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Stanley Blue Jays Girls Basketball Season Preview

Stanley – The Stanley Blue Jays girls basketball season is upon us. The Blue Jays enter the season with a lot of promise and should be in the hunt for the District 16 crown. Here is a full preview of the upcoming season:

Coaches: Kelly Roemmich is back for his fifth season as the head coach of the Blue Jays… Beth Dean will join Roemmich on the bench this year… Longtime assistant Kayla Grande will be on maternity leave for most of the season but will still be helping out when possible.


Stanley Blue Jay Girls Basketball (Photo by Ian Grande)

Whose gone: Caitlyn Enger was the lone Blue Jay senior last year…. Enger was an all-district selection last season… She provided the Blue Jays with solid post play throughout her career.

Returning Varsity Players: Abby Iverson is a two time all-district selection and will be the teams leader this season, she is widely considered one of the top players in Region 8…. Taylor Dean picked up all-tournament honors last season, she will be the team’s primary ball handler… Hayley Schmidt is a versatile player who can play inside or outside for the Blue Jays…. Logan Lapica progressed nicely as an 8th grader last year, her size will be difficult for District 16 teams to defend…. Danae Vachal is a quick player that can help the Blue Jays on the defensive end… Hannah Sorenson provides the Blue Jays with an outside shooting presence that could help stretch out zone defenses…. Sydney Larson is an athletic guard that can help the Blue Jays in a variety of ways… Daphne Enander is coming off a nice volleyball season, her energy should provide the Blue Jays with a defensive spark… Jossi Meyer is a 6′ 2″ sophomore will wreak havoc on opponents down low… Alyssa Ruden combines with Lapica and Meyer to form a trio of tall posts that should be a nice asset for the Blue Jays this season.

The Blue Jays will also feature the following players: Junior: Brooklyn Gunderson Sophomores: Leah Aadnes, Grace Bates, Lakyn Bruhn, Shayna Dazell, Mckenna Hanson, Calli Hennesey Freshman: Tori Abrahamson, Raygen Lee, Leevi Meyer, Macy Nesheim, Lily Obert, and Elle Sorenson.

District 16 Outlook: Stanley returns one of the top players in Region 8 (Iverson), they are the favorites to take home the District 16 crown…. Divide County returns junior Lauryn Heidi and most of last year’s squad, they will be in the mix…. All- District selection Kathryn Handeland is gone but the Kenmare Honkers return a good chunk of last year’s squad including Sierra Overton (All-District)…. The Powers Lake Ranchers are the reigning District 16 Champion and they return all-district player Syndey Titus, but they will need to find a way to replace 2000 point scorer Brianna Honrud (All-State) and Grace Hove (All-District)… The Ray Jays lose District 16 Senior Athlete of the Year Marissa Veach off of last years District 16 runner-up squad…Burke County and Tioga will both have new coaches this season.

2017-2018 Stanley Girls Varsity Basketball Roster

1 Jossi Meyer 10 Center
2 Danae Vachal 11 Guard 5’3″
3 Taylor Dean 10 Guard 5’5″
4 Daphne Enander 11 Guard
11 Alyssa Ruden 10 Center
15 Hayley Schmidt 11 Guard
21 Hannah Sorenson 11 Guard 5’5″
23 Abby Iverson 12 Guard
31 Sydney Larson 11 Guard 5’3″
34 Logan Lapica 9 Center 6’0″

2017-2018 Stanley Girls Basketball Schedule 

*Schedule subject to change.

11/27 Trenton Tournament JV Trenton TBA
11/28 Killdeer A,B,C Killdeer 4:00 MT
11/30 Trenton Tourn. JV Trenton TBA
12/1 Velva A Minot (Aud) 3:00
12/2 Westhope A Minot (Aud) 4:45
12/2 Trenton Tourn. JV Trenton TBA
12/4-12/9 Tioga Tourn. A Tioga TBA
12/16 DLB A,B,C Stanley 11:00
12/19 Tioga DH Stanley 3:00
12/21 Ray JH,C,JV Stanley 4:15
12/28 OR V,JV Minot Aud. JV6pm,V 8pm
1/2 Burke DH Burke 3:00
1/8 Ray A,B,C Stanley 4:15
1/9 DC A,B,C DC 4:15
1/16 Kenmare A,B,C Kenmare 4:15
1/20 New Town A,B,C Stanley 2:00
1/23 Watford City A,B,C Stanley 4:15
1/25 PL A,B,JH Stanley 4:30
1/27 MLS A,B,C MLS 10:30
1/30 Trenton A,B,C Trenton 4:30
2/1 Parshall A,B,JH Parshall 4:30
2/8,9,10 Districts A Stanley TBA
2/19,20,22 Regions A TBA TBA
3/1,2,3 State A Minot TBA

*Ian Grande is the Editor of the Stanley Gazette. If you have any comments or concerns please email StanleyGazette@gmail.com

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