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Skyview Girls: Healthy Storm have multiple options at the ready

By , Columbian sports reporter

Skyview felt it had something going last season. The Storm started 11-0 with wins over eventual 2A champion Washougal, Oregon 5A semifinalist Wilsonville and California Division III champion Oakland.

And then came the injuries. All-league selections Remingtin Riley and Kazz Parks both went down and the Storm sputtered to a 17-7 finish.

This year, the Storm are again healthy. Riley graduated, but Parks returns for her senior season as the team leader and a hungry group around her.

“We’re trying to go to state,” coach Brett Johnson said. “We shouldn’t settle for anything less.”

Skyview last qualified for the state regionals in 2016.

Joining the 5-foot-8 Parks in an impressive starting rotation is all-league returner 5-foot-11 Maddie Hendricks and softball standout Mikelle Anthony.

Senior Emily Norton is a sharpshooter and sophomore Skylar Groesbeck is a rebounding machine.

Junior wing Addison MacPherson missed last season with a knee injury but is expected to contribute in a big way. The Storm are still searching for a little more depth to bolster their run for a league title, but Johnson looks forward to the different lineup combinations.

“We can go fast or go tall or go shooting,” he said. Plus, with the length the starting lineup boasts, the Skyview can press a little differently this season.

“That 1-2-2 that Oregon, the guys, run. That’s probably what we’ll do most of the season,” he said.