Parma High School
Conference: 3A Snake River Valley Conference
Head Coach: Michael Calkins
Years as Head Coach: 2
Previous Experience: 4 years, Nyssa assistant
Record Last Year: 22-3
Trinity Jackson, Paula Leppert
Who do you have coming back this year?
Makayla Stockett (Post, Senior, 5’10”)
BoDene Pinz (PG, Senior, 5’7”)
Deborah Blanscet (SG, Senior, 5’7”)
Gabby Bishop (PF, Junior, 5’10”)
Any Returning Players with Honors?
Makayla Stockett 2nd team All-Conference
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Landri Timmons PF----SRV Player of the Year, 1st team All-State, averaged a double double.
Kassity Polensky SG----1st team All-Conference, led league in scoring.
Rachel Eguia PG----2nd team All-Conference, led team in assists and steals
Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Jaysee Wilmorth SG, Junior, 5’6”,
Madison Beck PG, Sophomore, 5’6”
Photo By: Steve Conner - #22 BoDene Pinz
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Our strengths as an offense is 3-point shooting and low post play. We like to pound the ball inside to Makayla Stockett and Gabby Bishop which opens up our 3-point shooters like Deborah Blanscet.
Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
We need to become a better offensive rebounding team and shoot a higher percentage from the free throw line.
As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Defensively, we play good help side defense and rotate well. We try to make teams beat us from the outside. BoDene Penz and Jaysee Wilmorth have a knack for being around the ball and getting steals, and Gabby Bishop brings a shot blocking presence to the paint. Our goal each game is to “freeze” teams by keeping them below 32 points.
Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
We hope to improve on keeping teams out of the paint and getting back on defense.
Does your team have a motto/theme for the upcoming season?
Our team motto this season is “18.7”. That is the distance between Parma and Middleton (where the 3A state tournament is held).
What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
This year’s team is young and hungry to prove that last year’s success wasn’t a fluke. They want to create their own style and identity which should be fun to watch.
For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
The must see game of the year for our fans is Fruitland vs Parma. Our athletes get up for this game more than any other. Fruitland has a great coach and a great team year after year and this season is no exception. It should be a great battle.
What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
The X-Factor this season is playing as a cohesive team. After losing 6 seniors off of last year’s team, this group will have to learn how to play together. If they can, then they will have an opportunity to be successful.
If you could change one rule in high school basketball, what would it be?
One rule that I would like to see changed is the implementation of a shot clock. I think it would be great for girl’s basketball. I believe scoring and pace of play would increase and that would be a more entertaining style of basketball for the fans and athletes.
Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
I love to teach and am incredibly competitive.
What makes your school the best place to coach for?
Parma has supportive administration, parents that care, and new facilities. It’s the trifecta of the coaching lottery.