By Kay Johnson
Now into the second week of practices, the Terry High School basketball season is just kicking into gear with coaches from both the girls and boys teams expecting strong, competitive action on the court from their players. Despite the loss of three seniors from last year, overall player numbers for the girls team has remained steady for the 2012-13 season — down only one, from 14 to 13 players.
“We’re still about the same size because we gained two freshman,” explained head coach Sharilyn Kortum.
The team lost Amy Browning during last year’s season due to injuries, along with two other 2012 graduating seniors Ashley Morast and McKensie Keller.
This year’s team of 13 has a height issue, Kortum said, but what they lack in size, Kortum expects will be made up for in speed.
“We should be fast,” Kortum said, noting the biggest concern the team faces is matching up against other conference teams defensively.
It will be another competitive line-up in the 4C conference for the Lady Terriers, in particular with Ekalaka and Wibaux.
“They’re just experienced teams,” Kortum said, noting many of the Lady Bulldog and Longhorn players have had ample playing time together, starting in early junior high years.
“We’ll play hard like always,” Kortum said. “We should be in the mix.”
Lady Terrier players include: Seniors Lindsay Stickel and Anna Fredrickson; juniors Caitlin Lantis, Lexie Schlosser, Caty Morrison, Randee Shannon, Mikayla Ridenhower and Alyssa Morast; sophomores Halle Keltner, Layna Grue and Tyra Fuhrman; freshmen Deanna Loomis and Katelynn Mendenhall.
The boys team went from last year’s 12 to this season’s whopping 18 players.
“It was a little overwhelming,” said head coach Nathan Christofferson as he described this season’s first practice. In his third year of coaching Terrier basketball with assistant coach Gordie Stickel, Christofferson noted the high school program hasn’t seen numbers that high in recent years.
“There’s alot of youth on the team,” Christofferson said, noting only two returning starters help make up this season’s team. “We’re kind of a fresh team.”
To help younger players hone in on needed skills, practices have been divided into two groups.
Players include: Seniors Sergey Fredrickson, D.J. Hubbert and Matt ; juniors Josh Stickel and Tyler Sackman; sophomores Brady Strasheim, Kyle Lassle, Jordan Lassle, Josh Magruder, Austin Kountz and Tyrel Huseby; Freshmen Lane Stickel, Zak Gierke, Connor Self, Austin Smith, Quintin Jackson, Jacob Higgins, Travis Shannon and Trevin Schroeber.
Noting the speed at which this year’s team is picking up new offensive plays, Christofferson is anticipating the Terriers to play well.
“I think we’ll have another good year,” he said.
The first game of the season will be in Poplar, Friday Dec. 7, starting with JV games at 3:30 p.m. The Terriers will play host the following night, Dec. 8, against Savage, beginning with the Lady Terriers at 5:30 p.m. and the boys game at 7 p.m.
Published Nov. 28, 2012