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New coach ready to lead Enumclaw High girls basketball

Enumclaw captain Kimmy Aubert drives against a Rogers High defender during Saturday afternoon’s jamboree at White River. Aubert and her teammates, along with new coach Mindi Dribnak, will be on the road tonight, Wednesday, taking on Juanita High.  - Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald
Enumclaw captain Kimmy Aubert drives against a Rogers High defender during Saturday afternoon’s jamboree at White River. Aubert and her teammates, along with new coach Mindi Dribnak, will be on the road tonight, Wednesday, taking on Juanita High.
— image credit: Photo by Dennis Box, The Courier-Herald

The Enumclaw High Hornet girls begin the basketball season this week with a new coach and a lot to look forward to.

Mindi Dribnak, in her first year leading the Hornets, said, “I am from the lower Yakima Valley, born and raised in Toppenish. I had the fortunate opportunity after high school to experience living in several different places but have been teaching and coaching overall for 14 years. Although I am new to Enumclaw this season, it is my ninth season as a head coach and I look forward to a great one here.”

Dribnak said she had one senior on the squad,  “Kimmy Aubert. I have been very impressed with her work ethic and attitude. She already is an outstanding captain and senior leader for our team. We have five solid unselfish juniors, who have been preparing and looking forward to a great varsity season – Hayley Sonneson, Katie Carlson, Tallie Carlson, Kaylee Moergeli, and Noelle Putman.”

The coach said she has a group  of gifted sophomores, “Who have great potential to contribute this season to our overall growth and progress as a team and program - Sam Engebretsen, Kylie Rademacher, Mariah Bone, and Kysa Bursch.”

Dribnak said, “You can expect our team to have a tough, man-to-man aggressive, defensive mentality with an up-tempo offense. It may take a little time to get everything clicking with a new coaching staff and a new system, but with the way these girls work and the unselfish attitudes I have already witnessed...I have no doubt we’ll be right where we need to be when the time is right.”

Assisting Dribnak in the coaching duties are Julie Anderson, junior varsity coach, and Rachelle Gay, the head C-team coach.

The team plays at 6:30 tonight, Wednesday, at Juanita High and at noon Saturday at the Tipoff Classic at Auburn Riverside High.

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