NHS cagers finish summer season in third
Nordhoff High School's girls'
basketball program completed its summer season last week.
Thirty-five girls participated during the seven-week session
that is intended to give players an opportunity to work on their
individual games as well as introduce new players to the program.
Coach Ted Cotti's varsity team competed in the Nordhoff and Dos
Pueblos summer leagues and traveled to tournaments at U.C. Irvine
and Righetti in Santa Maria. The team finished the summer with
a record of 21-14, placing ninth out of 32 teams at Irvine and
sixth out of 16 teams at Righetti.
Having graduated only one player from last year's squad, competition
for playing time was expected to be fierce, but All-CIF senior
center Alison Bennett spent much of the summer playing for her
club team, and a back injury sidelined junior forward Tahnie
Benitez. That offered an opportunity for freshmen Megan Swann
and Sarah Bledsoe, junior Danielle Rothfuss and sophomore Maegan
Bunker to show that they, too, may be ready to contribute on
the varsity level.
"We had another productive summer," said Cotti, beginning
his seventh term as varsity head coach. "I am excited to
see so many freshmen out for the program and am pleased with
the progress we made on the varsity level - especially considering
that we didn't have access to our gymnasium the entire summer."
"I am particularly proud of the hard work and commitment
demonstrated by some of the returners, including senior Alexis
Kenyon, juniors Sarah Nylander and Sasha O'Brien and sophomore
Ariane Roach. Kenyon and Nylander really made huge strides and
distinguished themselves as team leaders during the course of
the summer," Cotti continued. "I am fortunate to have
a group of girls who love the game, who complement each other
on the court, who enjoy each other's company off the court and
who are willing to work hard in the off-season."
Mike Barrett coached the junior varsity squad, which competed
in both the Nordhoff and Westlake summer leagues as well as in
the NHS/Santa Paula End of Summer Tournament, where they placed
2003 Monday Summer Girls'
Basketball League at Nordhoff
Santa Paula 8-4
St. Bonaventure 2-2
Santa Ynez 2-2
Channel Islands 1-3
Santa Clara 0-4
St. Bonaventure 9-3
Channel Islands 9-3
Dos Pueblos 2-2
Bishop Diego 0-4
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