The Emerald Ridge Jaguars will return several athletes from last year’s Class 4A state-championship squad.
Shannon Cribbin, Mandi Hovde, Lexi Dacca, Alyssa Armstrong, Kiersten Smith and Lexi Miller are back, and ninth-year head coach Bobbi Jones believes in her team.
“They are very determined to return to state and defend their title,” Jones said. “That is the team goal.”
Cribbin and Hovde are co-captains, but Jones said her team has always been strong in leadership, and all of the returners are good leaders.
The Jaguars are typically proficient in vault.
“Every year we have girls with vaults that have start values of 9.9 or 10,” Jones said. “Woodinville’s highest start value on vault was 8.8. Those start values made the difference between first and second place at state last year.”
Seven seniors graduated, and Jones said it was a special class, but she expects this year’s team won’t miss a beat.
“Last year’s seniors were very strong in skills and leadership,” Jones said. “They set great examples in which our returners have embraced and demonstrated since the first practice. We have new freshmen and sophomores that have solid skills on all events, too. I have confidence this team will be successful this year because of our depth.”
The Jaguars will kick off their season Wednesday against Auburn Riverside.