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(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Boys looking to build off last year’s success; Girls to rely on young talent to lead them

(AUDIO) Howells-Dodge Boys looking to build off last year’s success; Girls to rely on young talent to lead them

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, Silver

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Kevin Janata (2nd season)

2018-2019 record: 18-10 (lost to BRLD in first round of state)

Returning Starters: 3

Overview:

The Howells-Dodge Boys Basketball Team looks to build off of and expand upon last year’s success when the Jaguars made a postseason run and qualified for state before losing to eventual state champion BRLD.

3 starters return for 2nd year Head Coach Kevin Janata, and they are Blake Sindelar (6’2, SO), R.J. Bayer (6’1, SO), and Luke Rocheford (6’2, SR) running the point.

Others who figure to contribute include Darrin Pokorny (6’2, SR), Charlie Dvorak (5’11, SR), Logan Nelson (6’4, SR), and Jacob Tomcak (5’11, JR).

Janata is also excited about freshmen Lance Brester (6’1) and Aandy Dominguez (5’11).

Janata feels depth coming off the bench could be a team strength

Key losses from last year were Josh Brester, Matt Cada, Kade Hegemann, Lane Hegemann, and Cole Stewart.

Janata says the offseason was good as the team took part in the Speed Camp.

Howells-Dodge is in D-1, down from C-2 last year.

Season Outlook:

The Howells-Dodge Boys look to earn a return trip to state.

The Jaguars open up the season at home on Thursday against Pierce.

Janata says the Bluejays came on strong at the end of last year. “Coach Emory always has his team prepared. Just watching some film from last year they just play strong man-to-man defense. And they did a nice job coming on late in the season. I know they went on a winning streak there for a while, and they did pretty well in the Mid-State.”

Howells-Dodge is in Sub-District D1-3 with Clarkson/Leigh, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, and Elkhorn Valley.

Janata says his team got a taste of what state was like last year. “Getting down to Lincoln last year I think was good for our underclassmen. They kind of saw what it was all about and they know that that’s a possibility, but they kind of know what it takes and how hard you have to work to actually make that happen.”

2019-2020 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/05/19 Pierce
12/06/19 @ Stanton
12/10/19 @ Aquinas Catholic
12/12/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/14/19 @ Oakland-Craig
12/17/19 West Point-Beemer
12/20/19 @ BRLD
12/21/19 Clarkson/Leigh
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Homer Holiday Tournament Homer
01/10/20 @ Humphrey St. Francis
01/11/20 Plainview
01/17/20 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/18/20 @ Mead
01/24/20 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/25/20 Pender
01/28/20 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
02/01-02/08 (To Be Determined) East Husker BBB Tournament TBD
02/13/20 North Bend Central
02/14/20 @ Wakefield
02/21/20 @ Lutheran High Northeast

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Janata 

 

Team: Howells-Dodge

Mascot: Jaguars

Colors: Green, Black, Silver

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Scott Polacek (28th season) (387-219 record)

2018-2019 record: 9-14 (lost to Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Howells-Dodge Girls Basketball Team looks for their young talent to lead them this year.

The Jaguars have three seniors out for the team in Grace Kreikemeier (5’7, SG), Alyssa Coufal (5’5, SG), and Madyson Cech (5’9, PF), who is out for a while as she is coming back from a knee injury.

Longtime Head Coach Scott Polacek says the Jaguars went to team camps at Wayne, Shelby/Rising City, Minden, and Elkhorn South over the summer, adding the team was competitive.

Grace Dvorak, Tonya Brester, Erin Prusa, Jessi Brester, and Hannah Bayer were lost to graduation last year.

Some names familiar names from last year are Cassie Pieper (5’4, JR PG), Riley Pokorny (5’6, JR SG), Brooklyn Macholan (5’8, SO PF), Lilly Praest (5’5, SO G), and Jaedyn Ratzlaff (5’5, SO PG).

Season Outlook:

The Howells-Dodge Girls look for their underclassmen to lead them this year.

Polacek says his team has to grow from the tough early season tests. “And so even though I know our schedule is very front loaded either you survive it and keep trying to get better or it beats you down.”

Howells-Dodge hosts Pierce in the season opener on Thursday.

Polacek says the Bluejays aren’t an easy team to open up with. “It’s always a tough way to start with them cause he’s going to have them ready to go. That’s a project for us just to get ourselves ready just to matchup with a team of that caliber. Obviously they’re in C-1, and they’re in a tough conference, which they’re always pretty battle tested.”

The Jaguars are in Sub-District C2-5 with Clarkson/Leigh, Stanton, Lutheran High Northeast, and Madison.

Polacek says things are wide open. “Clarkson/Leigh they’re rebuilding as we are, so is Stanton, so is Lutheran High. That’s definitely a Sub-District we can be competitive in. I think anybody of those five has a shot to win that.”

2019-2020 Howells-Dodge Jaguars Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/05/19 Pierce
12/06/19 @ Stanton
12/10/19 @ Aquinas Catholic
12/12/19 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/14/19 @ Oakland-Craig
12/17/19 West Point-Beemer
12/20/19 @ BRLD
12/21/19 Clarkson/Leigh
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Homer Holiday Tournament Homer
01/10/20 @ Humphrey St. Francis
01/11/20 Plainview
01/14/20 Lutheran High Northeast
01/17/20 @ Wisner-Pilger
01/18/20 @ Mead
01/24/20 @ Tekamah-Herman
01/25/20 Pender
01/28/20 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/31-02/08 (To Be Determined) East Husker GBB Tournament TBA
02/13/20 North Bend Central

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Polacek 

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