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Page 14 SPORTS - February 27, 2008 Members of the Sweet Home equestrian team are, from left, Leah Keesecker is not pictured. Coach Laurie Wyant, Roche,lie Zamacona, Jessalyn Seiber, Photo by Gary Graham Tracy Smith, Larissa Bjornsen, Cera Kem, Jessica Blankenship, Meisha Carlin and Head Coach Billie Bjornsen. S Things are looking good this year a drill team, and two will compete in Leah Kee secker and freshmen Jessica for, the Sweet Home High School western equitation. Blankens;hip and Meisha Carlin. equestrian team, according to Coach The team includes three fourth- "The girls have worked so hard," Billie Bjornsen. year members, seniors Cera Kem, Bjornsen said. "We have been work- The team will compete in its first Tracy Smith and Larissa Bjornsen. ing with the coach from Cascade, Kim meet Friday tlirough Sunday at the Senior Jessalyn Seiber is in her third Frye; and she has our girls looking Oregon State Fairgrounds. year on the team. great and has taught them so much. "I think they're doing well," Sophomore Rochelle Zamacona They will make our town very proud Bjornsen said. "Most of them are returns for her second year.with all the hard work and dedication garners," but the tearn has put together They are joined by sophomore they have put forth." Larissa Bjornsen is team captain"We have an awesome drill this Seiber and Carlin with Tracy Smith this year, Coach Bjornsen said. "She year," Bjornsen said. "I'm pretty as an alternate. has a lot of heart, ambition and helps excited about the drill because we're Carlin and Kern also will cam- coach and lead our other team and all doing it to the "Grease" theme." pete in western equitation our events." The girls will be dressed inThe equestrian team also will at- "We're going to have really pinks to resemble the girls in the tend meets on March 28-30 and April strong gaming this year," Bjornsen film, she said, and they will perform 25-27 at the state fairgrounds. sai& The four seniors are all gam- to the "Grease" soundtrack. All four "Their number one goal is to come ers, and they run fast times generally members are c .arrying flags. On the together as a team and stay strong as speaking with picking up flags, drill team are Larissa Bjornsen, Kern, a team," Bjornsen said. s b 11 s The Husky girls basketball team Home girls received recognition,Goetz out on the baseline and away from the finished the season with a 40-24 loss said, adding that shows that the other middle where she is most comfortable at home to Central. coaches know Sweet Home's girls have dishing off the ball. The loss had a bigger point spread some talent. Aga inst Taft, Ashley Danielson than Thursday night's 37-30 loss at On Friday, in their final game led the I-Huskies with 10 points. Alex Taft, but Coach Dave Goetz said the of the season, "we came out with a Thomps(on added six; Hillary McCar- girls turned in a much better perfor- lot of emotion, a lot of heart," Goetz tin, six; lPaige Niemi, four; and Nicole mance, said. "We were in the game," although Fagan, flour. Sam Vinson led Taft with "We went over to Taft, and for without focus in the first half. 15 poimts. Sweet Home post Jenny whatever the reasons, didn't lay a very It didn't pay off early as Central Hamn w/as unable to play. good game," Goetz said. Plagued by jumped out to an 11-2 first-quarter Ag ainst Central, Fagan led the turnovers,the Huskies weren't making and a 28-7 halftime scorel but it did Huskie with seven points. Hamn the crisp passes or running their offense pay off in the fourth quarter when the added siix; McCartin and Niemi, four the way they can, he said. "We weren't Huskies held Central to just two points, each; amd Danielson, three. doing what we had been doing. We by Central's leading scorer, Kasandra The Huskies lost 86-22 at Newport should have done better than we did." Ramirez. on Feb. 19. Although the Val-Co names "The girls just did not want to Overall this season, "I think the haven't been released yet, three Sweet quit," Goetz said, and they kept Ramirez girls showed a lot of growth," Goetz i ,' i' le Hardwlck-Bradley, daughter of Dahnay Bradley, is the Sweet Home High School's Senior Student of the Month for December. Charolene, 17, has lived in Sweet Home for the past three years. Charolene is currently the secretary for the Key Club at the high school and volunteers with the annual blood drives and various fundraisers. Mrs. Handman is Charblene's favorite teacher while Psychology and Concert Choir are her favorite classes. "Mrs. Ellis really