Pine City Girls Basketball is returning nine varsity players to lead the great mix of veterans and younger upcoming players.
“We have a great mix of veteran players and young players who have a lot of drive,” coach Ted Hasz said. “They are great teammates and also very good basketball players. We think this year is going to be a lot of fun.”
Returning for the Dragons are seniors Allyson Chromey, Ashley Faur, Makenna Nelson, Alaina Steele and Lily Wilson, juniors Ellie Hasz and Meredith Kolling and freshmen Sophia Lahti and Kloey Lind. Last season senior Lily Wilson was all-section and all-conference, Ashley Faur was all-conference, Alaina Steele was all-conference honorable mention and junior Ellie Hasz was all-state honorable mention, all-section and all-conference.
“We also have other talented players who will be looking to round out the varsity roster as the season goes along,” Hasz said. “We have set some team goals that we keep in house but our general goals each season are the same. We set out to earn the respect of our teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and community. We feel that if we take care of this part, the success on the court will come with it.”
Pine City is currently ranked number eight in the state by Breakdown Sports USA in class AA as the Dragons are coming off three consecutive seasons of at least 22 wins. The Dragons are setting out to earn the respect of their teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and their community on and off the court. The Dragons will be hosting some top teams this season including number one ranked Sauk Centre, number three ranked Proctor and number four ranked Duluth Marshall.
“We have great kids in our program who have really worked hard to get our program to where it is today. We will play a very fun brand of basketball,” said Hasz. “Come out and watch this team this year. You won’t be disappoint