titans- SometL in, to build on BY LAURA PERKINS Last year's Titans had a 9 and 13 season, lost the state play in game to Dietrich in 2 overtimes, but return this year with a lot of enthusiasm. Coach Barrett Morris says "I believe our kids are very excited to get started and show the rest of the league what they can accomplish:' The Titans may have lost 4 quality Seniors, but return with 3 upper classmen. The Titans strength will also be its weakness: age. "Our young kids have a lot of enthusiasm and have had success at lower levels;' says Coach Morris. "But with that comes a lack of experience:' The 2 returning Varsity players are Junior Jessie Cada and Sophomore Garrett Springer - a pair Coach Morris feels will be the focus of the league. "But I think our incoming Freshmen will surprise teams;' said Morris. The only S,nior on the team this ye;r is Wes Hopkins. Hopkirs, who started his career as a wrestler and has now shifted his focus to basketball, brings a lot of energy to the program. Despite the age of the Titan's team, they all have a similar skill set and will see some time on the court. Coach Morris states that the Titans "need to get a few games under their belt to get a feel for the speed and physicality of Varsity basketball" He would like to see his team display a "winning attitude, work hard, and give the other teams we Compete with fits:' Meadows valley Mountaineers Return with a Positive OutlooR ' RY LAURA PERKINS clock says 00:00" Even though the Michael Roberts is the Mountaineers did not win only returning varsity player a single game last year, they for the Mountaineers who are returning this year with confidence and drive. Randy Thomas moves up from the IV Coaching position to head coach for the Meadows Valley program. Coach Thomas has several years of experience, including one season of Junior High coaching and 2 years of assistant Varsity coach. Coach Thomas knows the boys on this team and feels that they "will fight saw significant floor time. However, Cody Smith, Chris Slettum, Justin Keene, and Devon Gregerson were part of the Varsity team last year and will be contributors this year. The team will look to Michael Roberts for leadership. Michael also brings some positive momentum after being part of the Salmon River state football championship. The two Seniors this year for every game until the are Chris Slettum and Jerry Shen. Chris is a returning player for Coach Thomas having played 2 years of JV. Jerry is a foreign exchange student from China. Coach Thomas plans on utilizing the team's speed to wear down their opponents in order, to overcome the fact 'that this team is inexperienced and does not have height on their side. His goals for the season are to keep improving as a team and to "develop a culture of success" for the student athletes, including educational goals and a positive outlook.