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Forum staff reports, Published December 03 2010

Metro girls basketball preview capsules

Fargo North

E Coach: Derek Ouren (third year)

E 2009-10 record: 16-9, 8-6

E Who’s gone: Tana Teschendorf, Angie Waller, Alyssa Wixo, Noel Scherer, Haley Reinholz

E Who’s back: Alyssa Dehne, Sr., G; Mia Lopez, Sr., C; Kira Larson, So., P; Kelsey Skunberg, Sr., G; Elizabeth Henschel, Sr., G; McKenzie Leier, Sr., G

E Fast facts: The Spartans lost a lot of physical presence with the departures of Teschendorf, Waller and Scherer. However, Ouren said North will remain solid on the defensive end of the court. “We have a really close-knit group,” Ouren said. “ … It’s going to come down to us executing and developing that mental toughness.” … Dehne averaged 15.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 4.5 steals last season. … “I’ve been thinking all summer of what teams are going to throw at (Dehne),” Ouren said. “Teams are probably going to key on our posts and Dehne, so there will be open shots out there. We’re going to need some kids to be willing and confident enough to take them.”

Fargo Davies

E Coach: Tonah Safranski (first year)

E 2009-10 record: Did not field a team

E Who’s gone: Did not field a team

E Who’s back: Amy Stompro, Jr., G; Whitney Syverson, Jr., F; Paige Weston, Jr., P; Alana Grabarkewitz, So., F; Jami Larson, So., G; Brook Hildre, Fr., C; Jasmine Moffett, Jr., P; Olivia Naylor, Jr., G; Amanda Sundby, Jr., G; Gloria Albert, Jr., P; Siennah Christianson, Jr., G.

E Fast facts: Davies will have no seniors in its first year of varsity competition. … The Eagles have four players at least 6 feet tall: Weston (6-1), Hildre (6-0), Moffett (6-1), Albert (6-0). … “I think obviously a big strength for us right now is that we have a lot of bigs,” Safranski said. “We’re going to look to get the ball inside as much as we can.” … Safrasnki was an assistant for Fargo South’s Craig Flaagan for 12 seasons. … “It’s really cool to be able to start a new tradition. We’re going to set the tone for the style we want to play. The kids are excited. They are ready to lay the groundwork for Davies High School.”

Fargo Oak Grove

E Coach: Jared Bledsoe (second year)

E 2009-10 record: 12-11

E Who’s gone: Mairin Jameson, Emily Sargent, Anna Kozlowski

E Who’s back: Logan Selisker, Sr., F; Tatum Holt, Fr., G; Rachel Osmundson, Fr., G; Amy McDonald, Jr., F; Moriah Leyring, Jr., G

E Fast facts: The Grovers will be a young team again this season. … Jameson was the team’s MVP and Defensive Player of the Year last season. She is a diver on the University of Idaho swimming team this season. … Osmundson earned the team’s Hustle Award a year ago. … “I’ve seen improvement,” Bledsoe said. “I’m very optimistic about the season. We have a really good group of girls. They come in, work hard and bring positive energy.”

Fargo Shanley

E Coach: Tim Jacobson (fifth year)

E 2009-10 record: 15-10, 8-6

E Who’s gone: Amber Kilen

E Who’s back: Sophie Kenney, Sr., G; Nicole Carew, Sr., G; Sadie Rivard, Sr., F; Kaitlyn Carlson, Sr., G/F; Sarah Storandt, Sr., C; Rachel Weir, Jr., G/F; Hannah Saville, Jr., F; Haley Greving, Jr., G; Mercedes Hanson, Jr., C; Kelly Weir, So., G; Haley Brenner, Jr., G; Jessica Anderson, So., C

E Fast facts: The Deacons graduated just one player, giving them a formidable nucleus returning. Carew is the top returning scorer with 14.3 points per game. … Storandt returns from a knee injury to provide a solid post presence. … “We’ve got kids that have matured into very good basketball players,” Jacobson said. “We have to take advantage of what we can. We will run when it’s there and set up in the half court when we have to. Working hard on defense is a real point of emphasis for us.” … Jacobson said Grand Forks Central, Fargo South, West Fargo, Fargo North and Red River all have good teams returning to create a balanced Eastern Dakota Conference.

