Granby " Middle Park girls basketball off and running at Meeker Tournament |

Granby " Middle Park girls basketball off and running at Meeker Tournament

Will Bublitz
Grand County, Colorado
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Stand up, stomp and shout because another exciting season of Middle Park High’s girls basketball is about to begin.

The Lady Panthers open their 2008-09 season at the Meeker Tournament this Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 4-6.

“This will be our first time going to the Meeker Tournament, so it will be a fresh way to start off our season,” said coach Cheri Amos. “We’re ready to play basketball and shoot some hoops.”

The Lady Panthers are also entering the new season in a new league, the Frontier League. For years, the team competed in the Metro League, which was dominated by private schools.

“We are in Frontier’s Western League, which has six teams,” Amos said. “It’s great that we’ll now be competing against mostly other public high schools that are similar to us.”

Another upbeat factor for the Lady Panthers this season is that it has a large roster of 28 players. Those playing on its varsity, junior varsity and C-Squad teams are:

Varsity ” Kristin VanHorn, Cindy Hobbs, Emily Abbott, Rachel Linke, Lihla Clancy, Lisa Hobbs, Shelley McLean, Brittany Gardner, Quincey Pedersen, Milly Varner and McCall Linke;

Junior Varsity ” Lisa Hobbs, Dovile Klisauskaite, McCall Linke, Katie Mattfield, Janni Conrad, Meghan Allen, Madison Shipman, Shelby Brueske, Justine Bickler and Moreya Gardner;

C-Squad ” Camille Clancy, Madeline Clancy, Haley Nordin, Delaney Tucker, Hannah Levett, Jamie Damon, Katie Jones, Elise Matson and Ariana Fisher.

“Last season, we were a really young varsity team, but with five returning seniors who now have a lot of experience, we are ready to play,” Amos said.

The team is being led by senior captains Shelley McLean and Rachel Linke, both three-year varsity players. Three other seniors ” Brittany Gardner, Emily Abbott and Kristin VanHorn ” have two years of varsity experience.

“Our seniors all have lots of varsity playing experience and maturity,” Amos said.

Amos said the varsity also has “a couple of scrappy juniors,” Lihla Clancy and Cindy Hobbs, and sophomore Quincey Pedersen, who has “good court sense and is expected to contribute a lot to the team this year.”

“We not a tall team with tallest at 5 feet, 10 inches,” Amos said. “But we’re fast and aggressive. We’re excited about the new season and our new league, and we’re ready to play.”

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