Coach: Brady Bomber (third season)
Last year: Finished 25-2; tied for first in NWC; won Class 1A State Tournament title
Player to watch: The Lyncs lost a couple of key pieces, but fortunately have a number of crucial players back. Emmalee Bailey is the only senior, and Bomber said she’s “a great leader who has helped set the pulse for us.”
Newcomer to keep an eye on: Isabela Hernandez played in all 27 games as a freshman last season, averaging 6.1 points, but Bomber said she should have an opportunity to step up and see an increased role for the team as a 6-foot left-handed wing.
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Key to the season: This group has been together awhile, and Bomber said it’s just a matter of coming together to figure out how to be successful. “We need to do the little things well and play at a high level,” he said. “This group enjoys playing together, and if we can do the little things that we can control, we’ll let the results take care of itself.”
Outlook: Post Sam Van Loo (10.9 points per game in 2015-16) is one of three key returning juniors, along with Avery Dykstra (7.4) and Riley Van Hulzen (3.6). They will be asked to take on new roles, but Bomber said he’s excited about the team’s potential. “I expect they’ll be a fun team to watch – they’ll compete hard and be very scrappy and unselfish,” he said. “We’re confident we can keep getting better each time out.”
Macki Vander Veen
Sam Van Loo
Riley Van Hulzen
Bishop Blanchet (at Showare Center, Kent)