helped me to see that psychology is the area [ want to pursue for a future career." Charolene enjoys singing, reading, drama, and attending youth group. She loves Sweet Home for its small town atmosphere and how friendly people are. Katie Hegge is the Sweet Home High School's Junior Student of the Month for December. Daughter of Casper and Heidi Hegge, Katie has lived in Sweet Home all of her life. Katie's hobbies include reading, writing and being around animals. She has been in 4-H for over 9 years. "It is fun and rewarding to help and teach kids about different animals." Mr. Pat Johnson and Mr. Dustin Nichol are her favorite teachers while Concert Band is her favorite class. "Mr. Johnson is an amazing teacher and friend and Mr. Nichol can make me laugh no matter what!" Katie, 17, plans on continuing her education after high school and one day would like to be teaching band and living in a small town where she can enjoy her goats, llama, and other animals. HIIlary McCartin is the Sweet Home High School's Sopho- more Student of the Month lfor December. Hillary has be~en very involved with volunteer activities including youth gro~up activities, working in Sundlay School and babysitting. Her favorite class is Welln(ess because of her love for hec~lth and learning about the hurman body. Mrs. Melissa Klumph iis her favorite teacher. "She is very funny and really relates; to her students." Hillary, 15, is the daughter of Mark and/v~arcie McCartin. She has lived in Sweet Home all of her life and enjoys playing volleyball and basketball and hanging out with her friends. Her futrure aspirations include eitlher owning her own business or becoming a health teacher Rachel Terry, 14, is the daugthter of Darren and Niki Terry anld is the Sweet Home High Scho)ol's Freshman Student of the Month for December. Rachel has liived in Sweet Home for the past two years and has gotten very imvolved with fundraisers and the ! high school Key Club. Her fc~vorite class is Art where she has the chance to make someflhing new, unique and beautiful; then showcase it to the ,world from her point of view. Rachel enjoys writing, dra~ving, and sometimes camping and hiking. She's not sure of her future career, "but whatever I do, it'll be on the move and offer the experience Jot a lifetime." Take a bow Cody Thompson and Johnle Isabell from Foster Elementaryl Cody and Johnie made the decision on their own to offer homework assistance to fellow students every morning and during the After School Program's study dinner sessions. The boys are doin~g a great job encouraging students in all grades. Their peers and the adults they work with are very proud of them. Nice ~b gentlemenl Teacher, Tutor, Mentor, Youth Leader Do you have a student you would like to see featured in this Everyday Youth Heroes? Contact: krlstln.adams@sweethome.k12.or.us. Sponsored by: Sweet Home Healthy Active Partnership & Llnn Counlty Together Photo by Gary Graham Jenny Hamn puts up a shot under pressure during the Huskies'final game of the season. We have virtually everything you need for an outdoors adventure! 61 Coolers Tents Fishing Summer Inflates Clothing Tackle& Poles Sporting,Boots & Shoes Traeger Goods Tarps Firewood Pellet Grills Hunting & Ammunition Live Bait Fishing Licenses 0 Hours: Mon.- Sat. 9 - 6 Sun. 10 - 4 Main Street, Sweet Home (541)367-5544 I said. "They showed a lot of improve- ment." The scores didn't really show that growth, but "I think they came a long way from the beginning of the season," he said. They can bring the ball up the court under pressure. They can pass the ball. They can run their offense, and they can do it all well. They do it all in spurts, Goetz said. What they need is to do that the length of the game. "You've got to be patient," Goetz said. With a little success, he thinks the team can expand on it, he said, and he thinks they improved more than any other team in the league. They played other teams much tougher than anyone else thought they could at the end of the season. "It's a shame the season ended when it did because I really think these girls were close to breaking out," Goetz said, and he's optimistic about where the program will go. Still, it will take more patience. The team lost its coach midseason, and Goetz, the high school athletic director, took over. Next year will bring a new coach and a new system, he said, and that takes time to work out. "It's unfortunate there's not stabil- ity there for them because they deserve that," Goetz said. "I will work with the girls until a successful person has been hired." t