River Valley girls will hold their own
CORRECTIONVILLE - Although a school trip to Europe involving some varsity players and an early-season knee injury to returning point guard Angie Edwards have hampered the River Valley girls basketball team to date, new and former Wolverine coach Terry Jensen has the experience and savvy to deal with it all and steadily develop a solid squad.
Jensen returns to the RV helm after serving as head coach in 1995-97, and as an assistant in 1999.
The new coach greeted nine returning letter winners this year and will use them as the nucleus for the 2006-2007 season, including the hopeful return of Edwards.
Among those returning letter winners are seniors Marissa Graham, Amanda Mahrt, and Edwards; juniors Jody Peterson, Alissa Slota, and Kayla Susie; and sophomores Emily Todd, Amber Bauer, and Andrea Nelson.
Graham is the most decorated of the returning Wolverines, earning a second team All-Maple Valley Conference berth last season, and also the team's leading scorer in 2005-2006.
In addition to this fine nucleus, Jensen sees two promising freshmen - Kaylee Simons and Kelsey Wright - and senior Samie Maday, impacting the varsity lineup at times.
Jensen picks defending MVC champs and Class 2A state runner-up Battle Creek-Ida Grove, which returned all five starters off last year's 25-2 squad, as the team to beat in the MVC, and also lists Lawton-Bronson and Woodbury Central as upper tier conference teams.
As the season progresses, he also sees his Wolverines rounding into shape with a full team capable of making a noise in the rugged basketball conference.