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Tuesday, January 13, 1998 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Kingco Gymnastics Team Capsules

KingCo 4A

Bothell Cougars

Coach - Mitch Craig, 13th year.

Last season - 2-4 league, 3-8 overall, fifth in Crown Division, 11th at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Stephanie Zorin, jr.; Amanda Scanelle, sr.; Amanda Smith, jr.

Key newcomers - Leah Marab, fr.; Julie Dunn, fr.; Erin Eddy, fr.

Outlook - Marab, with the league's third-highest score on bars this season, appears to be one of KingCo's top freshmen. Cougars, unbeaten in league, have third-highest team score in KingCo 4A this season, 143.1.

Eastlake Wolves

Coach - Sarah Matthies, fourth year.

Last season - 4-2 league, 8-7 overall, third in Crown Division, sixth at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Sarah Platz, sr.; Jocelyn Campbell, sr.; Lizzie Thayer, sr.; Katie Harsh, sr.; Lisa Simone, jr.; Julie Paulson, jr.

Key newcomers - Jenna Wagner, sr.; Jocelyn Melton, sr.; Heather Morgan, so.; Alexis Carson, so.; Rachel Brehm, so.; Michal Brehm, so.; Annie Odell, so.

Outlook - Wolves seem to lack star performer, but excellent depth should help them compete with every team except perhaps Inglemoor. They have scored in the high 130s regularly. Their 143.05 mark in loss to Bothell last week is fourth highest in KingCo 4A this season.

Garfield Bulldogs

Coach - Lisa Stovall.

Last season - Fourth at Metro League meet.

Returning gymnast - Rachel Klastorin.

Key newcomers - none listed.

Outlook - Bulldogs will struggle in first season in KingCo. Klastorin, third on floor in a dual meet with Sammamish, has been their best. Garfield scored 130.9 last week.

Inglemoor Vikings

Coach - Erica Patterson, third year.

Last season - 6-0 league, 12-2 overall, Crown Division champs, third at KingCo meet, fifth at Region I.

Returning gymnasts - Katie Macfarlane, jr.; Sydnie Heberling, jr.; Wendi Hillman, so.; Katie Lynch, jr.

Key newcomers - Autumn Cagle, sr.; Alia McCall, sr.; Courtney Amonsen, jr.; Rachel Fox, fr.; Kalee Scholdt, fr.; Danielle Bennett, fr.; Melissa Bannister, so.; Bridgette Cullen, fr.

Outlook - Vikings beat last year's state champion, Newport, this season and are clear favorites to win league title. The addition of national-caliber Amonsen, Cagle and McCall - none of whom competed in high school last year - makes Inglemoor a state-title contender.

Juanita Rebels

Coach - Amber Luna, first year.

Last season - 3-3 league, 5-8 overall, fourth in Crown Division, eighth at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Anna Ball, jr.; K.T. Ockerman, jr.; Lindi Mackenzie, jr.

Key newcomers - Jennifer Reeves; Megan Olson; Sarah Walker; Sarah Hostetter.

Outlook - Rebels 1-1 start in league, but victories will be tough to find the rest of the season. Ockerman won all-around in double-dual with Eastlake and Skyline. Rebels' team best this season is 129.3.

Lake Washington Kangaroos

Coach - Marla Fennell, 17th year.

Last season - 5-1 league, 6-5 overall, second in Crown Division, seventh at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Leia Cumberland, sr.; Katie Brown, sr.; Maegan Levinthal, sr.; Suzanne Coffin, sr.; Nicole Green, sr.; Aurana Lewis, sr.; Kelly Lyon, jr.; Erin Moss, jr.; Karen Wang, jr.

Key newcomers - Tyla Brandt, so.; Heidi Gilbert, so.; Theresa Mangahas, so.; Natasha Williams, so.; Kristin Burnham, so.; Alexis Kaushansky, so.

Outlook - The Kangs' score of 143.8 last week is the highest in KingCo 4A this season for any team except Inglemoor. Cumberland had top-10 finishes in vault and beam at last year's KingCo meet and there is enough talent around her that a second-place finish in league is realistic.

Redmond Mustangs

Coach - Michel Pola, first year.

Last season - 1-5 league, 1-10 overall, sixth in Crown Division, 12th at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Lisa Toyoji, sr.; Jessica Whitescarver, sr.

Key newcomers - Ally Studer, so.; Merryam Townsend, so.; Hannah Richardson, so.; Reina Masuda, so.

Outlook - Mustangs lost to Woodinville in league opener, but should be competitive in most meets. They scored a 131.2 this season. Studer has been their best all-around performer.

Roosevelt Roughriders

Coach - Jim Holt, first year.

Last season - Metro League meet champions.

Returning gymnasts - Katie Nelson, sr.; Scarlett Raimey, sr.; Beverly Fichtenburg, jr.; Courtney Chatalis, sr.; Lacey Morris, jr.; Rhiannon Tangi, jr.; Amanda Rosario, jr.; Kelsey Holt, so.

Key newcomers - Taylor Westphal, so.

Outlook - Teds won Metro title four of past five seasons under direction of Holt's wife, Hannah, but league titles are much tougher to come by in KingCo. Twenty-six turned out, including 17 first-year gymnasts. Westphal is Teds' best state-meet hopeful.

Woodinville Falcons

Coach - Adrieanne Linenberger, second year.

Last season - 0-6 league, 0-12 overall, seventh in Crown Division, 13th at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Sarah Fleischman, so.; Tracy Fjellanger, sr.; Leslie Dulin, sr.; Tianna Bates, sr.

Key newcomers - Kim Kishi, so.; Tiffany Nixon, jr.

Outlook - Falcons already have more wins this season - one - than all last season. They should win a few more. Their score of 141.0 is fifth best in KingCo 4A this season. Fleischman has been best all-around performer.

