Q&A with head coach Joe Messina
By Erik Buchinger
Number of years as head coach: Seventh.
Returning varsity athletes: Caitlyn Griffin (10), Emma Blum (10), Megan Duch (10), Megan Kable (10), Meghan Besaw (10), Sage Trumbower (10), Samantha Pfefferle (10), Sarah Watling (10), Bryanna Brost (11), Brylee Barrington (11), Paige Faucher (11), Cassandra Rieckmann (12), Erika Dorow (12), Lexia Sakowski (12), Morgan Spoehr (12), Sailor Thompson (12), Sarah Vigil (12), Shania Krake (12).
Athletes to watch: Bryanna Brost (12), Shania Krake (12), Sailor Thompson (12), Erika Dorow (12), Morgan Spoehr (12), Sara Vigil (12), Meghan Besaw (10), Emma Blum (10), Marissa Messina (10), Samantha Pfefferle (10), Sarah Watling (10), Lindsey Spoehr (9).
Team goals/expectations: We, as a team, want to come out and be competitive in each and every game. The ladies want to grow from last year and be good opposition to all the teams that we play.
Team’s strengths: We have gained some good technical players and brought back some players that were injured last year to fortify our team. We look to fill the gaps from last year with these returning and new players.
Team’s weaknesses: We are still quite a young team as far as varsity goes, but you would never know it with heart these girls have.
Team(s) to beat in conference: Seymour, Xavier and West De Pere.
Biggest games on the schedule: Each and every game is big for us. We didn’t have the best season last year, and we really want to improve on that.
What you want your athletes to get out of this season: I want all of them to enjoy the season and have fun playing the game. I want them to learn that hard work and persistence can pay off.
Why fans should be excited for this year’s team: Because these ladies are fun to watch and be around. I believe they will be something very special this year.