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(AUDIO) Pender Boys and Girls hoping to be successful this year

(AUDIO) Pender Boys and Girls hoping to be successful this year

Team: Pender

Mascot: Pendragons

Colors: Red and White

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Sean King (3rd season)

2016-2017 record: 5-18  (lost to GACC in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters:  4

Overview:

The Pender Boys Basketball Team appears to be poised to have a nice season as the Pendragons return some familiar faces. Head Coach Sean King. “We’ve got quite a few boys back from last year that had some experience. We’ve got 3 returning starting seniors…Jarred Tyrell (5’6, SR), Tyler Nelson (5’9, SR), and Jordan Springer. And then we bring back quite a bit of experience with our juniors in returning starter Sam Mailoux (6’5, JR). And then we have got Chris Rutar (5’11, JR), Jaydon Jump (5’11 JR), Eric Schopke (6’0, JR)…who are expected to bring a lot off the bench, and possibly could be starting this year as well.”

King says 8 juniors are out and there are 4 seniors that could see quite a bit of playing time.

Pender opens up the season tonight at Wakefield. “We know that they’re going to bring size, they’ve got some kids that are pretty tall. We know they’re going to bring intensity on defense. They the last couple years wanted to come out and play pressure man. We’ve had to deal with some full court press at times. But we also have to be aware of every once in a while they throw a 1-3-1 at you so it’s something we have to be prepared for,” King said.

King says the Pendragons will look to push the ball to catch them off guard with it, and not let them get their zone set up.

King also commented on Pender’s Sub-District. “I think our Sub-District shapes up pretty well for us. I think in terms of size wise we matchup pretty well with the teams that are in our Sub-District, and probably outsize the majority of them.”

King adds he thinks his team will be able to match a couple teams’ speed with their defense, saying he feels his team might be one of the better defensive teams in the Sub-District.

The Pendragons are in Sub-District D1-4 with GACC, Clarkson/Leigh, and Walthill.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach King

 

Team: Pender

Mascot: Pendragons

Colors: Red and White

Class: D-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Luke Hoffman (1st Season)

2016-2017 record: 18-9 (lost to Dundy County-Stratton in the 1st round of State)

Returning Starters:  1

The Pender Girls Basketball Team has one starter back from last year’s state team. 1st year Head Coach Luke Hoffman says there’s a couple seniors and a freshman who should contribute significantly this year. “We have one returning starter from last year and that’ll be Michaela Wegner (5’5, JR), so she’ll have to lead on the floor a little bit because she has the most experience. We also have a senior, Tymaree Krusemark (5’4), who will have to step up and fill a role. And also Ashley Ostrand (5’5) is a freshman who will be coming in. She’ll be seeing quite a bit of playing time. She’s been on a few different traveling teams and different things, and she’s really developed well. Hopefully she can contribute a little bit as a freshman.”

Hallie Ballinger, Rylee Lehmkuhl, and Kam Anderson are a few key losses for the Pendragons.

Hoffman says things have been going well in the preseason. “I’d like to think we’re on schedule. It’s my first year being a girls coach, so along with me getting used to the girls, the girls are getting used to me and processing a lot of new information. Which I know takes a little time when you have a new coach. We’re getting used to each other. It’s the first week of a long year, so I gotta keep thinking about that, but I’m hoping that our defense and conditioning will get us through our first few games here as we start off the season.”

Pender opens up the season on Thursday at Wakefield. “I know Coach Metzler over there in Wakefield will have that team ready to go. They’re a good team and with so many new starters, so many girls playing, we’ll have to be on top of our game to be able to beat them this year,” Hoffman said.

Pender is in Sub-District D1-4 with Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Clarkson/Leigh, and Walthill.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Hoffman

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