County basketball teams gear up for season

By Ben Murphy
Sports Writer
11-22-13 harrisongirlsbballThe girls varsity basketball season wrap up their second week of practice this week, and each team in the county is gearing up for their first games of the season.
Perhaps the biggest question in Clare county is if the Clare girls’ can repeat last year’s success. The Lady Pioneers went 23-2 overall on the year, claimed a Jack Pine Conference title with a 14-0 league record, won district and regional titles and narrowly missed out on making the state semi-finals after losing to Bullock Creek in the quarterfinals. Clare’s first attempt to answer will be Dec. 3 at Montabella.
“I think we will be ready,” Clare girls’ head coach Matt Rodenbo said. “We have several girls that have played significant minutes over the past two seasons mixed with some players that are improving every day. I do think we will get better throughout the season.”
The Lady Eagles of Farwell, coached by Tom Kleinhardt are hoping to improve on last year’s 9-11, 7-7 campaign. Farwell hosts Evart Dec. 3 in its season opener.
“It’s going pretty well,” Kleinhardt said. “I’m really happy with our numbers… We have 10 girls that made the team. Several are returning but we’re still pretty young. I have two sophomores up, three seniors and we balance out the rest with juniors.”
The Harrison girl’s basketball team opens its season Dec. 3 at Lake City. The Lady Hornets went 6-16 and 2-12 last year but will have to do without Allison Lipovsky, who suffered an injury in volleyball.
“Practices have been intense, full of team work and great execution,” Harrison coach Kelly Cook said.

“We are strong, fast and big this year. I’m very proud of the work ethic of this group and feel we have not lost a step from last year’s growth. We have lots of energy in the program, looking forward to the season.”
For season previews on all of Clare county’s winter sports teams see future issues of the Clare County Review.

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