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COLFAX — Vikings’ head coach Joseph Doucette, now in his 29th year and sporting a record of 551-113, and his Colfax girls’ basketball team will try to put in mamximum effort to claim the Dunn-St. Croix Conference title in the upcoming 2018-19 season.
And hopefully more!
The 2017-18 campaign was a season of near misses for the Lady Vikings as they finished 20-6 overall and 12-2 in the Dunn-St. Croix Conference. Colfax placed second just one game behind the D-SC champion Durand Panthers and lost in the WIAA Division 4 sectional championship to Melrose-Mindoro.
With the Colfax girls returning the entirety of last year’s squad, as none of them were lost to graduation last the spring, the squad is looking to do some special things on the hardwood this season.
“We return a lot of great kids, we have great depth but everyone will be pushed for playing time,” Doucette said.
Returning first-team, All-Conference forwards Kameri Meredith and Savannah Henricks after the pair put up 136 field goal points. Meredith finished the 2017-18 season with 193 rebounds and 53 assists, Henricks made 59 shots from the line and 32 three-point shots.
Alyssa Dachel and Emma Hurlburt return as well for the Lady Vikes after earning second team all-conference titles at the end of the 2017-18 season. Dachel will look to take her place as guard once again for Colfax seeing 74 assists and 41 steals against her opponents. Hurlburt will join the list of forwards, she put up a .600 percent from the free throw line and 120 rebounds for the Vikings.
Also returning for the 2018-19 season are Rachel Knutson, Rachel Scharlau, Addy Olson, Josie Steinke, Saville Wilson, Jayna Bowe, Marissa Harmon and Addison Olson, all of which are letter winners.
Senior Erica Kallstrom will join the roster for the upcoming season and will help the team, explained Doucette, along with a talented group of incoming sophomores and freshmen.
“Our goal is to work hard and get better as the year goes,” Doucette commented. “We want to impress our great fans with our hard work and team work. Our first goal is to win the D-SC conference championship.”
In order to do that, the Vikings will work on less turnovers compared to last year along with building up the offense against tough, physical defenses if they hope to make it back to the WIAA Sectional finals after losing 52-31 to Melrose-Mindoro.
Colfax has their eyes on Durand, Elk Mound and Glenwood City as the toughest opponents in the D-SC with Durand being the returning conference champs.
Doucette also commented that the Vikings have a tough non-conference schedule against many of the areas best teams.
The Lady Vikings will open their season with a pair of home games against Hayward on November 16 and Hudson on November 19. The start of conference play will come against Spring Valley in an away game on November 29.
Seniors: Alyssa Dachel, Savannah Henricks, Emma Hurlbert, Erica Kallstrom and Rachel Knutson.
Juniors: Jayna Bowe, Kameri Meredith, Addy Olson, Rachel Scharlau, Morgan Schleusner, Josie Steinke and Saville Wilson.
Sophomores: Bailey Bradford, Marissa Harmon, Abbie Irwin, Addisyn Olson, Ryleigh Parker and Jasmine Paulus.
Freshmen: Jasmine Best, Jillian Bowe, Emilee Burcham-Scofield, Evelyn Pommering, Alliya Rihn, Mariah Smith, Catherine Zons.