JOHNSBURG - The Jaguars had a rough season last year with a record of 1-19 and lost two pivotal seniors. Coach Frank Dower is confident, however, that this year will be different from the losses suffered in previous seasons.
Dower has been coaching at Johnsburg for 15 years and has lead this team for the past five years.
The graduated seniors who left last year's squad were forward Allison Ordway and four year starting point guard Martina Svrchek.
"We lost a lot of experience," said Dower.
Dower, however, has certain players prepared to step up. This years starters include senior Kelsey Williford at point guard, was a 1st team all-star last year. Keri Cleveland will also join the starters after an ACL injury kept her off the court last year.
Junior guard Cassandra Prouty, sophomore guard/forward Brooke Guy and freshman forward Mikayla Glode will round out the starting five.
Coming off the bench are seniors Chelsea Bromley at forward, Bridgette Crooms at guard and Margaret Welz at guard/forward. Junior forward Cortina Greene, and sophomore guard/forward Jillian Urbonowicz will round out the players coming off the bench.
Dower recognizes the challenges that lay ahead in their league.
"Indian Lake/Long Lake will be on top," he said. "We will do well with them this year and will hold our own against the other teams in the league."
Other teams in the MVAC have recognized the improvements made at Johnsburg and label them as one of the more competitive teams.
"I am hoping we improve on last year with each game," said Dower. "We have the ability and I am very pleased with the way that the season started."
Johnsburg Varsity Girls Basketball
Chelsea Bromley Senior Forward
Bridgette Crooms Senior Guard
Keri Cleveland Senior Forward
Kelsey Williford Senior Point Guard
Margaret Welz Senior Guard