Girls Hoops Preview: Seasoned Veterans Take The Court For The Lions
By Alexis Mercer
Heading into his second season as Head Coach, Nate Thomasma believes that team chemistry is the Newaygo Girls Varsity Basketball Team’s strength.
“The girls have really come together this first week and have worked tremendously hard. Every girl has really bought into the team concept,” he said, when asked about the opening week of practice.
The 2015-2016 season was...
...challenging for the team. Their conference record was 3-9 and overall record was 6-15. Coach Thomasma is looking to improve upon that record this year with a fresh start: “We must continue to get better in all phases, especially defensively.”
One aspect that makes building on the foundation from last year easier is the fact that he has an experienced team. Whereas last year they were considered young, with many underclassmen and not much experience at the Varsity level, this year’s girls have many more Varsity games under their belts.
This is evident by the fact that all five seniors are serving as captains this year. Kylee Chesley, Molly Frisbie, Faith Smith, Jenna Janke and Madison Cook are leading the team together as a group.
Returning players to look out for include Kylee Chesley, a senior, 4 year starter, and 2 year All-Conference player. Molly Frisbie will be looking to add her experience as a guard, and Madison Bush, a junior and returning starter, will bring her height and aggressiveness to the court.
Kylee Chesley is hoping to bring leadership to this experienced team. “In order to achieve great things, hard work all around is involved. I hope to be the spark that sets the tone on our journey to greatness this year,” she says.
Three new members on the varsity team who are showing early signs of potential are Dana duChemin, Daisy Hagen, and Alexis Brocker. All three are juniors who will add to the speed and intensity for the Lions.
The Lions will face off against Whitehall High School on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 PM in their own gym.
To start league play, Newaygo faces a tough Reed City squad who were District Champions last year. They “have a lot of tough early games, and we can’t overlook any of them,” says Coach Thomasma.
In addition to these early season competitions, the Lions always look to Fremont, Grant and Tri-County for intense rivalries.