FALL HIGH SCHOOL PREVIEWS

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Here is the second installment of season previews for area high school teams playing fall sports.

VOLLEYBALL

Colfax

Coach - Molly McNeil (first year)

Last year's record - 25-2 overall, 10-0 Northeast 2B League (Washington Class 2B state champions)

Returning letterwinners - Madi Cox, sr., setter; Kylie Kackman, sr., setter; Kierstyn York, soph., middle blocker; Sophie Klaveano, soph., outside hitter

Outlook - After 29 seasons at the helm, coach Sue Doering retired following her 14th state title last fall. Doering wasn't the only outgoing member of last year's Bulldogs. Also gone are graduated seniors Carmen Gfeller, Piper Cai and Greta Geier. Whereas the Bulldogs' strength last season was their hitting, this year, the team's experience is strongest in its setting, with Cox and Kackman returning.

Garfield-Palouse

Coach - Brad Rader (sixth year)

Last year's record - 7-7 overall, 6-6 Southeast 1B League.

Returning letterwinners - Hope Kriebel, sr., setter; Lexi Brantner, jr., NH; Taylor Humes, jr., DS; Denni Fealy, fr., setter; Kenzi Pedersen, fr., OH; Miranda Richards, soph., DS.

Outlook - Garfield-Palouse is coming off a middle-of-the-road season and is returning only one senior to this extremely young team. Two juniors, one sophomore and two freshmen make up the roster. Rader likes his teams athleticism and serving abilities heading into the 2018 campaign.

Clarkston

Coach - Adam Van Vogt (second year)

Last year's record - 5-13 overall, 2-10 Great Northern League

Returning letterwinners - Eva Millian, sr., OH; Keely Burnes, sr., MH; Shaylee Bisbee, jr., libero; Isabel Gustafson, jr., MH; Ruth Ogden, jr., S; McKenzie Ruark, jr., OH; Ashlyn Wallace, soph., S.

Outlook - Clarkston is returning a lot of experience this season with seven varsity letterwinners and four more who got varsity experience in the fold. The Bantams "are a lot deeper and all levels of the Clarkston program are a lot more competitive for play time," Van Vogt said. Still, the Bantams will be relying on a few newcomers to the varsity level, and getting them on the same page with the team's veterans will be a priority. The Clarkston roster is led by Millan, who has committed to the Whitworth volleyball program.

CROSS COUNTRY

Lewiston

Coach - John Potter

Returning letterwinners - Caden Byrer, jr.; Evan Potter, jr.; Matt McCormic, sr.; Kaitly Blume, sr.; Leah Johnston, jr.; Audrey Parkey, jr.

Outlook - The Bengal runners return a solidified group of elders to help manage Lewiston's "big youth movement" of 10 freshman competitors. Potter admitted it'll be difficult to repeat as district champions, considering the big loss of seniority last year, but his "high-achieving academically" group will look to keep astute in 2018.

Clarkston

Coach - Kelsey Weiss

Returning letterwinners - Ben Bruce, sr.; Joseph Phillips, jr.; Mick Brown, soph.

Outlook - Clarkston's 15-runner roster is rather young but "competitive within each other and are pushing each other to be better," Weiss said. The Bantams have also improved rapidly, with some athletes improving by a full minute in the mile run. Clarkston has only a boys' team this season; no girls turned out for cross country.

Timberline

Coach - William Sellers

Returning letterwinners - Suriel De La Cruz Lopez, sr.; Carson Sellers, soph.

Outlook - Carson Sellers made a run to State last season - and strives to do it again - while Lopez looks to jump eight spots from 2017 and join Sellers there. Freshman Lauren Carr joins them as the first female runner the school's had since 2014. There will also be 10 junior high runners to buttress the three, and coach Sellers sees lots of enthusiasm.

SWIMMING

Moscow

Coach - Wayne Gleason (fifth year)

Returning letterwinners - Hayden Buehler, jr.; Edgardo Cofre, soph., Jonah Cousins, soph.; Theodore Jessup, sr.; Zachary Miller, soph.; Simon Miura, jr.; Isaac Pimentel, soph.; Luke Salsbury, jr.; Zach Schwager, sr.; Isaiah Trembley, fr.; Marguerite Dawkins, sr.; Ashley Green, sr.; Brooklyn Houston, soph.; Hannah Kinzer, jr.; Jamie Krous, so.; Kaylee Mordhorst, jr.; Ashley Pope, soph.; Claire Qualls, jr.; Sam Schwager, sr.; Jana Veleva, jr.

Outlook - Moscow is returning a total of 20 letterwinners from a year ago. Gleason said the Bears are all hard-working athletes but lacked training time in the run-up to the season.

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