The Westport varsity boys and girls basketball teams return all 10 payers that started between the two squads in 2012-13, looking for their experience to be a key in the new Northern Basketball League. Team schedules can be found here.
The Westport girls varsity basketball team will look to their experience as they begin play in Division II of the new Northern Basketball League.
The Eagles return senior All Valley starter Brendee Russell (270 points in 2012-13) along with several other pieces of a team that finished 8-11 last season but already has a win over Section VII/Class D champ ELCS in the preseason.
“Our goal is to improve on a daily basis,” head coach Hokey McKinley said. “We have experience and quickness but need to work on our defensive intensity and toughness.”
Russell is joined on the roster by classmates Sarah Looby, Felicia Kurth, Megan Sudduth and Emily Rascoe. The Eagles trio of juniors includes Ellie Schwoebel, Sydney Mitchell and Keregan Viens, while eighth-grader Hannah Schwoebel rounds out the roster.
Name No. Grade
Brendee Russell 5 12
Sarah Looby 10 12
Felicia Kurth 1 12
Megan Sudduth 4 12
Emily Rascoe 2 12
Danielle Schwoebel 11 11
Sydney Mitchell 3 11
Keregan Viens 14 11
Hannah Schwoebel 12 8
2012-13 record: 8-11
Coach: Hokey McKinley
Assistant: Kristen Fiegl
The Westport varsity boys basketball team hopes that another year under their belt, complete with a near-upset of the then second ranked team in the state, will push them closer to a deep run in the Class D playoffs this season.
“We finished the season last year winning eight of nine and we look to build on that success,” head coach Michael “Ike” Tyler said. “We have all the players back from last year’s team that started or played a lot of minutes so that should help as we move forward.”
The Eagles return All Valley starter Ryan Davis, the third leading scorer among local teams with 264 points in 2012-13. He is joined by fellow All Valley honorees Anderson Gay (152 points) and Thomas Mero, whose play at point guard helped spark the late-season run along with the post play of Sam Napper.
Tyler said he would be interested to see how his team plays in the new Northern Basketball League’s Division II.
“The competition level of the league has improved with the addition of Ti, Moriah and Seton Catholic which should help us come sectional time,” Tyler said. “We need to improve on our team defense, mental toughness and our overall fundamentals if we plan on succeeding. We concentrate on team play and look forward to improving as the season progresses but we look to last year’s team captain Ryan Davis to have another solid year.”
The roster includes Jonathan Gay, Tyrel Tryon, James Moricette, Robert King, John Doyle, Dylin Limlaw and Ryan Mead.
2012-13 record: 11-8
Coach: Michael Tyler
Assistant: Mike Davis, Brad Rascoe