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(AUDIO) Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls expect big things | KTIC Radio

(AUDIO) Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls expect big things

(AUDIO) Wisner-Pilger Boys and Girls expect big things

Team: Wisner-Pilger

Mascot: Gators

Colors: Green and White

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Duane Mendlik

2018-2019 record: 15-10 (lost to Wakefield in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: 2

Overview:

The Wisner-Pilger Boys Basketball Team expects big and great things this year.

The Gators return two starters in 6’2 Forward Dylan Kneifl and 6’2 Colby Heller.

Head Coach Duane Mendlik says the team is scrambling to find someone to play point guard right now as Justin Pieper broke his arm the last football game of the season and may not be back this year.

Other key returners are Caden Schweers (6’0, SR C), Regan Bellar (5’8, JR), Klay Koehlmoos (JR PG/SG), Rockney Peck (JR SG), Trevor Styskal (6’0, SR SF/SG), and Cole Jacobsen (6’4, SR PG/SG/SF).

Wisner-Pilger lost Caden Jackson and Jayden Raabe to graduation last year.

Season Outlook:

The Wisner-Pilger Boys look for a big year this year.

Wisner-Pilger hosts Lutheran High Northeast in the season opener on Thursday. Mendlik says the Eagles are the complete package. “They have all starters back. They’re starting five, they were juniors last year that started most of the year. I’m sure they’re going to try and run the ball, they usually shoot pretty well. Defensively, they’re probably going to be in a man-to-man so we have to be ready for that.”

Mendlik feels the East Husker Conference will be stronger this year than it was last year.

The Gators are in Sub-District C2-5 with Stanton, Lutheran High Northeast, Hartington Cedar Catholic, and Crofton. “I think Northeast is going to be good. I think Hartington Cedar Catholic’s always a pretty good team. We would like to think that we’re going to step up and be better. The other two teams that in there they can beat anybody on a given night. They may not be as strong when you look at them on paper, but anytime you keep score it gets to be difficult.” Mendlik said.

Mendlik says goals include winning conference and making the state tournament.

2019-2020 Wisner-Pilger Gators Boys Basketball Schedule:

12/05/19 Lutheran High Northeast
12/06/19 @ Guardian Angels Central Catholic
12/13/19 @ Tekamah-Herman
12/19/19 Oakland-Craig
12/20/19 @ Wayne
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Wisner-Pilger Holiday Tournament Wisner-Pilger
01/03/20 @ Stanton
01/07/20 Arlington
01/10/20 @ West Point-Beemer
01/14/20 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/17/20 Howells-Dodge
01/18/20 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/21/20 Twin River
01/23/20 @ Pender
01/28/20 @ Clarkson/Leigh
01/30/20 North Bend Central
02/01-02/08 (To Be Determined) East Husker BBB Tournament TBD
02/11/20 @ BRLD
02/13/20 Laurel-Concord-Coleridge
02/21/20 @ Madison

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Mendlik 

 

 

Team: Wisner-Pilger

Mascot: Gators

Colors: Green and White

Class: C-2

Head Coach: Brooke Scheitel (1st season)

2018-2019 record: 7-17 (lost to Oakland-Craig in Sub-Districts)

Returning Starters: N/A

Overview:

The Wisner-Pilger Girls are under new leadership as Brooke Scheitel takes over the reigns of the program, replacing Karrie Bodwell.

Scheitel, a native of Falls City, spent last year as an assistant for the Gators.

Wisner-Pilger returns 9 letterwinners, including include Macy Stuhr, Makenzi Brown, Reagan Scholting, Aspin Waterman, Karrin Jindra, Hannah Stoffel, Adi Meyer, Emily Hatterman, and Lindsey Kneifl.

Scheitel says there are many good returners and newcomers. “We have a strong returning nucleus for our team, along with an athletic freshman class. I look for our team to make big strides of improvement this year. We are fortunate enough to have both height and speed on our team. This will allow us to have many offensive and defensive options. The hard work and commitment of the athletes that I have been seeing is what will drive this team to improve each day.”

Wisner-Pilger said goodbye to Jordan Wegner, Cassidy Gooch, and Taylor Stuhr last year.

Scheitel says she was very hands on with the team over the summer. “During the offseason I helped in the weightroom. And so that was one thing I wanted to do right away. There was a lot of them in the weightroom. Held them pretty accountable. They knew that I was going to be there so I think they realized that I would realize who wasn’t there everyday. We did some camps this summer, we did some summer leagues.”

Season Outlook:

The Wisner-Pilger Girls look to do well this year.

Wisner-Pilger opens up the season on Thursday at home against Lutheran High Northeast.

Scheitel on the matchup. “The expectations for the girls this year have been set high, and they’ve been doing nothing but working to achieve them. So I’m looking forward to that game. I think it will be a good matchup. The Eagles do have some speed and some quickness, but I think that with the athletes we have we can definitely match them.”

Scheitel says the team has to do the little things right.

She goes on to talk about what the team hopes to accomplish this year. “It’s showing everyone, it’s proving to themselves first of all, proving to the young athletes that they’re role models for that winning and success those are things that we want to do.”

Scheitel adds being average is not the expectation.

2019-2020 Wisner-Pilger Gators Girls Basketball Schedule:

12/05/19 Lutheran High Northeast
12/06/19 @ Guardian Angels Central Catholic
12/13/19 @ Tekamah-Herman
12/19/19 Oakland-Craig
12/20/19 @ Wayne
12/28-12/30 (To Be Determined) Wisner-Pilger Holiday Tournament Wisner-Pilger
01/03/20 @ Stanton
01/07/20 Arlington
01/09/20 Madison
01/10/20 @ West Point-Beemer
01/14/20 @ Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
01/17/20 Howells-Dodge
01/18/20 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/21/20 Twin River
01/23/20 @ Pender
01/28/20 @ Clarkson/Leigh
01/30/20 North Bend Central
01/31-02/08 (To Be Determined) East Husker GBB Tournament TBA
02/11/20 @ BRLD

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Scheitel

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