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Damascus ready to push the pace

1A VALLEY 10 GIRLS PREVIEW - Damascus and Columbia give the league a pair of state contenders
by: file photo Damascus senior Kristen Wood drives past an opponent last season. She is the only senior on this year squad.

The Damascus Christian girls basketball program is used to its perch at the top of the Valley 10 standings. Over the past five years, the Eagles have gone 75-7 (.915) in league play and won three league crowns. Coming off back-to-back runner-up finishes has Damascus motivated for 2011-12. But the climb to the top won't be easy with reigning champion Columbia Christian returning all five starters from a team that finished fourth in state.

'We're going to have to play well, and be smart when we go up against them,' Damascus coach Dave Wakefield said. 'But we have a lot of skilled ball players on our side. I've been coaching for more than 20 years and this is one of the most explosive offensive teams I've had.'

Damascus showed that potential by putting up 87 points in their season opener, albeit against Valley 10 lightweight Life Christian.

Look for our full Valley 10 girls preview, including a look at Portland Lutheran, in the Saturday, Dec. 10, edition of The Outlook.