Poland girls basketball head coach Nick Blanch, going into his fourth season, must fill big shoes after losing five starting seniors last year. Blanch acknowledges the concern the need to create a strong bench for the upcoming basketball season. "The underclassman have a great opportunity to step up and contribute to the success of our team," he said. "Many of our girls worked out over the summer while attending open gym."
The four seniors that will lead the Bulldogs this year are: Rachel Robertson, Kasie Serich, and Liz Suess. Senior Marissa Trevis, who broke her leg at the end of soccer season in her sophomore year and sat out her junior to recover, gets back in action for the Lady Dogs this year.
"It feels a little scary knowing that it is my turn to lead," said Robertson, who is known for tenaciousness and competitive spirit will no doubt step into the leading role.
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Practices started last week as the Lady Bulldogs prepare for this season. Seniors, in front, Marissa Trevis, and in back, Rachel Robertson, Kasie Serich, and Liz Suess will be stepping into leadership roles this season.
"What makes this year so exciting are the athletes on this team who are thrilled to meet the demands that I have set before them," said coach Blanch. Not only are there new senior leaders, there is a new varsity coach added to the Lady Bulldogs coaching staff. With five years experience coming aboard from McDonald High School, Randy Riccitelli said he is excited to be a part of the Dogs' great tradition.
Also part of the staff is Poland graduate Niko Fatimus, in his third year coaching. He is using his shooting abilities to help improve the shooting power of the girls. New this season, Poland will host a Pennsylvania/Ohio Battle of the Border tournament at home on Monday, Nov. 26, sponsored by United Way Foundation.