North Douglas fans will see some new opponents this season when the Warriors drop from Class 2A to Class 1A, but not everything is changing in Drain as one familiar face will still be wearing the cardinal and white in 2014. Douglas County Sports Online proudly shines the Avista Athlete Spotlight on senior Bella Mast.
This will be the fourth straight year Bella has played at the varsity level and the fifth consecutive season that a Mast has put on a uniform for the Warriors. Older sister, Savannah, graduated in the spring of 2014. The younger Mast plays three sports earning first team all-league honors in basketball and softball in back-to-back seasons. She is also a two-time, first team all-state recipient in softball, but it's basketball where her true passion lies.
"I grew up around the game with my dad as the coach and playing on the same teams with my sister and that's the one thing I'm going to miss the most," Bella says. "I love playing with (Savannah) because we know each other so well and we're so comfortable together on the floor."
All of Mast's hard work and dedication paid off in March when the Warriors qualified for the 2014 OSAA Class 2A state tournament. Unfortunately, North Douglas was eliminated after suffering two consecutive losses in Pendleton.
"We fell behind early in both games before fighting our way back late, but couldn't finish it," Bella says. "It was still a great experience and even though we're in a new league this year it would be cool to make it to the 1A tournament in Baker."
The start of the 2014-15 basketball season is still a few months away, but Warrior fans will be able to watch the three-sport star this fall as a member of the North Douglas volleyball team.
"Bella is the ideal setter and she loves seeing her hitters get a great kill off one of her sets," head coach Anne Campbell says. "She is athletically gifted, competitive, knowledgeable, a strong leader, great teammate and by far one of the most talented players I have ever coached."
"I really want to play basketball and most likely at the community college level," Bella says. "As for my career goal I would like to work around children, so I plan to major in psychology and education.