December 18, 2014

SSC girls’ youth not symbolic of experience

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STANDISH — Don’t be fooled by the lack of seniors on Standish-Sterling’s girls’ basketball team – as coach Kevin King believes the team can improve on 2008-09’s 13-9 record.

“We look young on paper but we have a lot of experience returning. Our team leadership is good and team chemistry seems to be better than what it was last year,” King said, adding that a slow start was critical in preventing the Panthers from a better regular season record in the 2008-09 campaign.

“Last year we started very slow with an 0-4 start and showed improvement throughout the year to climb back to a respectable season,” he said. “We expect to compete in the NEMC but we know Tawas will be a very formidable opponent.”

Kelsye Mielke is the lone senior on the SSC squad, but several other returning players from last year – juniors Allison Collier, Abbye Gulvas, Christina Proulx, Kierstin Sanch and Emily Meschke and sophomore Paige Raes, join her.

It appears King will also be hoping to get some production out of some first-year varsity players, as the core of returners welcome juniors Jessica Fenner, Karina Pierce and Kayla Frick, as well as sophomore Brooke Bartlett to the fold.

The SSC ladies will get their first test on Dec. 1 against the Michigan Lutheran Seminar.

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