Si girls begin voyage

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The Mount Si Wildcats girls' basketball team has begun its 2001-2002 season, and it should prove to be an interesting odyssey.

The Wildcats have no seniors this year, so it will be up to the team's juniors - among them team captain Nicci Landdeck, who will play the post this season, and forward Kristen Travis - to lead a young group of players out onto the floor this season.

Fellow junior point guard Angela Jones will join Landdeck and Travis to help lead this team, but that will happen in a month. Jones, according to Coach Dirk Hansen, is currently out with a thumb injury on her shooting hand. Jones suffered the injury during soccer season.

Among the freshmen new to the team this year are guards Whitney Beyerlin and Rachel Travis. Hansen expects both players to have solid four-year stints as Wildcats, since they both bring a perimeter game to Mount Si.

Hansen thinks that his team will have its work cut out for it this year in KingCo 3A, which he believes will be the toughest 3A league in the state this year. He expects all of the other teams to be very strong, among them Bellevue, Mercer Island and Newport.

Both Hansen and Landdeck believe this team will work very hard every night, and they both expect a middle-of-the-pack finish. Hansen said that his goal is to get the 'Cats into the postseason.

Since there are no seniors on this year's team - which Hansen said was the only team in KingCo this year to not have seniors - it would seem that they might not have much of a chance. But Landdeck said that the team will be very competitive and scrappy. However, giving teams a run for their money, as Landdeck put it, will be difficult, not only because of the lack of seniors, but also the lack of height and the fact their schedule will be tough.

This year, the team will be working hard, getting its feet wet and gaining experience. Unity is one of the key themes this year for the Wildcats. Next season, if this one is to be any indication, might be abig one. But as for this year, Mount Si will give its all and provide fans with some great basketball action.

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