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(AUDIO) Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys and Girls hoping to overcome youth and inexperience | KTIC Radio

(AUDIO) Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys and Girls hoping to overcome youth and inexperience

(AUDIO) Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys and Girls hoping to overcome youth and inexperience

Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Alex Stieren (1st season)

2016-2017 record: 16-14 (lost to Nebraska City Lourdes in State Championship)

Returning Starters: 0

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Team returns no starters from last year’s Class D-1 State Runner-Up Team and only has two seniors out for the team this year. 1st year Head Coach Alex Stieren says four of the starting spots have been decided.

“Bryant Rief (6’3), Derek Petz (5’10), both seniors. Juniors…Landon Stalp (6’4) and Jared Minnick (5’11).”

Stieren says the 5th starting spot is up for grabs between Casey Doernemann (6’3, SO) and Hunter Uhing (5’10, JR).

Guardian Angels Central Catholic lost big in their jamboree game against Ponca Monday night. Stieren says the game was a good learning experience for the kids.

“It really opened the eyes of our kids to show them what they need to really to go after, what they need to look like. And Ponca plays a real tight man-to-man, their hands are everywhere. They’re always following the ball. They’re a real experienced group coming off their state win last year. But all in all can’t complain, a game’s a game, and that’s good to get those pregame jitters out with such a young team.”

The Bluejays open up the season on Friday at Lutheran High Northeast in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.

Stieren says it should be a pretty even matchup.

“It’ll be pretty interesting. I know they lost one of their leading scorers, but I know they have quite a few people back. And hopefully it will be a nice, close game. It always is with Lutheran High. We always play them quite a bit during the year, usually end up seeing them in state. Can’t really complain about the competition.”

The Bluejays lost 59-35 to the Eagles in the Classic last year before beating them later in the regular season.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Stieren

 

Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Jerry Stracke (15th season) (352-46 career record)

2016-2017 record: 24-2 (beat Dundy County-Stratton in State Championship)

Returning Starters: 1

Lots of new faces will see the floor for the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls Basketball Team this season. Longtime Head Coach Jerry Stracke.

“We have 4 juniors on the team. They include Maddie Bracht, Angela Jansen, and Ally Plagge. They’ll see a lot of playing time for us. And then our Sophomores that were back from last year’s team was Hanna Knobbe, Marissa Hunke, Greta Vering. So I mean we do have some players back, but not a lot of experience.”

Senior and Midland signee Lexis Haase is the Bluejays’ lone returning starter from last year’s State Championship Team.

GACC went 24-2 and won the Class D-1 State Championship last year. Stracke says this year’s team won’t have quite as much offensive firepower as Bluejay teams of the past.

“Well this year we’re going to have to rely a lot on our defense. Our defense is going to have to carry us through, especially early in the season. Offensively, there’s going to be some games that we’re going to really struggle. But hopefully as the season goes along that aspect of our game will get a little bit better.”

The Bluejays open up the season at home on Thursday against Emerson-Hubbard in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.

Stracke breaks down the matchup.

“Emerson traditionally has been very, very good. They’re kind of rebuilding these last couple years. New Coach I think. So don’t really know what to expect from them. And will be our first game, and like I said we got a lot of inexperienced players so should be a pretty good matchup first round.”

The Bluejays beat the Pirates 66-33 in last year’s season opener.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Stracke

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