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(AUDIO) North Bend Central Boys and Girls Basketball Teams aiming for great seasons | KRVN Radio

(AUDIO) North Bend Central Boys and Girls Basketball Teams aiming for great seasons

(AUDIO) North Bend Central Boys and Girls Basketball Teams aiming for great seasons

Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Jon Baehr (5th season) (83-138 career record)

2016-2017 record: 19-5 (lost to Columbus Scotus in Sub-District Final)

Returning Starters: 3

The North Bend Central Boys Basketball Team returns some good talent from last year’s 19-5 squad. Head Coach Jon Baehr.

“As far as returning starters…Tanner Wietfeld (6’2, JR SG/PG) started for us last year, he is back. John Emanuel (6’2 JR) started for us last year as a Sophomore as well, he is back. James Seymour is a Senior Post for us, and he started last year. And then Austin Endorf (JR SG), who played a lot for us off the bench and started a couple games for us here and there. He’s back as a Sophomore. Peter Emanuel, who’s a Senior for us, he was a bench player for us last year. He’s going to help us out.”

Others likely to contribute are Chase Ruzicka, Ben Rolenc (6’4, JR C/PF), and Freshman Jackson Wietfeld.

North Bend Central looks to continue the success they’ve had in recent years. Baehr looks for big things from his team on both ends of the court.

“I think this year we should be able to spread the floor and maybe shoot it at a higher percentage than we’ve shot it in the past. I think we’ll push the ball harder than we’ve pushed it in the past. I think with the length that we have from our players, and the athletic ability from the guys that will be on the floor, I think and feel pretty confident that we can be a really tough defensive team. We can really guard people I believe.”

The Tigers scored over 50 points in every one of their wins last year and held opponents to under 50 points in 15 of their games.

North Bend Central opens up the season on November 30th at Twin River. Baehr says the Titans are well coached by Tod Heier.

“His teams are always very disciplined. They play within themselves. He does a nice job of training his players to just be very fundamentally sound. And going there is a tough place to play so it’ll obviously be a challenge right out of the box for us to come out and try to establish what we want to be about, and what we want to make our season about. And it’ll be first chance to do it.”

The Tigers knocked off Twin River 68-48 at home last season.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Baehr 

 

Team: North Bend Central

Mascot: Tigers

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-1

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Sterup (16th season) (254-84 career record)

2016-2017 record: 17-6 (lost to Columbus Scotus in Sub-District Final)

Returning Starters: 4

The North Bend Central Girls Basketball Team returns 4 starters from last year’s 17-6 team. Head Coach Aaron Sterup.

“We have 4 seniors who started last year at some point or another. Kristin Lux (SR, SF), Brooke Fredrickson (SR, C), Hailey Bang, and Kaitlynn Bjorklund. They’ll be right in the mix there I’m sure whether they start or not who knows.”

Others likely to contribute for the Tigers this season are Sophomores Lauren Emanuel and Megan Ortmeier.

North Bend Central is looking to break through and make state this year. Sterup thinks the success the Volleyball Team had can carry over to basketball.

“Oh we feel pretty good about it. It’s always tough. Those Volleyball and Basketball seasons run so close together that you worry about girls who’ve played that long getting worn down and things like that. So we’re trying to work with that a little bit. But on the other hand usually basketball success and volleyball success go hand in hand. You have a lot of the same people. If they’re good athletes they’re good athletes in whatever they do.”

North Bend Central has their season opener on November 30th at Twin River. Sterup says it’s always a good battle when the two teams get together.

“They’re always well prepared. It’s a tough first game for us. We’ve kind of gone back and forth the last four years. They’ve beaten us a couple times and we’ve beaten them a couple times. So it’s a tough one to start out, especially when it’s a conference game and it’s so important.”

The Titans took last year’s contest 43-38 in North Bend.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Sterup

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