Moments: March 2015

A few years ago, the Grant girls’ basketball team couldn’t buy a win and the program was
in disarray. Coach Michael Bontemps took over and things began to change. Now, his team has
swept through the Portland Interscholastic League this season with a 16-0 record in conference
play and 21-3 overall.

Payton Reynolds (left, with teammate Reagan Mims and Dyami Taylor, son of assistant coach Alicia Riddle): “We scrimmage and we were shooting around. It’s relaxing and stuff. We have a game coming up, and for me to be shooting with somebody that’s close to me – and we’re four days apart so it’s really a bond how we’ve been shooting around – it’s just so good to be on the hoop court…getting ready for a game. We’re the P.I.L. champions. It’s a good feeling.”

Coach Michael Bontemps (behind Mims): “This has been a three-year process. I wasn’t sure how successful we could be this year. I was hopeful we would be, but I wasn’t sure. So the things that we’ve been working on are starting to show up. For me as a coach, because I’ve been kind of working towards this, it’s fun to watch. I had this idea that we could do this, and now we are.”

Cassie Hill
A North-Portland native with an interest in politics, photography, and newsmedia, Hill has been contributing to the Grant Magazine since her freshman year. Her love for photography began seven years ago when her mother handed her an old Pentax film camera and she has never put it back down. Born in 1997, she will turn eighteen this February. This fall she hopes to attend Columbia, Barnard, or Boston University studying political science.

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