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Winter Sports Preview: AuSable Valley

Gavin Friedrich won the Section VII 500 freestyle for AuSable Valley last season.

Gavin Friedrich won the Section VII 500 freestyle for AuSable Valley last season. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Zeke Durham 22 11

Sultan Sikandar 23 11

Kobe Parrow 11 9

2012-13 record: 14-4

Coach: Jaime Douglass

Assistant: Kevin Douglas

Girls basketball

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Taylor Saltus

The state semifinalist AuSable Valley girls varsity basketball team is going to have a tougher road if it wants to make it back to Troy in 2013-14.

First, the team will begin play in the first season as a member of Division I in the Northern Basketball League. At the end of the season, the Lady Patriots will have to make their way through the Class B bracket (they were Class C last season) if they want to get into the state rounds of March.

“We hope to contend for Division I championship as well as a sectional championship in Class B,” head coach Roger Long said.

Fortunately, All Valley 2012-13 coach Roger Long will look to four returning members of the All Valley team for experience, including AVT captain Meghan Strong, who hit a season high 46 three pointers on her way to 310 points in the 2012-13 season.

Strong is joined by fellow All Valley starter Taylor Saltus (244 points 2012/13) and reserves Logan Snow (182) and Madison Rondeau (145).

Also returning from the Class C Final Four team are juniors Shelby Bourgeois and Jeanna Manning along with sophomores Sydney Snow, Nicole Santamaria and freshman Madison McCabe.

Roster

Name No. Grade

Taylor Saltus 5 12

Logan Snow 11 12

Meghan Strong 1 11

Jeanna Manning 3 11

Madison Rondeau 15 11

Nicole Santamaria 20 11

Shelby Bourgeois 33 11

Sydney Snow 35 10

Madison McCabe 40 9

2012-13 record: 19-3

Coach: Roger Long

Indoor track and field

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Ashlee Estes competes in the high jump for AuSable Valley.

The AuSable Valley varsity indoor track team has a lot of athletes with single digits next to their names.

The Patriots roster has 20 members in grades 7-9, while only boasting four upper classmen (one senior, three juniors).

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