Girls, Guys Basketball Teams Optimistic About Season

Michael De Leers, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The girls and boys basketball seasons are now both in full swing. Starting on Monday, Nov. 7,  the girls and boys began practicing weeks in advance for their first game.

The girls started their season earlier than the boys with a Nov. 19 loss against Pewaukee. Although the girls started the year with an early loss, they still have high expectations for their season.

“We hope to win conference again, and obviously our main goal is making to it to state and to win there,” said senior Carly Noble.

Judging by past years, these expectations remain constant as the girls have made it to state four of the past five years, winning two of those years, and even managing to win the Fox River Classic Conference championship last year. The girls hope to repeat this success by “improving every day and building off of mistakes,” said Noble, and with a team motto of “own it” the girls will be sure to do exactly that.

Even with the loss of  Olivia Campbell, a Class of 2016 graduate and current basketball player at UW Oshkosh, the girls still have high hopes.

Their team consists of Head Coach Sara Rhode; seniors Katelyn Morgan (out with ACL injury), Callie Adamczak, and Noble; juniors Kaycee Gierczak, Lizzie Opichka, Ashley Laskowski, Emily Johnson, Maddie Reitz, Peighton Milton and Alex Papacosta; sophomores Keighley Blindauer and freshman Hana Reitz.

As for the boys, they started off their season on Nov. 29 with an overtime win against Luxemburg-Casco.

Even with a season-opening win, the boys still have expectations similar to the past few years.

“Hopefully we will be better than we were last year and towards the end of the season even make a playoff run,” said senior Max Liegel.

In the past, the boys have not done historically well in the playoffs due to a competitive bracket but they intend to take their playoff run “one game at a time when playoffs come around,” said Liegel.

The boys basketball team consists of Head Coach John Taylor; seniors Ryan O’Connell, Jonathan Santaga, Nathan Ihlenfeldt, Michael Rader, Lachlan Johnson, Quinn Snyder, Jack Drake and Liegel; juniors Avery Lyons, Matthew Rader, Reese Johnson, Connor Hennigan, Jackson Strohmeyer, Adam Roitstein, Eric Ritchay and an injured Alex Ruiz.

The girls and boys basketball seasons have just started and could use more fans at their games. For those interested in following the teams further, the girls have a matchup against conference rival Bayport on Dec. 6 at home, and the boys have a matchup against conference rival De Pere on Jan. 17 at home.