Loggers look to rebuild
- Lon Austin
- Central Oregonian - Sports
The Mitchell High School boys and girls basketball teams had a long season this year. The teams struggled for wins throughout the season, with the boys team finishing the season 2-12 in league and 2-14 overall while the girls team went winless for the season going 0-14 in league and 0-16 overall.
>Mitchell finishes season with only two wins between boys and girls programs
The leading scorers all season for the boys team were seniors Alex Raber and Jimmy Bench along with junior Pedro Motto. The team improved as the season went along and was competitive in a lot of games, but struggled to score points down the stretch, losing a lot of games in the fourth quarter.
"The team really started to gel near the end of the season," said head coach Nigel Shockey.
Next year will be a rebuilding year as the team loses much of their scoring and rebounding to graduation.
The girls team had trouble scoring points all year playing almost entirely with foreign exchange students. Anja Hohls led the team in scoring for the season, while freshman Sasha Stepanova started at point guard and will be the team's lone returning player next year.
Shockey noted that although the team failed to get a win all season they improved the entire season and were much better at the end of the season than the beginning.
"They're improvement was just incredible," said Shockey.
The coach was forced to do double duty all season, coaching both the boys and girls basketball teams in his first year as head coach at Mitchell.
The Loggers rely heavily on students in the school dorm and foreign exchange students in order to field teams, making it difficult to build a program as players frequently are in the program for only one year and then are gone. Next year should once again be a rebuilding year for both teams.