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11/21/2012 9:54:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 
Lady Trojans poised to open at Caledonia and Kingsland

Tri-County Record Staff Writer

Two on the road to start, then three in a row at home.

That's how the Rushford-Peterson basketball girls will begin their 2012-2013 season next week.

New coach Terry Pelzl & Co. launch activities on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at always-tough Caledonia where reigning star athletes Emma Lange and Maria Fruechte hold court.

The Warriors are getting in their first practices this week after the Caledonia volleyball team finished second in last week's Class AA championship.

The Lady Trojans will follow with a road trip to Kingsland Friday, Nov. 30 before coming home to face Plainview-Elgin-Millville Dec. 4, St. Charles Dec. 7, and Lewiston-Altura Dec. 11.

Pelzl, aided by assistant coaches Matt Helgemoe and Dan Bieberdorf, is working with nine players on the varsity.

They include four seniors: Amy Todd (5-9 forward), Cody Manfull (5-6 guard), Emily Wade (5-7 forward), and Mariah Mueller (5-6 guard).

Five juniors round out the varsity, namely Sierra McNamer (5-10 forward), Hope Morrison (5-7 forward), Keela Brand (5-3 forward), Kendra Crawford (5-6 guard), and Courtney Doerr (5-2 guard).

Both Todd who averaged 13.3 points per game last season, and Crawford (9.3 ppg) were selected All-TRC honorable mention last year.

Pelzl takes the R-P helm after Dave Lind left the head coaching job last spring. The Lady Trojans were 11-17 last season.

Kenzie Lind, Dave's daughter, graduated in June and will be missed. She earned All-TRC first team honors with her 12.3 points and 9.3 rebounds achieved in 2011-2012.

Pelzl, who spent many years as jayvee boys' coach under Tom Vix, said he was pleased with his team's first drills last week.

"It's been a great week," the coach said Friday. "We're practicing hard, and that's what I like to see."

Asked about his team's height, Pelzl observed: "We don't have any bigs and no little ones; everyone's kind of in the middle."


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