Milbank Area Lady Bulldogs are set to tip off their 2015-16 high school basketball season with a public scrimmage Thursday, December 3, at 7 p.m. at the Koch School gym. Fans are asked to bring a bottle of water or sports drink for admission. The beverages will be served to the players at out-of-town games.
Head coach Joe Frederiksen heads into his sixth season leading the Lady Bulldogs and has a 60-51 overall coaching record. He will be assisted by Jolene Rick and Eric Townsend.
Milbank Area has several holes to fill from a strong senior class that graduated last year. Leading the team are seniors: Shelby Hooth, Tori Brandenburger, Cara Berkner, Mikayla Street, and foreign exchange student Thanyanat Maneerat from Thailand.
Other returning letter winners are: Mackayla Schuelke, Mikaela Hoeke, Caryssa Mielitz, Karlee Mertens, and Molly Rick.
Younger players who will vie for varsity positions include: Shea Hooth, Sophia Seffrood, Clare Van Dover, Ashley Wollschlager, Katie VanderWal, LaChasity Finley, and Faith Brandenburger.
Rounding out the roster are freshmen: Elisabeth Schwenn, Jaden Hoeke, Chloe Bender, Makayla Johnson, Kylie Kasuske, Kylie Roggenbuck, Taylor Thue, Kellie Christians, Gabbi Cummins, Ana Mathews, Tonya Meyers, and Katie Wollschlager.
“We hope to play a more up-tempo game this season,” noted Frederiksen. “We will need to push the ball more on offense and have better starts to our games.” The team hopes to be competitive and be in the hunt for a state tournament appearance.
Other teams to watch in the Northeast Conference and region include Webster Area, Hamlin, and Aberdeen Roncalli. Milbank Area will battle Roncalli, Britton-Hecla, Groton Area, Sisseton, Tiospa Zina, and Webster Area in the region tournament.
Following is the complete girls basketball schedule for this season:
Lady Bulldogs Girls Basketball
Date- Time- Opponent- Location
12/08/15 6:30 p.m. Tiospa Zina – V only Agency Village
12/12/15 2 p.m. Deubrook Area – C, JV, V Toronto
12/15/15 4 p.m. Sisseton – C, JV, V – doubleheader Sisseton
12/17/15 5:15 p.m. Redfield-Doland – C, JV, V Milbank
12/21/15 5:30 p.m. Clark-Willow Lake – JV, V Willow Lake
12/29/15 TBA Waubay-Summit Milbank Shootout
01/04/16 5:15 p.m. Morris Area – C, JV, V Milbank
01/07/16 5:15 p.m. Groton Area – C, JV, V Milbank
01/08/16 6 p.m. Wilmot JV – C only Wilmot
01/11/16 4:45 p.m. Ortonville, MN – JV, V – doubleheader Milbank
01/14/16 6:15 p.m. Canby, MN – C only Canby
01/15/16 4 p.m. Britton-Hecla – JV, V – doubleheader Britton
01/15/16 5 p.m. Henricks, MN – C only Hendricks
01/21/16 5:15 p.m. Hamlin – C, JV, V Hayti
01/23/16 2 p.m. West Central – C, JV, V – doubleheader Milbank
01/26/16 4:30 p.m. Warner – C, JV, V Warner
01/29/16 5:15 p.m. Aberdeen Roncalli – C, JV, V Milbank
01/30/16 2 p.m. Castlewood – JV, V Milbank
02/02/16 5:15 p.m. Madison – C, JV, V Milbank
02/05/16 4 p.m. Sisseton – C, JV, V – doubleheader Milbank
02/11/16 6:30 p.m. Webster Area – JV, V Webster
02/11/16 6 p.m. Canby, MN – C only Milbank
02/16/16 4 p.m. Ortonville, MN – JV, V – doubleheader Ortonville
02/18/16 6:30 p.m. Deuel – JV, V Milbank
02/20/16 TBA Clark Tournament – C only Clark
02/23/16 4:30 p.m. Region 1A – first round Britton
02/25/16 6 p.m. Region 1A – semi-finals Britton
03/01/16 7 p.m. Region 1A – championship Britton
03/10/16 to 03/12/16 TBA State A Tournament Watertown