Warriorettes are getting ready to take the court by Ally Eckert The final year of Warriorettes basketball will be beginning soon. Coming off a 14-8 season with the district championship title, these girls are ready for action.
This year there are five seniors going out, three of which are letterwinners, Kelli Morrison, Bethany Parvin, and Meghan Martz. Juniors Ashley Anderson, Jessica Peterson, and Tiffany Ganschow bring the total returning letterwinners to six.
Though practices haven't begun yet, the girls have already set their team goals. They want to win at least half of their games, have fun, and mark the end of the tradition positively.
"We need to see basketball as a model for life � inspire and work hard," said fifth-year head coach, Stacy Huber.
Just as last year's seniors took a leadership role for the last three years, this year's senior girls must fill their shoes.
"I expect the seniors to show leadership and have mature, positive attitudes," said Huber.
This year they will stress rebounding, teamwork and quickness on defense during practices. Focusing on these skills will help take the girls through a winning season.
They are expecting the most difficult games of the season to be Beresford, Hurley, and Viborg. But with plenty of hard work and practice, the girls surely will give them a run for their money.
Since it is the last season of Warriors and Warriorettes, there will be many ways that the tradition will be remembered throughout the season � from having fans wear old uniforms, to recognizing past coaches and players. It will all be topped off with an alumni event after the season is over.
Though this is the final year for Warriorettes, the underclassmen this year will be the first to start a new tradition with Irene to become the Eagles.
The Warriorette schedule is:
Dec. 7 � Tea, home, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 9 � Hurley, away, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 13 � Freeman, away, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 � Gayville-Volin, home, 6:15 p.m.
Dec. 21 � Tripp-Delmont, home, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 3 � Scotland, home, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 7 � Centerville, home, 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 13 � TVC Tournament, Gayville, TBA.
Jan. 14 � TVC Tournament, Gayville, TBA.
Jan. 15 � TVC Tournament, Baltic, TBA.
Jan. 18 � Avon, away, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 20 � Irene, away, 6:15 p.m.
Jan. 24 � Bon Homme, home, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 31 � Dell Rapids St. Mary, home, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 � Freeman Academy, home, 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 5 � Baltic, away, 3 p.m.
Feb. 7 � Alcestor-Hudson, away, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 � Viborg, home, 6:15 p.m.
Feb. 17 � Menno, away, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 � Districts, Viborg, TBA.
Feb. 24-25 � Districts, Viborg, TBA.
March 1 � Regions, Hurley, TBA.
March 10-12 � State Tournament, Mitchell, TBA.