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Karrick tabbed new girls coach at North

Tim Karrick is a proven winner in girls basketball at the freshman and junior varsity levels at North Medford High.

Now he'll get a chance to run the whole show.

The promotion came Tuesday when North Medford Athletic Director Mike Kay named the 32-year-old Karrick as the Black Tornado's new girls head coach.

"Tim knows the game and he has a tremendous rapport with the kids," Kay said.

Karrick coached the Black Tornado junior varsity to a three-year record of 60-6 before guiding the North Medford frosh to a 20-3 mark last season.

He inherits a talented group of young players but also a team that labored to a 6-17 record last season and a program that hasn't been to the state playoffs since 1999.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity," said Karrick, a 1988 graduate of North Medford High who played football and basketball for the Black Tornado. "We've got a phenomenal group of freshmen that are going to contribute next season (at the varsity level) and some good kids ahead of them.

"I see no reason why we can't fight for a playoff berth next season. I think the table is set for a nice run."

Juniors-to-be Anna Lilly and Brittany Hodges and senior-to-be Kerstin Mellbye are expected to return as starters and sophomore-to-be Kelly Bostwick - who is currently playing for a Portland-based all-star team - is projected as one of the better players in the Southern Oregon Conference next season.

But Karrick said no one has any guarantees of playing time.

"I've coached most of these girls and know what they can do, but no one has a lock on anything right now," he said.

Karrick said his team will play 35 to 38 games over the summer and will attend a team camp at Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif.

Although soft-spoken off the court, Karrick is a verbal coach during practices and games and he has a reputation for motivating his players.

He also has a reputation for being an exceptional game coach.

"Tim's a fiery guy but always under control," said Kay, who was the head girls coach at North in the late 1990s and had Karrick as an assistant. "He'll push the kids but also have fun. There's a great balance there.

"And without a doubt he's a good game coach."

Karrick said his teams will run and press.

"We've got the athletes to run the floor and that's what we'll do," he said. "It's a fun way to play and that's the kind of basketball people like to watch."

Karrick teaches social studies, economics and world history at North.

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