November 2018

The SEVENth through 12th grade girls who are playing for the Blackhawks girls’ basketball team this year are, front row, left to right: Natasha Towe, Kenlie Fridley, Jaycee Baruth, Bella Fry, Ellie Evans, Kailynn Eggleston, Kara Wormstadt, Aubrey Senska and Dayton Easton; middle row: Laura de Souza Marinho, Abby Vermeulen, Jeslynn Moody, Madi Moody, Kaylee White, Katie Schmit, Samantha Dean, Morgan Schmiedt, Ellie VonEye, Tristan Jensen and Teya Moody; back row: Chiara Heiss, Kayanah Peterson, Taryn Ziebart, Mariah Jost, Tesa Jensen, Megan Poyer, Brooke Doering, Erica Howard, Cassidy Slykhuis, Trista White, Trinity Boschee and Taylor Lindsey.

The Blackhawk girls’ basket ball team has several ladies who saw a lot of varsity playing time last year, so that will make the transition into this year’s team a little easier. According to Head Coach Tim McCain, “We return only two starters, but we have some other girls who gained valuable experience last year. We will have some girls who will need to step up their game and fill their roles to have a successful season. We have some size and quickness, and we hope to utilize that at both ends of the floor.  We will be challenged during the season as we will play in a very good conference and will face a strong non-conference schedule. Our goal is to keep improving as the season progresses and prepare ourselves to make a run in the post-season.”

The Lady Blackhawks finished last year’s season with a record of 13-9. They bring back six players who all saw playing time in each game of the season and averaged at least 1.5 points or better per game. There will be some great leadership in the five returning seniors who all saw a lot of varsity playing time. They are Megan Poyer, Tesa Jensen, Abby Vermeulen, Madi Moody and Erica Howard. Juniors Kaylee White, Mariah Jost, Taryn Ziebart, Katie Schmit, Samantha Dean and Taylor Lindsey will also play important roles for this year’s team. With all the upper-class experience on their side, the SCW girls should see some success this season. 

The girls’ team will have their first game at a Jamboree at James Valley Christian on Saturday, Dec. 1.

…See the rest of their basketball schedule in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.

Blackhawk Boys excited for new season

Weber to retire from coaching after 2018-19 season

Members of the Blackhawks boys’ basketball team in grades seven through 12 for the 2018-19 season are front row, left to right: Evan VonEye, Gabe Freidel, Dylan Klich, Michael Hoffman, Aiden Lieber, Westin Hagman, Trey Moody and Carver Lindsey; second row: Toby Kneen, Coen Harvey, Cody Slykhuis, Jeff Boschee, Chase Linn, Cooper Goldammer and Carter Christian; third row: Tryce Slykhuis, Ryan Poyer, Andrew Lindgren, Spens Schlicht, Phillip Hines, Mason Moody and Trey Ulmer; back row: Kadin Schlenker, Sawyer Senska, Cayden Slykhuis, Malachi Bruce, Tater Moody, Noah Dickson and Austin Schmit.

The 2018-19 basketball season is upon us, and both girls and boys basketball teams show great promise and potential for a successful season, but not without some changes being made. Both the boys and the girls have new players to fill in some important roles left open from graduating players on last year’s teams. Along with that, some coaching responsibilities will be slowly changing hands, with the complete switch to come at the end of the season.

Coach Rod Weber is set to retire from the Head Boys Basketball position after his 20th season for Woonsocket and SCW. Coach Weber has a career boys basketball record of 225-151, and his combined head girls and boys coaching career record is 277-199. Weber has been one of a handful of coaches who continues to be an administrator. “This doesn’t happen very often, so I’m very thankful that our community has allowed me to maintain both of my passions as a basketball coach and as a school administrator.”

…Read on and see the schedule in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

Volunteers who helped organize for the Our Greatest Gifts 5K event in Woonsocket on Nov. 24 are pictured above, front row, left to right: Becca Grassel, Emily Henriksen and Janell Boschee. Standing in the back: Gay Swenson, Heather Westendorf with her daughter Alli Westendorf standing in front of her, Mandy Schulz, Emily George, Janet Baysinger, Jeff Schulz, Jayni Schulz, Colleen Swenson, Alberta Fink, Marie Collum and Kristi Schulz. Thrivent Financial matched funds for the event to help raise money for Marie Collum’s cancer treatment and surgery. Other pictures of the event can be seen in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal.