By Kay Hoffer
In typical small school fashion, sometimes it can be a battle to just line up at the starting line. Such seems to be the case for this year’s girls’ basketball season, with Head Coach Sharliyn Kortum finding her roster of high school girls ready to hit the court only totaling eight.
“I was expecting this to happen next year,” Kortum said of the lower number of girls able to play. Unanticipated circumstances, including an injury, left the team with fewer players.
After petitioning the Montana High School Association to allow the team to include eighth grade girls, the girls’ team now has 11 players.
They include: Seniors Caitlin Lantis, Lexie Schlosser, Caty Morrison and Randee Shannon; junior Halle Keltner; sophomore Deanna Loomis and Katelynn Mendenhall; freshman Valerie Greenfield; eighth graders Genna Schroeber, Delaney Davis and Dayton Keltner.
It only takes a brief look at this year’s roster, which includes four soon-to-be outgoing seniors, to speculate this may be a common trend for the girls basketball program. A closer examination of up and coming classes only solidifies that conclusion. It’s something Kortum says she has looked into.
But for now, the team will focus on the fundamentals — gearing up for a season that will begin in Glasgow, Dec. 6 and 7 with the girls playing Nashua Friday and Frazer Saturday.
In order to meet the MHSA 10 practice rule both the boys and girls teams will be playing through the Thanksgiving holiday, including a practice on Nov. 28.
This year’s boys’ basketball team, headed up by Coach Isaac DeLoach in his first season at Terry Schools as head coach, is looking at stronger numbers, with 15 boys taking to the court.
They are: Seniors Tyler Sackman and Josh Stickel; juniors Brady Strasheim, Kyle Lassle and Austin Kountz; sophomores Lane Stickel, Austin Smith, Connor Self, Trevin Schroeber, Zak Gierke and Travis Shannon and freshmen Colt Carpenter, Justin Kinn, Jason Loomis and Dylan McCulley.
The boys’ team will also meet Dec. 6 and 7 for the Glasgow C Showcase, where they will play the Nashua and Frazer teams.
Returning assistant coaches are Gordan Stickel for the boys’ and Les Thomason for the girls’.
Published November 27, 2013