Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 12:01 am / Updated at 1:34 am
BASKETBALL
Western Iowa prep basketball capsules

Western Iowa high school boys and girls basketball team capsules by staff writer Kevin White. Published in Friday, Nov. 30, editions of The World-Herald.

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BOYS

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A-H-S-T

Coach: Pete Schmidt, 24th year. 2011-12: 5-16

Top returnees: Seniors: Tyler Robinson, 6-0; Chris Guthery, 6-0. Juniors: Drew Young, 6-4; Nathan Pattee, 6-0. Sophomores: Lee Whyte, 6-3; Steven Jacobsen, 6-1.

Outlook: Schmidt feels quickness will be an asset for his club this season.

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Ar-We-Va
Coach: Tim Bell, 36th year. 2011-12: 5-17

Returning starters: Senior: Brandon Kock. Sophomore: Austin Stoelk. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Ryan Dalton, Nick Grothe. Sophomore: Brandon Hagge.

Outlook: In Kock and Stoelk, Rockets return two of their top three scorers and rebounders.

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Atlantic

Coach: Steve Blazek, 26th year. 2011-12: 19-4

Returning starters: Seniors: Dalton Franken, 6-6; Sam Markham, 6-1; Chad Christensen, 6-2; Harrison Hoegh, 6-2. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Stuart Hoegh, 6-2; Ben Nelson, 6-1; Daulton Cook, 6-1; Jared Fulk, 6-2.

Outlook: Trojans returned one of the most talented, experienced western Iowa teams in 3-A.

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Boyer Valley

Coach: Andrew Armstead, sixth year. 2011-12: 16-6

Returning letterwinners: Seniors: Michael Hanigan, Mitchell Putnam. Junior: Chase Bonsall.

Outlook: Bulldogs graduated top two scorers and top three rebounders, but Hanigan and Putnam are experienced guards.

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CAM

Coach: Brian Fogleman, first year. 2011-12: 19-5

Returning starters: Senior: Trevor McKee, 6-1. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Chance Denney, 5-11. Juniors: Michael Holste, 5-10; Brady Runyan, 5-10.

Outlook: Cougars will be undersized and inexperienced, but Fogleman likes its spunk.

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Carroll

Coach: Chris Molinsky, first year. 2011-12: 16-7

Returning letterwinners: Seniors: Jarrett White, 6-2; Luke Vonnahme, 5-11. Junior: Cody Netusil, 6-2. Sophomore: Eli Cleveland, 6-0.

Outlook: Graduation hit the Tigers hard, and Molinsky replaces Craig Douma, who took the Central College job last summer.

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Carroll Kuemper

Coach: Tyler Edwards, seventh year. 2011-12: 17-8

Returning starters: Senior: Chris Halbur, 6-5. Junior: Cole Neary, 6-6. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Riley Bach, 6-4; Jay Tigges, 6-4; Carter Ludwig, 5-11. Juniors: Sam Brincks, 6-6; Nick Greteman, 6-0; Alex Drees, 6-3; Josh Irlbeck, 6-3.

Outlook: The Knights are tall and deep, with a number of athletes who’ve experienced great success in other sports.

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CB Abraham Lincoln

Coach: Jason Isaacson, first year. 2011-12: 1-18

Returning starters: Seniors: Billy Coats, 6-0; Connor Gann, 5-9; Brian Johnson, 6-3; Sean Smith, 6-2. Junior: Colton Tracy, 6-4. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Jake Radford, 6-4. Juniors: Alex Barrett, 5-10; Zach Blair, 5-10; Brandon Colpitts, 6-0. Sophomores: Pharaoh Houston, 6-1; Joe Northup, 6-3.

Outlook: Isaacson returns to his alma mater and likes his team’s depth and ability to make shots. He’s looking for defensive improvement.

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CB St. Albert

Coach: Dale Scott, 10th year. 2011-12: 14-11

Returning starters: Senior: Connor Moran, 6-0. Juniors: Tucker Culjat, 5-11; Trey Bowman, 6-5. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Alex Rindone, 6-0; Nick Gantt, 6-1; Ryan Wettengel, 6-1. Juniors: John McGinn, 6-3; Jake Avey, 6-1; Sam Sneed, 6-2.

Outlook: Moving from 1-A to 2-A, Falcons figure to be strong on the perimeter and looking to push the tempo.

