By Jeremy McDonald
AURORA, Ore.– Lindy Wing knows a thing or two of the game of Volleyball. Playing it. Coaching it.
But now she’s taking over the program she not too long ago was a player on at her alma mater at North Marion High School.
A year ago, she was an assistant under dual-threat coach Trevor Bodine. Ironically Wing had played for Bodine on the basketball court her Junior and Senior Year seasons before joining her former coach on the bench in the Huskies. Now the 2018 North Marion-Grad is at the helm of a program that went 18-8 and reached the Elite 8.
Hoping to build a legacy of her own moving forward while taking the lessons from that run in 2019 and implying that this year and in the future.
“It takes heart, dedication and motivation,” Wing said of that Elite 8 run. “Especially for the Seniors this year, they really got to want it and try to go out with a bang. Last year it took heart, effort and everything else. So hopefully they’ll have that same motivation to get to the same spot and be hungry for it.”
This year will be unique. Each week the Huskies will be playing each Tri-Valley Conference opposition twice. Corbett, Gladstone, Madras, Estacada and Molalla over the next five weeks during the short-season.
It’ll be unique too with North Marion looking to fill the holes left by three Seniors who had graduated in Alana Walls, Kelsey Richardson and Katie Ensign. But working in with the Jaydan Sahlin’s, Lili Piercey’s and Mackenzie Agnew’s, some familiar JV faces were in Emily Vachter, Shay Coello and Sydney Bircher.
Looking to make the full-time move to Varsity this year and set the tone entering the Fall season hopefully for that return trip to Forest Grove.
“It will be huge. It’s just more so of getting the experience whether I start or not, it’s still good to get the experience. It’s definitely nice, I feel like I’m pushing myself harder so I can go. It’s cool,” Vachter said. “I feel like we can put whatever we put our minds to and I feel like we can get as far as we can. As long as we work together.”
Sahlin mentioned how the energy from last year was what helped them. Hoping that they can duplicate that again this year with the younger girls coming up to Varsity.
“The energy we brought last year,” Sahlin starts. “Especially our Seniors, I remember being out on the court and I learned so much from just the energy and how they played and communicated with each other and I’m hoping that we bring that into this season and bring it to the younger girls.”
The Huskies, who returned to the gym Friday as a whole unit, will play host to Corbett Tuesday before traveling to play the Cardinals at Corbett Thursday evening.
Photos By Jeremy McDonald