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Girls Basketball:
Girls basketball plans to dribble their way to the playoffs this season.

According to head coach Bruce Bryant, the team has two aspirations.

“Our goals for the season are to get to the playoffs and it would be nice to get a home playoff game,” Bryant said.

According to freshman Alexandra Locati, the team has a chance to make it to the 4A OSAA state tournament.

“One of our main goals is to make it to state and I think we can definitely do that if we keep working at it like we are,” Locati said.

Senior Hope Lott said the experience of working with each other is going to get them to their goal.

“As a team, we haven’t really played together so we need a bit more experience with each other and I think we’re getting that,” Lott said.

The team has a handful of new players this season with five freshman, two sophomores, one junior and two seniors.

“We have a lot of young kids that are learning about the physicalness of the game at the varsity level of 4A,” Bryant said. “They’re making adjustments and each game they get a little bit better as they continue to play.”


This year’s wrestling team may be the best group to compete for Marshfield, according to assistant wrestling coach Brad McKechnie.

The wrestling program has 35 wrestlers this season, making it a bigger program than last year. The Pirates have two solid line-ups, a JV and varsity, along with some third-man athletes.

The team had a tough preseason, but their strong ability was shown at the Reno tournament, according to McKechnie.

“We took a group of guys to wrestle at Reno,” McKechnie said. “Against 90 other teams we took fourth,” McKechnie said.

Senior Gary Jantzer placed second in the 170 pound weight class and senior Cole Smith took fifth in the 106 pound weight class.  Sophomore Travis Wittlake Jr. was first in the 160 pound weight class for the second year in a row, making Marshfield history.

Junior Cade Hite, said he was pleasantly surprised with how competitive and tough the JV wrestlers are against their opponents.

“They do pretty good; they beat everyone but one team at Bay City Duals Tournament,” Hite said.

With success not only at the varsity level but also for JV, the Pirates are looking for a great end to a tough season and similar years to follow.

Boys Basketball:

Boys basketball plans to keep up the pace heading into playoffs.

Senior Kasey Banks said the team is doing well and plans to do well in the state tournament.

“It’s been a great season so far. We need to get a lot better and we’re hoping to make a big performance in the league and move onto the state tournament and hopefully win a state championship,” Banks said.

According to head coach Doug Miles, the team can go as far as they want to.

“I think that as long as we continue to work hard, that we can go a long ways, as far as they want to go,” Miles said.

According to Miles, the team members need to keep challenging themselves.

“If they’re going to achieve what they want to achieve, they’ve got to keep getting challenged and I think that’s going to be tough because there are going to be some games in the league where they aren’t going to be a real challenge,” Miles said.

Miles said the team is heading in the right direction.

“They’re right on track to where they want to be,” Miles said. “The sky’s the limit for these guys. They just have to keep working hard.”


The swim team dove into the season with big numbers, which has so far brought the team high placement in meets.

Sophomore Erin Nelson is in her second season with the team and mostly swims the 200 IM.

“With the big team, we score really well and high,” Nelson said.

The more athletes there are to compete in races, the more points teams can earn to get a high overall team score.

According to Nelson, the team did well at the North Bend Invitational, with the girls taking second place and the boys taking fifth place.

Senior captain Lane Koster, who mainly swims the butterfly, brings energy to the swim team, according to Nelson.

“We are young, but talented,” Koster said.

With the new underclassmen, the experience of the upperclassmen and a large number of swimmers, the team comes out scoring well.

“I see us winning districts this year,” Koster said.

Senior captain Asha Huffman said the large team has a wide range of talent level and personalities.

“We are one big crazy family,” Huffman said.