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Winter Sports Preview: Westport

Brendee Russell

Brendee Russell Photo by Nancy Frasier.

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Sarah Looby

— 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.

Girls basketball

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.

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

Boys basketball

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Ryan Davis

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.”

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