Goessel High School girls? basketball team returns five experienced players: back row (from left), Kendra Flaming, Karis Janzen and Aspen Frey; front row, Karina Harvey, Jessica Goertzen.
With four returning starters, the Goessel High School girls? basketball team will be junior-led in 2008-09.
Coach Ryan Hoopes will turn to point guard Aspen Frey (5-foot-7) to coordinate a guard-oriented attack that will feature a surprisingly experienced group of players.
?Even though we have no seniors this year, we are returning a lot of experience,? Hoopes said. ?Being a young team last year has hopefully helped us prepare for this year.?
Karina Harvey, a 5-3 junior, and Kendra Flaming, a 5-7 sophomore, will help Frey on the perimeter. Flaming averaged 10 points per game last year.
Karis Janzen returns to the low block, where she led the team in rebounding, and also scored 4.4 points per game. Janzen will be joined in the paint by junior forward and letter-winner Jessica Goertzen.
?We have a solid group of younger girls with less experience as well,? Hoopes said. ?They will definitely push our more experience players, and hopefully be able to help us out.?
Dedication and hard work are keys to success, Hoopes said.
?The girls improved a lot last year and over the summer, and I hope to see their hard work pay off this year,? Hoopes said. ?It will be fun to watch them compete.?
Hoopes looks for Goessel to be near the middle of the Heart of America league pack.
Goessel opens its season Friday at Northern Heights, then hosts the Bluebird Classic the following week.