Girls Basketball Tryouts

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On Nov. 14, the girls’ basketball team hosted tryouts. Over the course of the week, coaches Jason Tatkenhorst, Bruce Courtney and Cody Ziegler decided who will make up the future team.

“We got a lot of talent here, but we need some leaders” said Jason Tatkenhorst.

About thirty girls tried out, three of them seniors Rachel Hiss, Madison Bowers, and Zailey DeLeon.  After two more days of tryouts, the was be assembled.

Juniors Rylea Oliver and Alyssa Schoenfelder nervously listen to Jason Tatkenhorst with sophomore McKenzie Jones. This was the second round of practice for the day.

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Juniors Rylea Oliver and Alyssa Schoenfelder listen to Jason Tatkenhorst with sophomore McKenzie Jones. This was the second round of practice for the day.

Jason Taktenhorst blows his whistle to commence the next drill. A sharp "tweet" sound in the big gym.

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Jason Taktenhorst blows his whistle to commence the next drill. A sharp “tweet” sounds in the big gym.

Team leader, and senior Rachel Hiss eyes the net for her upcoming shot. Her friend and teammate, senior Madison Bowers adjusts her head band.

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Senior Rachel Hiss eyes the net for her upcoming shot. Hiss has played for four years.

Senior Rachel Hiss takes the shot during a shooting drill. As team leader she is first in line every time.

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Senior Rachel Hiss takes the shot during a shooting drill. As team leader she is first in line every time.

Excelling at the current drill Rachel Hiss dashes up to half court. She prepares to bolt left.

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Senior Rachel Hiss dashes up to half court. Hiss is one of three senior leaders.

the girls disperse to begin the next drill. Junior Nichole Smith said, "They don't seem to be pushing themselves that hard, might be because there aren't that many girls this year".

The girls disperse to begin the next drill. The tryouts consisted of two-a-day practices.

Mayala Harris (right) listens to a introductory speech by Jason Tatkenhorst before practice. All arms are crossed and faces are grim.

Mayala Harris (right) listens to a introductory speech by Jason Tatkenhorst before practice.

Coaches Jason Tatkenhorst and Bruce Courtney give a stern speech to the potential basketball players. It is about honesty, integrity and leadership.

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Coaches Jason Tatkenhorst and Bruce Courtney give a speech to the potential basketball players. The speech was about honesty, integrity and leadership.

Freshman girls' coach Cody Ziegler chimes in on the speech. He makes a point in mentioning the girls try not to catch the flu.

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Freshman girls’ coach Cody Ziegler chimes in on the speech. He makes a point in mentioning the girls try not to catch the flu.

High knees drills bring the girls to half court during warmups. Senior Madison Bowers leads the drill.

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High knees drills bring the girls to half court during warmups. Senior Madison Bowers leads the drill.

Coaches Jason Tatkenhorst and Bruce Courtney share an aside. They still have two more rounds of tryouts to go.

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Coaches Jason Tatkenhorst and Bruce Courtney watch drills. They still have two more days of tryouts to go.

During warmups, Courtney and Tatkenhorst talk as they wander about the gym. The girls continue their stretches.

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During warmups, Courtney and Tatkenhorst talk as they wander about the gym. The girls continue their stretches.

The girls end warmups with a pretzel stretch. An audible sigh spreads throughout the gym.

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The girls end warmups with stretching while the coaches collaborate.  Around 30 girls tried out.

The seniors lead the team in warmup stretches. "Zailey is a senior, and she might be a captain this year" said Morgan Buchholz.

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The seniors lead the team in warmup stretches.

McKenzie Bizzell takes a shot, she laughs. "Oops" she says as she misses the net.

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Sophomore McKenzie Bizzell takes a shot during try outs.