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CB Thomas Jefferson

Coach: Curtis Weber, third year. 2011-12: 3-19

Returning starters: Juniors: Brian Collinson, 5-8; Jakahi Gregory, 6-2. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Adam Poldberg, 6-3; Trayvon Vasser, 6-2; Josh Reed, 5-8; Will Kearny, 5-8. Juniors: Clayton Starner, 6-4; Freddie Williams, 6-2.

Outlook: This is the most experienced, deepest and most athletic team Weber has had at T.J.

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Charter Oak-Ute

Coach: Jim Staley, fourth year. 2011-12: 5-16

Returning starters: Seniors: Dylan Beeck, 6-3; Jordan Thies, 5-10; Shay Melby, 5-8. Junior: Brad Staley, 6-3. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Justin Harris, 6-0. Junior: Logan Vinke, 5-10. Sophomore: Ryan Vogt, 6-0.

Outlook: Staley expects to see improvement from his squad this year.

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Clarinda

Coach: Van Gilmore, third year. 2011-12: 21-5

Returning letterwinners: Seniors: Dakota Woods, 5-9; Jordan Peterman, 6-3. Juniors: Jason McCall, 5-9; Troy Aldrich, 6-2; Justin Cabeen, 5-11; Noah Bix, 6-1.

Outlook: Graduation hit the Cardinals hard, but Gilmore has some talented young players who could be dangerous as the year wears on.

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Creston

Coach: Billy Hiatt, second year. 2011-12: 9-13

Returning starters: Seniors: Kainen Somers, 5-10; Colby Taylor, 6-4; Lucas Neitzel, 6-0; Caleb Thompson, 6-0; Trey Thomsen, 6-0. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Briar Evans, 6-3; Ryan Cook, 6-8; Bryce McIlravy, 5-8; Zach Powers, 6-0. Juniors: Cole Thompson, 5-11; Brandon Phipps, 5-9; Levi Eblen, 6-0.

Outlook: Panthers hope to make a jump up the Hawk-10 ladder with an extremely experienced group.

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Denison-Schleswig

Coach: Don Lyons, fifth year. 2011-12: 5-17

Returning starters: Seniors: Robert Lyons, 6-2; Zac Johnson, 6-3; T.J. Pauley, 6-5; Derek Hall, 6-3. Other returning letterwinner: Junior: Nathan Pardun, 6-3.

Outlook: Monarchs should be improved, as a strong rebounding club with a deeper bench.

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Glenwood

Coach: Curt Schulte, seventh year. 2011-12: 10-12

Returning starters: Seniors: Grant May, 6-1; Derek Jones, 6-3; JJ Hahn, 6-4; Tyler Jensen, 5-8. Junior: Corey Bertini, 6-3. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Brady Douma, 6-3. Juniors: Brady Wheeler, 5-10; Gage Shatava, 5-8.

Outlook: Rams return 80 percent of scoring, but need to improve rebounding and offensive consistency.

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Griswold

Coach: Chad Rodgers, 14th year. 2011-12: 7-15

Top returnees: Seniors: Devin Bates, 5-11; Collin Fast, 6-2. Juniors: Grant Haynes, 5-9; BJ Schoning, 5-10; Tyrel Peters, 6-0; Jacob Maass, 6-0; Tyler Muhlbauer, 5-10; Johnny Duggan, 5-11.

Outlook: Tigers return eight of nine players who lettered last season, including Bates (17 ppg).

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Harlan

Coach: Mitch Osborn, 15th year. 2011-12: 17-7

Top returnees: Senior: Nate Kloewer, 6-2. Juniors: Trey Lansman, 6-6; Adam Juhl, 6-0.

Outlook: Cyclones aren’t overly experienced, but have good size and a go-to player in Lansman.

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IKM-Manning

Coach: Keith Wagner, 13th year. 2011-12: 19-3

Returning starters: Seniors: TJ Sterk, 6-4; Cody Kahl, 6-6; Joe Herbers, 6-5; Mark Eberly, 6-4. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Scott Opperman, 6-3. Sophomore: Sam Wegner, 6-0.

Outlook: The Wolves are tall and experienced, with a nice blend of inside play and perimeter scoring.

