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Girls basketball: Coast Union girls hoop team battles on

Katelyn Lorenz, a sophomore, brings the ball up the floor against Taft on Jan. 5. The next Bronco home game begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, against Mission Prep.
Katelyn Lorenz, a sophomore, brings the ball up the floor against Taft on Jan. 5. The next Bronco home game begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, against Mission Prep.

W hen it comes to the Coast Union girl’s basketball program so far this season, there’s good news and bad news. First the bad news, if one can call a 4- 9 record a “bad news” event when just the fact of participating on a high school team in a fun sport represents a positive opportunity for students in high school.

As General Douglas MacArthur noted, “There is no security on this earth, there is only opportunity.” A few hundred years earlier, Greek statesman and orator Demosthenes said, “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”

The good news? Coach Jerry Gibson sees “great strides of improvement each day” in his players. “I see that we are beginning to play well in spurts,” Gibson explained. And the Broncos are “starting to win quarters” so it is “just a matter of time” before the team can “sustain the intensity level needed to complete and finish games,” the coach pointed out.

Meantime Gibson speaks well of junior forward Ashley Lorenz, who leads the team in points scored (103), makes 60 percent of her shots and leads the team in rebounds with 176. She and Danielle Miller are cocaptains of the Lady Broncos this season.

Lorenz is the only returning player from last year’s championship (CIF) team and is a straight-A student, Gibson explains. “She was a key player off our bench last year and was a great fit in terms of … understanding her role.” She is “the ultimate team player,” coach Gibson asserts.

In fact, Ashley Lorenz has been places the vast majority of Americans have not been – namely, to the inauguration of President Barack Obama. As a member of the Congressional Youth Leadership Council (CYLC), Lorenz attended a youth inauguration conference in Washington a year ago, and later she attended President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Coach Gibson notes that she also was an attendee at a Presidential Ball.

— John FitzRandolph, special to The Cambrian

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