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GACC Basketball Preview

GACC Basketball Preview

Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Brad Slaughter (5th season) (156-161 career record)

2015-2016 record: 16-9 (lost to Winnebago in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 2

Overview:

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys are looking for big things after finding a good amount of success last season.

Two starters return for 5th year Head Coach Brad Slaughter, and they are Kobe Slaughter and Andrew Guenther.

Here is Brad Slaughter’s projected starting lineup:

Kobe Slaughter, 6’, 12th,G, 2 years
Andrew Guenther, 6’, 12th, part time starter.
Mitch Hass, 6’1, 12th.
Nolan Plagge, 6’, 12th
Cole Kreikemeier, 6’, 12th

GACC will have to make up for the loss of 5 contributing seniors.

Newcomers who could make an impact include Sam Ulrich, Jared Minnick, and Landon Stalp, according to Slaughter.

The Bluejays run a motion offense to go with their 2-3 zone and man-to-man defense.

Slaughter says the team should have adequate speed, and a great football season is another team strength.

He adds that height and foul trouble could be team weaknesses and/or Achilles’ heels.

Season Outlook:
Slaughter says the team expects to win state this year.

Slaughter adds his team should be battle tested come the postseason.

“We will be very competitive, our schedule is extremely difficult. If we can stay healthy and manage our tough schedule, it should be an advantage and very helpful during district time.”

The Bluejays are in Sub-District D1-4 with defending State Runner-Up Walthill, Pender, Clarkson/Leigh, and Emerson-Hubbard.

The Bluejays begin play in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic on December 2nd.

2016-2017 Guardian Angels Central Catholic Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/02-12/03 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Tip Off Classic Lutheran High Northeast/GACC
12/06/16 Columbus Scotus
12/08/16 Wynot
12/10/16 @ Crofton
12/20/16 Oakland-Craig
12/22/16 @ Aquinas Catholic
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) GACC Holiday Tour West Point
01/03/17 Lutheran High Northeast
01/07/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/13/17 @ Wayne
01/14/17 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/17/17 @ Battle Creek
01/20/17 @ O’Neill
01/21/17 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) Mid State Conference Tournament NECC/Norfolk Catholic
02/07/17 @ Norfolk Catholic
02/09/17 Pierce
02/11/17 @ Archbishop Bergan
02/17/17 @ Winnebago

Team: Guardian Angels Central Catholic

Mascot: Bluejays

Colors: Blue and White

Class: D-1

Conference: Mid-State

Head Coach: Jerry Stracke (14th season) (328-44 career record)

2015-2016 record: 27-2 (lost to Crofton in State Championship)

Returning Starters: 1

Overview:

The Guardian Angels Central Catholic Girls are expecting to be good again this year despite the fact they lost a ton of talent from last year’s team that made the Class C-2 State Championship game.

The Bluejays return just one starter in Lexis Haase.

Here is Jerry Stracke’s projected starting lineup so far:

Lexis Haase       Jr  5’8       2 year starter
Lauren Wobken Sr 5’8
Hannah Hunke   Sr 5’5
Emily Reeson    Sr 5’8

Stracke lists all the talent lost to graduation.

“We lost a strong senior class – 6 players from last year.  Katey Brown, Kate Knobbe, Katie Steuter, Breanne Kreikemeier, Morgan Bracht, and Sara Wordekemper.”

Stracke says Attitude, Work ethic, and players who like to play defense are strengths of this year’s team.

He adds a weakness is the Bluejays don’t have as much depth this year as in years past.

Season Outlook:

GACC figures to be in the mix for a state championship yet again this year.

Stracke says these girls have been there and done that before.

“Even though we lost a strong class we do return some players with experience. These girls know what it takes to get down to state. It will depend how much we improve and grow throughout the season.”

The Bluejays aren’t very deep this year.

Stracke says it’s important for his team to get the most out of themselves and play to their potential.

“We don’t have a lot of depth this year so we need to stay away from injuries and will need to learn how to stay out of foul trouble. We will need to learn how to grind it out and be able to win the close games. It should be a fun season.”

GACC is in Sub-District D1-4 with Pender, Walthill, Clarkson/Leigh, and Emerson-Hubbard.

The Bluejays open up the season on December 1st in the Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic.

2016-2017 Guardian Angels Central Catholic Bluejays Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/01-12/03 (To Be Determined) Northeast Nebraska Tip-Off Classic Lutheran High NE/Guardian Angels Central Catholic, Wisner-Pilger
12/06/16 Columbus Scotus
12/08/16 Wynot
12/10/16 @ Crofton
12/17/16 @ Norfolk Catholic
12/19/16 Wayne
12/22/16 @ Aquinas Catholic
12/29-12/30 (To Be Determined) GACC Holiday Tour West Point
01/07/17 Clarkson/Leigh
01/10/17 Bishop Neumann
01/12/17 @ Winnebago
01/14/17 @ Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/17/17 @ Battle Creek
01/20/17 @ O’Neill
01/21/17 Hartington Cedar Catholic
01/28-02/04 (To Be Determined) Mid State Conference Tournament NECC/Norfolk Catholic
02/06/17 Pender
02/09/17 Pierce

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