Head Coach Brian Huebner is entering his 11th year at the helm of the Westby girls basketball program and for the first time in his coaching career the number of girls participating in the sport will enable the Norse to have three teams, varsity, JV and freshman (referred to as junior reserve).
To make this happen Huebner will rely heavily on the experience and dedication of his assistant coaches, Greg Daines and Morgan Stenslien.
The Westby girls basketball team finished last season with a record of 14-9 and the team relied heavily on senior alum Chelsea Olson for points and guidance on the floor. Olson earned a full ride to Youngstown State University, a Division 1 school located in Ohio, where she is already making a name for herself as a freshman.
While at Westby, Olson broke the school record and averaged more than 28 points per game. She was also named the Coulee Conference Player of the Year and earned Honorable mention All-State honors.
“Westby lost 60 percent of our scoring in just one year when Chelsea Olson graduated. We will need a couple of starters scoring in double figures and a strong defense to keep the games close,” Huebner said.
Also lost to graduation for the Norse in 2016 were Beta DeFlorian, Evie Lovstad, and Cassie Peterson. Huebner said they were a good group of seniors who gave their best to program for four years.
This year’s team takes the floor with six seniors, Kenzie VonRuden has a strong presence on the floor and isn’t afraid to run over the competition to get to the hoop; Kiarra Keenlance and Miranda DelMedico both have solid shots from the key; Lexi Crume plays strong inside; Sydney Sherry isn’t afraid to make her presence known and Kennedy Ornes is ready to enter the game whenever she is needed.
Huebner is always working hard to instill the “Choose Team” concept in his athletes. He said the Norse will be focusing on improvement so they can be playing their best basketball in February.
Huebner said Westby will face tough competition from West Salem, Arcadia and G-E-T.
The Norse host Sparta in non-conference action on Tuesday, Dec. 5, and open up its Coulee Conference season at Black River Falls on Thursday, Dec. 7.