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Deep Bowmen teams are ready to go

The Sherwood girls look to earn 12th straight state bid


by: DAN BROOD - THE CAPTAIN -- Senior Avery Rosenbalm, shown here at last year's NWOC district meet, will serve as team captain for the Sherwood girls. SHERWOOD — Numbers.

Talent.

A strong work ethic.

The Sherwood High School boys and girls cross country teams seem to have all of that going for them. And, with that in mind, the Bowmen squads are taking high hopes into the 2013 season.

“We have a good turnout agains this year, with around 80 athletes,” Sherwood coach Wendell Otto said. “We have a lot of new runners, and we should field a good girls and boys teams this year.”

The Sherwood girls team will be looking to earn its 11th straight berth to the state championships.

“We have goals to win district and finish in the top five at state,” Otto said. “The core group of girls also made a huge leap this summer by running higher mileage and show that, again, they have a strong pack that will be hard to beat.”

Among the key runners for the Lady Bowmen, who went 7-0 in Northwest Oregon Conference dual meets last year while also triumphing at the NWOC district meet, will be junior Madison Budge.

Last year, Budge placed 12th, individually, at the NWOC district meet with a time of 20 minutes, 37.9 seconds for the 5,000-meter race.

Senior Avery Rosenbalm will serve as team captain. Last year, Rosenbalm was 11th at the district meet with a time of 20:29.1.

Juniors Molly Fettig and Bridgett Palmer also return from last year’s Sherwood varsity team that won the district meet title. Fettig was 15th at last year’s district meet and Palmer was right behind her in 16th place.

Senior Samantha Stewart and junior Samantha Mckibbon are other returnees for the Lady Bowmen. Sophomore Kelly Roth could be a key newcomer for the squad.

The Sherwood boys squad also has high hopes for the season.

“The boys will be much improved from their district finish and have goals of placing in the top two at district and advancing to state,” Otto said. “We have a core group of boys that worked very hard this summer and developed as runners.

The Bowmen, who went 6-1 in league dual meets and placed fourth at the district meet last year, will be led by senior captain Ryan Pierce.

“He has made a major transformation in his progress and will be one of the contenders at district,” Otto said. “He committed himself this summer to higher mileage and it paid off. And he is very strong.”

Pierce finished 15th at last year’s district meet with a mark of 17:20.9.

“His attitude caught on with his fellow teammates,” Otto said.

Junior Fred Resch will also serve as a team captain. Other key runners for the Sherwood boys include junior Joshua Moats, senior Olsen Cottle and junior Connor McLaughlin.

“They put in equal mileage and are showing they may surprise a few in our district,” Otto said.

The Sherwood boys could end up battling Liberty and Wilsonville for the top spots in the league this year.

“It looks like Liberty will be solid and return a good team, and you can never count out Wilsonville and David Barkley’s ability to put together a team that will always contend for the title,” Otto said.

And, with Sherwood’s depth, Otto also feels good about both of his teams’ chances.

“The exciting part with a big turnout is that you don’t know who might make a move and challenge for a varsity spot,” he said. “We have a few boys and girls that might just do that.”

The Sherwood teams will open their season tonight (Thursday) when they compete at the Wilsonville Night Meet, which will start at 7 p.m. at Wilsonville High School.



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