KingCo 3A

Bellevue Wolverines

Coach - Jennie Treace, second year.

Last season - 2-3 league, 9-4 overall, fourth in Crest Division, fifth at KingCo meet, seventh at Region I meet.

Returning gymnasts - Jenny Rodenbush, jr.; Courtney Spense, jr.; Megan Cooney, sr.; Whitney Vander Weerd, sr.; Laurel Danz, jr.; Lisa Fanning, so.; Shandon Hayes, so.

Key newcomers - Trista Rosquita, fr.; Jenny Sullivan, fr.; Michelle Candoo, fr.

Outlook - Wolverines return two state-meet veterans - Rodenbush and Spense - and should be competitive with all except Newport. They scored 153.65 last week and appear on verge of becoming fifth KingCo 3A team (of eight) ranked in state's top 10.

Cedarcrest Red Wolves

-- School has no gymnastics team.

Interlake Saints

Coach - Erin McPherson, second year.

Last season - 0-5 league, 2-9 overall, sixth in Crest Division, 10th at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Marisa Omori, jr.; Marilyn Browne, sr.; Lindsey Brooks, jr; Mandi Cox, jr.

Key newcomers - Bryana Gamido, fr.; Kate Schmidt, fr.

Outlook - Omori placed eighth in KingCo all-around and went to state last season. McPherson believes Gamido has similar potential. Saints' numbers (16 girls) are up. Only one is a senior. Started season 4-0 in dual meets.

Issaquah Indians

Coach - Pat Hatmaker, 23rd year, and Debbie Gliner, fourth year.

Last season - 3-2 league, 6-3 overall, third in Crest Division, fourth at KingCo meet, eighth at Region I.

Returning gymnasts - Tamara Sparks, so.; Carrie Collette, so.; Sanna Barry, so.

Key newcomers - Jackie LePage, fr.; Dani Greenburg, fr.

Outlook - Class 3A's fourth-ranked team has scored more than 150 in each meet thus far. Collette was ninth on beam at KingCo meet last season and LePage, who has won two all-around competitions in dual meets, is one of league's best freshmen.

Liberty Patriots

Coach - Lou Copenhaver, second year.

Last season - Third at Sea-King district meet.

Returning gymnasts - Nicole Matsudaira, sr.; Kim Knipshield, sr.; Alicia Hancock, jr.; Tammy Hansen, jr.; Kasey Johnson, so.; Jill Richmond, so.

Key newcomers - Jennifer Barr, fr.; Lisa Wood, jr.

Outlook - Patriots have only eight girls out, but they are talented enough that the team is ranked sixth in state. Knipshield won all-around in a dual-meet victory over Redmond. Matsudaira and Johnson are also solid.

Mercer Island Islanders

Coach - Lenny Lewis, eighth year.

Last season - 1-4 league, 2-8 overall, fifth in Crest Division, ninth at KingCo meet.

Returning gymnasts - Erica Close, sr.; Amy Fields, so.; Lindsey Sayles, sr.; Liane Waters, sr.; Sarah Morris, sr.; Michele Hess, jr.

Key newcomers - Sarah Mundahl, fr.; Sara Kiviat, sr.; Sarah Israel, fr.

Outlook - This team, which scored 139.8 against Newport last week, would contend for second place in KingCo 4A. In KingCo 3A, however, things are much tougher. Close, Fields, Morris, Kivat and Mundahl are among the best on Islanders' biggest team (almost 30 members) in years.

Mount Si Wildcats

-- School has no gymnastics team.

Newport Knights

Coach - Sharon Collins, 15th year.

Last season - 5-0 league, 10-0 overall, Crest Division champions, KingCo champions, Region I champions, Class AAA state champions.

Returning gymnasts - Jaime Relf, sr.; Amber Jenkins, sr.; Melissa Crounse, jr.; Laura Williamson, jr.; Renette Medlin, jr.

Key newcomers - Tamara Diles, fr.; Karin Fenn, fr.; Tricia Chikuma, fr.

Outlook - Class 3A's top-ranked team is big favorite to capture another state title, with longtime rival Sehome having moved up to 4A. Medlin, third in state all-around last season, isn't competing because of back injury. But Relf, fourth in state all-around, is. So are Crounse, Jenkins (who missed all last season due to injury) and the league's most-talented group of freshmen. Knights scored whopping 175.15 last week.

Sammamish Totems

Coach - Jerry Penney, 28th year.

Last season - 4-1 league, 13-2 overall, second in Crest Division, second at KingCo meet, third at Region I, sixth at Class AAA state meet.

Returning gymnasts - Ellie Newstrum, jr.; Candice Frey, sr.; Erica Miller, sr.; Rebecca Weddell, sr.

Key newcomers - Jilie Burke, jr.; Kim Morrison, fr.; Ai Nakayama, so.; Kara Brunside, fr.; Mindy Goldberg, fr.

Outlook - Totems are good enough to beat every team except Newport. Newstrum and Nakayama have been the best performers for state's fifth-ranked team. Totems lost to Issaquah last week, however. They need to score in 150s more consistently to finish high.

Skyline Spartans

Coach - Kristy Hafferty, first year.

Last season - none; first-year school.

Key newcomers - Leah Thiffault, jr.; Sadie Whipple, jr.; Naree Nelson, so.; Jayme Thornton, so.; Amy Dooley, jr.; Jill Michalak, fr.; Bailey Whipple, fr.; Robyn Russell, jr.

Outlook - Spartans doing well for first-year team. They scored 127.05 last week. Thiffault advanced to district meet twice while at Issaquah and Whipple was named Issaquah's most-improved gymnast last season. Michalak heads good group of freshmen.

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