The South Tama Varsity Girls Basketball team wrapped up another season and had much to celebrate at their annual banquet on Sunday March 2. The Trojans captured the NICL West Conference championship with a 13-1 conference record. STC also finished the year with a 17-5 season record which was a considerable improvement over last year's 11-11 season."
Looking ahead, the upcoming 2014-15 the upcoming 2014-15 basketball will be a season of change for Coach Marsha Keahna and the varsity girls basketball team. Eight seniors will be moving on to their future plans. The remaining Trojans will welcome in new teammates, a new assistant coach and a new conference.
Pictured above is the 2014 STC Varsity Girls Basketball Team. On Sunday March 2 the team celebrated their season at an annual banquet with friends and family.
First Row (L-R): Tyieshia Arp, Naomi Hoskey, Hailee Weiss, Trisha Walz and Regina Balderas. Second Row (L-R): assistant coach Larry Rohach, Sam Betz, Tieranny Keahna, Araceli Angel, Paige Van Dyk, Madie Bacon, Dani Stubs, 9th grade coach Chelsea Arens and head coach Marsh Keahna.
New Assistant Coach
This was the final season for assistant Larry Rohach who has been coaching the Trojans for a number of years. A new assistant has not been named as of yet but Keahna says the search is on. Keahna admits that the x's and o's are not her strongest skills as a coach. She hopes to find an assistant who will compliment her coaching style.
Varsity Girls Record
West Marshall 53-47
Grundy Center 46-41
East Marshall 50-35
Waterloo Columbus Catholic 58-25
West Marshall 42-21
Grundy Center 55-35
East Marshall 42-41
South Hardin 55-41
South Hardin 36-39
Center Point-Urbana 36-51
Keahna has spoken throughout the season about the important roles that were played by this years Trojans. Finding replacements for Paige Van Dyk's "poker face," Hailee Weiss's "how high should I jump" attitude, the three point range of Regina Balderas or Trisha Walz's rebounding domination will not be an easy task. However, Keahna feels that she has some freshman coming up that will be able to help out on the court. Minnie Climer, Serena Lowe, Abby Llewellyn and Kaitlin Berger are just a few underclassmen that could potentially see some solid playing time. Keahna also compared Naomi Hoskey's work ethics to the likes of Weiss stating, "If she challenges herself she can make us a better team." "Sam Betz also has some really good skills, she just needs to have faith in herself," said Keahna.
South Tama will be moving from the NICL west conference to the very familiar Wamac conference. Keahna knows this will be a challenging move but strongly believes if the girls are willing to work hard, they can compete. "Since we are going into the Wamac we will need dedication before, during, and after the season. We will need hard work, hard work, and more hard work. To be winners you must be willing to put in time during the off season, said Keahna."
While change can be scary, Keahna challenges her girls for what is to come next, "We will need quiet leaders, spirited leaders, players that can keep their cool on the floor at all times, rebounders, shooters and defensive specialists. Keahna gave credence to hard work saying that if a sport means enough to a player then you have to put in time in the off season to keep your skills fresh. Closing out her speech to the players and their families Keahna said, "There is a quote that says championships are made when the stands are empty. I sincerely believe that and am willing to put in the time and effort to help anyone who also has the desire to improve and help us strive to be an even better team next year. Thanks for the great memories and for making my 2nd year as head coach a spectacular one."