2008-12-11 / Sports

Athletic Buck girls ready to run down competition

"We're as athletic a team as we've been in a few years," said Roscommon girls varsity basketball Coach Mark Church, who added that they plan to use their quickness to prevail in what he expects to be a very competitive Jack Pine Conference season this year. Church said he expects Houghton Lake to "be the team to beat," and that Clare and Meridian will also present stiff challenges.

The Bucks are also expecting to face stiff competition from non-conference opponents Grayling, Kalkaska, Ogemaw Heights and Tawas. Church said the Bucks' up-tempo game will incorporate an offense focused on senior Stephanie Mitchell, a third-year starter who made the JPC All-Conference team in her first two seasons on varsity. He is also expecting both offensive and defensive spark to come from junior Caitlyn Waller, who he said is "very athletic and runs the floor well."

Having finished 16-7 with a District Championship last season, Church said the team's expectations for accomplishing that or more this season are very high.

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