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(AUDIO) Stanton Boys and Girls looking to bounce back this season

(AUDIO) Stanton Boys and Girls looking to bounce back this season

Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Bryan Mendlik

2016-2017 record: 7-15 (lost to Wisner-Pilger in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

The Stanton Boys Basketball Team looks to have a bounce back season after going 7-15 a year ago. Head Coach Bryan Mendlik says the starting five has been decided. “Nate Arens, he was our kid that was hurt last year with a neck injury. Sam Bates is our other post player, another junior. I have two senior guards that start for me, Beau Wilke and Broderick Sieh. And I have another junior, kind of a wing player, Marcus Spotanski. Those are our five at the beginning of the year that we’re gonna get rolled out on the floor. A couple of my key bench players, I guess, TJ Larson is a sophomore for us. He’s hurt right now so he didn’t play in our jamboree game. He’s one of out better shooters on the floor so hopefully he can get healed and we can get him out there sooner than later. We have a senior, Ashton Flood, that is probably one of my favorite players that I’ve coached. He works his butt off. Every hustle play on the floor he will make.”

Senior Tayton Lierman will also play.

Mendlik says the team is young. “We have a lot of youth coming in. I mean, we have guys that are juniors, but haven’t played a ton with some injuries last year. So, we’re coming along nicely. We have good energy and team camaraderie in practice, so that’s good to see moving forward.”

Stanton figures to be big this year. Mendlik. “We should have some size on a lot of teams, I would hope this year at least at the four and five position. So hopefully we can work from the inside out and kinda build on that.”

Mendlik added that Stanton is going to have to rely on their defense this year as he doesn’t feel they’ll be able to score a ton of points like in the past.

Mendlik says the team’s goal is to win more games than they did last season. “Our goal we kinda set for the team and ourselves, we’re trying to double up our wins from last year. So hopefully we can go from seven to about 14. We’d be pretty happy with that.”

The Mustangs are in Sub-District C2-4 with Howells-Dodge, Wisner-Pilger, Battle Creek, and Lutheran High Northeast.

The Mustangs open up the season on Thursday at Tekamah-Herman.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Mendlik

 

Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Greg Wegner (3rd season) (38-13 record)

2016-2017 record: 19-5 (lost to Battle Creek in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 4

The Stanton Girls Basketball Team returns 4 starters from last year’s 19-5 squad. Head Coach Greg Wegner. “We have four returning starters. Hannah Heppner (SR), Bree Burtwistle (JR), Jessie Brandl (JR) and Jaiden Hartl (JR), which is gonna be a good core group to go off of. And then we also have a few seniors that we look to produce for us off the bench. We got a nice transfer in from Battle Creek, Liz Christensen (JR). I’m seeing good things out of all those kids, those role players and hopefully we can get the incorporated into the offense and into the lineups so later in the season they feel comfortable.”

The Mustangs started 17-1 last year, but stumbled at the end of the season, losing 4 out of their last 6.

Wegner says his team has changed the way they do some things. “We’ve done a couple of things different in practices with preparation and things like that that the kids are gonna have to do this year. So, hopefully that’ll get us to that next step of being totally mentally focused and prepared for each and every game.”

Wegner assesses his team when it comes to the East Husker Conference. “Our conference is pretty tough, pretty competitive. But, I’d like to think we’d be up there again. It’s nice playing at Columbus, it’s a nice venue, but it all matters who you play in the matchups you have.”

The Mustangs are in Sub-District C2-4 with the likes of Wisner-Pilger, Howells-Dodge, Lutheran High Northeast, and Battle Creek.

Stanton opens up the season on Thursday at Tekamah-Herman.

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