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Quist takes over at Marist.

Byline: Steve Mims The Register-Guard

Michelle Quist will take over a different kind of girls basketball program than her current job when she arrives at Marist next season.

The 31-year old Quist has been hired as girls basketball coach at Marist, which has made the playoffs every year since 1978 and won three state titles.

Contrast that with Quist's current job at River Valley High School in Yuba City, Calif., where she started up the program when the school opened four years ago. The school did not have a varsity team its first year but Quist has been the head coach for the past three seasons.

"To build a program from nothing was challenging, but rewarding," Quist said. "But to get to be part of something established will be fun too. (Feather Valley) is going to be competitive next year but it has been a long haul creating tradition instead of stepping into a school with tradition. It will be nice to get to coach instead of building and coaching."

Quist played junior college ball before transferring to BYU.

She began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Pleasant Grove High School in Utah for three seasons before serving as an assistant for one year at James Logan High School in California. She moved on to start the program at River Valley.

Now she takes over the Spartans, who have reached the state final eight times and won the championship in 1996, 1997, and 1999. Marist went 7-5 in the Sky-Em League last year and lost to Yamhill-Carlton in the first round of the state playoffs.

Gutches to enter wrestling Hall

Two-time NCAA champion Les Gutches from Oregon State will be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame this weekend in Stillwater, Okla.

Gutches, a three-time state Class 4A champion at South Medford High School, won the NCAA crown in 1995 and 1996 and was named outstanding wrestler of the meet in 1996. He finished seventh at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Ducks announce volleyball schedule

Part of the price for Oregon's volleyball success is a markedly tougher schedule next year.

Oregon's volleyball team, which reached the Sweet 16 last season, will play more than half of its games next season against NCAA qualifiers, the school announced Thursday.

The schedule will include two games apiece against Pac-10 NCAA qualifiers Stanford, California, Washington, UCLA and USC, and will also include games against Sweet 16 qualifier Utah, and NCAA qualifiers Minnesota, Missouri State, Portland State and San Francisco.

The Ducks will open the season with the Oregon Classic, which will include Missouri State, San Francisco and Eastern Washington, at McArthur Court on Aug. 28-29.
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Date:Jun 5, 2009
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