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Monday, April 17
New Head Coach Named
Coach Velaida Harris resigned as head coach of the Lady Lakers shortly after the end of the 2005-2006 sesaon. She had a very successful tenure at Lake Oswego, amassing a record of 40 - 15 over two years. Her team made the play-offs both seasons and finished fourth at the state tournament last year.

Today, Lake Oswego principal Bruce Plato announced that Jason Fawcett had been selected as the new Laker girls basketball head coach. Below is the text of the announcement:

Dear Lady Laker Basketball Parents,

I am pleased to announce that Jason Fawcett will be recommended to our Lake Oswego School Board as our new Laker Head Girls Basketball Coach. Jason brings high school, college, and professional coaching experience to Lake Oswego along with a degree in health and physical education and a masters degree in sports psychology. Not only is Jason an accomplished teacher and coach of basketball, he is a quality person who we believe will be an outstanding role model to our student/athletes and an asset to our school and community.

Jason is anxious to begin his tenure as coach and is meeting with our returning players today. He is also planning to schedule a meeting with all parents very soon. Special thanks to those joining me on our hiring committee – Dr. Bill Korach, Neil Lomax, Dave Lovelin, Cindy Schubert, and Mark Shoff – for their time and effort in helping select such an outstanding person and coach for our girls basketball program.

Also, thank you to our parent community for your continued support of all Lake Oswego High School athletic programs.

Sincerely,
Bruce Plato


Saturday, March 4
Lakers Take 4th at State Tournament
The Lake Oswego Lakers survived a very lethargic 1st half and came from behind to defeat the South Eugene Axemen 43-37 in the fourth place game at the OSAA 4A Girls State Tournament. The Lakers looked a bit flat through much of the game, perhaps a bit fatigued from playing their third game in as many days. In the fourth quarter, however, the Lakers increased their intensity at both ends of the court and they pulled away in the closing minutes.

The Lakers opened the tournament on Thursday by losing to the Ashland Grizzlies 48-40. It was perhaps the worst offensive performance of the season. The Lakers led by 1 at halftime. They were unable to hold the lead, shooting only 20% from the field in the second half.

On the second day of the tournament, the Lakers avenged an earlier overtime loss to Central Catholic by defeating the Rams 58-37. It was perhaps the Lakers best game of the season. The Rams led by 4 at the half thanks to torrid outside shooting. In the second half, the Lakers increased the defensive pressure and held Central Catholic to only 11% shooting. Meanwhile, the Lakers shot 54% in the second half and won going away.

With the win, the Lakers came full circle. They started the season ranked 4th in the polls, but they struggled early on, losing a number of games they expected to win. Things began to turn around in late December when they finished second at the Interstate Shootout, losing to Tualatin by only 4 points in the championship game. The Lakers had to win their last regular season game to pull into a tie with West Linn for second place in the Three Rivers League. The Lakers took the second seed by virtue of tie breaking rules. The Lakers then went on to win 4 of their 5 post-season games to finish 4th overall, the same position they held in the pre-season polls.

Saturday's game was the last high school game for Lake Oswego seniors Robyn Barton, Morgan Cleary, Jaime Laats, Christine Lee, and Tara Wical.

Click on the headline for a full article in the Lake Oswego Review."



Seniors Trophy
Seniors Accept 4th Place Trophy

Saturday, February 25
Lakers Headed to the Chiles Center
The Lady Lakers earned a berth in the OSAA state championship tournament by defeating the Hermiston Bulldogs 51 - 37 in Hermiston this afternoon. It was the 4th straight win for the Lakers who are playing their best basketball of the season. The game was very physical with the officials "letting the girls play" inside. Behind excellent defense and balanced scoring, LO gradually took control of the game in the first half and took a 9 point lead into the break. Hermiston stormed back in the third quarter, however, as they began to hit shots and the Lakers offense sputtered. Hermiston eventually pulled to within one point. Hermiston had all the momentum and looked like they were on the verge of taking control. The Laker defense stiffened late in the game, however, and the team scored a couple of easy baskets in transition to extend the lead back to about six points. In the closing minutes of the game the Lakers then went into a stall, forcing Hermiston to foul to try to regain possesion of the ball. The Lakers were perfect from the free throw line down the stretch, thwarting the Hermiston rally.

It was a great win for the Lakers who displayed great determination in pulling out a tough victory on the road. The Lakers next game will be next Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Chiles Center against Ashland.


Sunday, February 26
League All-Stars
Congratulations to the Lakers who were recognized as Three Rivers League All-Stars. Senior Robyn Barton and Junior Emily Hatch were both selected to the 1st team. Senior Jaime Laats was named to the 2nd team and junior Magaret Johnson to the 3rd. Great job girls!


Wednesday, February 22
Lakers Advance
The Lakers advance to the round of 16 with a convincing 56 - 39 win over Crescent Valley at home on Wednesday evening. The Lakers will travel to Hermiston to play the IMC champion Bulldogs on Saturday at 3PM. The winner of that game goes to the state tournament.

Saturday, February 18
Play-Off Situation
By finishing second in the league, the Lakers earned a home game to open the play-offs. They will host Crescent Valley (Valley #2) on Wednesday, February 22 at 7PM. If the Lakers win that game they would play the winner of the matchup between Hermiston (IMC #1) and Silverton (PAC-9 #3) on Saturday. Should the Lakers have to play Hermiston, the game would be away, otherwise it would be at home.

