Prep Sports Preview: Ogilvie Lions

Friday, November 18th, 2011 at 5:05 am

Prep Sports Tonight is getting ready to get things going again this winter! High school basketball will be starting up shortly, and PST will be previewing the schools in the listening area leading up to the start of the season.

The first school that will be previewed will be the Ogilvie Lions.

Ogilvie Lions Boys Basketball:

Overall record: 2-21
Conference record: 0-16

Home: 1-11
Road: 1-10

Head Coach: Tim Welch

Last season was a trying season for the Lions boy’s team, finishing the season in last place in the Great River Conference. With the certainty of snow on its way, than means that the season will start again and all teams will have a new chance at having a successful season.

PST’s Nick Sontag asked Lions head coach Tim Welch some questions in preparation for the start of the new year.

Nick – Your team finished the season 2-21 last year, what things did you take out of last year?
Welch – With our poor results last year we know that we need to be in better shape and be deeper on the bench. I hope that our shooting improves we have put in time during the summer working on that.

Nick – What things are you trying to build on from last year?
Welch – We would like to continue being a hard working team. We also want get better at getting second chances from rebounding on the offensive end.

Nick – What would you like to change from last year to this one?
Welch – We as a team need to understand that we can win!

Nick – Who are the seniors from last year that aren’t returning this year?
Welch – Last year’s seniors were Michael Meymen and Ross Trongard and Josh Nelson.

Nick – Who are some players to watch on this year’s team?
Welch – On the Lions this year we are hoping that the key to our season is balance. We would like to see our seniors step up and play like we hoped they would. Last year it seemed like the players would take turns having good nights.

Nick – What do you expect from your team this year?
Welch – I know that the season will be very enjoyable. We have great kids! We are planning on improving our record and hopefully working our way to the upper half of the conference.

Ogilvie Lions Girls Basketball:

Overall record: 9-14
Conference record: 6-10

Home: 7-6
Road: 2-8

Head Coach: Mike Norton

The Lions girls basketball team is hoping for good things this season after improving their win total each of the last two seasons. They started off slow last year with only one win in their first 5 games, but they finished off the regular season strong, winning 3 of their last 4 games.

Nick also had a chance to ask coach Norton some questions:

Nick – Your team finished the season 9-14 last season, what did you learn from last year?
Norton – We were able to see some of our younger players develop and that valuable experience gained last year should benefit us greatly this year.

Nick – What are you trying to improve on this year?
Norton – We need to have more consistent play out of our veteran players this year. We also need to develop some guards as graduation hurt us the most in that area.

Nick – What would you like to see happen differently this season, rather than last season?
Norton – The biggest thing is that we need to be consistent in our play all year. Last year we had games when we were really good and then would come back the next game and not play very well.

Nick – Who are the seniors from last year that aren’t returning this year?
Norton – We lost 3 year starting point guard Rachel Rivera, Molly Peglow who led the team in blocked shots and did a very good job defensively in the post. Heather Kapinos, starting wing who was our best perimeter defender.

Nick – Who are some players to watch this year?
Norton – We return 3 post players who played a lot of minutes for us last year along with an all conference guard. Each averaged over 5 rebounds a game.

  • Senior Katie Steffen, who started every game last year and was our second leading scorer, with 8.6 points and 6.4 rebounds a game.
  • Senior Emily Ripka was our first post off the bench last year and averaged 3.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
  • Junior winger Anna Munsterteiger.
  • Senior guard Brandy Erickson our leading scored for the last 2 seasons averaging 17.1 points per game. Erickson should surpass 1000 career points early in the season.
  • Others expected to contribute this year are Senior guards Sammy Holznagel and Mary Gossen, Senior post Ashlynn Harlan. Freshman guard Cheyanne Nehring is also competing for playing time at point guard.

Nick – What do expect from your team this year?
Norton – I expect this team to be very competitive this year. Our experience should help us immensely during the upcoming season. Depth at the guard position will be a concern throughout the year. If we are able to get consistent play from the back-court we should be a better than .500 team.

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