Fargo South

E Coach: Craig Flaagan (19th year)

E 2009-10 record: 21-4, 11-3

E Who’s gone: Siri Burck, Erica Everson, Jasmine Moffett

E Who’s back: Alley Fisher, Sr., G; Meghan Roehrich, Sr., G; Katie Felch, Sr., G; Alli Koenig, Sr., G; Sara Rydell, Sr., G; Anna Deiderich, Jr., F;

E Fast facts: Fisher led the state with 59 3-pointers last season. … University of North Dakota recruit Meghan Roehrich led the state in scoring with 23.1 points per game. She is the Bruins all-time leading scorer 1,166 points. … “We’re going to have to lean on (Fisher and Roehrich) for awhile,” Flaagan said. “But for us to have a successful season, we’re going to need three or four of those kids who played JV last year to contribute.” … Senior post Raquel Wellentin was lost for the season with a knee injury during preseason practices. She averaged 6.6 points and 6.2 rebounds a game.

West Fargo

E Coach: Barb Metcalf (third year)

E 2009-10 record: 9-13, 6-8

E Who’s gone: Courtney Voeller, Jenna Green.

E Who’s back: Katelyn Holland, Sr., G; Christine Baltezore, So. G; Lexi Lennon, So., G; Erin Krogh, Jr., F; Danielle Nelson, Sr., F; Rachel Hummel, Jr., C; Hannah Schnepf, Jr., G; Mary DeJong, Sr., G; Cassidy Thorson, Fr., G; Hayley Miller, Jr., G

E Fast facts: Holland was an all-conference selection last season after averaging 17.3 points and 4.6 rebounds a game. … Carissa Becher is likely out for the season with a knee injury. She averaged 14.3 points and 7.1 rebounds a year ago. … “We’re going to be an up-tempo defensive team and an up-tempo offensive team,” Metcalf said. “And we’re going to be a real scrappy defensive team. That’s the style we like to play. We have a nice mixture of athletes.”


E Coach: Jim Kapitan (12th year)

E 2009-10 record: 8-16

E Who’s gone: Miki Stephenson, Kelsey Johnson, Allison Bruggeman, Kasey Steckler, Ashley Kassenborg

E Who’s back: Maggie Gulsvig, Jr., G; Erica Henderson, Sr., G; Sarah Groth, Sr., C; Alyssa Dreyer, Sr., F; Annie Ginther, Sr., G.

E Fast facts: The Spuds are going to have a young team with little experience, but this isn’t new when looking back to last year. Moorhead lost two starters after Christmas, forcing it to make adjustments on the fly…This year, Kapitan said, will require some of those players who stepped up last year to reprise their roles. “We got some nice young kids coming up and we have seniors with leadership,” he said.


E Coach: Steve Molstre (fifth year)

E 2009-10 record: 17-11

E Who’s gone: Morgan Mathison, Lindsay Thompson, Traci Fischer

E Who’s back: Kim Brinkman, Sr., G; Abby Yliniemi, Sr., C; Kelly Bergee, So., G; Jessica Madson, Jr., G; Mandy Mercil, So., G; Sierra Senske, So., C; Kinzie Molstre, So., G.

E Fast facts: DGF returns three starters in Brinkman, Mercil and Ylinemi. Other than that, the Rebels will return a young team that has spent some time together. ... Molstre said the team played together in a summer league where they got a chance to learn the offense. That could come in handy in a section that is shaping up to be one of the toughest in the state. “Every team in our section is tough,” he said. “Hawley won section last year and they have all but one kid coming back. Then there’s Wadena, they’re athletic. So is Pelican and Perham. It’s just a tough half of the section.”

Moorhead Park Christian

E Coach: Roger Johnson (first year)

E 2009-10 record: 7-15

E Who’s gone: Haley Nickel, Carmen Borgen

E Who’s back: Anne Slette, Sr., G; Julia Striker, Sr., F; Brittney Kelley, Sr., F; Mariah Charon, Sr., F; Alexa Pennick, Sr., G; Sydney Weber, 8th, G.

E Fast facts: There’s quite a bit to look forward to for Park Christian, with the team returning three starters. One of those starters is Weber, who started last year as a seventh-grader. Johnson, who was an assistant for six years, said Weber has a solid shot that could help Park Christian quite a bit throughout the season and potentially improve on last year’s season. “There are a lot of unknowns and we will see what will happen with the team this year,” he said. “I just know I am excited about coaching this team and looking forward to the opportunity.