2019 West Valley Preps badminton preview

Dysart freshman Nicole Salgado hits the shuttlecock over the net during a game against Ironwood on Sept. 5, 2018 at Dysart High School in El Mirage. Salgado is back for her sophomore season. [Jacob Stanek/West Valley Preps]

Compiled By Richard Smith
Independent Newsmedia

The high school girls badminton season began in late August at schools across the state. West Valley Preps asked local high school coaches about their teams.

Here are their responses:

Cactus Cobras

Coach: Quincey Davis (second year)
2018 Record: 7-7 (Did not reach playoffs)
Region: Division II Peoria

Who are your top returning players? Mckenna Feringa, Azucena Andrade.
Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? Newcomers that will be making a big impact this season are Karsyn Herring, Jenna Smith (JV last season) and senior Chloe Theriault that played her sophomore year and decided to come out for her senior year. These two have already shown leadership on and off the court. It will be a constant battle for the six spots on varsity this season.
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Our teams best attribute this year is our cohesiveness and leadership. Upperclassmen have taken the initiative to welcome our newcomers, showing them the ropes and setting the bar high which all starts with the hard work that is put in at practice. These girls love to compete, I see it every single day at practice and want to see that transfer over to our matches.
What are the primary goals for this year’s team? Our team goal is to improve every single day, whether that be at practice or during a match. We want to give 100%, winning each point. If we focus on the little things, it will transfer over to big things falling into place and we will be successful in all areas, not just in badminton. Individual goals: Be quicker on the court, attack our opponents. Also, having confidence in each of the their abilities and skills.

Centennial Coyotes

Coach: Abbigail West (third year)
2018 Record: 5-8 (Did nor reach playoffs)
Region: Division II Peoria

Who are your top returning players? Lucy Bubar, Emma Karr, Kuehne Smith. All 3 girls are Seniors and have played badminton since their freshman year. They are amazing student-athletes.
Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? Natalee Melvin is a junior, who is new to the sport. She is a quick-learner and super athletic. I think she will be a great asset to the team.
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? My girls are focused on learning new skills to improve throughout the season. They want to be ready to compete at any level and be competitive.
What are the primary goals for this year’s team? My primary goal for the team is the same I have for each individual player. I would like for them to be well-rounded people, who are committed to always learning and improving, as well as being leaders who serve others. Whether they play the sport another year or in the future, I would like them to leave a legacy for the team and help shape the world they are going out into. I have such an awesome group of players that I have no doubt they will do just that.

Ironwood Eagles

Coach: Brett Stafford (seventh year)
2018 Record: 11-2 (Division II state runner up)
Region: Division II Peoria

Who are your top returning players? Top players are Toni DeMarco (Jr.), Karis Fisher (Sr.) and Savannah Hendrix (Jr.).
Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? Our newcomers are Xandra Rhodes (Jr.), Kelly Grady (Jr.), Leslie Serrano (Jr.) and Diana Ramirez (Soph.).
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Although we are young all my players have varsity experience and the girls work ethic is awesome.
Which teams on this season’s schedule are you most looking forward to and will be the toughest? The team goals is to go to state and win it. We also want to win our section and our district tournament. As for the individual goals I feel the girls would like to be competing for a state championship in singles and doubles.

Mountain Ridge Mountain Lions

Coach: Timothy Rosinbum (ninth year)
2018 Record: 6-8
Region: Division I Desert Valley

Who are your top returning players? Morgan Pearson, Shivani Bahl, Savannah Swint and Vedika Tripathi.
Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? Kaitlin Tucay, Alison Pedersen and Alison Roskelley
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? We have a lot of experience with five seniors.
What are the primary goals for this year’s team? We want to compete for a region title this year, and I think we have a shot. Our region is very competitive, but with our experience we may be able to challenge some of the other talented teams.

Shadow Ridge Stallions

Coach: Andrew Engwall (second year)
2018 Record: 6-8 (Did not reach playoffs)
Region: Division I Metro

Who are your top returning players? We have several returning Varsity players with winning records last season: Julianne Meyer (Sr.), Emma Taylor (Jr.) and Maya Vallet (Jr.).
Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? We have two freshmen that should contribute positively to the varsity: Shannon Snow & Reagan Thompson.
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Our best attribute heading into the season is that we learned a lot from the previous season, and we are taking that experience and knowledge into consideration in terms of how we prepare and train every day.
What are the primary goals for this year’s team? Our goals are simple: we want to be competitive in an honest and fair way: every point of every game of every match. As a team we want to challenge for the Metro Division 1 title.

Sunrise Mountain Mustangs

Coach: Margaret Jacobs (fourth year)
2018 Record: 11-3 (Second round of Division II state playoffs)
Region: Division II Peoria

Who are your top returning players? Logan Rhodes, Karrah Abbott, Ellie Goodrich, Ashley Robertson, Kalini Aguon-Sewall, Megan McCarthy, Taylor Tillman and Alli Clark.
Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? Emma Stinson, Hattie Hearnan, Addi Borg and Kylie Milner.
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? Working well as a team with returners encouraging the new players.
What are the primary goals for this year’s team? Team — To win games while representing the school and district with honor. Mine — Challenge the players to strive in reaching to each of their individual potential.

Valley Vista Monsoon

Coach: Rebecca Milobar (second year in badminton)
2018 Record: 4-10 (Did nor reach playoffs)
Region: Division I Metro

Who are your top returning players? My top players are Sam Reyes-Diaz, Alanas Delgado, Sam Trainor and Trinity Hamilton.

Who are some of the newcomers that may have an impact this year? Abby Menor and Ailani Rodriquez.
What is your team’s best attribute entering this season? The teams best attribute are my four returning players from year one.
What are the primary goals for this year’s team? Our individual goal is to be accountable to the team which includes effort, grades and commitment. Our team goal is to improve our record from last year and try and win our division.



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