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Trojans loaded with talent

by: WOODBURN INDEPENDENT ARCHIVES - Kennedy sophomore Lakin Susee (left) was Trojans standout player last year, earning First Team all-conference honors. Susee leads a Kennedy team that lost just one player to graduation and is ready to fight for a Tri-River championship this season.Coach: Kerry Hall (fourth year)

Last year: After getting out to a slow start, the Trojans put together a six-game winning streak and finished tied for third in the Tri-River standings with a 10-4 record (15-11 overall). Kennedy won their opening league playoff game, but went on to lose against Santiam with a postseason berth on the line.

Key players: Lakin Susee, Amelia Grosjacques, KC Boen

Key loss: Bree Melsness

First home game: Wednesday against Gaston

Outlook: After narrowly missing out on a trip to the state tournament in 2013, the Trojans are poised to contend for the team’s second postseason berth in five years. Kennedy returns all but forward Bree Melsness from last year’s team and has all the tools needed to return to the upper echelon of 2A basketball that was a hallmark of Kennedy basketball in the latter parts of last decade.

First Team sophomore Lakin Susee returns as the team’s most decorated player after a phenomenal debut with the Trojans last year. She is joined by Third Team teammates KC Boen (senior) and Amelia Grosjacques (junior).