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F - November 28, 2012 WINTr_.R SPORTS PRr_.VIEW Page 5 New .s @ By Scan C. Morgan Of The New Era New girls basketball Coach Kerstin Brosterhous has seven se- niors on her varsity team this year, but a lot of her experience is com- ing from the underclassmen too. Three returning seniors are joined by four new seniors, while five juniors return with varsity ex- perience. Returning seniors are Sabrina Davis, KendellAnderson and Nicole Bell. Taylor Dermates transferred to SHHS this year. Chloe Muir returns to the program after a year off. San- deep Grewal returns after playing junior varsity last year, and Ashley Stewart is new to the team. Returning juniors include Har- lee Brendle, Emily Marchbanks, Haley Kent, Jordan Miller and Caytlin Gillespie, said coach Bro- sterhous. Their time on the court ranged from a couple of quarters to a full game, while also putting in JV time. Last year, as JV coach, she had different players in every game. Three JV players also return with varsity experience last year, including juniors Jade Corliss, Mi- kaela Steiner and Jessica Stockman. Corliss, for one, will play on the varsity court. Davis backed up Annie Whit- field at point guard last year, Bro- sterhous said. Gillespie was JV point guard. Davis is a competent ball handler and will handle point, backed up by Gillespie. Miller will handle post duties along with Brendle and Dermates. Kent, Marchbanks and Muir will work around the wings, while Anderson is solid all the way Varsity girls basketball team members are, in front, from left, Chloe Muir, Caytlin Gillespie, Emily Marchbanks, deep Grewal. In back are Nicole Bell, Kendell Anderson, Taylor Dermates, Jade Corliss, Jordan Miller, Harlee around, Brosterhous said. lot," she said. "When you're in good "I think it's really good for About eight players will round shape, you're more confident." them to read the defense," Broster- out the typical rotation, Brosterhous The girls will be able to play hous said. "Read the defense and do said. four quarters, and they'll do more something else." Brosterhous expects a strong and more on the court, she said. Being able to read the defense man-to-man defense, she said, and "Our offensive sets are going to will help cut down the number of the girls are conditioning in the be working with two or three other middle and end of practice to ensure people on the court," Brosterhous they have the necessary endurance, said. The attack will depend on the Telephone (541) 367-3131 "We've been conditioning a defense. Fax (541)367-2737 Haley Kent, Ashley Patton and San- Brendle and Sabrina Davis. turnovers and eliminate the other team's steals, Brosterhous said. : The team has consistent shoot- ers, Brosterbous said, and it has girls who need to be in a rhythm to start See Girls, page 6 Love of teaching, coaching brings ex- U player to SH girls hoops Sweet Home Veterinary Clinic A Full Service Veterinary Medical Facility 1214 Long Street Sweet Home, Oregon 97386 David El Larsen, D.V.M. By Sean C. Morgan Of The New Era The Sweet Home High School girls basketball team will fall under the direction of Kerstin Brosterhous, a veteran of high- level basketball competition. Brosterhous is in her second year teaching business at SHHS. She was the junior varsity girls basketball coach last year. Brosterhous played two years at Oregon State University and then two years at Portland State University. She grew up in Medford and played basketball for four years at North Medford High School, graduating in 2003. Her team didn't do well through much of her high school career, winning just two games and finishing in last place her junior year. But during her senior year, North Medford turned that around, losing only two games and making the first round of playoffs. Brosterhous went to college to study business marketing, she said. She wanted to be a sports marketer. After graduation in 2007, she got a job at a high school as a teaching assistant and changed her mind. She returned to school to earn a master's degree at Western Oregon University in 2010. The Salem resident substituted until SHHS hired her last year. Kerstin Brosterhous Before Sweet Home, Brosterhous coached JV at McMinnville High School and was an assistant coach at Linfield College in McMinnville. "I love the school, and I love teaching here," Brosterhous said. "The kids are great. The teachers are great." She likes the differences from her hometown where there were two high schools and a divided community when it came to sports. Brosterhous had no chance when it came td basketball. It has always been a part of her life. She started playing young, she said. Her dad played professionally in France. Her older sister played at OSU. Her cousins, aunts and uncles played college ball. "It was just k'md of in the family," Brosterhous said. "I learned a lot of life lessons, more than I learned about basketball," she said, and those lessons are an important part of coaching her team too. Division I taught her a lot too, she said. It was highly politicized and more like a job that took the fun out of the game, but she made a lot of friends there and still learned from it. "It was hard, good hard," Brosterhous said. "You learn further limits than you think you have." She loves coaching, Brosterhous said. "I love seeing people, girls get to do what I love and seeing them succeed at such an awesome game. I just think basketball's an awesome sport." And she enjoys seeing girls doing right along with the guys. She also loves teaching the athletes what she has learned off the court, being part of a team and facing adversity together. She said her team is doing a great job getting started: "The thing they have that is not teachable or coachable is that See Coach, page 6 Auto - Home - Life - Business 1252 Main Street, Sweet Home 541-367-0468 (office) 541-990-0569 (mobile) khartsook@ farmersagent.com Karyn Hartsook, Agent 1328 Clark Mill Road P.O. Box 600 Sweet Home, OR 97386 Office: (541) 367-3232 FAX (541) 367-7299