Lady Bulldog’s tryouts at Mesquite Sports Complex
Photo by Lou Martin

After a hugely successful 2018 season, Lady Dog Coach Scott Trimming returns approximately 90 % of last year’s squad which went 8-2 in Sunrise League play. Thirty seven players tried out this week for a spot on this year’s squad. “We will split 32 players between JV and Varsity squads,” said Trimming. Trimmings coaching philosophy has not changed regarding players moving up and down from JV to varsity weekly. “The kids who perform well on the field and in the classroom will play each week,” added Trimming. “We are stronger and have a lot more experience than last year’s team. We were pushed around at zone last year which will not happen with this group of kids. We will have a great run at state this year.”

Leading the way for the Lady Dawgs this year are All-Southern Nevada 3A players Rainee Brito, Reanna Slack and Ally Shaner. Shaner was named Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman. Brito led the Dawgs with 37 points followed by Slack with 21 points. Senior Ally Wright brings stability and leadership to the young team. Emma Hughes, Natalie Zarate, Jade Tafili, Zoey Tobler and Paola Garcia return to the defensive side of the team. Tobler, Garcia made the All-Sunrise League team along with Brito, Shaner and Slack. Erin Afori returns again to protect the net after a stalwart season as a freshman. Marci Baltazar will also see time in the net. Trimming also said,” newcomers Kacie Garrett and Emily Jimenez should make their presence known on the field.”

The Lady Dawgs 8-2 record tied them with Sunrise Mountain for the Sunrise League title. Pahrump and Western High Schools tied in the Sunset League with 7-1 records. Western beat the Bulldogs 4-3 in the 3A Southern Division semis. Both Pahrump and Western were young last year and will be a force along with Moapa Valley in the Sunrise League. The Bulldogs open the season in Ely Nevada on Friday in a Labor Day tournament. They will host Pahrump on September 10.