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Winter sports preview: North Marion basketball, wrestling and swimming (2013-14)

A look at the Huskies' upcoming season in athletics


by: JEFF GOODMAN / FILE - Cuautli Verastegui (left) and the North Marion boys basketball team are in the hunt for their first playoff appearance since 2010-11. Above, Verastegui defends Ryan Potter in last year's home game against Molalla.

NORTH MARION BOYS BASKETBALL 2013-14

Coach: Chris Parkinson (third year)

Last year: 7-17 (2-8 in the Tri-Valley Conference); no playoffs

Key player: Kyle Williamson

Key loss: Kelln Pippert

First home game: 7 p.m. Dec. 10 vs. Cottage Grove

Outlook: Led by senior guard Kyle Williamson, who earned second-team all-league honors last year, North Marion will strive for its first playoff appearance since 2010-11 and its first playoff win since 2009-10. The Huskies lost five seniors, including all-conference honoree Kelln Pippert, but they return with a roster that includes juniors Cuautli Verastegui and Kerry Cook.

NORTH MARION GIRLS BASKETBALL 2013-14

Coach: Dennis Melcher

Last year: 11-14 (4-6 in the Tri-Valley Conference); no playoffs

Key player: Michaela Meeuwsen

Key loss: Jasmine Florez

First home game: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 10 vs. Cottage Grove

Outlook: Despite losing graduated guard Jasmine Florez, a first-team all-league honoree last year, North Marion will attempt to reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2008. The Huskies came heartbreakingly close last season, falling to league opponent Gladstone by four points in the Class 4A play-in round.

NORTH MARION WRESTLING 2013-14

Coach: Jared Wilson (first year)

Last year: Won a team district title with five individual champions; qualified 19 wrestlers for the regional tournament and earned seven bids to the state meet, where it placed 10th overall

Key athletes: Brennan Patterson, Tyler Saucedo, Adam Vega

Key losses: Lucas Randall, Keltin Boykin, Orion Walters, Zac Sisson

First home meet: Jan. 11

Outlook: Even without four-time state champion Lucas Randall, North Marion appears to have the talent to contend for district titles and state bids. Three of the team’s seven state-qualifying wrestlers from last year return. Jared Wilson has taken the helm in place of Ford Stigall, who remains on the Huskies’ staff as an assistant.

NORTH MARION SWIMMING 2013-14

Coach: Chere Moore

Last year: Qualified for the state championships in four boys events and three girls events

Key athletes: Andy Pine, Austin Dobaj, Kyle Torian, Nathan Jones, Veronica Norris, Katie Palmer

Key loss: Noah Norris (transferred to Wilsonville)

First meet: 4 p.m. Dec. 9 at Canby Swim Center

Outlook: None of the seven state-qualifying swimmers was a senior last year, so postseason prospects appear bright for North Marion. But Noah Norris, who roared onto the scene by setting school records and winning state medals in the 100-yard backstroke and 200 individual medley races while leading the Huskies’ 400 free relay to fourth place at the Class 4A finals, has transferred to Wilsonville.



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