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Basketball Coaches Set to Push the Pace

November 2, 2018
By Darren Fraser , Emmetsburg News

by Darren Fraser

This year marks Anna Fiene's seventh as the E-Hawks basketball coach. Fiene is optimistic about the team's chances this season.

"We have 12 returning varsity players this year. All five of our starters are back. We are adding eight freshmen, so we are really excited about playing a freshman schedule this year with these girls," she says.

Fiene says the team plays well together. "They are great teammates on and off the court." She hopes to compete for a conference title and "make a run during tournament time."

The team plays an up-tempo style of ball. "We like to push the ball up the court," she says. Defense is primarily man-to-man, but the team will adjust based on the opposing team's brand of offense.

Fiene concedes as head coach she needs to do a better job of mixing up both the offense and defense-especially the defense.

The E-Hawks were 15-7 last year. Save for Mikayla Frerichs, the entire squad is returning this year. This year's roster is Lindsay Carter, Baylee Lundgren, Hailey Foxhoven, Raven Brown, Maggie Jackson, Heidi Malm, Gretchen Hofstad, Molly Schany, Abbie Schany, Makenzie King, Somer Hudson, Taylor Steinkamp and Cheyanne Fries.

This year marks Bill Geelan's fifth year as head coach of the boy's team. Like Fiene, Geelan is optimistic about this year's team.

"We lost five seniors from last year but still have a lot of returning players," says Geelan. Last year's team went 8-14; still, Geelan found reasons to be impressed. "Admittedly, we didn't shoot a solid enough percentage [last season]. But overall, from start to finish, the team, as a whole, improved over the season. Near the end, we were clicking offensively and pressed more on defense, which generated more turnovers."

Geelan says last season the team had a couple of bigger players, so the team focused on working the ball inside. "We have a different mix of guys year," he says. "We will try to get the right guy down low or capitalize on the speed of our perimeter guys. We'll use more motion-type stuff and screens to keep the opposition off balance."

Geelan says the crowd plays a big role. "Great turnout, particularly at home. We have great student sections. Lots of theme nights. They make a lot of noise and that does a lot for our spirit overall."

He says what he enjoys most is watching kids develop. "To see where they start and where they end up," says Geelan.

The 2018 roster is comprised of returning players, including Connor Joyce, Corbin Saathoff, Alex Gramowski, Tim Geelan, Clayton Swanson, Gerard Ruiz, Zach Foxhoven, Adam Deitering, Ben Dunlap and Jace Carlson.



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