Senior leadership and experience will be keys to the season for the Palmyra girls’ basketball team in 2016-17. Coach Sadie Struebing said the Panthers gained valuable experience a year ago and will be tested by a tough schedule in the East Central Nebraska Conference.
Returning letterwinners for the Panthers are Carly Poskochil, Jenna Butts, Callie Stall, Sarahi Baraias, Marissa Waltke, Briley Luff and Abbie Frazee.
Out of those returners, Coach Struebing said Butts has responded well after having suffered a knee injury as a sophomore.
Other players who will contribute for the Panthers are Madelyn Sweeney, Sarah Davis-Kovarik and Kyra Palm.
Coaching stability will continue in the Palmyra wrestling program as Jeff Panko gets set to lead the Panthers for his 16th year as head coach and 20th overall year at the school. Mark Kotik will serve as the program’s assistant coach for his 17th year.
“We are looking forward to a great season competing in Class C,” said Coach Panko. “This year’s Panthers are going to be two veteran wrestlers and two inexperienced wrestlers.”
The 2016-17 Panthers will have four wrestlers filling four weight classes.
Juniors Riley Dillon and Jaden Jung will lead the team this year. Dillon is a returning state qualifier. Jung has finished one short of qualifying the last two years.
The lone sophomore Bryce Phillips will wrestle for the first time for the Panthers this year. Freshman Eathon Hornby rounds out the roster.
“The team has a great sense of team chemistry,” said Panko. “They get along well on and off the mat, but truly look to make each other work hard to improve. They already challenge one another to see who can do the most reps when doing a work out. They pull everyone up to a higher level, and this is what will help each of them to improve. The goal of each is becoming a state qualifier.
“This will prove to be a challenging and fun season,” Panko said.
After suffering through a rough campaign a year ago, the Palmyra boys’ basketball team will look to score more wins in 2016-17.
Coach Tyler Maas said the Panther players are hungry for success and will feature an undersized but athletic roster.
“The players are going to have to develop into consistent offensive threats as well as making a commitment on the defensive end of the floor,” said Maas.
Returning letterwinners for the team include guards Bryce Becker, Drew Bessey and Koby Dillon, fowards Curtis Peterson and Kassius Skinner and post man Landon Hornby.
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