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Logan-Magnolia

Coach: Kevin Osborn, second year. 2011-12: 12-10

Returning starters: Seniors: Brennan Azinger, 6-0; Paul Hutson, 6-2. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Caden McDonald, 6-0; Austin Ettleman, 6-4; Justin Yost, 5-11. Junior: Dillon Wills, 6-4.

Outlook: Panthers have some good-sized multi-sport athletes and hope to control the tempo with them.

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Missouri Valley

Coach: Jeremy Faubel, first year. 2011-12: 2-20

Top returnees: Seniors: Sam Schmitz, 5-10; Ryan Gochenour, 6-0; Mike West, 6-2; Zach Chapin, 6-0; Caleb Wilson, 5-11; Lucas Goff, 6-3; Mark Fouts, 5-10. Juniors: Steven Humphrey, 6-0; Jeff Doty, 5-9; Justus Cipolla, 6-0; Kyle Lorenzen, 5-11.

Outlook: Big Reds return plenty of experienced players in Faubel’s debut.

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Nishnabotna

Coach: Nick Hodges, seventh year. 2011-12: 12-10

Returning starters: Seniors: Schuyler Brennan, 5-10; Riley Scroggie, 6-2. Junior: Bradley Nahkunst, 6-1. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Thomas Gude, 5-7; Milan Patel, 5-9. Sophomores: Tyler Beam, 5-11; Andrew Welch, 5-11.

Outlook: Blue Devils won’t be blessed with much size, but quickness will be a strength.

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Orient-Macksburg

Coach: Drew Dornack, first year. 2011-12: 8-14

Returning starters: Senior: Jacob Caviness, 6-0. Sophomore: Jordan Thompson, 6-0.

Outlook: Bulldogs will be fighting youth and inexperience at the varsity level.

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Red Oak

Coach: Bryan White, first year. 2011-12: 5-17

Returning starters: Seniors: Tanner Johnson, 6-3; Pete Walker, 6-1; Jose Perez, 5-10. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Nick Leinen, 5-11; Remington Tranbarger, 5-8. Juniors: Jordan Nelson, 5-9; Ryan Leninger, 6-3; Eddie Perez, 5-8; Evan Mellot, 6-0; Andrew Palmquist, 5-10. Sophomore: Brendan Birt, 5-9.

Outlook: Coming over from Oskaloosa, White hopes to make the Tigers more competitive in the Hawkeye Ten Conference.

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Riverside

Coach: Jason Shelangouski, fourth year. 2011-12: 17-4

Returning starters: Seniors: Ricky Williams, 6-7; Ean Patrick, 6-1. Junior: Brady Ryun, 5-10.

Outlook: Led by Williams (21.9 pts, 12 reb), Bulldogs have high expectations this season.

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Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Coach: Adam Vander Schaaf, eighth year. 2011-12: 14-8

Returning starters: Seniors: Brett Zahner, 6-0; Trevor George, 6-7; Kyle Ten Napel, 6-2. Junior: Nathan Glisar, 6-3. Other returning letterwinners: Juniors: Thomas Wisecup, 6-2; Ben Robinson, 6-1. Sophomore: Connor Imming, 6-2.

Outlook: Five of top six scorers are back for Warriors, who should be strong on the perimeter.

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Sidney

Coach: Kent Larsen, 16th year. 2011-12: 15-8

Returning starters: Seniors: Noah McKeever, 5-10; Mason Sheldon, 6-0; Nicholas Shipley, 5-7. Sophomores: Jacob Cain, 6-2; Michael Coates, 5-10. Other returning letterwinners: Junior: Jeremy Cain, 5-11. Sophomore: Blane Moreland, 5-7.

Outlook: Cowboys should be deep and athletic this season.

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Sioux City Heelan

Coach: Tom Betz, 12th year. 2011-12: 19-6

Returning starters: Seniors: Shane Graves, 5-10; Kyle Heaton, 6-6; Bryce Sweeney, 6-7. Other top returnees: Seniors: Tyren Brockamp, 5-7; Connor Spears, 6-6; Jordan Barr, 6-4. Juniors: Keaton Slaughter, 6-4; Philip Jacobson, 6-0.

Outlook: Crusaders should be strong on the boards with a deep, tall team, and Graves is one of the state’s best point guards.

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Stanton

Coach: Steve Bruning, ninth year. 2011-12: 9-12

Returning starter: Senior: Jeff Marshall, 6-0. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Collin Strickland, 5-10; Allen Hamilton, 5-10. Junior: Cade Confer, 5-10. Sophomore: Kyle Peterson, 5-9.

