Home wins starts off high school basketball season

 By Carly Stickel

As the 09-10 basketball season gets under way, the Terriers began with two big wins over the Custer Cougars this past weekend at home.  
The boys pulled out ahead quickly in the first quarter to keep the lead, and increased the score throughout the game to end with a total of 81 points.  
The Terriers played well, holding the Cougars to 29 points.   Jerett Freiboth led the Terriers with 28 points, and Trevor Pisk followed with 17 points.  
“I think that last weekend was a good confidence builder, but we need to stay focused, and keep working hard,” captain of the team Taylor Pisk said.  
The boys’ roster this year includes seniors Taylor Pisk and Tanner Stickel; juniors Jerett Freiboth and Trayton Schroeber; sophomores Trevor Pisk, Weston Luedtke, and Talon Mack; freshman DJ Hubbert, Sergey Fredrickson and Wyatt Anderson.
Coaches are Casey Klasna and Nathan Christofferson. 
The Lady Terriers also came up with a win against their biggest threat during last year’s season. The first half began a little slow, but with a little talking to at half time the girls picked it up, and scored a total of 42 points while the Cougars ended with 25.  
Dani Dukart led with 13 points, while Amy Browning came in second with a total of 7 points.  
“I felt everything went really well for our first game.  We definitely have things to work on, but I am looking forward to a great season,” said co-captain of the girls’ team Amanda Haidle.
The girls’ roster for this year includes juniors Carly Stickel, Amanda Haidle, Dani Dukart, Franque Robertson, Lorna Wollman, and Kristina Fredrickson; sophomores Amy Browning and Ashley Morast; freshman Lindsay Stickel and Anna Fredrickson. 
Coaches are Sharilyn Kortum and Les Thomason. Managers are Bailey and Loni Kortum.  Statistician for both teams is Josh Stickel, and video operator is Shanya Larsen.
Both the girls’ and boys’ teams will face the team from Northern Cheyenne on Friday, Dec. 18. The girls’ team will lead off play at 5:30 p.m., with the boys’ game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
Mentor program begins
This year, as part of Carly and Lindsay Stickel’s FCCLA project, the two decided to start a mentor program where each Lady Terrier chooses one to three children from the community to involve in the program.  
The plan is to do group activities as a team with the mentor children. So far, the group has met together and made t-shirts. 
As young athletes in the community, players are a large role in setting good examples for younger children. The program is a way to help young children become involved with sports, have Terrier spirit, learn what it is like to be on a team, and most importantly, have fun.  This is also a great benefit for the players as they learn that playing sports isn’t always about winning or losing, but to learn that the effects one has on the community, and the people around is just as important.
Published Dec. 17, 2009
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