BREWSTER The defending state 1A champion Brewster High School girls basketball team graduated two players, but should be a contender again this year.
“We’ve got some holes to fill, there’s no doubt about that,” Brewster coach Roger Boesel said. “I do have a pretty good nucleus. We are not going to have as much depth this year. We didn’t have that much last year.”
The Bears must fill vacancies left by Becky Mae Taylor and Jessie Hammons.
Markie Miller and Margie Brammer will fill the holes early, the coach said.
“That’s the way it sits right now, anyway,” the coach said.
Starters are state Player of the Year Chandler Smith, along with Monica Landdeck (first team) and Brette Boesel (second team).
Smith recently committed to play next year at the University of Nebraska.
Taylor is attending the Cornish Institute in Seattle. Hammons is playing softball for Wenatchee Valley College.
The team also lost Andi Gebbers, who was often first off the bench.
“They are tall and fast,” she said.
Tonasket played in the Okanogan Jamboree on Tuesday.
The Tigers are at Liberty Bell on Friday and return home for Kettle Falls on Saturday.
OKANOGAN — “We are very young,” Okanogan coach Bryan Boesel said.
The Bulldogs graduated first team Kara Staggs and second team Caitlyn Behymer, who are both playing basketball at North Idaho College, and Megan Parks, who is playing soccer for Wenatchee Valley College.
Okanogan will regroup around junior Cameron Moses and sophomores Keanna Egbert and Denise Romero.
Predicted to dent the varsity lineup are freshmen Jordyn Boesel and Jill Townsend and sophomores Cayden Diefenbach and Jocelyn Moore.
The coach predicted Brewster and Cashmere will be the league powers, followed by Chelan and Cascade.
Okanogan hosted a jamboree Tuesday.
The Bulldogs play a traveling Australian team tonight, go to Lake Roosevelt on Thursday and return home for Medical Lake on Saturday.
“It will be a real busy week here,” Boesel said. “We will see how our kids respond.”
REPUBLIC — Republic could well be the team to beat in the Panorama League, coach Ted Torzewski said.
Demi Jo Vaughn and Kacie Lane, both all-league last year, return. Both are injured right now, but are expected back in January.
Republic will start three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior, Torzewski said.
He predicted Selkirk, Cusick and Curlew will be vying for the top of the league.
The Tigers host Odessa-Harrington on Friday, then go to Oroville on Tuesday next week.
The coach said Cashmere and Okanogan are his Top 2 picks in the Caribou Trail League.
“Chelan will be in the mix, too,” Boesel said. “Brewster will be in the mix. Where exactly, I am not 100 percent sure. We will compete.”
Brewster plays Pateros at home Friday, then goes to Ephrata on Saturday.
TONASKET — Tonasket sports six seniors back this year.
“We have a lot of seniors, but they have not necessarily played varsity before,” Tonasket coach Stephanie Schertenleib said.
One of those seniors, Kylie Dellinger, was an honorable mention player in the CTL last year.
The Tigers did graduate two starters – Devon Utt and Kelly Cruz.
Schertenleib takes over from Mike Larson, who coached for two years.
She coached Tonasket for two years prior to Larson.
The coach said there have been good practices as the girls attempt to learn a new systems.
She said Okanogan and Brewster should be strong, as will Chelan.
“I don’t know, honestly, where we fit,” she said. “It depends on how it all comes together.”
Schertenleib was happy to see five girls from the soccer team turning out.