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Panther girls hope to continue hot streak

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The Snohomish Panthers are pinning their hopes on returning to State this year, after they took second in the State 4A tournament two seasons ago, and third in the State 3A tournament last year. 
Their chances look strong.
The Panthers head back to the court this year fully loaded with four returning starters (three juniors and one senior) from last year along with three other girls who saw significant time off the bench.
While the team lost a talented defender in Katie Brandvold, who graduated this past spring, Head Coach Ken Roberts is not worried.
“She will be a big loss for us,” Roberts said, referring to Brandvold. “But then again, we have a lot of kids capable of playing on the perimeter this year.”
Even though she was not a starter last season, sophomore Kinslee Gallatin should be a strong defender, with just as much success as Brandvold last year, Roberts said. Junior Kyra Beckman, one of the four returning starters, will also be part of the Panthers defense, Roberts said.
At 6-foot-2, Beckman has been playing varsity since her freshman season, and was part of an All-League team last year along with junior Maya DuChesne, who has been a starter since her freshman year. Both Beckman and DuChesne were captains last season along with Brandvold.
“For two sophomores to be in that role and be leaders on the team was really great.” Roberts said. He went on to say that the two have continued to be leaders this year, as well as improving in their play.
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Joining Beckman and DuChesne are returning starters senior Morgan Marshall and junior Courtney Perry. The four have been playing together for years and have become best friends.
The chemistry among the four has impressed Roberts, who is expecting a fun season. 
“I think this will be one of the better teams that I have coached,” Roberts said. “We have always had really good teams that got along, but these kids are friends on and off the court and are pretty good buddies. So, this is going to be a fun year.”
The Panthers open the season with non-conference games against Monroe, Ferndale, Kamiak and Mt. Spokane, and will play Glacier Peak, Gig Harbor, La Center, and Lynden Christian in a Holiday tournament. All eight teams are highly ranked, and will provide the Panthers with some tough competition. By going up against high-ranking teams such as Stanwood, Edmonds-Woodway and Shorecrest in the Wesco 3A conference, Roberts feels the team will be well tested if they return to State this year.
“When you get down to State, if you’re from a small league you may see something you never saw before,” Roberts said referring to teams at the state tournament. “In our league we have teams that play press and run, teams that play half-court and teams that do this or that. Between our league, and our non-conference games, I feel we will be prepared for any style of play by the time we get down to State.”

Snohomish Panthers Girls Schedule

Nov. 29  @  Monroe
Dec. 1  vs.  Ferndale
Dec. 6  @  Kamiak
Dec. 8  vs. Mount Spokane
Dec. 13  @  Marysville-Getchell
Dec. 15  vs.  Oak Harbor
Dec. 19  vs.  Glacier Peak
Dec. 27  vs.  Gig Harbor (3 p.m.)
Dec. 28  @  La Center (3:45 p.m.)
Dec. 30  @  Lynden Christian (5 p.m.)
Jan. 2  vs.  Everett
Jan. 5  vs.  Meadowdale
Jan. 10  @  Lynnwood
Jan. 12  @  Edmonds Woodway
Jan. 17  vs.  Arlington
Jan. 19  @  Marysville Pilchuck
Jan. 24  vs.  Stanwood
Jan. 31  @  Shorecrest
Feb. 2  vs.  Mountlake Terrace
Feb. 5  @  Shorewood

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

Panther boys rebuilding as team looks for stability

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While the Snohomish Panthers finished with a 5-16 overall record last season, Head Coach Jim Wilson considers it a positive season considering it was his first as head coach. 
Wilson said the team struggled throughout the season because of disciplinary issues and players missing games due to academic reasons. 
“Just trying to work out disciplinary stuff was a struggle,” Wilson said.
But even with the constant rotation of available players to work with, Wilson felt it was a decent season.
After a rough start, by mid-season the Panthers got on a roll and won four straight before losing a tough game against Meadowdale. 
“It took the momentum out of us the rest of the year,” Wilson said about that game which ended with a close 75-69 score.
Sno boys BB2Although there are five seniors on this year’s roster, it will still be a young team when it comes to varsity experience. Senior Cameron Bonorden and junior Kolton Smith will be the lone returning starters for the Panthers this season. Both started last year’s season on the junior varsity squad, but were moved up by mid-season to varsity and became starters near season’s end.
Because of the young talent, expect to see a much slower tempo game from the Panthers this season, as they will take a more methodical approach versus past seasons.
The Panthers open the season on the road against the Interlake Saints in Bellevue and then play the cross-district Grizzlies at Glacier Peak on Dec. 1. The Panthers’ home opener will be Dec. 6 against the Juanita Rebels for a non-conference game.

Snohomish Panthers Boys Schedule

Dec. 1  @  Glacier Peak
Dec. 6  vs.  Juanita
Dec. 12  vs.  Marysville Getchell
Dec. 15  @  Oak Harbor
Dec. 19  @  Ferndale
Dec. 21  vs.  Jackson
Dec. 27  vs.  North Creek
Dec. 29  vs. Cascade
Jan. 2  @  Everett
Jan. 5  @  Meadowdale
Jan. 9  vs.  Lynnwood
Jan. 12  vs.  Edmonds Woodway
Jan. 13  vs.  Cedarcrest
Jan. 16  @  Arlington
Jan. 19  vs.  Marysville Pilchuck
Jan. 23  @  Stanwood
Jan. 30  vs.  Shorecrest
Feb. 2  @  Mountlake Terrace
Feb. 5  vs.  Shorewood

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



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