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Eagles Girls Basketball - Lady Eagles have new head coach

Lady Eagles seniors, from left, Alyssa Marsh, Erika Davis and Jessica Welk are all smiles after a pre-season workout at the AHS gymnasium. -
Lady Eagles seniors, from left, Alyssa Marsh, Erika Davis and Jessica Welk are all smiles after a pre-season workout at the AHS gymnasium.
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ARLINGTON Nathan Davis may be brand new in his title as head coach of the Lady Eagles basketball team, but the science teacher is a familiar face at the school.
Davis replaces Corey Gibb, who was at the helm for the past four years.
Seniors Shayna Prause, Jessica Welk, Alyssa Marsh and Erika Davis will be counted on to lead the team, Davis said after a recent practice.
Prause and Welk are both multi-sport athletes at AHS in addition to being returnees to the Lady Eagles team.
This year my team goal is for us to really come together as a team and step up, Prause said. Different situations have happened in the off-season, she said of the coaching change.
Im really excited about this year. I think coach Davis will do a good job.
The friendly three-sport teen said she plans on being more of a post player instead of a guard and added she loves rebounding.
Welk, fresh off a district playoff soccer team under coach Davis, said her team goal is to make it to 3A District play.
Personally, I would like to help lead the team and be a positive person on the court, she said. Prause said she recently sent off an application and tape displaying her basketball abilities to NCAA Division III Smith College in North Hampton, Mass.
I have talked to a lot of people who went there and nobody had anything negative to say about it.
Marsh and Erika Davis both played varsity their first two years at AHS and took their junior year off before returning to play for coach Davis.
Both girls said they know coach Davis quite well and look forward to a fun season under his guidance.
There is already a lot of seniors that came back because of him, they said in agreement.
The two-sport head coach said he owes a lot of his knowledge and appreciation of the game to retired Oak Harbor High School coach Stan Nelson.
Structure wise and the discipline aspect of the game. He taught me how to manage a game.
Davis will be assisted by Erik Heinz, Carrie Gosselin and Alice Smithson.
All three assistants also teach at the high school.

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