Outlook: Plenty of youth on the Viking roster, but Bruning likes its competitiveness.

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Tri-Center

Coach: Chad Harder, fifth year. 2011-12: 13-10

Returning starters: Seniors: Britton Barrier, 6-1; Christian Way, 5-8. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Marty Dollen, 6-2. Junior: Nick Guarino, 5-10.

Outlook: Harder likes his club’s leadership, attitude and work ethic.

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Underwood

Coach: Shawn Darrington, first year. 2011-12: 15-8

Returning starters: Seniors: Ryan Spiegel, 6-2; Brady Johnson, 6-0. Juniors: Austin Konsor, 6-4; Mitch Forrester, 5-10. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Austin Asbra, 6-0. Juniors: Sam Warden, 5-11; RJ Powell, 5-11; Jake Starnes, 6-0.

Outlook: Darrington believes his team has what it takes to take the program to the next level.

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Villisca

Coach: Jim Obermeier, 14th year. 2011-12: 10-12

Returning starters: Seniors: Damon Sunderman, 6-1; Travis Herzberg, 6-1; Austin Sorensen, 6-0; Max Mauderly, 6-3. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Jacob Arnold, 6-0. Junior: Evan Baldwin, 5-6. Sophomores: Gunner McCuen, 5-10; Scott Vanderhoof, 6-0.

Outlook: Bluejays should be a Corner Conference contender in their final season. Next year, they join Corning to become the Southwest Valley Timberwolves.

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West Harrison

Coach: Ron Niewohner, first year. 2011-12: 7-16

Returning starters: Juniors: Jake Roden, 5-11; Tyler Birdsall, 5-10. Other returning letterwinners: Juniors: Brandon Barnett, 6-7; Adriel King, 6-1; Trey Kirlin, 5-9; Keenan Nunez, 5-10. Sophomores: Cody Niewohner, 6-2; Trey LaGois, 5-8.

Outlook: Niewohner said his squad improved greatly over the summer.

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West Monona

Coach: Matt Westendorf, fourth year. 2011-12: 18-7

Returning starters: Seniors: Jacob McLaughlin, 5-10; Josh Westendorf, 6-2. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Gunner Kennedy, 6-3; Seth Seward, 6-0. Sophomores: Austin Reitz, 5-7; Brandon Blumer, 6-1.

Outlook: Spartans will be an up-tempo team with some strong outside shooters and pressure defense.

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GIRLS

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Ar-We-Va

Coach: Larry Siebert, first year. 2011-12: 21-4

Returning letterwinners: Seniors: Brittany Stoelk, 5-9; Megan Ehlers, 5-7; Lexie Vande Hoef, 5-9; Amy Hinners, 5-10. Juniors: Paige Danner, 5-7; Katie Grothe, 5-10; Haley Wieland, 5-5. Sophomores: Kyrsten Lampman, 5-5; Alyssa Buren, 5-11.

Outlook: A longtime assistant, Siebert takes over after the untimely death in September of Davey Kock, who suffered from a rare degenerative brain disorder.

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Audubon

Coach: Kim Subbert, first year. 2011-12: 15-7

Returning starters: Seniors: Emily Nelsen, 5-10; Marissa Haubrich, 5-9; Kyra Obermeier, 5-10. Junior: Susie Bylund, 5-4. Other returning letterwinner: Junior: Haillie Anthofer, 5-7.

Outlook: Experienced Wheelers hope to be in the thick of a balanced Western Iowa Conference race.

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CAM

Coach: Joe Wollum, third year. 2011-12: 9-13

Returning starters: Seniors: Emily Beerman, 5-9; Ali Hosfelt, 5-4. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Shelby Erickson, 5-7; Carson Heiny, 5-9. Juniors: Erin Daugherty, 5-6; Allysa Kragelund, 5-8. Sophomore: Tierney Sothman, 5-9.

Outlook: With an inexperienced back court, Cougars will lean on post players.

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Carroll

Coach: Tyler Tassell, first year. 2011-12: 14-9

Returning starter: Senior: Brittany Holdsworth, 6-0. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Elyse Borchers, 5-7; Haley Stevens, 5-11; Lisa Daringer, 5-11; Cassie Evers, 5-8; Britt Bauman 5-9.

