Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Sept. 30, 2020

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Woodland Girls: Beavers have athletes to push tempo

By , Columbian sports reporter

An abundance of athletes is always a good thing. Even if those players’ primary sports aren’t basketball.

Woodland has at least five future collegiate athletes, only one of which is a basketball-first player.

“They’re a little rusty basketball-wise,” said coach Glen Flanagan as he enters he 23rd season. “But they know what it takes to be a good athlete.”

Payten Foster will lead the show for the Beavers. She averaged 14 points per game last year.

Softball standouts Kaily Christensen, a College of Idaho commit, and Kelly Sweyer, a University of Montana commit, are savvy ballhandlers. University of Idaho track signee Nicole Guthrie can haul in double-digit rebounds. Fellow track standout and Camas transfer Lucy George will provide athleticism off the bench.

“We’re going to be a little more athletic and probably push the tempo,” Flanagan said.

Senior Kaija Olson and junior Kennedy Huesties add program experience and depth to make the Beavers league-title contenders.

In 23 years at the helm, Flanagan knows better than to put too much stock into wins and losses, though.

“My first 10 years, I stayed up all night and wanted to quit after every loss,” Flanagan said. “I still don’t like to lose but I understand more the value in being able to appreciate other moments. Now after a loss, I only fall asleep at 4 a.m. so it’s getting better.”