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Wagoner Bulldogs

BOYS

Zach Ange

17-18 Record: 17-9

The carryover from last year’s 19-win campaign has even higher expectations for the Bulldogs this year who return three full time starters and another part time regular to the court without a senior among the preseason list of playmakers.  The creativity of the guard unit will provide multiple variations in style of play paced by the contributions of Jacob Scroggins (6-4, Jr.) who delivered 10.3 points per game while grabbing 4-plus rebounds while playing alongside Sawyer Jones (6-4, Sr.) who after playing quarterback on the football field steps on the basketball floor and will try and expand on his 9.5 points and 6.4 rebound per game statistic from last season. Now in his sixth season as head coach, Zach Ange expects to get additional point production from guards Bristo Love (6-1, Jr.), Caden Pawpa (6-0, Jr.) and Jack Southern (5-8, So.) from the perimeter while looking for Chase Nanni (6-4, Jr.) to be a force inside at forward. To benefit the up-tempo style of play, Ange will turn to Max Brown (6-0, So.), Corbin Marsey (5-9, Fr.) and Julian Smith (5-10, Jr.) to enrich the results from a rotation of guards. “Despite the loss of our two bigs from last year, we feel like we’re going to be able to go deeper in the roster to allow us to play a faster pace while at the same time be able to defend at a high clip,” said Ange. “It should be an exciting group to watch play and win.”

GIRLS

Coach: Randi Pawpa

18-19 Record: 6-20

While only returning two full time starters from last season, there’s plenty of reason for excitement for the Lady Bulldogs in 2019-20 riding the talents of a roster that is equipped to compete.  Megan Hawkins (5-6, Sr.) who averaged three points and three rebounds per contest returns to a guard position alongside Frankie Clark (5-7, Sr.) who matched the three point scoring and rebounding averages. Coach Randi Pawpa who begins a second season as head coach expects to enjoy watching the efforts of Danae Gray (5-7, Fr.) to expand the tempo of play and finish with points as well as rebounds.  Marlee Medlin (6-0, Jr.) the middle blocker on Wagoner’s volleyball team, will return to basketball action as will Jacie Edwards (5-10, Jr.) after missing last season due to an ACL injury. The pair will give the Lady Dawgs a definite size presence in the paint along with Toni Coleman (5-10, Jr.). Depth will be a plus as Pawpa rotates her guards to maintain full court pressure due in part to the play of Kara Bruce (5-7, So.) as well as Kyara Swanson (5-5, Sr.) and Markayla Goins (5-4, Sr.). “We learned a lot of fundamental basketball last season that kept us in contention in close games,” said Pawpa. “The experience we earned and the mix of this year’s lineup including the ability to play long, mobile and get up and down the court will allow us to reach the opportunities for success this year.”