If LO makes it to the tournament, their first game would be on Thursday, March 2 at 6:30 PM. Their most like opponent would be either Franklin (PIL #1) or Ashland (SOC #1).

Handout: Play-off Brackets 2006

Friday, February 17
Lakers Finish Second in TRL
It was a great senior night on Thursday at Lake Oswego. The evening started with a pre-game ceremony at which the Lakers bid farewell to their six seniors: Robyn Barton, Morgan Cleary, Christine Lee, Tara Wical, Jamie Laats, and Anna Barram. After that, the Lakers defeated West Linn in a hard fought contest before a good, vocal crowd.

The game had a play-off feel to it. The Lakers entered the game in third place, one game behind the Lions. The Lakers held the tie-breaker, however, since they swept 4th place Clackamas in the regular season whereas West Linn had split their games with the Cavaliers. That meant that the winner of Thursday night’s game would finish second in the TRL.

Both teams played extremely hard all night. The real difference was the Lakers domination in the paint. The first half was a slow-paced defensive struggle with the Lakers playing mostly zone and limiting the Lions to outside shots. On offense, the Lakers pounded the ball inside relentlessly with good success. The Lakers eventually opened up a 12 point lead, holding West Linn under 10 points until very late in the first half. The Lions closed the half with a run to make the score 21 – 13 at the break.

The second half was played at a much quicker pace with both teams opening up their offenses. West Linn got hot from the outside, hitting a number of 3-pointers, but LO’s domination inside continued. The Lakers didn’t shoot as well as the Lions, but scored repeatedly on offensive rebounds and putt-backs. The game tightened in the fourth quarter with the Lions coming back to tie the game at 44 all. The Lakers had struggled to win close games all season, but not on this night. They continued to attack, drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line repeatedly in the closing minutes of the game. On the line, the Lakers shot very well. When they missed, more often than not they came up with an offensive rebound and scored anyway. In the end, the Lakers prevailed 58 – 52. It was a great game that both teams can be proud of.


Friday, December 30
The Shootout is Over
The 2005 Interstate Shootout has wrapped up with the Tualatin Timberwolves defeating the Lakers in a hard fought championship game. Once again the tournament was a great success. Many thanks to all the volunteers who made the tournament possible.

RESULTS

1st - Tualatin

2nd - Lake Oswego

3rd - Beaverton

4th - Lincoln

5th - Crater

6th - Jesuit

7th - Wilsonville

8th - West Salem

ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
1st Team
Lauren Greif Lincoln MVP
Holly Mengis Tualatin
Katie Steigleman Sheldon
Robyn Barton Lake Oswego
Melinda Ingalls Wilsonville
2nd Team
Emily Hatch Lake Oswego
Sam Child Tualatin
Leigh Berstein Jesuit
Margaret Johnson Lake Oswego
Kristin Hein Tualatin

Handout: Interstate Shootout 2005

Thursday, November 10
2005-2006 GIRLS BASKETBALL OUTLOOK
The Laker Girl’s Basketball program returns after coming off of a good season last year that attained a record of 20 – 6, reaching the state’s final 16 team play-offs. With the graduation of four very prominent seniors, the Lakers return 11 varsity players. This young Laker team will continue to excel and develop. Leading the Lakers this year will be standout juniors Margaret Johnson and Emily Hatch, each earning All-League honors last year. Johnson led last year’s team in scoring and steals per game. The versatile player’s competitive nature, intensity, and drive will fuel this team. Hatch was the Laker’s leading rebounder last year. Emily’s inside presence and ability to shoot the three will make her tough to handle on the court. Robyn Barton is coming off a great season and tremendous summer. Her perimeter shooting, versatility, and athleticism will open up the floor for us this year. Her leadership is essential to this year’s squad. Jill Shoquist and Anna Barram will push the tempo for this running squad and lead the high-pressure defense. This junior/senior tandem works very well together. Seniors Christine Lee, Morgan Cleary, and Tara Wical, will make important contributions to the team. Senior transfer Jaime Laats will add size and depth at our post game. She will be a nice addition to our program. There are several juniors and sophomores that will round out this team. Ali Lomax, Avery Lee, Kelsey Wood are returning letter winners that can compete strongly at the varsity level. Jordan Brown, Becky Luetjen, and Maggie Sholian will also make contributions to this team.

This is a very talented squad in its entirety. It will be a competitive year and the team has set high goals for themselves. These goals can be attained with hard work, teamwork, and chemistry.

With another strong pre-season and non-league schedule, which will include Sheldon, Central Catholic, Tualatin, Jefferson, the highly competitive Nike-Lake Interstate Shootout, the Lakers should be prepared for the rigors of league play. The Lakers are aiming for that elusive Three Rivers League championship this year and another State Championship run.

Reproduced from "Laker Navigations"


Thursday, November 10
Barton Signs Letter of Intent
Robyn Barton, a senior guard/forward for the Lakers, signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to play basketball for the College of William and Mary beginning in 2006. Located about 3 hours south of Washington, D.C. in Williamsburg, Virginia, William and Mary is the oldest college in the United States. Robyn was also recruited by UC Davis, Lafayette College, and the US Military Academy, but ultimately selected William and Mary because of its outstanding academic reputation and location. Her signing is a testament to the continued success of the Laker program. She will be the 26th Laker to go on to play at the Division I level in the past 28 years.



   
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