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North Marion All-Conference post signs to play at Oregon City-based community college

PMG PHOTO: PHIL HAWKINS - North Marion senior Raymee Boese and head coach Trevor Bodine moments after Boese signed her letter of intent to play at Clackamas Community College. 
The North Marion girls basketball program has seen more success in the past three seasons than at any other time since the Huskies' 1983 state championship. Under head coach Trevor Bodine, North Marion has made three consecutive quarterfinal appearances, placing sixth, third and fourth in respective years.

And none of it would have started if not for Raymee Boese.

The North Marion senior post signed her letter of intent to continue her basketball career next year at Clackamas Community College in Oregon City, and Bodine recalled the first time he played her in a varsity game as a sophomore.

It was the waning minutes of the Huskies' first round playoff match against the Henley Hornets, and the team was struggling to contain the Hornet's 6-foot senior post Jessica Northcutt.

Bodine had brought up Boese from the junior varsity squad to be with the team on the bench during the playoffs, but was forced to call her number in crunch time to deal with Henley's All-Conference post, who the Huskies were unable to contain all game.

"I had to do something," Bodine said. "I threw Raymee in there, and she ended up getting the most important two points in North Marion history in the last decade and a half," Bodine said. "It helped propel us into the final eight."

Junior teammate Ally Umbenhower ended up sinking the game-winning bucket as time expired to send the Huskies to their first of three straight quarterfinal tournaments, but it was Boese's bucket that put North Marion into position to win the game in the first place.

Over the two years since that moment, Boese has gone from a little-used JV backup to a reserve role player to an All-Conference player in her own right, continuing an upward trend that Bodine is confident will continue as a member of the Clackamas Community College Cougars this fall.

"She's still developing as a player and she has a ways to go, but the good thing is that she works hard and she's a sponge," Bodine said. "She soaks up all the information given to her and tries to apply it."

Boese owes her development over her high school career to the work she put in during the summers. The taste of success against Henley at the end of her sophomore year propelled Boese into focusing on developing during summer workouts heading into her junior season.

"Every week she was making progress; you could see it," Bodine said. "On a weekly basis, she was really developing quickly. That was probably her biggest summer of development."

Coming into her senior season, Bodine implemented a new offense that allowed the Huskies to take advantage of Boese's 6-foot-2 frame paired with 6-foot senior teammate Paige Martin.

Much like the previous summer, Boese put in the work to learn the offense, get better and apply it toward the coming season. It's the kind of mentality Bodine hopes to see in every player who is looking to earn playing time at the varsity level.

"I would call her the poster child for doing the right things at the right time and working on things she's supposed to work on for sure," Bodine said. "She put a lot of time in in spring and summer, had a good attitude toward it."

Collegiate programs took notice. Throughout the year, coaches from Chemeketa, Linn-Benton, Lane and Clackamas community colleges followed Boese, who ultimately chose to head north to play for the Cougars.

Boese will get an opportunity to work with former Oregon City High School head coach Kurt Guelsdorf, who joined the CCC program last year and is eighth all-time in Oregon high school girls basketball wins, having brought the Pioneers to 13 league titles, six state championship appearances and three state titles.

"He's very knowledgable, and I am glad she went there, because she's going to get some really good coaching," Bodine said. "I told her if you want to be driven, if you want to be pushed, I would go there. I'm excited to see how she progresses there."

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