MINERVA - Bruce McGinn has moved from boys varsity and will now coach the girls at Minerva\Newcomb. The Mountaineers will look to improve on last year.
Their record from the 2008/09 season was 3-14.
McGinn has been coaching for 32 years, 31 years of which have been for the boys teams in both Minerva and Johnsburg.
Starting guard Emily Bolan graduated last year and left a considerable hole in the Mountaineer's game. She was their leading scorer and an aggressive defender.
McGinn will look to returning players to improve and fill in the holes left from graduation. Senior forwards Deidra Palmatier and Hillary Bureau will responsible for holding down the paint and picking up their defensive games. Rebecca Bolan will follow her older sister and have to chip in some points from her starting guard position. Sophomore Briana Hammond will share the guard responsibilities with Bolan.
"The seniors will need to carry the team," said McGinn.
Starters Palmatier, Bureau, Bolan, Hammond will be joined by senior guard/forward Emma Parsonson. Parsonson is a member of the international student program at Newcomb Central School and brings some experience from Australia.
McGinn looks to Indian Lake/Long Lake to be the team to beat and thinks that will take the south.
Senior Larissa Roy and juniors Charly Egli from Switzerland and Anni Kostiainen from Finland will come off the bench with speed. Sophomores Amanda Bellotti, Massena Green, Jae Lee from South Korea, Renna Yandon and Marlena Peter will also come off the bench.
"They are very young and trying to adjust to a new coach," said McGinn. "I am introducing them to a whole new system of both offense and defense."
Deidra Palmatier Senior Forward
Hillary Bureau Senior Forward
Emma Parsonson Senior Guard
Larissa Roy Senior Guard
Charly Egli Junior Guard
Anni Kostiainen Junior Guard
Rebecca Bolan Sophomore Guard
Briana Hammond Sophomore Guard
Amanda Bellotti Sophomore Guard
Massena Green Sophomore Guard
Jae Lee Sophomore Guard
Renna Yandon Sophomore Forward
Marlena Peter Sophomore Guard
Monday, December 7 @ Keene
Friday, December 11 @ Indian Lake/Long Lake
Wednesday, December 16 @ Johnsburg
Friday, December 18 vs. Wells @ Newcomb
Tuesday, January 5 @ Kings
Tuesday, January 12 vs. Bolton @ Minerva
Thursday, January 14 @ Wells
Friday, January 22 vs. Crown Point @ Newcomb
Tuesday, February 2 @ Westport
Thursday, February 4 vs. Kings @ Newcomb
Tuesday, February 9 vs. Indian lake/Long lake @ Minerva