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By Amber Hayden
BOYCEVILLE — The Boyceville girls’ basketball team have high hopes for the upcoming 2018-19 season after finishing 3-11 in the Dunn-St. Croix and 5-19 overall last season and falling to Clear Lake in the second round of the WIAA Division 4 tournament.
Head coach Jolene Bird, who begins her 22nd year with a record of 283-191, explained the Bulldogs lost only one player to graduation.
Marissa Dormanen graduated in the spring and was an offensive three-point shooter for Boyceville and led the team defensively. Dormanen put up 18 three-point shots, 58 defensive rebounds and 46 steals during the 2017-18 season.
“With our limited numbers all players will need to contribute,” Bird commented.
The Bulldogs welcome back six returning players to the 2018-19 squad, but Taylor Grambow will sit the season out after suffering a torn ACL in the offseason.
Rachel Prestrud and Tyra Kostman make their way back to the court for the Bulldog’s upcoming season.
Prestrud put up 182 points in her sophomore year, along with 56 rebounds and 22 assists, Kostman was 33 of 71 from the line as well as having 35 steals and eight blocks.
Senior Alyx Bloom returns to the Bulldogs after putting up 7 of 30 field goal shots, 41 rebounds and seven assists.
Juniors Ana Evenson and Emma Ouellette round out the returning players putting up 105 points between the pair. Evenson had seven steals and two blocks in her limited minutes and Ouellette rebounded the ball 70 times for Boyceville.
“We need to work hard and play smart every game and improve our record from last season,” stated the Bulldogs’ head coach.
Bird explained the two teams to watch will be Colfax and Durand who return a majority of the 2017-18 squads.
Boyceville opened their season on November 15 against Baldwin-Woodville and Alma/Pepin on November 19. The Boyceville Bulldogs conference play will begin on November 29 against Elk Mound at home.
Seniors: Alyx Bloom, Cholponai Batyrbekova.
Juniors: Ana Evenson, Taylor Grambow, Yaiza Granda Campos, Megan Hintzman, Tyra Kostman, Emma Ouellette and Rachel Prestrud.
Sophomores: Jensine Boesl, Kady Grambow, Faith Harnisch, Chrissa Kersten and Mya Lagerstrom.
Freshman: Harper Olson.