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Young Bulldogs ready to be unleashed

by: WOODBURN INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES - Woodburn wing Rey Ruiz (above) and post Leo Garza (below) will help lead a new cast of Bulldogs this season.by: WOODBURN INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES - Senior post player Leo Garza.Coach: Enrique Sandoval (first year)

Last year: Woodburn finished fifth out of eight teams in the Mid-Willamette Conference with a record of 5-9 (8-15 overall) and failed to reach the postseason for the second consecutive year.

Key athletes: Rey Ruiz, Leo Garza, Orlando Hernandez

Key losses: Martin Ray, Dimitry Cherimnov, Zach Husko, Julian Veliz, Aaron Garcia, Michael Georgieff, Francisco Gudino, Andre Rocha, Misael Equihua

First home game: Friday against Rex Putnam

Outlook: New head coach Enrique Sandoval takes over for Jon Wolfer this season. Sandoval retains few holdovers from last season’s Bulldogs, which lost nine players to graduation. All-league Honorable Mention guard Rey Ruiz returns for his junior season after leading Woodburn in scoring in each of his first two seasons with the team. Ruiz gives the Bulldogs a steady leader in the backcourt who is capable of handling the ball and keeping defenses honest as a steady threat from beyond 3-point range. Teammates Orlando Hernandez and Leo Garza are the only other Bulldog players on the team with varsity experience.