Gaels hit the hardwood

The St. Edmond boys and girls hit the court for the first time Friday night, hosting Clarion-Goldfield/Dows.

Action begins at 6:15 p.m. inside the SEHS gym with the girls contest. Boys are set to tip at approximately 7:45 p.m.

“It’s been a long time (playing since the season started),” said St. Edmond head coach Adolph Kochendorfer. “We’ve had a good three weeks of practice.”

St. Edmond swept the two games last year, winning 64-42 in Clarion and 64-58 at home.

Senior Will Woodruff returns after a foot injury cut short his junior season. Woodruff was averaging 10 points and almost 13 rebounds per game.

Along with Woodruff, classmate Sean Flaherty, juniors Jackson Kochendorfer and Mitchell Rasmussen, and sophomore Jed Tracy will comprise the starting unit.

The Cowboys (0-1, 0-0) opened the season with a 72-66 setback against South Hardin earlier this week. Rhett Darland scored 21 points in the game, with Sam Urness adding 17.

Clarion-Goldfield/Dows went 12-12 last year and 7-7 in the NCC.

“They’ll (Clarion-Goldfield/Dows) will come here and play hard,” Kochendorfer said. “They have four starters coming back.

“We have to guard well and make them take tough shots, as well as rebound the ball. If we do that, no matter how well we shoot the ball, we’ll be in the game.”

St. Edmond (0-0, 0-0) will be without the services of senior guard Livi Huss for at least Friday night. Huss was limited to 11 games last season, averaging six points.

Senior Hannah Huss, who was recently named all-state in volleyball, will be joined by juniors Jacque Oberg, Macey Mason, Erin Flattery and Brea McNeil in the starting lineup. Flattery averaged 8.2 points and grabbed five rebounds last year, with Huss averaging five points and four boards.

“It’s been a long four weeks of playing against one another,” SEHS head coach Steve Neuberger said. “Everybody is really excited to get it going for real.”

Neuberger, who also serves as the school’s activities director, is in his first season in both roles. He previously coached the Remsen-Union and MMCRU boys basketball teams.

“It has been a seamless transition,” he said. “The girls have had a great attitude every night at practice. For me, it has been a real positive to be working with them and I’m excited to get started.”

The Cowgirls (1-1, 0-0) dropped a 66-56 decision to West Hancock to open the year, but rebounded with a 50-35 triumph over South Hardin recently. Freshman Raven Kinnete scored 23 points in the win.

Kinnete also hit double figures in her first varsity game, scoring 15. Courtney Harle is averaging 10 points per game.

Clarion-Goldfield/Dows was 2-20 a season ago and 1-13 in the league. The two teams split their series last year, with the Gaels winning 57-42 in Clarion and the Cowgirls returning the favor, 47-42.