With the fall sports season coming to an end, the Arlington girls basketball teams is gearing up for another strong season.
Last year the Eagles surprised everyone as they came in with a young team, were co-league champions, placed second in the District Tournament and eventually finished as a top-12 team in the State Tournament. Their run ended at State with losses to Prairie, eventual champion, by a score of 55-46 and West Seattle, 50-45. Arlington ended the year with an overall record of 17-7 and a league record of 12-1.
After their incredible season, the Eagles’ Head Coach Joe Marsh was recognized as the Wesco Coach of the Year.
In the offseason Arlington lost two seniors off of their varsity roster and return this year with two seniors.
“We’re transitioning from a young team to an experienced team, so this summer was about growing up and realizing we aren’t a young team anymore. We have a lot of varsity experience on the roster and having them back is a luxury because we don’t have to start from scratch,” said Coach Marsh.
Arlington’s two seniors coming into the season will be in their backcourt with guards Sierra Scheppele and Allison DeBerry. Scheppele is a four-year varsity athlete, was selected as a First Team All-Wesco member and is one of the best three-point shooters in the league. DeBerry will be looked at to use her speed on both ends of the court and keep the ball moving on offense.
The Eagles are returning a long list of juniors as they will have seven from last year’s varsity roster. The group is led by guards Josie Stupey and Hailey Hiatt. Stupey earned the distinction of Second Team All-Wesco last season and is known for her ability to take contact and finish in the lane. Hiatt barely missed on being selected All-Wesco but made it as an honorable mention after showing off her offensive ability.
Keira Marsh, sophomore guard, will be returning as the only freshman from last year’s varsity roster. Marsh made an impact off the bench last season and was able to make it as one of the four freshmen selected to be Honorable Mentions for the All-Wesco teams.
“Our expectation is to come out and go get another league championship. Once you can do that then it’s all about Districts and trying to get to State. Early in the year we try not to focus too much on the end goal and it’s all about getting better every day,” said Coach Marsh.
If you want to come out and support the Eagles, their next home game is going to be against the Lake Stevens Vikings on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7:15 p.m.