Sherwood has some key returnees and also a new coach

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School girls basketball team hopes it has the right mix going into the 2013-2014 season.

That mix includes youth, varsity experience and a new coach.

“We are very optimistic about the season,” said new Sherwood head coach Wes Pappas, who formerly was an assistant coach for the Tigard High School girls basketball team. “We had a very productive summer, putting in new offensive and defensive systems, and we have a core of girls with at least some varsity experience.”

by: DAN BROOD - SENIOR LEADER -- Sherwood High School senior Jaelyn Funk, who is one of just two seniors on the Lady Bowmen squad, could be a key returnee for the team this season. The Lady Bowmen have just two seniors on the roster, but they have eight players with some varsity experience from last year’s Sherwood team that finished in fifth place in the Northwest Oregon Conference standings at 6-8 while going 7-16 on the season.

The Lady Bowmen return four starters from that squad, including junior post Mallory Shields (5-foot-11), who was a third-team all-conference selection last year, and senior post Jaelyn Funk (5-11), who was an honorable mention all-conference pick.

Shields and Funk will be looked upon to lead the way for Sherwood this season.

“They both possess excellent leadership qualities and really make our team go,” Pappas said.

Sherwood’s other two returnees who started in varsity games last year are junior guard Kira Jedan (5-3) and junior wing Jessica Thiel (5-9).

The Lady Bowmen’s other varsity returnees include junior guard/wing Jennah Stobie (5-6), sophomore guard Taylor Corno (5-5), sophomore forward Gabby Johnson (5-9) and senior wing Allison Warren (5-9).

Newcomers to the Sherwood varsity include sophomore guard/wing Alyssa Walker (5-9) and sophomore guard/wing Josie Funk (5-5).

“We feel that we will be very competitive in league this year,” Pappas said. “We are counting on our defense being a real plus for us this year. I have been really pleased with our guard play that is improving daily, and we have the ability to go to our bench with some solid depth.”

As for the NWOC this season, Pappas sees some competitive battles ahead for the top spots.

“I think our league will be really competitive this year,” he said. “I think you could make arguments for several teams finishing in the top three. I think Putnam might have an on-paper advantage with the three transfers they brought in. I feel that we will be right in the chase.”

Sherwood opened its season Tuesday with a 42-39 win over Silverton in a non-league game played at Sherwood High School.

Shields scored 18 points in the victory and Jaelyn Funk added 12.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Monday when they play at Camas, Wash., in a rescheduled game set to start at 5:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to Glencoe for a 5:45 p.m. non-league contest.

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