Lady Haymaker Hoopsters Return Abundance Of Speed
The Lady Haymakers have a good combination of athleticism and experience to build upon prior successes to show great improvement during the 2016-2017 season on the hardwood with the momentum of eight returning letterwinners that includes two returning starters.
“Although we have some experience on paper, we are a rather young team when it comes to varsity level experience,” explained Lady Haymaker Head Coach Brent Frauen. “The biggest question for the team this years will be establishing depth at key positions and keeping our key players healthy throughout the season.”
Senior sharpshooter Sarah Yocom returns to the hardwood for the Lady Haymakers after averaging 12.4 points per game. Yocom is a double-edged sword for defenses as she has the aggressiveness to drive to the rim or rely on her patience and confidence to score on a jumpshot from deep. Yocom’s height and athleticism create mismatches all season in Cozad’s favor.
Using her height and elite vertical jump, Junior Kennedy Berreckman was a valuable player for the Lady Haymakers this past season. Berreckman has the quiet demeanor that speaks loud and clear when in competition on the hardwood. Berreckman will be standout for the Red and Black on both ends of the floor this season.
Stepping up and using their athleticism to assist the Lady Haymakers greatly this season will be Seniors Alyssa Schneider and Emilia Carlos. Both have been valuable to the program and it is there turn to step up to the challenge and help the Lady Haymakers be successful.
Past athletic season injuries will affect the early depth for the Lady Haymakers as past letterwinners: Kalynn Flehart and Sadie Rush will most likely provide leadership and encouragement from the bench while rehabbing their injuries.
On the wing, Hanna Wright and Brenna Dugan will be instrumental to the success of Cozad this season, especially as they help to alleviate the pressure from pinpointing on Yocom. Wright brings great athleticism to the hardwood and Dugan has ‘ice’ in her veins in coming through in the clutch with her shooting ability.
Junior Ellie Stallbaumer will rule the roost in the paint for the Lady Haymakers. Stallbaumer has the strength to be a factor on every rebound this season.