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(AUDIO) Stanton Boys and Girls hoping to achieve a lot this year | KRVN Radio

(AUDIO) Stanton Boys and Girls hoping to achieve a lot this year

(AUDIO) Stanton Boys and Girls hoping to achieve a lot this year

Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: David Stoddard (1st season)

2017-2018 record: 4-19 (lost to Howells-Dodge in Sub Districts)

Returning Starters: 5

Overview:

The Stanton Boys Basketball Team looks accomplish great things this season under new Head Coach David Stoddard, who takes over for Bryan Mendlik.

The Mustangs return all five starters from last year’s 4-19 team, and they are Nathan Arens (6’5 12 PF), Sam Bates (6’6 12 C), Marcus Spotanski (6’2 12 G/F), TJ Larson (6’1 11 G), and Mason Bruggeman (6’2 10 F).

Newcomers likely to make an impact are Kadyn Fernau (5’10 12 G), Parker Krusemark (5’11 9 G), and Ben Wilke (6’0 11 G/F).

Stoddard says post play will be a strength this year. “Stanton returns a lot of size in the front court and will need young and inexperienced guards to step up and play at high level. Look for senior F/C Nathan Arens (6’5) to have a breakout senior year. Sam Bates (6’6”) and Mason Bruggeman (6’2) will proved depth in the post. TJ Larson and Marcus Spotanski are also returning starters who had a good off season and are poised for a big year. Depth at guard will be a must, as there will be opportunities for young players to step up and earn varsity playing time.”

Stoddard says there’s been a real willingness to work, saying a couple big posts have put in a lot of time, and some of the younger kids have really improved in their overall game.

He adds the coaching transition has been easy since the kids worked together in June and July on Football and Basketball.

Season Outlook:

The Stanton Boys Basketball Team looks to be a successful team this season.

Stanton opens up the season at home against Tekamah-Herman on Thursday.

The Mustangs are in Sub-District C2-6 with Lutheran High Northeast, Wisner-Pilger, Wakefield, and Howells-Dodge.

Stoddard says the Sub-District is loaded. “A very difficult Sub-District. It’s overall top to bottom, there’s a lot of very solid teams and programs, and well coached teams as well.”

Stoddard adds overall team goals are daily and weekly improvement, a great attitude, to be successful student athletes, developing them on a personal side and win as well.

2018-2019 Stanton Mustangs Boys Basketball Schedule:

11/29/18 Tekamah-Herman
11/30/18 @ Howells-Dodge
12/04/18 West Point-Beemer
12/11/18 North Bend Central
12/14/18 @ Wakefield
12/15/18 Pender
12/18/18 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/20/18 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/27-12/28 (To Be Determined) Stanton Holiday Tournament Stanton
01/04/19 Oakland-Craig
01/05/19 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/08/19 @ Plainview
01/11/19 Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/12/19 Battle Creek
01/15/19 Madison
01/19/19 @ BRLD
01/22/19 @ Twin River
01/26-02/02 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/19 Clarkson/Leigh
02/15/19 @ Emerson-Hubbard

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Stoddard

 

Team: Stanton

Mascot: Mustangs

Colors: Orange and Black

Class: C-2

Conference: East Husker

Head Coach: Greg Wegner (4th season) (62-18 record)

2017-2018 record: 24-5 (took 4th at State)

Returning Starters: 4

Overview:

The Stanton Girls Basketball Team looks to make another run at State this year as the Mustangs return four starters from last year’s 24-5 team that placed 4th at State.

The returners are Jessie Brandl (5’8″ 12 G), Bree Burtwistle (5’9″ 12 P), who averaged 9 points a game last year, Liz Christensen (5’9″ 12 G), who averaged 7 points a game last year, and Jaiden Hartl (5’8″ 12 G), who averaged 8 points a game a season ago.

Newcomers likely to contribute are Juniors Jasmine Kment, Morgan Remm, and Marissa Remm, as well as Sophomore Ellie Locke and Freshman Sylvia Cunningham.

A big loss from last year is Hannah Heppner.

Head Coach Greg Wegner says the team has their sights set on a return trip to Lincoln. “We look to return to Lincoln for the 3rd time in 4 years. We have a solid core group of seniors that have led by example over the past 4 years. Their experience and leadership helped lead us to a Semi-Final appearance last season. The girls use their success in volleyball to fuel their drive towards competing against tough conference opponents throughout the year to prepare themselves for a tournament run.”

The Mustangs are coming off four years in a row of making state in Volleyball. “Being in Volleyball down in Lincoln for years definitely helped us last year. My first year here we went down to the State Tournament and played Guardian Angels, and they were just so much more experienced than us, and I think our kids were a little bit overwhelmed being in the State Tournament for Basketball,” Wegner said.

Wegner says the team didn’t feel the pressure last year and was more relaxed.

He adds things have gone well in the preseason. “But overall I’m pleased. I’m really pleased with the effort. I think we have really good leaders this year. We have some kids that have been playing and starting for four years out on the floor so that has helped with some of the experience, but we’re going to need some younger kids to step up this year for us for sure.”

Season Outlook:

Big things are expected once again from the Stanton Girls this year.

Stanton opens up the season at home against Tekamah-Herman on Thursday before taking on Howells-Dodge. “Howells is on Friday too. So I know Howells and Scott (Polacek) he has his kids prepared. They’re great basketball minds up there. They always give us fits in the post,” Wegner said.

Wegner says his squad will have to use their speed, adding they’ve been working on a lot of fast break and transition offense.

The Mustangs are in Sub-District C2-6 with Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic, Madison, and Clarkson/Leigh. “Battle Creek, Norfolk Catholic always give us fits. Battle Creek we play them twice a year. Kind of our rival school before we joined the East Husker Conference. And that game’s always a battle. And we play them twice a year every year. They’ve got a good group of athletes right in there with us just like we do,” Wegner said.

2018-2019 Stanton Mustangs Girls Basketball Schedule:

11/29/18 Tekamah-Herman
11/30/18 @ Howells-Dodge
12/04/18 West Point-Beemer
12/11/18 North Bend Central
12/14/18 @ Wakefield-Allen
12/15/18 Pender
12/18/18 Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family
12/20/18 @ Wisner-Pilger
12/27-12/28 (To Be Determined) Stanton Holiday Tournament Stanton
01/04/19 Oakland-Craig
01/05/19 @ Logan View-Scribner-Snyder
01/08/19 @ Plainview
01/11/19 Boone Central/Newman Grove
01/12/19 Battle Creek
01/15/19 Madison
01/19/19 @ BRLD
01/22/19 @ Twin River
01/25-02/02 (To Be Determined) East Husker Conference Tournament TBD
02/07/19 Clarkson/Leigh
02/08/19 Norfolk Catholic

Click here to listen to Interview with Coach Wegner 

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