M-ville winter sports get ready for the season (slide show)

Marysville winter sports practices are in full swing.

Skyleen Inthatirath of Marysville-Pilchuck goes through a play at practice.

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck girls basketball team returns a small but quick team, coach Julie Martin said.

Rayshante Williams, a senior captain, suffered a season-ending torn achilles tendon on her first game last season, but she will play this year.

“She is very athletic with a lot of ability,” Martin said.

Also stepping up for leadership is senior Amanda Kalab, also a senior captain who has “put in a lot of hard work and is a great leader for our team,” Martin said.

Senior Skyleen Intatharath is a strong defensive player and has the ability to get to the basket as well, Martin said.

Other contributors are sophomores Dominique Jenikins, who is quick with a nice shot, and Olivia Lee, an “all-around solid player” who has improved a lot offensively and has speed as well, Martin said.

“All of my girls are so much fun to coach,” Martin said. “They work so hard with positive attitudes that I get excited to go to practice every day.”

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck boys basketball coach Bary Gould said, “they’ll be fast with good guards.”

And that speed also comes with size with seniors Erik Lind and Tyler McDonald coming off of football season.

“It’ll be sweet,” Gould said.

They also return shooters Josh Bevan and Nate Heckendorf as seniors, and also Bryce Juneau. Bevan has also improved his game under the rim, Gould said.

Replacing standout Michael Painter won’t be easy, but Gould said Bevan is the next man up to be the vocal leader, having started three years on the court.

“It’ll be fun to see him step up,” Gould said.

Other contributors will be “sophomore sensations” Josiah Gould and Freddy Brown III.

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Getchell boys basketball team return two starters. Those are seniors Cameron Burns and junior Collin Montez, who “played significant minutes last year and are ready for the new challenge of providing leadership for the team,” coach Corby Schuh said.

Other key players this year will be seniors Taylor Koellmer and David Koncoski, and junior Cody Day.

“These three players played some minutes last year,” Schuh said. “But this year, they will be potential starters playing lots of important minutes.”

MG has graduated some athletic players, but Schuh said he has made some adjustments in the Chargers’ game plan that will accommodate the new talent.

“What the Chargers lack in experience they will make up for in teamwork and hard work this season,” Schuh said.

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Getchell girls basketball team returns Gabby Grandbois and Carley Wika on the court.

“They are not only leaders on the floor, but are a couple of the strongest players in the program,” coach Shannon Grandbois said.

The juniors will share their skills and leadership.

“Gabby brings the ball down the floor, hits 3’s, dishes the ball to her teammates and leads by example,” Grandbois said.

“Carley is a post player for me that can also hit 3’s and jump shots and is one of my strongest post defenders and rebounders.”

There is also a strong freshman class that bring athleticism as well as “basketball IQ,” she added.

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