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(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Boys looking to get back to winning ways; Girls looking to keep winning tradition going

(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Boys looking to get back to winning ways; Girls looking to keep winning tradition going

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, Silver

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Cole Fischer (6th season) (84-48 record)

2016-2017 record: 10-13 (lost to Battle Creek in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

The Howells-Dodge Boys Basketball Team brings back 4 starters from last year’s 10-13 team. Head Coach Cole Fischer.

“Kind of our floor leader this year will be Connor Blum (6’2). He averaged about 12 points a game last year. He’s going to be a senior this year. Everything will kind of run through him. Started since he was a freshman. Was kind of out the whole season as a sophomore with a knee injury, but we expect big things from him. Next will be Dax VanLengen (6’4, SR G/F), he’s a 3-year starter as well. He played a little bit as a freshman, and he’ll start this year and last year. Kade Hegemann… (5’11, JR G) he’ll be a Junior, he’s a nice little guard for us. One of our probably 3-point threats. And then in the middle holding us down will probably be Lane Hegemann. He’s about 6’5 kid, bigger framed boy. He handles the boards pretty well.”

Fischer says Jordon Brichacek (5’11, SR G), Josh Brester (6’0, JR PG), Ryan Macholan (6’2, SR F), and Caden Jackson (6’2, JR G) are all battling for the 5th starting spot.

Howells-Dodge kicks off their season on November 30th at home against Pierce. Fischer says it should be a good battle.

“I think it’s going to be a pretty good game. I think we have little bit of an advantage being at home, but first game of the year still going to be a lot of mistakes probably on both ends, and I guess who can weather the storm, and knock down maybe some free throws here or there, handle some pressure. And I look for it to be a pretty solid game to start the year off.”

The Bluejays took last year’s contest 53-34 in Pierce.

The Jaguars suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Battle Creek in Sub-Districts last year. Fischer says that’s something his team hasn’t forgotten.

“Yeah that’s kind of our motto this year is even throughout the summer is we return the 4 starters off that team, and that’s going to kind of be our fuel throughout the year, is we were in control of that game the whole time, and we let it slip away. So if that doesn’t fuel them through this year I think that’s a pretty good reason to supply a little fire in us. And I think that’s always going to be in the back of our mind. And hopefully that motivates us a little bit. At the same time you got to let it go, but a little extra motivation never hurts.”

The Jaguars lost 55-54 to the Braves in the final seconds.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Fischer 

 

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, Silver

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Scott Polacek (26th season) (366-193 record)

2016-2017 record: 25-3 (Won Class C-2 State Championship)

Returning Starters: 2

The Howells-Dodge Girls Basketball Team returns a couple of key players from last year’s State Championship Team. Head Coach Scott Polacek.

“I know that we have two returning letterwinners. Erin Prusa (6’0) is our Junior Post, and Macey Kulhanek (5’5) is our Senior Guard. Those two will be starters. They had contributions in the State Tournament last year.”

Other players vying for starting spots include Seniors Katelyn Steffensmeier (5’5, G) and Jordyn Brester 5’5, G), and Juniors Tonya Brester 5’8, G) and Jessi Brester (5’9, JR F). Polacek says Junior Grace Dvorak (5’8, C) should also contribute this season.

The Jaguars get their year started at home on November 30th against Pierce. Polacek says his team has their work cut out for them the first few contests.

“Pierce, and we play them in Dodge the first night. They have a lot of their team coming back. They have a nice inside post. And then we have to go to Stanton the next night, who has been very successful these last couple of years, been a great Volleyball team. And then we have to go to David City Aquinas that next Tuesday so it is just stacked top to bottom right off the bat.”

The Jaguars topped the Bluejays 68-49 on the road to open up last season.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Polacek

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