By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– 2008 North Marion-grad MaKesha Bizon knows a thing or two about putting in the work off-and-on the court of play.
Bizon was a star athlete for her four-years with the Huskies. And All-State performer as well as earning All-Conference and All-State awards during her time at North Marion. By her Senior year, she was named the Capital Conference Player of the Year before heading to Clackamas Community College where she set the school record for most three-pointers in a game with ten.
Having coached since her playing days ended, Bizon voiced her excitement at being back on home-grounds.
“As far as putting in the work on the court I know what it takes as I myself put in a ton of work on and off the court to improve my game. I was constantly trying to get shots up to improve my shooting percentage,” Bizon said of her playing days. “I am excited to now put work into being a great coach/mentor to these girls.
“I have had amazing coaches throughout my basketball career and I want to be that to my girls. I am hoping we get a season. My former coaches have been amazing mentors to me and have helped me all along the way. I was lucky to have great coaches and I want to be that to my athletes.”
Bizon will be following the heels of Trevor Bodine, who departed earlier in the school year to take the Girls Basketball job at Sprague High School in Salem. Bodine 81-28 and was 33-7 in conference play, back-to-back conference titles his last two years and no worse than a sixth-place finish at State his four-years at the helm.
And knowing that track record, Bizon knows she has her work cut out for her.
“As far as continuing to build the program at North Marion, I will put in the work and I’m ready for it. I really want to get more kids involved in basketball and continue to grow the program at all levels,” Bizon said.
North Marion is expected to return a solid core entering the Spring Basketball season, slated to start in May. Only losing one Senior in starting Wing Katie Ensign, who’s currently at Linn-Benton Community College playing basketball.
Bizon’s passion is with the game that made her great 12-plus years ago at her alma mater, and now the dream is fulfilled to return to the same campus she cut her teeth on so many years ago.
“I am excited to be back,” Bizon said. “It has been a dream of mine to be back at North Marion coaching basketball and here it is. I am passionate about basketball and love coaching! I am in the education field currently and finishing up my Master’s Degree in teaching so this is exactly where I want to be. I am excited to get started!”
Photos By Jeremy McDonald