by Emma Cromidas
It’s the week after North Attleboro High School’s break for Thanksgiving, which means that winter sports are officially underway. The NAHS girls’ basketball team is ready to take this season by storm. The team, led by senior captains Ashley Ahern and Caroline Collard, is coached by Mr. Derek Herber who is in his third year as the head coach of the Rocketeers.
Last year’s team only had two key players graduate, Kiersten Bixby and captain Emily Peters, but there are multiple underclassmen who are expected to fill those big roles on the court this year. Sophomore guard Julia Feid saw multiple minutes on the court last year in her debut high school season and is expected to control the team’s offense this year.
Other returning players are juniors Emily Haskell and Julia Santos, who both saw their first varsity minutes last year as sophomores. Both Haskell and Santos mostly play the guard position and will be key in moving the offense down the court to score points.
The seniors of the 2016-2017 NAHS girls’ basketball team are captains Caroline Collard and Ashley Ahern, Liz Morehouse, Emily Schromm, and Sam Taggart.
When asked about last season, Collard stated, “We were very successful last season and that was due in part to our senior power forward Emily Peters. I hope I can fill her shoes and live up to the expectations this year. Even though we lost in the playoffs to a tough Oliver Ames team, we held our heads high and we’re just really looking forward to this season.”
Caroline and her teammates are excited for some tough competition in the Davenport League, especially with league rival Foxboro.
“Moving into the Davenport league is going to be an adjustment for us especially because we play teams like Sharon, Stoughton, and Milford twice now,” explained senior Emily Schromm. “I think we’ll have a great chance of being the champions of the Hockomock league, especially with our excellent coaching staff and motivation from the whole team.”
The team will be coached by Derek Herber, a coach that Collard says brings “a lot of positive energy to the team.” According to Schromm, the past two years that he has been involved in the program have showcased this team more than ever, and everyone on the team is excited for how he will coach the team to success this year.
When asked about the upcoming season, Mr. Herber stated that the team “just has to be the toughest one in the gym,” according to Collard. When asked if he was excited about the season, he stated, “of course I am. Why wouldn’t I be?”
The team is in the midst of tryouts this week, and everyone is hoping to grab a spot on the team. “Tryouts have been going really well so far. We have a lot of strong returning players as well as a lot of potential for the underclassmen,” explained Collard.
Collard stated that the starters for each game will vary depending on their opponent and the strengths that they need to play to during that particular game. “Everyone on the team is so talented and versatile that we won’t have a problem with whatever the lineup is,” explained Collard.
The Red Rocketeers Girls’ Basketball team will host their first game of the season at the North Attleboro High School against Franklin on Tuesday, December 13th.