As Sam Sees It
Coach Don Petranovich sent a Winslow Lady Bulldog team into action on Tuesday with four seniors, five juniors and five sophomores on the roster. The list included All Arizona senior wing Francine McCurtain and All Enchantment Region post player Faith Carpenter. Other returning lettermen included seniors Georgiann Neboyia and Virginia Keyonnie, junior Camelle Begay and sophomores Kiki Silentwalker, Daphne Barton, Niicole Begaii and Kelley Willie. Others on the roster included senior Kellene Jackson, juniors Natacia Dixon, Lexine Jensen and Jaclyn Foster and sophomore CyAnne Yazzie. Winslow went 23-8 in the 1999-2000 season and was the Enchantment Region and Arizona State 3A Runners-up.
Petranovich said on Friday that he has been pleased with the work of Barton, Willie, and Keyonnie who were all looking good in practice. He is counting on major contributions from them as well as from McCurtain and Carpenter. He also sees Foster playing an important role as a back up for Carpenter. Jensen is a transfer from New Mexico who could prove to be an important addition. Petranovich also had praise for Heather Johnson who will start the season with the junior varsity but may be moved to the varsity if she continues to progress.
Missy Gonzalez will be the varsity assistant for Petranovich. Lynne Sawyer and Becky Barris will coach the junior varsity while Frank Lopez and Paulette Yazzie will mentor the freshman squad.
The Lady Bulldog varsity hosted a controlled scrimmage with Sinagua on Friday, played at Snowflake on Tuesday and will host Flagstaff tonight (Nov. 22). The team will journey to Holbrook on Tuesday, Nov. 28 before entering the Gallup Invitational Tournament on Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and Dec. 2. The first home game of the season will be an Enchantment Region contest with Monument Valley on Dec. 8.
Petranovich said that he foresees a dog fight in the Enchantment Region with Winslow, defending regional and state champion Tuba City, Monument Valley, Ganado and Window Rock all fighting for the region's four state tournament berths. He said that staying healthy might be a key to winning for all of the contenders. With the exception of Window Rock, all of the contenders will field