Outlook: Entering his first year there, Tassell said his players are doing everything he's asked of them.

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CB Abraham Lincoln

Coach: Chad Schaa, fifth year. 2011-12: 9-14

Returning starters: Seniors: Lauren Meeker, 5-10; Ali Heithoff, 5-4. Junior: Delaney Bolton, 5-10. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Olivia Leisinger, 6-0; Taylor Volentine, 5-9. Junior: Maddie Rief, 5-10.

Outlook: Lynx return six with extensive varsity experience. Meeker and Heithoff are back after sustaining ACL tears.

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CB Lewis Central

Coach: Derek Archer, first year. 2011-12: 20-3

Returning starters: Seniors: Aubrey Norville, 5-10; Natalie Madsen, 5-6.

Outlook: Titans have some promising youngsters they'll try and blend with the veterans.

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Coon Rapids-Bayard

Coach: Jessica Heydon, third year. 2011-12: 18-6

Returning starters: Junior: Rylie Schlepp, 5-3. Returning letterwinner: Junior: Hailey Cook, 5-3.

Outlook: Only eight girls in program and few with extensive varsity experience. But Heydon likes her team's work ethic.

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Denison-Schleswig

Coach: Adam Mich, fifth year. 2011-12: 15-9

Returning starters: Seniors: Chelsey Van Ness, 5-9; Alyssa Rihner, 5-7. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Rachel Koch, 5-6; Chelsey Green, 5-8; Karli Wittorf, 5-10.

Outlook: Injuries might force Lady Monarchs to get out of the gate slower than they'd like to.

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East Mills

Coach: Jeff Laughlin, second year. 2011-12: 5-14

Returning starters: Senior: Katie Sowers, 5-3. Juniors: Devin Laughlin, 5-3; Brianna Weak, 5-9. Sophomore: Kendra Croghan, 5-4. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Amanda Hatcher, 5-7; Kelsey Croghan, 5-8. Junior: Abby Hardie, 5-8. Sophomore: Jess Doyle, 5-4.

Outlook: Laughlin averaged 12 points, 7 assists, 4.4 steals and 5.9 rebounds a game last year.

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Fremont-Mills

Coach: Rod Williams, fourth year. 2011-12: 12-10

Returning starters: Senior: Emily Smith, 5-6. Junior: Ashley McClary, 6-0. Sophomores: Macy Williams, 5-6; Taryn Williams, 5-6; Andrea McClary, 6-0. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Kendall Fichter, 5-5; Kelsie Meier, 5-10. Sophomore: Kelsey Hurley, 5-8.

Outlook: Knights have all the ingredients to be competitve and are led by Macy Williams, who averaged 17.5 points last year.

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Glidden-Ralston

Coach: Bruce Determann, first year. 2011-12: 6-17

Returning starters: Seniors: Anna Ewoldt, Madi O'Brien, Kathryn Hunter. Junior: Morgan Brosh. Other returning letterwinners: Juniors: Sam Janssen, Grace McNamara, Anna Determann.

Outlook: Wildcats believe they have the squad that can turn the program around.

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Griswold

Coach: Jeff Koenck, first year. 2011-12: 5-17

Returning starters: Seniors: Jordyn Sindt, 5-5; Serena Robinette, 5-9. Juniors: Brooke Hansen, 5-5; Trish Huerta, 5-8; Marquel Brunk, 5-8. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Cassidy Legg, 5-8. Sophomores: Kinzey Nicklaus, 5-7; Kayla Kirchhoff, 5-4; Jackie Rush, 5-4.

Outlook: Koenck's first squad will rely on its quickness to set the tempo.

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Harlan

Coach: Zach Klaassen, first year. 2011-12: 10-11

Returning starters: Senior: Josie Esser, 5-9. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Liz Riessen, 5-8. Juniors: Taylor Leinen, 5-6; Ana Petersen, 5-6. Sophomores: Jess Schaben, 6-0; Taylor Wagner, 5-7.

Outlook: Cyclones are looking for improvement in Klaassen's first year at the helm.

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IKM-Manning

Coach: Gene Rasmussen, 13th year. 2011-12: 24-3

Returning starters: Seniors: Kaylee Blake, 6-1; Sarah Schlichte, 5-7. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Kenzie Cast, 5-4; Jody Hagedorn, 5-9. Junior: Jez Schechinger, 5-7. Sophomores: Kali Rasmussen, 5-5; Morgan Muhlbauer, 5-7.

