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New coaches lead M-PHS girls


Andrew Hines

Head Coach Taylor Stevens wraps up practice at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Nov. 18.

The Marysville-Pilchuck girls basketball team enters this season with a lot of uncertainty.

After finishing last season with an overall record of 3-17, league record of 1-9, the Tomahawks are hopeful to turn their program around. With an entirely new coaching staff there will be a lot of change this season as they work to build from the ground up.

"I'm getting my feet wet, getting ready to go and learning as we go. We have a brand new coaching staff, one graduated the same year with me from M-P and the other, Sophie Reichelt, just graduated from college basketball and finished a couple of months of playing pro in Germany. We have a bunch of people with basketball talent and, hopefully, we can spread that onto the girls on the squad," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Taylor Stevens.

Coach Stevens graduated from Marysville-Pilchuck High School back in 2008, and returns to revamp the girls basketball program. He has coached four years of basketball for the Marysville Getchell boys team and will transfer that knowledge to this new system.

After losing six seniors from the roster last season, the Tomahawks enter the year with only one senior on the roster, Kennedy Lenteni. With such a young team, Marysville-Pilchuck will be playing catch-up early on in the season in order to get their young talent up to speed.

"We will rebuild the program by getting as much excitement back into the gym as possible. We need to get the girls to believe in themselves and believe that no matter what the record is we can go night in and night out and win a ball game. Building that trust and forcing the issue that they are good enough to compete. We will work just as hard as the other teams and that nothing is impossible," said Coach Stevens.

The Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks' first home game will be against the Cascade Bruins on Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 7:15 p.m.


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