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Basketball preview: Mountain View Bears

Mountain View's Tynisha Bledsoe

Mountain View's Tynisha Bledsoe

MOUNTAIN VIEW BEARS

BOYS

Region: 7-AAAAA

Coach: Kyle Keefer

2010-11 record: 3-21

Returning regulars:

Caleb Grant, Jr., 6-5

Others to watch:

Ryan Gibbs, Sr., 6-2

Sean Starke, Sr., 6-0

Jordan Strickland, Sr., 6-3

Outlook: The Bears had 13 seniors on last season's team, leaving first-year coach Kyle Keefer with a major rebuilding job. The hardest to replace will be Drew Bollier and Troy Taylor, three-year starters who combined for 27 points per game last season. Bollier was an honorable mention all-region choice. Caleb Grant and Ryan Gibbs are the only returning players from last season.

Worth noting: Keefer takes over for Robert Perryman, who retired. The Bears were 14-13 in their first year, but struggled last season after moving up from Class AAA to Class AAAAA. Mountain View was winless in one of the state's toughest regions. Keefer, a Michigan native, was a standout quarterback at Hillsdale College, where he holds passing records. He has coached football as well as basketball since moving to Georgia.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

5 Nathan Best 5-8 Sr.

10 Keith Morre 5-7 Sr.

11 Michael Jenkins 5-10 Jr.

15 Jordan Strickland 6-3 Sr.

20 Andre Joseph 5-8 Fr.

21 Caleb Grant 6-5 Jr.

23 Sean Starke 6-0 Sr.

24 Ryan Gibbs 6-2 Sr.

32 Imaad Hakim 6-2 Sr.

33 Jordan Dilwood 6-0 Soph.

34 Jaymin Harris 5-10 Soph.

40 Chris Bartlett 6-1 Jr.

42 A.J. Moore 6-3 Soph.

GIRLS

Region: 7-AAAAA

Coach: Jackie Lindquist

2010-11 record: 3-22

Returning regulars:

Tynisha Bledsoe, Sr., 5-7

Bria Virgil, Jr., 5-11

Others to watch:

Kelsey Hutchins, Jr., 6-0

Kiana Carmichael, Jr., 6-0

Jade Manning, Jr., 5-3

Trinity Rogers, Jr., 5-11

Outlook: The Bears are still a young team, but appear ready to take a step forward after struggling a year ago in their first year of Class AAAAA competition. Tynisha Bledsoe is the only senior returnee for the 3-year-old school. She averaged a team-best 7.6 points last year and was an honorable mention all-region choice. Juniors Bria Virgil, Kiana Carmichael, Jade Manning and Trinity Rogers also bring experience.

Worth noting: Mountain View should get a big scoring boost from junior Kelsey Hutchins, who was ineligible for varsity competition last season after transferring. She led Dacula Middle School to a Western Division title in 2009.

Roster

No. Name Ht. Class

3 Tierra Young 5-5 Jr.

5 Jade Manning 5-3 Jr.

10 Kelsey Hutchins 6-0 Jr.

12 Stephanie McAllister 5-5 Sr.

23 Tynisha Bledsoe 5-7 Sr.

24 Iceis Walker 5-5 Fr.

31 Trinity Rogers 5-11 Jr.

32 Aneysa Williams 5-4 Fr.

33 Bria Virgil 5-10 Jr.

42 Kiana Carmichael 6-0 Jr.

SCHEDULE

Nov. 18 C. Gwinnett

Nov. 19, 20, 21, 25 at Jefferson tourney

Nov. 29 at Grayson

Dec. 6 at Mill Creek

Dec. 9 at Meadowcreek

Dec. 10 at W. Hall

Dec. 28-30 at Lanier tourney

Jan. 3 Norcross

Jan. 6 at N. Gwinnett

Jan. 7 at Archer

Jan. 10 at Peachtree Ridge

Jan. 13 at Collins Hill

Jan. 17 at Duluth

Jan. 20 Mill Creek

Jan. 21 at C. Gwinnett

Jan. 24 Meadowcreek

Jan. 27 at Norcross

Jan. 31 N. Gwinnett

Feb. 3 Peachtree Ridge

Feb. 7 Collins Hill

Feb. 10 Duluth