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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2017
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JEWELL WINTER SPORTS PREVIEWS
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Ben Stahly and the Jewell Blue Jays will shoot for more wins in 2017-18.
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Jewell’s Emma Guillen will play a big role in carrying the Lady Jays.
Jewell boys basketball Girls to challenge for
team aims to improve top three spot in league
By GARY HENLEY
The Daily Astorian
An 11-game losing streak did not help
the final record (5-17) a year ago, but
some new additions are giving hope to the
Jewell boys basketball program.
Enough hope to lead coach Mark Fick
to say, “We might be the surprise of the
league, if all the pieces fall together.
We’re not going to be great, but we’ll be
seven deep, with three or four guard-types
that we can rotate, and four posts.”
THE CASCO
Fick is focusing primarily on his team,
but follows the league enough to know
that “Falls City has a bunch of transfers
in, with two or three big kids, so they
might be good; and Perrydale and Cross-
hill will be tough, because they’re well-
coached. Livingstone always likes to run,
and they hustle and fire up threes, and fast
break any time they can.”
THE BLUE JAYS
To begin with, Jewell will be a little
bigger and stronger.
“We’re going to be a little better that
way,” Fick said. “Corey Lyon is 6-4 and
working hard; Nathan Kane (Sr.) is a
stocky kid, pretty versatile, and can play
post. He’s also a really strong kid.”
Which should give senior Ben Stahly
more opportunities to play guard this
year.
JEWELL BOYS BASKETBALL
Coach: Mark Fick, 13th year
2016-17: 5-17 (2-12 league)
Key loss: Sean Hinson
Key returner: Ben Stahly
SCOREBOARD
PREP SPORTS SCHEDULE
THURSDAY
Girls basketball — Warrenton at Nestucca, 6 p.m.
Boys basketball — Warrenton at Nestucca, 7:45
p.m.
“Ben’s been there forever, he’s the
most athletic player, can jump and
run, and never runs out of gas. He’s
going to play more guard this year. I have
some bigger kids, and he’s a better ball
handler.”
The point guard will likely be sopho-
more Ryan Kane, a quick player with a
nice jump shot who sees the floor well.
Stahly will be the off-guard, Fick said.
Senior Thomas Meehan is versatile,
and “I can put him anywhere, and he’s
solid,” he said. “Jacob Lilley (Jr.) is 6-2,
has come light years from where he was,
and has really worked hard.”
Senior Nathan Nelson has transferred
in, “a strong kid, 6-1, big, husky; he will
help us,” Fick said.
Freshmen on the roster include Eddie
Berg and Desmond Chronister.
By GARY HENLEY
The Daily Astorian
The accomplishments were notable
for the Jewell girls basketball program
in 2016-17: A tie for third in the Casco
League standings, a 14-win season, and
the Lady Jays managed to go three games
deep into the district playoffs.
Not bad, when you’re battling the
likes of private schools Crosshill Chris-
tian and Willamette Valley Christian, and
1A power Perrydale.
Ultimately, Jewell came up short
of the state playoffs, but it was a
season to build on.
As they enter a new season,
“I think we’ll be more compet-
itive,” said Jewell coach Mark
Fick. “We’ve got good num-
bers, a little more experience,
and the kids are really work-
ing hard.”
THE CASCO
The league “will be about the
same,” Fick said. “Perrydale and Cross-
hill have some real athletic girls, who are
all 5-9 or in that range. Falls City and us
will be about the same size. We’re hoping
to compete for first and second, and we’ll
have a real good shot at third.”
THE LADY JAYS
“A lot of guards, with four or five who
can play post,” is how Fick describes this
JEWELL GIRLS BASKETBALL
Coach: Mark Fick, 13th year
2016-17: 14-10 (7-5 league)
Playoffs: Defeated Falls City, lost to Perry-
dale twice in league playoffs.
All-league returner: Emma Guillen
year’s version of Jewell girls basketball.
The go-to players include senior Gabi
Morales, a shooting guard; and senior
post Emma Guillen.
In supporting roles, the Jays have
senior Ashley Wammack, a 5-5 for-
ward/post; juniors Lilly Kaczenski
and guard Sophie Olvera;
and sophomores Amber
DeWees, Serena Had-
dock, Haven Shaw, Nereida
Morales and Haley Norman.
“Lilly Kaczenski can play
post at 5-4, or she can play
wing,” Fick said. “She’s
worked on her shooting, so
she should help with scoring,
and she’s active defensively.”
Fick, who has 176 career wins at Jew-
ell and 222 including his years at Asto-
ria, said, “We’ve got 10 or 12 kids who
can play minutes. I’m hoping we can be
really scrappy on defense, and get the
ball up and down the floor on offense.”
Other varsity contributors include
juniors Dahlia Park, Cheyenne Stapleton
and Rebecca Wammack; and freshman
Lillie Meier.
‘WE MIGHT BE THE SURPRISE
OF THE LEAGUE, IF ALL THE
PIECES FALL TOGETHER.’
‘WE’RE HOPING TO COMPETE FOR
FIRST AND SECOND, AND WE’LL
HAVE A REAL GOOD SHOT AT THIRD.’
Mark Fick | Jewell’s head boys basketball coach
Mark Fick | Jewell’s head girls basketball coach
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