Spotlight Winter Sports Preview 2012
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:18The Marion girls’ basketball team is looking to a new coach, greater numbers and an experienced group of returning players to create a winning combination this season.
“I’ve really loved working with these girls already,” said Kelly Robson, who assumed the coaching reins this year. “They are working hard to try and do the things that we need to do.”
Senior Erin Meierhoff will lead the attack as a returning starter with significant playing time last season.
“Erin didn’t do...
Written by Katie Morford Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:17Three strong starters will anchor a Marion boys’ basketball squad that brings depth and experience to the court this season.
“We’ve got a lot of returners who have played a lot of minutes and they’re excited to be out here,” said coach Jeff McMillin.
“They want to have a special season.”
Leading the charge will be the dynamic duo of seniors Jordan Hett and Jacob Harper, who led the team in scoring last season and set the pace on both ends of the court.
“The all-around game is really what both of them have, and I expect them to get better,” McMillin said.
But, he added, what he’s really looking for is the desire and attitude they bring to the court.
“If that improves then we’ll be a lot better,” McMillin...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:12Quantity is still on the low side, but Hillsboro coach Scott O’Hare likes the quality of athletes that comprise this year’s wrestling team.
“The (weight class) positions we fill make for a pretty strong team,” O’Hare said. “The only problem is that is a small portion of the lineup. But it will be a strong part.”
O’Hare has 12 athletes to fill the 14 weight classes. Considering the inexperience of some wrestlers and the overlap at some weights, the Trojan lineup could have as many as five or six vacancies.
That many potential forfeits will make it hard to win many duals. But the Trojan mentor, now in his 10th year at the helm, said the quality of his athletes should make his team competitive in tournaments.
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:11With three starters and four letter-winners returning from last year’s 18-5 team, the Hillsboro boys are positioned for another successful run this season.
“I think we have a lot of upside on this team,” said Darrel Knoll, who is 418-146 as he enters his 25th year as head coach. “We just have to embrace that, build on our strengths and try to shore up some of the areas where we need it.”
The Trojans would have had four starters returning, but junior Christian Ratzlaff aggravated a knee injury in the first days of practice and will be lost for the season.
“I feel really bad for him,” Knoll said. “He put so much into it and was looking forward to the year.”
The loss of Ratzlaff is disappointing...
Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 27 November 2012 15:10The graduation of five senior letter-winners from a team that finished 23-3 and took third at the Class 3A state tournament a year ago might make some head coaches nervous about the season to come.
Nathan Hiebert, not so much.
Expectations may be as high as they’ve ever been for Hillsboro girls’ basketball in his sixth year at the helm. And Hiebert doesn’t back away from them.
“We’re looking forward to another great season,” he said. “I’m pleased with the core that we bring back. They bring a lot of experience and a lot of scoring and rebounding from last year.”
It starts with the Trojans’ top two scorers and rebounders in senior Tena Loewen and junior Addie Lackey.
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