Pahranagat Valley had four seniors on the starting team last year and rolled to the district and state championship. This year they have one senior returning starter in Jamie Hansen. Coach Amy Huntsman, with her state record 12 championships in 21 years, readily admits she will have some work to do after losing four starters to graduation including Traci Strong, Bailee Hosier and Kimberly Lewis. All three were Co-MVP’s of the league last year. Hansen was a First Team All Conference choice and freshman Kalli Hosier was named to Second Team.
With no juniors on the team this year, the Panther girls will be young with four sophomores: Alyson Egbert, Hosier, Madison Harris, Shayla Leavitt and Allyse Frehner. Two other seniors are on the team, Jade Jewett and Marina Scott.
Huntsman says, “We’re young, but I believe we have talent and we’ll have a good season.”
The Alamo girls (25-4), are the defending league and Division IV state champions, their fourth in the last six years.
With the addition of Beaver Dam and Quest Academy, the league expands to 11 teams, but the league games with Quest may be cancelled, pending a decision expected this week by league president Jamie Malloy.
The season begins for the girls this weekend when they compete in the Lake Mead tournament. They play the winner of the Indian Springs-Lake Mead game. They will also play Bishop Gorman JV, and after that Huntsman said, “It depends on who we play win or lose.”
On Dec. 11-13, the girls participate in the Virginia City tournament and play Eureka, Battle Mountain, Smith Valley, and McDermitt.
Interesting to note, the Eureka coach, Ken Fuji, has taken the coaching position at Virginia City.
Huntsman’s assistant coach this year will be Tory Frehner.
She said in the Southern Division, “Tonopah will be tough, Sandy Valley is improving, and Beatty will be scraping. But I don’t know who is coming up from the other teams in the league.”
If Quest (8-11) is allowed to play this year, it is expected they will be good. The Knights appear to be seeking to build a Findlay Prep style boys and girls program, which may then prohibit them from playing league games.