NYM Girls Basketball Team Preview
Head Coach: Dave Paavola--8th season overall, 2nd with NYM girls. Overall record 87-79. Assistant Coaches: J.J. Weller, JV coach and varsity defensive coach. 2007 Season: 13-10 overall, 6-6 Park Region Conference (T-4th place). Sebeka (20-4, 11-1...
Head Coach: Dave Paavola--8th season overall, 2nd with NYM girls. Overall record 87-79.
Assistant Coaches: J.J. Weller, JV coach and varsity defensive coach.
2007 Season: 13-10 overall, 6-6 Park Region Conference (T-4th place).
Sebeka (20-4, 11-1) was the conference champ.
2007 Sections: The Lady Eagles were the No. 5 seed in the 6A West Sub-Section Tournament. They lost to No. 4 Park Christian, 71-38 in the first round. Ada-Borup (28-2) won their second straight 6A title, beating Sebeka, 79-31. They finished 3rd at the State Class A Tournament. Fulda beat Hancock to repeat as Class A champs.
2007-08 seniors: Heather McCall (Park Region All-Conference honorable mention); Danielle Hessig, Emily Salo. All three are this years captains.
Get to Know'em: Bobbi Smith (jr.), Miranda Tumberg (jr.), Morgan Kahilainen (jr.), Kristen Perala (jr.), Hannah Rutten (so.), Betsy Helmeke (so.), Kendra McCall (so.), Sam Welter (so.). Just about all of them have varsity experience from last year.
Strengths: Mills will be strong in the paint this year as they have both Hannah Rutten and Heather McCall returning. Even though they are still a young team, the Eagles have plenty of varsity experience.
Season Outlook: Sebeka will be the favorite to repeat as conference champs, but there are a lot of other teams, including New York Mills, that could battle for that top spot.
The section is loaded as the new alignment put three state tournament teams from last year in the same section. Preseason No. 1 Ada Borup will be the team to beat. No. 6 Hancock will challenge, as will Barnesville (2007 State participant) and Ulen-Hitterdal.
Coaches Quote: "We have to replace a lot of scoring from last year's squad, but I am confident we can do that with the girls we have. These girls are very athletic and will be fun to watch." Dave Paavola