Tom Ostrander, in his sixth season as head coach of the Bonney Lake girls basketball team, said it should be a fun year.
Last season, the Panthers ended with a 15-11 record. Bonney Lake went to state, losing in the regional round to Wilson.
Returning this year are three starters, Ostrander said. Gaby Ruiz, twins Jessyka Seger and Kayla Seger have been starting for Ostrander for three years now, since they were freshmen.
The Panthers are a young team with only one senior.
So far, they are working hard, he said.
With a tough schedule and playing in a tough league, Ostrander said the potential is there.
“It is all about the kids going out and performing,” he said.
The Bonney Lake Panthers boys basketball team ended last season 1-19.
This season the Panthers have a new head coach. Brian Kovacevich has coached at White River High School, The University of Puget Sound and at Pacific Lutheran University and is now the coach of the Panthers.
He said this year the team is going to focus on competing. We have great players who are working hard, Kovacevich added.
“The sky is the limit for our kids,” he said.
Kovacevich doesn’t want the team to focus on winning and losing, he wants them to give themselves the opportunity to compete.
Regardless of the outcome of the season, he said, he hopes the team can play exciting basketball that people want to come and watch.