By Kelsie Hoitomt
BOYCEVILLE – The Boyceville girls’ basketball team has finished 12-4 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference the past two seasons and another solid season is anticipated.
The team lost its top two leading scorers to graduation, Cansis Bodsberg who had a 13.2 average and Krista Bodsberg who had a 9.0 average and fellow graduates Hannah Schutts and Lexi Stuart.
The Lady Bulldogs made it to the Regional Championship game last season where they lost to the Ladysmith Lumberjacks, but there are high hopes for a regional repeat appearance this year.
Leading the Bulldogs this season are seniors Kysa Franseen, Anna Jenkins and Katelyn Merten.
Also returning are April Lake, Kennedy Hellmann, Michaella Kegen, McKenzie Schultz, Abbey Bird, and Alexa Peterson.
“The door is wide open to players. There have been some players that put a lot of work in during the off season that are showing good potential to fill positions,” shared coach Jolene Bird of the teams newcomers this season.
Bird has been the head coach of the girl’s basketball team for 16 seasons now. She has a record of 222-112 coming into this year.
Bird said her goal for the team this season is to be competitive in every game.
“We seem to have a true team attitude, which will hopefully help our lack of experience together on the floor early in the season,” said Bird.
The Bulldogs’ first game is at home on November 20 against Elk Mound who is one of their top competitors. The game is set to start at 7:30 p.m.
• Seniors: Kysa Franseen, Katelyn Merten, Anna Jenkins
• Juniors: Kennedy Hellmann, April Lake, Michaella Kegen
• Sophomores: Abbey Bird, Brooklynn Blaser, Kayla Nelson, Kendall Wold, Alexa Peterson, Shyanne Marlett, McKenzie Schultz
• Freshman: Abbie Hayes, Hope Chovan, Peyton Hellmann, Marki Lagerstrom, Katie Kegen, Jenna Beyrer