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Reflecting on the Hancock GBB season

All-Conference and Honorable Mention. Six members of the Hancock girls basketball team were selected as All-Conference and Honorable Mention picks. They were from left - Kaylee Voorhees, Ilissa Koehl, Bree Holleman, Lauren Nelson and Lindsie Cunningham. Not pictured - Kendra Schmidgall. Photo by Katie Erdman

We ended the season with an impressive 22-4 record and another Pheasant Conference title. We picked up impressive wins over quality schools such as Minneota, Montevideo, Minnewaska, Benson, Battle Lake, Underwood, Barnesville, and Brandon-Evansville.

This was one classy group of girls who truly enjoyed spending time in the gym and with each other. They enjoyed watching game film on a Sunday afternoon, team meals, and other team bonding events.

As always it is hard to say goodbye to our seniors: Lindsie Cunningham, Bree Holleman, and Kaylee Voorhees. These three girls have been little gym rats since kindergarten. They have been extremely dedicated in basketball and straight-A students. They are excellent role models, both on and off the court. The successes and memories at HHS over the last four years include:

1. Freshman year -Runner-Up finish at the State Tournament! (26-4 record)

2. Sophomore Year - One game away from another state tournament trip with a loss to Ada-Borup, which was unfortunately moved into our section. (22-5 record)

3. Junior Year - numerous injuries but another great season with 18-4 record.

4. Senior Year - South subsection runner-up (22-4 record).

5. Four Pheasant Conference Titles

6. 42-2 record on the home court the past four years.

It will not be the same walking into the gym and not having Lindsie, Bree, and Kaylee meeting me at the door with some special ideas about what we should do at practice. I want to wish them all the success in the world at college and hope they come back to cheer on the Lady Owls next season.

Next year: We have a ton of talent returning as we went 9 deep at tournament time and our JV team finished with an impressive 20-2 record. Should be another successful season!!

Thank yous:

I would like to thank my assistant coaches, Kim Voorhees, Chad Christianson, and Liz Leuty. They all did an excellent job. Special thanks to Kim for all the extra jobs that you did throughout the season. It is very much appreciated! Thank you to Jon Cunningham for running the clock/stats, Bill Bigalke for doing the score book, and Mark Holleman and many others that volunteered time to do the stats. Thank you to Adam Steege for doing an outstanding job as Athletic Director and always staying on top of everything and getting the GBB team some extra home games.

Thank you to all the sponsors that purchased balls which were thrown out during the starting line-up of the GBB home games as follows: The Cutting Edge, Kim Wolf DJ Entertainment, Trico Ag Service, 1st American State Bank of Minnesota, Hancock Co-op, By-Lo Gas & Groceries, Inn Like Flinn's, Buddies Bar & Grill, Miller Trucking, and Federated Telephone.

Special thanks to Ken Grunig and the HHS pepband. Our band is definitely one of the top bands in the state. Thanks to Katie Erdman for designing our game program and the nice articles/pictures in the paper. Thanks to Gregg Cunningham for taking pictures. Thanks to Terry Timmerman for the neat banner of all the girls which was placed in the gym. Thanks to Paul McDonald (KMRS/KKOK) for their coverage and to all our local sponsors. Thanks to Ashley Christianson for all the special posters. Thanks to Trudy Staples and Dennis Jepma for helping with youth basketball. Thanks to Alison Bigalke for the parent's day tags, the wonderful senior profiles, and all the creative art-work. Thanks to Jody Cunningham and the other moms for the neat corsages for tournaments. Thanks to Kathryn Schmidgall for the team meal and to all the moms who provided meals/food for the team throughout the season. Thanks to Amy Brown for letting the team use her classroom and smart board to watch game film. Special thanks to Judy Johnson for keeping the gym, hallways, bathrooms amazingly clean. The school is extremely lucky to have you on staff!

Most of all, thank you to all the parents for raising such wonderful girls and letting them play basketball! I feel really blessed that I had the opportunity to coach these classy girls!