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Winter sports roundup

GIRLS BASKETBALL
Girls basketball

The Bullpup girls basketball program is off to a hot start with a 9-2 record coming out of Christmas break and early into the GSL regular season. The JV team is undefeated at 8-0 and our Freshman/C team is 7-1.
The varsity squad competed in a holiday tournament in Moses Lake and went 3-0 defeating Sunnyside, Eisenhower, and Moses Lake. “It was a good tournament for us. We had good success and were able to work on some aspects of our game that will help us as we move forward into league play,” said head coach Mike Arte.
The team is looking forward to the last nine league games earning the highest seed possible as they prepare for regional playoffs.
“We are getting outstanding leadership from our three seniors; Ally Bears, Shanaya Byrd and Sitara Byrd. Their leadership has been an integral part of our success thus far as they all are showing great commitment, dedication, and effort, as well as, great relationship-building with all the members of our team.”
 
BOYS BASKETBALL
Boys basketball

Bullpup boys faced some tough competition over Christmas break when they traveled to Auburn for the inaugural Hardwood Invite. After dropping an opener to O'Dea and a forfeit to Federal Way, the Pups beat Eastmont and lost a close one to King’s West, the top 3A team. All four teams the Pups faced are top 10 in their classifications. 
“We took a major step forward against really good teams,” said coach Matty McIntyre.
On a young team full of new faces, they’re still learning their roles and how to play together as a team,” he said. “That’s to be expected.” 
During the break after Christmas, the team practiced hard, and “major growth took place.” 
The team is lead by senior Jayden Stevens, “He’s a four-year guy, so his leadership will be critical to move us forward.”
The Pups lost a couple of tight GSL games to start the new year, but McIntyre is hopeful the team’s best basketball is ahead. 
 
WRESTLING
Bullpup wrestling

“Bullpup wrestling is a young, young team this year,” says Coach Danny Pearson. “But we have a couple of high-level competitors in sophomore Josh Neiwert and freshman Noah Holman.” Isaac Muniz also holds promise for the season ahead Pearson said. 
In December, Holman took 5th place in his weight class in the Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene. Neiwert found success at a couple of major tournaments: He made the quarterfinals of the Walsh Ironman Classic in Ohio, and in the Rollie Lane Invitational in Nampa, ID, he placed first in his weight class. 
As a team, Pearson was glad to see the team win its first dual of the season vs. Ridgeline.
“It’s good experience to show we can fill a lineup and compete,” he said.
The Pups also lost a close one at home to North Central that came down to the last match. 
Two girls have joined the team this year, competing along with the boys during the regular season. They’ll have postseason tournament of their own.
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