The 2013-14 Goessel girls? basketball roster includes no seniors, but seventh-year coach Ryan Hoopes has a number of experienced players to fill the gap.
?With no seniors on the team this year, (we) will look to younger girls to play leadership roles on this very young team,? Hoopes said. ?(We) lose three key seniors from last year?s team, but this year?s sophomores and juniors played important roles for (us) last year.?
The Bluebirds, who compete in the Wheat State League in Class 1A-Division I, finished last season with a 4-4 league record and were 11-11 overall.
Three returning starters will anchor the team: junior Erin Brubaker, a 5-foot, 10-inch guard/post; and sophomores Page Hiebert, a 5-11 point guard, and Aleena Cook, a 5-6 guard/point guard.
Additional letter-winners include junior Makayla King (5-5) at guard and sophomore Alicen Meysing (6-0) at post.
Sophomore guard Alyssa Booton (5-8)?is another player to watch.
?(We) are young but experienced,??Hoopes said. ?(We) will have a lot of young talent with potential. (We) should be an exciting team to watch as (we) compete for a Wheat State League championship.?
Hoopes predicts Goessel will finish among the top three in the Wheat State League, with Centre and Little River being two additional teams to watch.
Goessel will open its season at Inman Dec. 6. The Bluebirds? home-opener is scheduled for Dec. 10 against Central Christian.