Sports

LMS winter teams posting wins

In a new league and sporting a new sport for the early winter season, Langley Middle School is winning more games than ever.

Both the school’s boys basketball teams and new girls soccer teams have been competing since early November, and have been compiling some winning records. In the gym, the eighth-grade boys team, which is coached by Steve West, is on a four-game winning streak and has compiled a record of 4-2. Last year, the same group of boys won only one game. The seventh-grade 2003 Cougar boys, coached by John Pyrtek, are also having some success, posting a 2-4 record.

LMS athletic director Tim Gordon said the teams’ ability to post wins this season is a boost for the program.

“It’s been really nice,” he said.

On the soccer field, the Cougars couldn’t be much better. The school’s varsity and junior varsity teams both hold 7-0-1 records after the varsity team beat Granite Falls 3-0 at home Monday. The win makes up for the 1-1 tie Granite Falls forced on the Cougars on Nov. 17.

On Tuesday, the varsity team beat Lakewood Tuesday, while the JV team tied 1-1.

The soccer program has turned out to be one of the most popular sports at LMS, drawing about 50 girls to participate. In addition to the varsity and JV teams, program coaches Patte Shanholtzer and Karen Lennon have also established a C-squad that plays intermittently.

The team is not getting a great diversity of opponents. The Cougars only play teams from Sultan, Granite Falls and Lakewood this season, as those are the only schools in the middle school league fielding teams.

Members of the Cougar varsity squad are Natasha Roberts, Lauren Sandri, Rachel Harris, Ashley Rados, Kerry Fauth, Kayley Mulcahy, Anne Doran, Mary Linclau, Eva Denka, Kylie Demartini, Elizabeth Lutch, Lindsey Newman, Jane Sinclair, Karissa Thomas, Marijane Dauman, Dakota Bradle, and Bridget Scott. The team’s goalkeeper, Alexa Morley, has allowed just six goals this season.

The teams play their final game of the season Monday at Sultan.

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