The Lourdes winter sports teams jump into action this week. Check out the News-Press on Tuesday for results and pick up our commemorative winter sports edition in the Friday for team photos and stories on the upcoming year.
Lourdes Boys Basketball
After recording three straight state championships, the Lourdes Central basketball team will look to replace key players.
The Knights won eight straight games to conclude the 2017-18 year, including a 32-25 win over Kenesaw in the state finals to earn a third straight title. By the end of the season, the Knights had accumulated 21 wins and eight losses.
The Knights will be replacing eight seniors from last season. “At the beginning of the season the product on the floor will be a little bit different,” Coach Joe Tynon said.
With the team and players dealing with unknowns, Coach Tynon said the perception of a negative can actually be a positive because a lot of teams won’t know what kind of personnel the Lourdes team plans to feature. “We have some very talented kids,” said Tynon.
The Knights have a motto this year—that being “Rise to the Occasion.”
Lourdes basketball, having acquired plenty of accomplishments in the past, will look for new players to follow an established pattern of success.
Lourdes was set to jump right in to tournament action on Nov. 29.
Tynon said that he wanted to make the schedule was tough as possible especially into the month of February.
The Knights were to host a tournament on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Dec. 1. Teams were to include; Parkview Christian, Yutan, Elmwood-Murdock.
Lourdes was to Parkview Christian at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 29.
Lourdes Girls Basketball
The Lourdes girls basketball team returns eight players with varsity experience to start the 2018-2019 season.
Junior Libby Baumert, was the Knights leading scorer a year ago in helping lead the Knights to a 14-win campaign.
Macey Allgood and Jacey Kreifels, the lone seniors for the Knights, will share point-guard duties along with Addie DeFreece and Briana Fulton.
Ivye Meyer suffered an ACL injury last season and will be looking forward to getting back on the court.
Underneath the basket, six-foot tall Elaina Madison and six-foot-three Gina McGowen will look to take control of the paint.
Last season, the Knights lost six games by single digits.
“I think a lot of it was inexperience, and not being in the moment,” Coach Clay Carlton said.
Heading into this season, “guts” will be the Lourdes motto.
“It’s about getting through different circumstances and having some resolve,” Coach Carlton said. “We want them to be united and together.”
With key players returning, the Knights will look to use that experience and apply it to the court.
“They put in a lot of time during the off-season,” Carlton said. ‘They are stronger and faster and put in the work to be more athletic.”
The Lady Knights were to open the season against Duchesne on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Lourdes Central Catholic High School, starting at 6 p.m.