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Red Lake winter sports preview

The Red Lake boys basketball team is a young team looking to grow together.

""We're young this year and we have to really get some experience quick," Red Lake boys basketball coach Roger White said. "We have a great group of kids willing to work and put some wins together."

The Warriors lost eight players to graduation from last year's team, including Tom Barrett, who is playing basketball at Minnesota State Community and Technical in Fergus Falls.

Despite the losses, White said the Warriors still have plenty of basketball talent.

"They've got shooting talent, but we've always had that," White said. "This year they can play together and we've got a couple of kids who know how to play."

Returning this season are two juniors who saw 18 games on varsity last season.

Rob Pemberton is one of those players, an accomplished golfer who White called a "good basketball player."

Junior Tridell Beaulieu will also return with some playing experience for the Warriors.

LD Harris, a 6-foot-5 senior, saw limited time and is back this season. Senior Sheldon Cook, a football player who played in summer basketball league, also returns.

Also expected to see some time this season Justin Jourdain and Steve Cobenais.

White expects Red Lake to use speed to its advantage, especially on defense.

"We play pressure defense and hopefully we will rely on that," he said. "We're not big but we will be quick and use our guards and forwards to push the ball and attack."

Girls outlook

The Red Lake girls basketball team fielded a roster of 13 players for the 2007 season.

The roster consists of eight sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.

The seniors on the team are Amber Martin and Whitney Spears; the juniors are Ashley Jones, KT Jones and Jennett Bowstring.

The sophomores on the team are Mallory Strong, Krystal Jourdain, Vestanna Cook, Michelle Spears, Arlene Redeagle, Nicole Good, Latecia Lussier and Kayla Kingbird.

"We're young but experienced," first-year head coach Bill Rutledge said.

Returning from last year's team are Jones, Bowstring, Jourdain, Cook and Spears.

Jourdain and Spears are three-year starters and Bowstring has a chance to break the 1,000 career points mark for the Warriors this season.

Strong and Redeagle will likely play point guard and Rutledge said "they are ready for the challenge."

Rutledge said the keys to the season will be staying healthy and working hard hard in practice.