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Season preview: Gilstad at the Vikings' helm


by: CORY MIMMS - Colton's girls basketball team practicing for what could be a good season ahead.Colton’s girls basketball team has a new coach this year. Kyle Gilstad took over earlier this month.

“We have a talented group of underclassmen and a hardworking group of upperclassmen that push each other and feed off each other’s energy at practice,” Gilstad said.

The Vikings were fourth in the West Valley League last season, having picked up only three league wins. The girls aren’t focusing on previous records though.

“Attitudes are positive and excited for this season to get underway,” Gilstad said. “We have players that really want to do well and put a lot of work in over the summer to help make that possible. Practices have been hard and fast paced and that is the way we're going to play.”

With several talented young women returning to play, the Vikings could climb up the league rankings.

“We're going to push the ball hard on offense and pressure the ball on defense,” Gilstad said. “The team is focused and determined to not only be successful in league but to also compete in the state tournament. We've set high goals for ourselves and will work hard to accomplish them.”