WAKEFIELD – Following the separation of Wakefield-Allen girls basketball last season, the Wakefield program returned as one community and will be looking for that same start.
Winter sports teams throughout Nebraska began their first official practice of the 2021-22 sports season with games just a couple weeks out.
Kent Emswiler returns for year three with Wakefield (second season as just Wakefield) after coaching the second year of Wakefield-Allen in 2019-20.
Coach Emswiler said the team will have to get their legs back.
“Got to get in shape, we still want to have the run and gun style, so we got to get those legs going,” said Emswiler. “We had some open gyms, we did some camps over the summer to keep the legs fresh. Coach Hassler, the football coach of Wakefield introduced a new weight training program, so the girls were in the weight room all summer.
Cory Brown and Devaney Brown will join coach Emswiler on staff.
Wakefield posted a 13-11 record a season ago which included a 10-3 start through early January. The Trojans did drop five of their last six a year ago.
Coach Emswiler added the staff wants to see this team be competitive.
“Basically we have three starters coming back, so they know what to do and they know the system,” Emswiler added. “We have a lot of girls that had some playing time so hopefully it will be a seamless transition the way we’ve been going the past couple years.”
This year’s Wakefield girls basketball team will be made up of 14 players with three returning seniors.
The Trojans will play just two of their eight pre-Christmas games on the home court. Wakefield will participate in the Shootout on the Elkhorn hosted by Wisner-Pilger December 28 – 29.
“We got to win the games we’re suppose to win and hopefully we can compete and steal some games we’re sort of not expected to win,” Emswiler mentioned. “That’s our goal, is to try and sneak up on some teams this year.”
Just like the boys program, Wakefield will open the season with a home contest with Pender on Thursday, December 2. Girls JV action will start the night at 4 p.m., followed by boys JV at 5 p.m.; girls varsity around 6 p.m. and boys varsity closing out the evening.
Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com will have coverage of the season-opener for Wakefield varsity basketball on December 2.