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GVHS girls will be tall order for foes in 2003-04

Phil Sandoval
Post Independent Staff

Opponents guarding the Grand Valley girls basketball team will probably spend a lot of time looking up at the Cardinals this year.

Depending on which lineup fourth-year coach Mike Johnson uses, Grand Valley can have four players spanning 5 foot-10 or taller on the court at one time.

“This is the biggest team, height-wise, I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Johnson said.



The team’s tallest member ” 6-2 senior Holly Steltzlen ” is one of four returning starters from last year’s 12-10 club.

Steltzlen will start at center for the Cardinals. She will be flanked by guards Wynette Jackson and Jessica Cielatka, both 5-7 juniors and 5-8 swingman Julianne Jones, who can play at either a shooting guard or small forward position.



The remaining starting forward spot is currently up for grabs among three players.

Jaime Vance, 5-11, left-handed junior, “has looked the best in practice so far,” said Johnson. Vance, however, is receiving strong challenges from junior Alex Neuleib and sophomore Patty Angel, both 5-10.

Johnson also said the front line can back their height with muscle.

“The girls believe in working out in the weight room, and we’re not going to be pushed around by anyone. As a group, we’re thick and very strong.”

Others players Johnson said will see plenty of action off the bench include junior guard Ashley Christensen and sophomore forward Melinda Johnson.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything this year, and our goal is to make state,” Mike Johnson said. “We’re right there and we can beat anybody on any given night. The sky’s the limit for this group.”


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