Colors: Purple, Gold, and White
Conference: Lewis and Clark
Head Coach: Mitchell DeMers (1st season)
2016-2017 record: 8-14 (lost to Guardian Angels Central Catholic in Sub-Districts)
Returning Starters: 3
The Emerson-Hubbard Girls Basketball Team looks to get back to their winning ways this year. Head Coach Mitchell DeMers says the Pirates are low on numbers.”We got kind of a small team this year, not many girls coming out this year which kind of stinks a little bit. But I really feel like we have a really good group. I feel like we’re really committed to the team and we’re working hard.”
DeMers says the Pirates bring back 3 starters.”Melanie Gentrup (5’8) is one returning starter from last year, she was a sophomore now she’s gonna be a junior. Courtney Bokemper’s (5’6, SG) gonna be a junior, she was one of the starters last year. Addison Mackling (5’5, PG), she was a freshman last year now she’s gonna be a sophomore. She started some games last year so she’ll have some experience coming back. Stephanie Ferrusca (5’4, JR), she really stepped up this summer and is really working hard. I feel like she might be getting into that starting role. Taylor Lamp (5’9, C), she’s been a senior, she’s been out here for basketball the past four years, she’s really got some experience playing in some varsity games. I think she’s ready to get a starting role for that.”
DeMers adds having low numbers has made it difficult to do a lot of things in practice, but that hasn’t held his team back. “We’ve only had about eight girls or so, it’s really hard to do a lot of five-on-five things, so we either work three-on-three or four-on-four. Just a lot of effort and a lot of energy goes into practice, so I love to see how the girls work. We had a fun summer really trying to learn some new things with me being the head coach and just trying to figure out the system more. We’re really excited to get the season started and really see how our season looks.”
First up for the Pirates is a date with Guardian Angels Central Catholic on Thursday. “They just won a state title. They’re a solid basketball program. They’ve had success for many, many years. The years I’ve seen them play, they’re always solid. So it’ll be a real tough matchup for these girls, but I tell you what, these girls are ready for these type of challenges. They’re willing to attack these challenges and prove that, hey, that we belong right up there. This program has had success before and they kinda wanna get back to that success level,” DeMers said.
The Pirates are Sub-District D2-3 with Humphrey St. Francis, Winside, and St. Edward.