GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
A handful of familiar names return for the Panther girls program, the most notable being Dreakeanna Adair. Now a senior, she already has two state championships to her credit, winning the discus competition in 2016 and defending her Class 3A title a season ago. Other Panther girls who have success on their prep resumé include hurdler Tanya Dean, distance runner Jessica Day and Katie Fryberger in the jumps and pole vault.
BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
It’s a brand new season and a brand new look for the Panther squad that placed fifth a year ago at the Class 3A state track and field championships. Most of the Panthers who piled up points in Tacoma have been lost to graduation.
The most accomplished returnee is senior Donovan Henderson, who placed seventh at state a year ago in the triple jump. For his full season of work, Henderson was named the Pierce County League Athlete of the Year in boys jumps.
A couple of sophomores that could contribute greatly are Cayan Dibble in the distance events and Jackson Gibbon in the shot put.
The Panthers will be looking to improve upon a 2017 season in which they broke even on the pitch, finishing with an overall mark of 8-8-1. A solid fixture is senior Alex Stevenson, who picked up second team all-Pierce County League honors a season ago. The rest of the Panther roster includes seniors Jacob Bryan, Ryan Arpin, Zander Varnum, Evan Tracy, Joel Horstman, Preston Curtice, Arne Bartels, Hayden Davis, Wyatt Johnson and Alex Gaarder; juniors Josef Babbitt, Antonio Guerrero, Jose Torres and Zach Beaty; and sophomores Pierce Curtice and Jordan Arpin.
The Bonney Lake crew will play their first home game of the season Thursday, taking on Mount Tahoma at 7 p.m.
Coming off a successful season, the Bonney Lake High lacrosse program has experienced a few departures but retained plenty from last year’s roster.
The list of veterans begins with senior Justin Elsworth, who was an all-conference performer a season ago. Other familiar names include senior Julian Howard and sophomores Quentin Roderick, Chris Silva and Nolan Goodale.
The rest of this year’s roster consists of seniors Joseph Borrelli, Eric Hughes, Max Kalamar, Ian Pawlak and Michael Yanusevich; juniors Matthew Helton and Camilo Tobita; sophomores Colton Donaglia, Shelby Krehbiel-Richardson and Riley Frey; and freshmen Luke Musgrave, Jaden Squires, Samuel Juranich, Andrew Alonzo and Bull Krehbiel-Richardson.
The player list is headed by captain Camron Cozzi, who is on the injured-reserve list while battling illness.
After beginning their spring season with a March 13 home match against the Lakes Lancers, the Panthers are taking to the road. The team, under coach Damon DeLapp, plays at Bethel High Thursday and heads to Spanaway Lake March 21.
Heading the list of returning players is senior Olivia Grob, who made up half of last season’s all-league No. 1 doubles team.