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Lady Cougars hoping to have postseason run

Junior Karli Hesselman, sophomore Anna Work and junior Aly Stewart pose during a recent pre-season practice. -
Junior Karli Hesselman, sophomore Anna Work and junior Aly Stewart pose during a recent pre-season practice.
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LAKEWOOD The Lady Cougars basketball team is a quick bunch of teenage girls that works hard and has fun together.
Veteran coach Chris Walster said the 2006-07 team is a fundamentally sound group and they are excited to test their talents.
Were pretty excited, he said. We have good size and good athletes. We are fortunate to have a few players that love to be in the gym all the time.
He said he feels this group of girls can be competitive with the likes of Archbishop Murphy and Kings high schools.
The 2005-06 team advanced to the playoffs but went two and out at Districts.
Even though our record was 4-16 last year we lost to quality teams. Had we had this team last year I think there would have been different results.
Approximately 40 girls turned out for the privilege of donning the maroon and gold of LHS and Walster said unfortunately he and his coaching staff would have to cut it down to 32.
Walster will be assisted by Bob Walker, Amy Hendry and Jennifer Maurstad.
Sophomore Anna Work and juniors Aly Stewart, Karli Hesselman and Jennifer Lind look to lead the Lady Cougars into post-season success.
Stewart, a 5-foot-10 inch multi-sport athlete, has been chosen as the coachs captain and the players will select a second captain just prior to the season.
Hesselman, also a 5-foot-10 inch multi-sport star, comes with a review of one whom scores inside has a soft touch around the basket.
Work is described as a hard-working player that likes to drive to the hoop while Lind returns to the team after sitting out her sophomore season with a torn ACL.
I think its going to be strong enough to do it, she said of the rigors of another season.
The talented teen has set her sights on being an all-state and all-league selection this year.
Due to new Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association rules regarding team uniforms, the team is currently seeking donations to go toward furnishing new home and away jerseys.
Anyone interested in assisting is encouraged to call coach Walster at LHS at 360-652-4505 before the Saturday, Nov. 25 deadline.
The Lady Cougars open their season at home Tuesday, Nov. 28 against non-league foe Sedro Woolley. JV kicks off at 5:15 p.m. and varsity at 7p.m.

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