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Monroe Bearcats Basketball

Bearcat girls a roster of many fresh faces

The Bearcat girls are a team of largely new faces this year, but is returning some of its strongest players.
Coach Ashley Tuiasosopo is encouraged by the team, and she loves being a Bearcat.
“Last year our team was heavy with seniors (six in total),” Tuiasosopo said. “This year looks a little different with four seniors, four juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The team is
working hard to learn our system and to come together as a team. We have emphasized to them that the season is a journey and a process. We are focusing on getting better
one day at a time.”
Some top prospects are Jadynn Alexander, a five-foot-ten senior who
has committed to the University of Hawaii and Monique Fierke, a five-foot-six junior.
Last season Alexander averaged 18 points per game, 1.4 assists, 6.8 rebounds per game and 2.2 steals a game, Tuiasosopo noted.
Fierke last season “had a knack for hitting big shots,” the coach said. “Against
Lake Stevens she hit a three-pointer to tie the game in the last two minutes which set
up Jadynn Alexander’s go ahead lay up.”
Plus, in a game against Kamiak “she was 5 for 6
from behind the arc,” Tuiasosopo said. “We are excited to see what she will do this year after having a full year of varsity under her belt.”
A standout new face could be freshman Elizabeth Sundet, the coach noted.
Alexander and Fierke were among the players who helped get the Bearcats into 4A districts last year. The team had a strong 12-2 season record, only sidelined by Snohomish’s 14-0 dominant season.
This year, the challenge is back on. The Bearcats start their season against Snohomish on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Snohomish High.

Girls Schedule

Nov. 30 @ Snohomish
Dec. 2 vs. Marysville-Getchell
Dec. 7 @ Arlington
Dec. 8 vs. Mariner
Dec. 14 vs. Jackson
Dec. 16 @ Lake Stevens
Dec. 27 @ Lynden for
tournament (4:30 p.m.)
Dec. 28 @ Lynden for
tournament (2 p.m.)
Jan. 4 @ Kamiak
Jan. 6 vs. Mount Vernon
Jan. 11 vs. Glacier Peak
Jan. 13 @ Cascade
Jan. 18 @ Mariner
Jan. 20 @ Jackson
Jan. 25 vs. Lake Stevens
Jan. 27 vs. Kamiak
Feb. 1 @ Mount Vernon
Feb. 3 @ Glacier Peak
Feb. 6 vs. Cascade

Tipoff is always 7:15 p.m.
unless otherwise noted

Boys Schedule

Nov. 29  vs.  Oak Harbor
Dec. 2  @  Shorewood
Dec. 6  vs.  Marysville-Getchell
Dec. 9  @  Mariner
Dec. 13  @  Jackson
Dec. 16  vs.  Lake Stevens
Dec. 28  @ Bainbridge (6pm)
Dec. 29  @  Bainbridge (TBD)
Dec. 30  @  Bainbridge (TBD)
Jan. 3  vs.  Kamiak
Jan. 6  @  Mount Vernon
Jan. 10  @ Glacier Peak
Jan. 12  vs.  Cascade
Jan. 17  vs. Mariner
Jan. 20  vs.  Jackson
Jan. 24  @  Lake Stevens
Jan. 27  @  Kamiak
Jan. 31  vs.  Mount Vernon
Feb. 3  vs.  Glacier Peak
Feb. 6  @  Cascade

Tipoff is always 7:15 p.m.
unless otherwise noted

Coach believes boys team
could make State

Monroe boys coach Tyson Horner thinks his team could be in the mix for 4A districts and even the state championship this year.
The team is loaded with nine seniors and five juniors, including many standouts.
Two of the team’s formidable players are returning this year to be the team captains: junior Colby Kyle, at six-foot-seven, and senior star Trent Newhouse, who stands at six-foot-one.
Other standouts are junior Spencer Davidson and brothers Josh and J.J. Jerome.
Even with high hopes, Horner tells his players to take a measured approach. “Like everyone else, we’re looking one game at a time,” he said.
Horner, entering his fourth year as head coach, is also excited by how deep the junior varsity and C-team rosters are.
“It’s the most complete it’s been in our tenure here,” he said.
The team kept up its skills by practicing in the offseason. They took a tour to North Carolina State University for a summer basketball camp.
“There’s a chemistry there to watch them grow,” Horner said.
The Bearcats started their season Tuesday, Nov. 29. Their next home game is Tuesday, Dec. 6 against Marysville-Getchell.

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