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For those of you who have gotten to know me, it's easy to see I love sports. I try to get to as many Warriors games as my schedule allows (unfortunately, I just can't write sports ... I also have to write the rest of the newspaper). I took in the girls soccer game this afternoon before heading over to the school board meeting (yes, I had to miss volleyball tonight ... I needed to cover something for the news pages).

Mat Phelps is in his second year as the PHS girls soccer coach. Before his arrival and after the departure of John Williams, both Becca Davis and Andrea Whiteman served as co-coaches. Davis is still with PHS as the junior varsity coach and I recently came across Whiteman's name at another school.

She's now the head coach for Woodburn, a Class 5A school that competes in the Mid-Willamette Conference with schools like Corvallis and Crescent Valley. According to a preview story on the team published by the Woodburn Independent, Whiteman had a lot of athletes wanting to play.

"It's definitely new to me," Whiteman told the newspaper. "At Philomath, most times we had around 32 girls, and I think this year we have 46, so that's been awesome."

Conditioning is one of the big things that Whiteman believes in. It's something she learned from Williams during her playing days with the Warriors, a run that included the 2008 state title.

"When I won a state championship at Philomath, one of the main reasons we won state is because we could outrun every single team," Whiteman said. "We weren't necessarily more skilled, but we were extremely cohesive as a team and we could run for days."

Best of luck to Andrea at Woodburn.

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