Archive - Dec 11, 2011 - Sports Article
A familiar name and face takes over the reins of the St. Marys Area Lady Dutch basketball program this year as Leona Hoohuli replaces the retired Bob Swanson.
Swanson retired following the 2010-2011 season after nine years at the helm of the Lady Dutch.
Coach Hoohuli has been coaching for the past 12 years. This is her first head coach position.
The Lady Dutch return six letter winners to form the nucleus of the 2011-12 squad. Those returning letter winners are seniors Jenna Anderson and Sloan Foster, juniors Adair Gennocro, DeAnna Yost, Becky Krieg and sophomore Kiana Hoohuli.
As Mark Guido enters his third year at the helm of the St. Marys Area Flying Dutch basketball squad, he has an enthusiastic group of players battling for the starting spots.
Guido has been coaching basketball for 23 years, eight with the St. Marys Area program.
â€śThis year we will have an athletic team. We have good overall team speed and quickness,â€ť said Guido. â€śWe have an enthusiastic group of kids. They are high-energy. Now we just have to convert that to the basketball court.â€ť
The Dutch have two returning letter winners in seniors Jimmy Werner and Justin Quiggle.
As Ken Pistner enters his 10th year as the Elk County Catholic Lady Crusader head coach, he has six letter winners returning to form the nucleus of the 2011-2012 squad.
â€śOur strengths are our depth and experience,â€ť said Pistner.
The six returning letter winners are seniors Abbi Petroski, Jena Struble, Lexie Meholic and Maggie Sorg and juniors Kristy Hanes and Taylor DaCanal.
Looking to fill the guard slots are Struble, Hanes, Sorg and junior Michelle Imbrogno.
The roster of this year's Elk County Catholic High School varsity boys' basketball squad is filled with new faces. While the team returns four seniors, there are no returning starters or letter winners on the 16-member roster.
"Any time you don't return any starters and you don't return any letter winners, I think that is a challenge," said head coach Aaron Straub. "By the same token, besides the challenge, there is a big upside and a big opportunity. I think this is a team that will get better as the season progresses."