2013-2014 Girl’s Basketball Preview
Mike Garman, head coach of the Ephrata varsity girls’ basket- ball team, will have a whole new approach to the upcoming season. The 2013-2014 season will be a rebuilding year for the team.
After losing six seniors, three key starters, and a key junior returning after a knee injury, the returning players are prepared to work hard.
Last year the girls knew they had t o work hard to accomplish their goal of winning the section. But after having seven girls playing together for a few years they knew they had something special.
The summer before their season two very important players were taken down by serious knee injuries (Hannah Raezer and Joelisa Harvest).
The team knew that they would have to work extra hard after the injuries, but they were ready t o take on that challenge. “Seeing our teammates hurt just made us want to play harder for them,” said graduate Sarah Haddon. Their skill level was still higher than the average high school team.
The team never failed to give it their all during every game, and their hard work paid off when they beat Cocalico in the section game, bringing them to their goal of winning the section title.
This year winning will not come as easy, but the team has accepted that challenge, and has been working extra hard to prepare. The girls do a full body workout three days a week, and practice their basketball skills three days a week also. “Working hard six days a week in the off season is what will make it all fall together in the games,” sad junior Hannah Raezer.
The team has no intentions of letting their disadvantages hinder their season. Mike Garman has been coaching for a total of twenty-nine years, and he said that “no two years have ever been the same.”
While the basketball fans are focusing on the returning teams, Ephrata will work to the top. “Being the underdog doesn’t bother me at all,” he said.
Garman’s expectations of the season are to be competitive, work hard in every game, have a good attitude, and to always put themselves in a position to win each and every game.
Change is occurring at the middle school level as well. Ninth grade head coach, Michelle Sola, has stepped down to let her former player s, Jan Woolly and Alysia Goodman, take over the team.
Alysia is currently attending Eastern University to obtain her degree in Youth Ministry. She is currently working as the Ephrata School District’s coordinator for TNT youth ministries. “The reason I chose to coach was to be a part of a program that builds not only strong basketball players but also builds strong character as well,” she said.
Jan recently graduated from McDaniel College in West Minister, Maryland where she played collegiate soccer for four years. “I expect a great season from the ninth grade team since there is a lot of talent coming up,” she said.
Both are former players of Garman who know first-hand what their former mentor expects from students at the high school level. “It doesn’t matter how good the five individuals are that you put on the court. If they don’t work together, they will never win,” said Garman.