Outlook: Wolves are deep and talented, with seniors leading the way.

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Logan-Magnolia

Coach: Derek Sonderland, second year. 2011-12: 2-19

Returning starters: Seniors: Emily Dickinson, 5-4; Ashley Bradshaw, 5-6. Junior: Maysen Jones, 5-8.

Outlook: A successful coach at Tri-Center and Audubon, Sonderland resumes the climb to respectability at Lo-Ma.

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Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto

Coach: Alden Berkenpas, second year. 2011-12: 9-12

Top returnees: Senior: Kelsey Morgan, 5-6. Junior: Riley Ehlers, 5-10. Sophomores: Kayla Morgan, 5-6; Alyssa Scott, 5-10; Hannah Sadler, 5-11; Kendra Sexton, 5-5.

Outlook: Berkenpas likes his young squad's fire and determination, and thinks it can surprise some teams.

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Missouri Valley

Co-coaches: Rick McHugh, Megan McHugh, second year. 2011-12: 22-2

Top returnees: Seniors: Taylor Gardner, 5-11; Hailey Hellstrom, 5-7; Justice Wilson. Junior: Rachelle Housh, 5-11. Sophomores: Baily Janssen, 5-6; Haley Stueve, 5-7.

Outlook: Lady Reds have good height and quickness, and will look to push the ball.

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OA-BCIG

Coach: Megan Parker, 1st year. 2011-12: 26-1

Returning starter: Junior: Jensen Boger. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Mackenzie Teut, Skye Schmidt, Mallory Cates, Mariah Cates. Junior: Cheyenne Wilcke. Sophomores: Presley Cranston, Bailey Hare, Madison Hemer.

Outlook: Falcons look to successfully turn the page, after losing two all-staters and their head coach from last year's state semifinalist.

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Orient-Macksburg

Coach: Kelli Goodale, first year. 2011-12: 13-8

Returning starters: Seniors: Gabby Jenkins, Jasmine Ruckman. Sophomore: Shannon Eads. Top returnee: Sophomore: Lisa Moss.

Outlook: Jenkins averaged 8.5 rebounds last season at center.

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Red Oak

Coach: Dan Martinez, first year. 2011-12: 6-16

Returning starters: Junior: Blake Bergren, 5-10. Sophomores: Kate Walker, 5-10; Grace Blomstedt, 6-1. Other returning letterwinners: Juniors: Bailey Hankins, 5-7; Sabrina Guerra, 5-4; Maranda Gowdy, 5-6. Sophomores: Madison Gilbert, 5-5; Nikki Graber, 5-7.

Outlook: A longtime boys coach at Red Oak, Martinez returns to lead the girls and has some excellent multi-sport athletes to build around.

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Sergeant Bluff-Luton

Coach: Miranda Riediger, third year. 2011-12: 16-7

Returning starters: Seniors: Ashtyn Schubert, 5-10; Taylor Throne, 5-10. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Kelsey Prescott, 5-8. Juniors: Ashtin Hazel, 5-6; Miles Ludwigs, 5-11. Sophomore: Amber Schubert, 6-0.

Outlook: Despite graduating their top three scorers, Riediger likes her team's potential.

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Sidney

Coach: Dave Dowling, 13th year. 2011-12: 5-15

Returning starters: Seniors: Shelby Anderson, 5-8; Rachel Finnel, 5-10; Bailey Shirley, 5-2. Other returning letterwinners: Juniors: Ruthie Gregory, 5-6; Katelyn Harbor, 5-6.

Outlook: Cowgirls looking for some youngsters to support their veterans.

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Sioux City Heelan

Coach: Darron Koolstra, fourth year. 2011-12: 24-2

Returning starters: Seniors: MaKayla Augustine, 5-7; Taylor Koolstra, 5-8. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Megan McCarthy, 5-11; Haley Nelson, 5-8. Junior: Jenna Bork, 5-7; Bailey Heaton, 5-6. Sophomores: Megan Todd, 5-6; Tristan Beaulieu, 5-9; Rachel Vondrak, 5-10.

Outlook: Crusaders are extremely deep and quick, and figure to thrive in a full-court game.

