As the new gym and basketball court nears completion, the men’s and women’s basketball teams look forward to promising seasons. Both teams are very experienced with high numbers of juniors and seniors. To complement the skilled varsity teams, high numbers of underclassmen bring deeper numbers and talent to the junior varsity and freshman teams. However, both Coach Dave Pfundstein and Coach Bob Beutel know that success does not come without hard work.
The Lady Lancers look to continue their relentless dominance on the court. Last season, the Lady Lancers finished a great season at the Regional Semi Finals where they lost to the future State Champions, Regina.
Although they graduated major contributions to the team, the Lady Lancers have high hopes of making it to the State Championships this year.
They will be led by senior captains Allison Herbe (`10), Tricia King (`10), Bekka Simko (`10), and also Brittany Layton (`11). Melanie Trushel (`11) says, “I’m excited to start another basketball season. We work really hard to prepare for key events throughout the season.”
One of those key events takes place over Christmas break. The girls will be traveling to St. Petersburg, Florida to participate in a Christmas tournament with many talented teams.
The Lady Lancers are looking forward to a great season that is ahead of them. Herbe (`10) says, “Because we travel and work together a lot during the offseason, our chemistry is there.” Like Coach Bob Beutel always says, “We go, we go together.”
The team mantra is an important aspect because it unites the girls. Sophmore Rachel Staton (`12) says, “We work hard for each other. It is not about individual success; everything is for the team.”
The men’s team look to establish a new era of athleticism on the basketball court. With the memory of last year’s run to the district semifinals, the Lancers, led by Andrew Cooper (‘10),Brian Hyland (’10) and Nate Fiala (‘10), look to advance even further this year.
The first step to pursue this goal was to address conditioning and fundamental basketball. Through all of the summer and fall, the men participated in workout circuits, weightlifting, and numerous scrimmages to get in shape.
The Lancers also look to build a complete team, with unity and cohesiveness. The men’s varsity team has a wide range of talent, ranging from shooters like Bill Fisher (’10), to flyers like Eric May (’10), to defensive specialists, like Connor Deckard (‘10). When a team can combine people with different strengths and abilities with team depth, a very strong team is formed.
Both teams look forward to a promising season. Although they are anxious about the new gym’s arrival, our basketball teams work hard, while demonstrating the Lancer spirit on the court.