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Expectations high for Lady Eagles

By Ben Murphy

Photo By Ben Murphy

 

The Farwell girls varsity basketball team vastly improved as the 2011-12 season went on. Now, second year head coach Tom Kleinhardt hopes to continue that improvement play into the new season.

“From the fact that I know a little more about the girls and we were able to do some summer workouts, we’re ahead of the curve compared to a year ago,” the coach said.

Returning from last year’s team that went 12-9 overall and took third in the Jack Pine Conference at 9-5 are seniors Jenna Hamming (guard), Sydney Hurley (point guard), Emily Rawson (guard) and junior Caron White (forward/center).

New to the team are juniors Jenna McKinley (guard), Nina Buccilli (forward), Kayla Cotton (guard), sophomores Jessie Theisen (guard), Kendra Robison, Kayla Cotton, Kate Saupe, Bria Colosky (guard) and freshman Selena Deleon (guard).

“We’re young so we’re going to make mistakes early,” Kleinhardt said. “My senior leadership is going to be important. I have some of the best guards in the conference and we have a lot of experience with White coming back, she’s shown a lot of progress.”

Though the coach feels his team should do well in league play this year, he realizes that two-time defending champion Clare will be tough to knock off.

“There’s no question, they’re definitely going to be the team to beat,” Kleinhardt said. “But, anything is possible, I never rule out anybody. I think we have the potential to be right there behind Clare. Roscommon is going to be tough this year too. Gladwin, Beaverton, those teams all have to be taken care of.”

The Lady Eagles begin their season with two JPC contests. The first of which at Gladwin tonight (Friday) and return to action next Friday (Dec. 7) hosting Houghton Lake.

“We’d like to finish in the top tier of the Jack Pine and I’d like to beat Clare,” Kleinhardt said of the upcoming season. “That should be everybody’s goal.”