WAKEFIELD – For the second year, the Wakefield and Allen girls basketball teams will take part in their cooperative agreement, but with a new coach.
After going 4-15 last season (one win coming against an Iowa school), Kent Emswiler will take over as head coach. Coach Emswiler was a teacher and coach in the Omaha Public Schools system for 29 years and is currently teaching sixth grade middle school in South Sioux City, NE.
Coach Emswiler said their starting line-up will be very young.
“They’ve been working really hard,” said Emswiler. “I think we’re going to be competitive in every game and that’s really our focus right now, is just to compete in every game.”
Emswiler has coached middle school basketball and various youth leagues while also being a referee for a decade.
Assisting coach Emswiler will be Cory Brown, Evan Colfack and Lauren Barge.
This year’s Trojan team will be full of young athletes on the varsity team with only one senior as Wakefield-Allen graduated five a year ago.
Coach Emswiler added the focus of the team is to get up and down the court as fast as they can.
“Not a lot of height on our team, but we’re a quick group,” Emswiler added. “I’d just like to see us transition and compete that way. Then, obviously, defense hopefully is going to be our strength this year.”
The Trojans will open their season against Pender on Thursday, December 5 before next playing on Tuesday, December 10 at Hartington-Newcastle. The home game against Pender will be carried on Big Red Country ‘KTCH’ 104.9 and waynedailynews.com with the pregame show starting around 6 p.m. or following the boys JV game.
Wakefield-Allen will also host Omaha Nation on Friday, December 13 while visiting Randolph on Tuesday, December 17 and Stanton on Friday, December 20. The Trojans will also take part in the Shootout on the Elkhorn hosted by Wisner-Pilger on Saturday, December 28 – Monday, December 30.