Caldwell High School
Conference: 4A Southern Idaho Conference
Head Coach: Tonia Burk
Years as Head Coach: 8
State Titles: 2001
Scott Thomas, Don Heller, Rick Widder
Who do you have coming back this year?
Kora Bower (#23 (soph) 5’5)
Tamika Russell (#10 (jr) 5’6)
Mariela Ruiz (#32 (SR) 5’7)
Kaylee Bower (#12 (sr) 5’1)
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Paulette Robles- 3 year varsity player, 2nd team all conference, All around best player,leader and heart and soul of our team. However she was very close to all 4 of the student-athletes I have returning so she instilled in them the things you want.
Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Lissette Saenz Sophomore guard, Saidee Jones Jr post, Lita Forse Freshman post
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Quickness, transition, look to score early, tempo.
Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Consistency- more girls stepping up wanting to score and take chances
As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Quickness, toughness, coming off our best defensive season statistically speaking
Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
I cant wait to see the results for the 4 kids I mentioned above with the addition of Jessica Doan as they have been so dedicated and put in so much time that I am happy to see the progress and growth they have made as they play throughout this season.
For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
All of them because we will play hard baseline to baseline in all of them
What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
Cross country--- some of the girls ran cross country and they had success, fun, and worked on their cardio endurance which will help them mentally.
If you could change one rule in high school basketball, what would it be?
Shot clock - bring us up to date with game of basketball.
Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
Because my former high school coach, Michelle Skyles Jerome High School, and my college coach, Anjii Weissenfluh Eastern Oregon University, influenced me tremendously and besides my parents they are the two people who have made me the person I am today. I think Coaches have a huge impact on their athletes and for me Id like to be that role model for my student-athletes that my coaches have been to me.
What makes your school the best place to coach for?
The kids I have had the honor of coaching some remarkable young athletes who are motivated in the classroom, and out on the court and they represent the community of Caldwell exceptionally well.