E-W’s Hodges reflects on team’s season, looks ahead to building girls program

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We caught up with Edmonds-Woodway High School girls basketball coach Duane Hodges in the parking lot of Old Woodway High School Sunday morning, less than 12 hours after the E-W coach had returned with his players from the state 4A basketball tournament in Tacoma.

Hodges was upbeat about the team’s success as state qualifiers for two years running, and also about the future of the Warrior girls basketball program in Edmonds. Which brings us back to why he was in the Old Woodway parking lot — to watch seventh and eighth grade girls playing in the first-ever Lady Warriors’ “feeder program,” which Hodges established last year.

And to get a sense of what a true team player Hodges is, upon arriving at the gym, he discovered that the referees scheduled for the game hadn’t arrived. So he put on a whistle, walked out onto the court, and refereed the game until the “official” officials arrived.

You can find more information about the Lady Warriors basketball program here.

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