Experience is key to girls' basketball

by Ashley Hertwig
As the fall sports season came to a close, there wasn’t much time before winter sports started up. The Maple Lake girls’ basketball team wasn’t about to waste any time preparing for the 2010-2011 season as they arrived at school at 6:15 a.m., before the sun was even up, on Monday, November 15, for their first practice.
The first practice consisted of stations, drills, and conditioning, but was nothing compared to the work the girls put in during the off season. Aside from spending several hours in the gym over the summer, the girls also attended camps and tournaments. 
“We held a four-day intensive camp, eight-day offensive skills camp, and attended four summer tournaments to sharpen our skills on the floor,” said Head Coach Adam Ronnenberg.
Waking up extra early to practice before school may be tough on the girls, but the nine letter winners from last year’s team know from experience that basketball season pushes them. 
“The basketball season is long and grueling. Not only do we need to stay healthy and play within ourselves to be successful, but we also have to believe in ourselves and each other in order to reach our goals,” said Ronnenberg.
Staying healthy and believing in each other will help the team reach their goals for the season. 
“Our number one goal is to play together and use the strengths of our teammates to be successful,” Ronnenberg said. “We are looking to advance in sub-section play for the first time in five years. Finally, we want to build a strong foundation and lay the ground work for the future of Irish girls’ basketball.”
To help reach these goals, the team will look to the four seniors, Alyssa Redemske, Elly Muller, Sammy Hollencamp, and Kristin Wohlrabe, to provide guidance, leadership and stability. However, this is the first season they decided not to elect captains. 
“It is our belief that each person on the team will share the leadership duties throughout the season so no one or two people will have to carry the leadership load,” said Ronnenberg.
Also leading the team this year are the usual coaching staff of head coach Adam Ronnenberg, and assistant coaches Kim Fynboh and Craig Grams. The coaches have spent numerous hours preparing for the season by helping with camps, attending meetings, and offering advice to each other.
Returning four out of five starters from last year, the team has experience on the court, and paired with a very experienced coaching staff, the season looks bright for the Irish. However, Coach Ronnenberg predicts there will be some tough games. 
“The CMC conference will once again have a host of strong basketball teams, including HL-W-W, Pierz, and EV-W. We look to compete each and every night with the intent of being in the top half of the conference by the end of February.”
All in all, the Maple Lake Irish girls’ basketball team seems to be ready for the season ahead. The team had their first game on Tuesday, November 30, against St. John’s Prep, and will have their first home game on Friday, December 3, against Lester Prairie/Holy Trinity starting at 7:30 p.m.
The 2010-2011 Irish girls’ basketball team includes seniors, Sammy Hollencamp, Elly Muller, Alyssa Redemske, and Kristin Wohlrabe; juniors, Brooke Decker and Kayla Sturm; sophomores, Rachel Latour, Shelby Rachel, Lauryn Aanerud, Holly Goelz, Hannah Haegele, Dani Hudek, and Emily Carey; and freshman, Rayne Coughlin.
As the fall sports season came to a close, there wasn’t much time before winter sports started up. The Maple Lake girls’ basketball team wasn’t about to waste any time preparing for the 2010-2011 season as they arrived at school at 6:15 a.m., before the sun was even up, on Monday, November 15, for their first practice.
The first practice consisted of stations, drills, and conditioning, but was nothing compared to the work the girls put in during the off season. Aside from spending several hours in the gym over the summer, the girls also attended camps and tournaments. 
“We held a four-day intensive camp, eight-day offensive skills camp, and attended four summer tournaments to sharpen our skills on the floor,” said Head Coach Adam Ronnenberg.
Waking up extra early to practice before school may be tough on the girls, but the nine letter winners from last year’s team know from experience that basketball season pushes them. 
“The basketball season is long and grueling. Not only do we need to stay healthy and play within ourselves to be successful, but we also have to believe in ourselves and each other in order to reach our goals,” said Ronnenberg.
Staying healthy and believing in each other will help the team reach their goals for the season. 
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
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