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Fresh start expected for Mystics, Coco Miller

By Troy Young

tyoung@postbulletin.com

New season, new coach, new attitude.

That's the feeling in Washington, as the Mystics, who drafted Coco Miller 13 months ago, enter their sixth season in the WNBA. In their first five seasons, the Mystics were 39-87 (.310).

With new head coach Marianne Stanley, the Mystics naturally enter this season optimistic.

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"It's a whole new situation, new coach and new atmosphere," Miller told wnba.com. "I think that we have the right personnel this year as far as the staff goes, and I think that it's just a positive change for this whole basketball team."

Stanley said she won't settle for mere improvement. "Our goal is not to finish third in the East or anything else short of finishing first in the East," she told wnba.com. " First place is the goal, that is where our mind needs to be and everyday we are going to work towards that."

As a rookie, Miller played 20 of the Mystics' 32 games and averaged 1.1 points in 6.9 minutes.

The Mystics open the preseason Friday when they are host to the New York Liberty.

Coco's twin sister, Kelly Miller, is entering her second season with the Charlotte Sting. They open their preseason Saturday against the Minnesota Lynx at Target Center. Kelly played 26 of the Sting's 32 games and averaged 2.1 points in 8.7 minutes.

Now that she was cut by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, look for Division II player of the year Lauri McIntosh to explore her basketball options overseas.

Minnesota State High School League executive director David Stead, who was in Rochester this morning with a contingency of representatives to look at Mayo Civic Center and discuss the state volleyball tournament, conducted a similar meeting in St. Cloud earlier this week. St. Cloud will be host to the girls state hockey tournament.

Riverside Arena in Austin will have new boys and girls locker rooms, and a second sheet of ice possibly in place by January.

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• Les; Fields, a three-time Shelden winner (1966, 1970 and 1973) at the Rochester Golf &; Country Club, is recovering from multiple-bypass heart surgery. Fields is the leader of the Turkey River All-Stars dixieland band.

The Rochester Royals amateur baseball team will have to replace another player before the season starts. Kirk Rubado, who's been with the Royals since 1990 and a regular starting second baseman since '94, has accepted a job in the circulation department of the Post-Bulletin. "His small stature and lots of hustle made him a fan favorite," Royals manager Jeff Milene said. "His defense was the best part of his game, no doubt." Outfielders Darrin Schmidt and Brandon Kanz have already announced their retirements.

LeRoy 1996 graduate Jason Stern is in his second season of working as a sales associate for the Minnesota Twins. Stern works with season and group sales tickets.

Sisters Sarah Cox Landolt and Susan Cox, both JM grads in the early 1990s, are coaching girls soccer together in Jefferson, Wis. While in college, Sara competed on the women's crew team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Susan was a cheerleader and women's rugby player at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Don't be surprised if comedic legend Bill Cosby returns to Rochester for a show at Mayo Civic Center, sometime in the next two or three years. Cosby last performed in Rochester in March 2000.

Because he hopes to spend more time with his family, Denny Laumeyer, who was the Austin boys hockey head coach for 11 seasons, will not return for a 12th season.

Troy Young's local sports notes run every Thursday and Saturday in the Post-Bulletin. He can be reached at tyoung@postbulletin.com

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