Record last season: 18-5
Coach: Jeff Keller (18th season)
Returning starters: Lauren Hoffman, Sr., guard; Sarah Grinsteiner, Jr., post; McKensie Keller, So., guard; Adrianna Lehr, guard.
Other key players: Arica Myhre, Sr., forward; Marissa Ladwig, So., post/forward.
Noteworthy: Hoffman was all-state last year.
Coach Keller says: “Our strengths are being able to pound the boards and play a more aggressive style of defense.”
Coach: Shawn Hollowell (1st season)
Returning starters: Bethany VanDyke, Sr., guard; Ashley Watts, Jr., guard.
Other key players: Sierra Bayles, So., guard; Abbey Hollowell, So., forward; Brooke Hollowell, Fr., forward; Renae Criswell, Fr., forward; Heidi Gates, Jr., guard; Taylor Widdicombe, Jr., guard; Aryn Thrower, Jr., guard; Tatia Hollowell, eighth grade, forward.
Noteworthy: Hollowell was the Hysham head football coach for 17 seasons and head boys basketball coach for six. He was an assistant football coach at his alma mater, Rocky Mountain College, for three years.
Coach Hollowell says: “We have a very young team with great determination. We only have one senior and our girls will have to play team ball to be successful. Our goals include playing Saturday night at our District tournament in Miles City.”
Record last season: 9-13
Coach: Tom Billing (3rd season)
Returning starters: Shelby Murnion, Jr., guard; Courtney Thomas, Jr., guard; Taylor Billing, Sr.; Crystal Wright, Jr., post; Stephanie Shawver, Jr., guard.
Other key players: Shilo Bollinger, Jr., guard; Seanna Treadway, Fr., guard; Cassidy Billing, So., post; Madison Billing, Fr., post; Rowena Fitzgerald, Fr., guard; Katy Phipps, Fr., post; Raina Johnson, Fr., guard; Kady Lyn Cosgriff, Fr., post; Saharee Lilly, Fr., forward.
Coach Billing says: “We have more depth at every position, which makes practice more competitive and improves every one.”
Coach: Ole Eike (1st season)
Returning starters: Camie McCaffree, Sr.; Sara Lawson, Sr.
Noteworthy: Both McCaffree and Lawson were all-conference last year. … Eike attended school at Melstone and Billings Central before graduating in 1998 and then attending UM Western and MSU Billings.
Coach Eike says: “We have a very young team with seven sophomores and freshmen mixed in with two seniors and one junior. We are just looking to improve every day and be playing our best at tournament time.”
Northern Cheyenne Lady Eagles
Record last season: 0-18
Coach: August Scalpcane (1st season)
Returning starter: Rhea Littlesun, Jr., guard.
Other key players: Darisa Swank, Sr., guard; Jade Menendez, Sr., forward; Veronic Vance, Jr., guard; Aaliyah Cunningham, Fr., forward.
Noteworthy: Scalpcane is a Colstrip High graduate of 1992. … Swank transferred from Lame Deer.
Coach Scalpcane says: “This team has not won a game in four years. That is all about to change this year through hard work and dedication. We’re going to make things happen following the leadership of Darisa Swank.”
Record last season: 19-6
Coach: Britt Buerkle (4th season).
Returning starters: Kelly Gray, Sr., guard; Jalyn Walker, So., guard; Lexyn Walker, So., guard; Shawanna Steffes, So., forward.
Other key players: Abby Tunby, So., forward.
Coach Buerkle says: “We are young but experienced. It should be a fun year. There are a lot of good teams in our conference so it could be interesting.”
St. Labre Lady Braves
Coach: Curt Shaw (1st season)
Returning starter: Johnee Jo Walks Along.
Other key players: Chenona Cano, Sr., center; Sierra Alexander, Sr., forward; Sarah Leedom, Sr., guard; Shelby Cuny, Sr., forward; Lashon Two Two, Jr., guard; Marissa Speelman, Jr., forward; Maggi Yazzie, Jr., forward; Diandra Standing Elk, Jr., guard; Conzuelo Lopez, Jr., forward; Vonnda Lei, Jr., center; Kanani Birdinground, Fr., forward.
Noteworthy: St. Labre competed in District 3B last year. … Walks Along averaged six boards per game last year. … Shaw had an overall record of 214-168. He is a graduate of Belle Fourche High School in South Dakota, class of 1967 and attended Black Hills State University.
Coach Shaw says: “With a new coach and new system it will take a little time to put the pieces together. We are working to get better every day and we will be competitive in every game and look forward to a successful season.”
Coach: Sharilyn Kortum (2nd season)
Record last season: 19-8, state qualifier
Returning starters: Carly Stickel, 5-10, Jr., guard; Dani Dukart, 5-9, Jr., guard; Amanda Haidle, 5-10, Jr., forward.
Other key players: Lorna Wollman, 5-6, Jr., guard; Franque Robertson, 5-5, Jr., guard; Kristina Fredrickson, 5-5, Jr., guard; Amy Browning 5-8, So., post; Ashley Morast, 5-6, So., post; Lindsay Stickel, 5-1, Fr., guard; Anna Fredrickson, 5-3, Fr., guard.
Noteworthy: The Terriers don’t have a senior. They do have six juniors.
Coach Kortum says: “We had a lot of fun last year and hope to do the same in 2010. Our goal is to work hard, work together and compete. We’re excited about the opportunity to continue building where we finished in 2009.”