GHS girls look to rise in HOA

In head coach Ryan Hoopes? third year at Goessel, the Bluebird girls? basketball team will aim to finish mid-pack among the Heart of America schools.

Goessel posted a 7-16 overall record last year, but went 1-11 in league play. With five returning starters, the Bluebirds may be primed to move up.

?We have a lot of returning experience this year,? Hoopes said. ?These junior and senior girls have been a big part of our program since they were freshmen and sophomores and this team has been a work in progress for three years now.?

Aspen Frey, Karina Harvey and Karis Janzen are the team?s seniors. Frey (5 feet, 7 inches) averaged 7 points per game at point guard and Harvey (5-3) averaged 5 points per game from the perimeter.

Janzen (5-10) averaged 7 points and 7 rebounds per game at post.

Junior Kendra Flaming (5-7) scored a team-high 13 points per game along with six rebounds. Junior Jessica Goertzen (5-7) started at the post opposite Janzen.

Junior Shanna Klassen (5-7) lettered as a post and junior Jennifer Van Horn (5-8) also is likely to contribute to the 2009-10 Bluebird varsity.

?We have a great group of senior leadership,? Hoopes said. ?Last year, we were very close to winning some big games; this year, the girls are hungry to win some of those games. They all put in a lot of work over the summer to prepare for this season.?

Hoopes expects to see Inman beat out Sedgwick, Remington and Moundridge.

Goessel opens Friday at Northern Heights, then hosts Elyria and Central Christian for its home tournament.

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