Letters to the Sports Editor 2/15

Support Monte girls

I have been a gym rat sort of basketball fan for the last 55 years. I am also the proud father of two former Bulldog girl basketball players, Marki (‘90) and Heidi (‘92): and two former Morton Husky girl basketball players, Charity (‘98) and Patience (2000).

Charity and Patience and the Morton Husky team of 1998 made it to Spokane for the State “B” Basketball Tournament. It was an honor, as well as a lot of fun for them. They beat Cascade Christian 52-47 at state.

Julie (Mattson) Graves and Debbie Gibson have coached this year’s Monte Bulldog girls basketball team to new heights. Besides beating the perennial-power Elma Eagles in the district quarterfinals, they overpowered the Woodland Beavers in the semifinals. This win sends them to the regional/state tournament for the first time since 1997 (16 years).

And on Saturday night at 8 pm at W.F. West High School in Chehalis, for the first time in school history, the Bulldog girls will play in the district championship game against Castle Rock (last year’s No. 5 team from state).

The girls play a hard-nose defense, and actually can put the ball in the basket on offense. They play well together as a team and are fun to watch. The program shows that they also have a cheer squad, but the squad has been missing the last two games. As usual, the Bulldog band has kept the crowd and the gym energized and entertained.

Any of you out there who love girls sports, love basketball at any level, love the Monte Bulldog spirit, or have played in the girls Bulldog basketball program, you really need to come out to Chehalis Saturday night and cheer these girls on. They have earned your support.

They work hard on the court. And they are a group of history makers. Congratulations Julie, Debbie and all you Bulldog girl history-makers. Go get those Rockets! You’re on to state! Just like on the fast pitch field or volleyball court, work hard ‘til the final buzzer! We love you!

Ron Schillinger


Coach thanks Eagles

My girls had an amazing season, winning a league championship. To my seniors, you have given me the most memorable basketball games in my career, thank you for everything.

I would also like to thank my assistant coach Bryan Schneider, who did an amazing job this year. For volunteer coach Mack Moxley, there aren’t enough words to express my gratitude. I’d also like to thank our community and fans who have supported us unconditionally. I am eternally grateful.

To my team, I love you, my basketball family. And to my family who sacrifices everything so I can coach the game I love, thank you.

Lisa Johnson

Head girls basketball coach Elma High School