Barron’s girls basketball team was set to take the home floor Tuesday, Nov. 13, against Somerset to begin what will be an interesting 2018-19 campaign.
“We will be very young and inexperienced,” said coach Mickey Hover. “We have three varsity letter winners back that played a lot of varsity basketball last year and we will lean on them at the beginning of the season.
“Julia Wirth, Rylee Stauner and Jada Brunkow all contributed to some big wins at the end of the season last year and I expect them to lead the team.”
The Golden Bears won three consecutive games – including a 54-41 playoff victory at Somerset – before falling to Hayward in a regional semifinal and finishing with an overall record of 8-16 last February.
Bloomer (21-4 overall) and Hayward (22-4) split the Heart O’North title at 13-1 last year, followed by Northwestern (16-8) at 10-4. Hover expects those three teams to be at the top of the heap again this year.
Barron was fourth in league play last year with a 6-8 mark. Lexi Brunkow led the HO’N with 7.9 rebounds per game, but she is one of several Barron players lost to graduation. Hailey Zurn, who was seventh in HO’N scoring with 10.9 points per game as a junior, is not out for the team this season.
That leaves the Golden Bears without a senior on the roster. Julia Wirth and Brooke Hammann are the team’s only juniors, while Rylee Stauner and Jada Brunkow lead half a dozen sophomores. Two freshmen grace the varsity roster.
“We have some young kids coming in that are showing some promise,” Hover said. “Hopefully, they will continue to grow throughout the season and make us better at the end of the year.”
Barron will next host Amery this Thursday, Nov. 15, before taking a Thanksgiving break in the schedule.