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(AUDIO) Oakland-Craig Boys and Girls looking for good seasons | KRVN Radio

(AUDIO) Oakland-Craig Boys and Girls looking for good seasons

(AUDIO) Oakland-Craig Boys and Girls looking for good seasons

Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Aaron Meyer (168-148 career record)

2016-2017 record: 16-8 (lost to Elmwood-Murdock in first round of State)

Returning Starters: N/A

The Oakland-Craig Boys Basketball Team returns a lot of kids from last year’s 16-8 State Tournament Team. Head Coach Aaron Meyer.

“Garrett Seagren (6’2, SR PG/SG) obviously is a returning All-Stater that we will be hoping to get quite a bit from. His brother Wyatt (6’6, SO PF/C), also started for us in the post. Tyson Harney (6’2, JR PF), Kobe Benne (5’10, SR PG/SG), Garrison Dodge (5’9, JR PG/SG), Robby Mayberry (5’10, JR SG/SF), Jared Mulder (6’0, JR PG/SG/SF).”

The Knights open up the season on Thursday at home against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder.

Meyer says the Raiders are the complete package.

“They are big, they’re well coached, they can handle the ball well, they can shoot the ball from the outside. They’ve got one or two potential All-State kids on that team so yeah right out of the gates with a very, very good team. Going to be no easy task.”

LVSS beat the Knights twice last year.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Meyer

 

Team: Oakland-Craig

Mascot: Knights

Colors: Orange and White

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Joe Anderson (5th season) (57-39 record)

2016-2017 record: 14-7 (lost to Ponca in District Final)

Returning Starters: 3

The Oakland-Craig Girls Basketball team brings back some talented players from last year minus Dacey Nelson, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Head Coach Joe Anderson says returning starters include Kennedy Benne and Natalia McNeill.

“Kennedy Benne (PG/SG/SF JR) is probably our leading returner. She averaged 11 points a game last year. I really feel that she’s going to be one of the better players in the conference this year. And she scored 29 in our jamboree game, and did a really good job. Just a great athlete that plays well on offense and defense. But also the one that really came on that’s going to make a big difference for our team is Natalia McNeill (SG/SF). She’s a Junior. She scored 18 points in our jamboree game. She’s a girl that averaged maybe 2 or 3 points a game last year, and she’s going to really be called upon to score a lot more, and she’s really taken that role.”

Anderson says another returning starter is Grace Pille (PG/SG, JR), who only averaged 2 or 3 points a game last year, but scored 11 points in the Jamboree game. Mya Guzinski (PG/SG SO) also returns, and she had 5 assists in the jamboree game.

Others expected to contribute this season are Freshman Makenna Pearson (5’10, PF), and Juniors Ashley Denton (PG/SG) and Ellie Weitzenkamp (SF/PF).

Oakland-Craig kicks off the season on Thursday at home against Logan View/Scribner-Snyder. Anderson expects the Raiders to be tough.

“I know last year they gave up some fits. I think in that 3rd quarter last year they really made a run and closed the gap on us a little bit. And I know they return for the most part their whole team. And so they have a lot of seniors. And so hopefully our girls are ready to go.”

The Knights took last year’s contest 68-43.

Oakland-Craig suffered a heartbreaking overtime defeat at the hands of Ponca in the C2-2 District Final at Wisner-Pilger to end last season. Anderson says it’s something his team hasn’t forgotten.

“That’s something that we were setting goals here a few days ago….setting team goals. And that’s something that came up. We were seconds from being in the State Tournament. And we just realized that rather than saying hey that was a lucky shot whatever, we try to work that much harder. If we would of found a little bit more time and worked a little harder during the summer, a little harder during practice…then those opportunities for them to win at the end of the game probably wouldn’t be there.”

The Indians won the game 63-55 in overtime, aided by a clutch three-pointer by Emma Kneifl that tied the game in regulation.

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Anderson

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