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Aurelia girls short on numbers, but optimistic

Friday, December 8, 2006

Members of the 2006-2007 Aurelia girls basketball team are, front row,left to right, Tiffany Johnson, Tara Fordyce, Kayla Bruns, Erin Laursen. Back, Kaitlin Sandine, Christa Corderman, Leah Kai, Kristine Munden, Emily Sonksen. Absent, Marissa Glawe.
AURELIA - The good news for the Aurelia Bulldog girls basketball team is that two starters - Emily Sonksen and Kristine Munden (a second team All-Northwest Conference pick last season) - return to lead the team this year.

The bad news? There are only eight other girls in the entire high school who have gone out for basketball this season. Among the 10team members, however, are some pretty good athletes, with some good attitudes. So that's some more good news.

Team members, in addition to seniors Munden and Sonksen, include seniors Tara Fordyce and Christa Corderman, juniors Leah Kai, Kaitlin Sandine, and Tiffany Johnson, sophomore Kayla Bruns, and freshmen Erin Laursen and Marissa Glawe.

Head coach Marv Munden hopes that his team, just by virtue of being older and stronger, can improve on last year's 12-9 won-lost record (6-6 in the conference). He feels the team strength will be its ability to play good defense and rebound. Munden feels the team played great defense last year "most of the time," and he expects that to continue.

A key to the team's showing improvement and doing well this season is the offense. Munden says the team needs to have some people step forward and play great offense, and that the upperclassmen need to provide great leadership and attitude.

"If we play together and work hard, I feel we will have great season," said the veteran coach.

Munden, who is assisted by Aaron Ware, feels that Alta, Newell, Storm Lake St. Mary's, and Sioux Central wlll be the favorites to win the Northwest Conference this year, but that the conference is very balanced from top to bottom, and many teams, including the Bulldogs, will battle for conference honors.

In order to make that happen, said Munden, the Bulldog team needs to "play together and work hard." If those things happen, the team will need contributions from all the players. His main areas of concern are his team's "ability to run our offenses and get good shots, and our ability to be consistent night in and night out."

In order to contend, concludes the coach, "we need to play great team defense and great team offense."

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