Black Hills Wolves
Coach: Robin Johnson (fourth year)
Last season: 13-12 overall, advanced to state tournament
Returning varsity players: Sara Myers, G, sr.; Taylor Pottschmidt, G, jr.; Izzy Campbell, G, jr.; Kylie Hall, post, jr.; Hope Mortensen, P, so.; Whitney Martin, G, sr.
Top newcomers: Ashley Romero, P, sr.; Sarah McGee, F, fr.; Sydney Sauls, G, fr.; Taylor Sauls, G, fr.
Coach’s outlook: “My girls have great team chemistry and play well together. I expect to play with a lot of intensity and heart, and compete in every game.”
Coach: Mark Westley (fourth year)
Last season: 5-15 overall
Returning varsity players: Annie Voetberg, G, sr.; Jenny Milton, G, sr.; Amy Boyajian, F, sr.; Erika Brower, F, so.; Madison Creel, F, jr.
Top newcomers: Abby Slorey, G, so.; Katie Gabbard, G, so.; Miriam Ash, F, so.; Samantha Baumann, P, sr.
Coach’s outlook: “We continue to grow and improve as a program. We are blessed with outstanding senior leadership and aim to produce a consistently competitive effort each game. Our ultimate goal is to improve every day and make the district playoffs.”
Coach: Henri Weeks (ninth year)
Last season: 13-12, advanced to district tournament
Returning starters: Megan O’Hara, G, sr.; Uriah Thomas, F, jr.
Top newcomers/returning non-starters: Ryan Tahl, G, sr.; Jamika Parker, P, so.; Lauren Fisher, F, jr.; Tori Long, G, sr.; Eli Nunez, G, sr.; Melinda Hatman, P, sr.; Regina Spencer, F, jr.; Olivia Erskine, F, so.; Katie Hankins, F, fr.; Tori Weeks, G, fr.
Coach’s outlook: “We have great size at inside positions. In addition, we have better depth at our perimeter positions. We also feel that our perimeter shooting has improved from last year.”
North Thurston Rams
Coach: Alana Olson (sixth year)
Last season: 5-15 overall
Returning varsity players: Catie Mets, G, jr.; Ciara Williams, G, jr.; Elyssa Quichocho, G, jr.; Amanda Ellsworth, P, sr.; Chelsey Kindle, G, jr.; Victoria Ferguson, G, sr.
Top newcomers: None listed.
Coach’s outlook: “We graduated only two seniors last year, so we have the core of our team returning. We have more experience this year, with all three starting guards returning.”
River Ridge Hawks
Coach: Tom Kelly (second year)
Last season: 26-1, won 2A state title
Returning varsity players: Jasmine McDonald, G, sr.; Samira McDonald, G, so.; Kelsey Russell, G/W, sr.; Jennifer Cole, post, sr.; Necy Wade, G/W, jr.; Kyahri Adams, G, jr.
Top newcomer: Rebecca Stevenson, P, fr.
Coach’s outlook: “(We hope to) stay healthy, play to our potential, and see where we come out.”
Coach: Dave Littleton (seventh year; first since 1995)
Last season: 14-11, advanced to state tournament
Returning varsity players: Tayler Weiks, G/W, sr.; Mackenzie Cooper, P, sr.; Katie Bergquist, G, sr.; Emily Moore, W, sr.; Melissa Glainyk, P, sr.; Abbey Bergquist, W, so.; Maddie Davis, P, jr.; Hayley Vandenhazel, P, jr.; Carley McIsaac, W, jr.
Top newcomers: Jordyn Richardson, G/W, sr.; Brooke Feldmeier, W, fr.
Coach’s outlook: “With a strong returning group, and solid depth, the T-Birds have a solid foundation to build on. The key ingredients so far have been major work ethic, unity and experience, which could bode well for the future.”