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Sioux City North

Coach: Tedi Andrews, first year. 2011-12: 4-17

Returning starters: Seniors: Madison Lee, 5-6; Stephanie Roan, 5-6. Other returning letterwinners: Juniors: Drew Piersma, 5-8; Kaley Schweder, 5-4. Sophomores: Shauna Folchert, 5-6; Shelby Jordan, 5-11.

Outlook: Andrews looking for improvement in first season as head coach.

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Sioux City West

Coach: Betsy Reynolds, third year. 2011-12: 11-12

Returning starters: Seniors: Molly O'Neill, 6-0; Shantel Cross, 5-7; Abby Gors, 5-6. Junior: Tanya Meyer, 6-0. Sophomores: Sammie Birkes, 5-7; Serenity Sibley, 5-4. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Heaven Coughlin, 5-8. Junior: Cassie Geopfert, 5-11.

Outlook: Wolverines should get a boost from Geopfert, who transferred from Sioux City East after averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds there last year.

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Stanton

Coach: Bruce Subbert, 29th year. 2011-12: 15-7

Returning starters: Seniors: Rachel Sorensen, 5-6; Ragen Anderson, 5-5; Kara Allen, 5-10. Juniors: Carmen Subbert, 5-7; Sara Sederburg, 5-6. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Kimber Wagg. Juniors: Macy Elwood, Moriah Kammerer, Erin DeKay.

Outlook: Coming off a state volleyball appearance, Viqueens returns plenty of skilled players with varsity experience.

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Tri-Center

Coach: Julius Michalik, second year. 2011-12: 16-7

Returning starters: Seniors: Emily Baatz, 5-8; Shelby Sullivan, 6-0; Alex Larsen, 5-4; Haley Larsen, 5-10. Juniors: Nikki Paulson, 5-6; Kaylee Grote, 5-6. Other top returnees: Senior: Katie Carroll, 5-5. Junior: Anna Spomer 5-6. Sophomores: Mackenzie Anderson, 5-8; Morgan Sullivan 5-10; Kirsten Lehan, 5-9.

Outlook: Trojans have had bad luck with injuries, and will field a formidable squad if healthy.

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Villisca

Coach: Donna Williams, fourth year. 2011-12: 19-4

Returning starters: Seniors: Amanda Focht, 5-10; Jill Vanderhoof, 5-9; Morganne Haer, 5-6; BreAnne Fisher, 5-3. Junior: Mikayla Dolch, 5-8. Other returning letterwinners: Seniors: Heather Means, 5-5; Jenny King, 5-8.

Outlook: Bluejays have been building for this season for several years.

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West Monona

Coach: Kevin Brandt, ninth year. 2011-12: 8-13

Returning starters: Senior: Amanda Goodier, 5-4. Juniors: Jade Selig, 5-6; Lindsey Butler, 5-8. Other returning letterwinners: Senior: Jewel Mann, 5-8. Juniors: Kaylee Hathaway, 5-8; Mikayla Miller, 5-7. Sophomore: Shayla Murray, 5-6.

Outlook: Brandt's likes his team speed and defensive ability.

— Kevin White

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2013 All-Nebraska football, volleyball teams
View The World-Herald's selections to the 2013 All-Nebraska football and volleyball teams.
2013 Super Six football team
Meet The World-Herald's 2013 Super Six team, honoring the area's top college football prospects.
All-Nebraska basketball teams 'shake' it up
Being known more for their ability to shake off a defender than for their dance moves didn't stop our 2013 All-Nebraska basketball selections from busting a few "Harlem Shake"-inspired moves.
Facebook: Nebraska Prep Zone Page
The Nebraska Prep Zone Facebook page is your home on the social web to get the latest Nebraska prep sports news, photos, updates and more from around the Midlands.
Map: Nebraska Stadiums
Need help finding a stadium in the state of Nebraska? We've got you covered with this interactive map of high school and college facilities from across the state.
Nebraska high school all-time swimming leaders
See a complete list of the all-time leaders from Nebraska high school swimming and diving competition.
Nebraska high school all-time track charts
See a complete list of the all-time leaders from Nebraska high school track and field competition.
The disappearance of small-town football
Friday night lights across rural Nebraska are going dark. But one town, in its last season of gridiron independence, proved that school spirit is stronger than ever.
Western Iowa high school all-time track charts
See a complete list of the all-time leaders from Western Iowa high school track and field competition.