By Kay Braddock
With a nice roundup of players and plenty of time to practice for the first game of the season, Terry High School basketball coaches are anticipating how their teams will zigzag their way through the 11 teams of the 4C conference.
Twelve players make up this year’s boys’ team – that’s two more than last year, while the girls’ team boasts 14 players – down three from the previous season.
Losing last year’s six seniors definitely changes the dynamics of the girls’ team, said head coach Sharilyn Kortum, but it hasn’t altered one key component – ambition.
“The kids are working really, really hard,” Kortum said. “They’re ready. They’re up for whatever we throw at them.”
Freshman players include Tyra Fuhrman, Layna Grue and Halle Keltner. Adding six more players to the team, sophomores make up the biggest portion. They are: Caitlin Lantis, Alyssa Morast, Caty Morrison, Mikayla Ridenhower, Lexie Schlosser and Randee Shannon. Junior and senior players include: Anna Fredrickson and Lindsay Stickel, Amy Browning, McKensie Keller and Ashley Morast.
Teams like Ekalaka and Wibaux will be playing several strong senior players this year, Kortum said and could provide the best opposition for the Lady Terriers.
“It’s going to be a tough conference,” she said. “ You have to compete against quality teams.”
Head coach Nathan Christofferson is expecting extremely competitive action from this year’s boys’ team as well.
“We’ll have a strong team this year,” Christofferson said. “It looks like we’ll fit in the top three or four in the conference.”
Five juniors and seniors make up this year’s team. They are: Juniors Sergey Fredrickson and D.J. Hubbert and seniors Weston Luedtke, Talon Mack and Trevor Pisk. Younger players include sophomores Tyler Sackman and Josh Stickel and freshmen Jordan Lassle, Kyle Lassle and Brady Strasheim.
The first matchups of the season will begin with non-conference games at Poplar Friday, Dec. 9 and at Savage Dec. 10. Terriers’ first home game of the season will be against Northern Cheyenne Saturday, Dec. 17.
Published Nov. 30, 2011