Lady Divers ready to take the basketball court

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Breanna Wendland, a 2015 graduate of Lake Preston High School, is the new head coach for the Lake Preston Lady Divers basketball team. Wendland, the former Breanna Paul, was the assistant girls coach last year, under head coach Josh Warne. Carter Malone is assisting this year. There are 13 athletes on the team, and most of them are younger players.

Last season, there were seven players on the Lady Divers team, and they only played junior varsity, with no varsity games. This year, they will only play varsity with no JV. Wendland said that having a young varsity team might be more challenging, but it will be enjoyable. Three of the Lady Divers are temporarily out with injuries but expected to be able to play soon.

The De Smet School had agreed to let Lake Preston girls in grades 9-12 play on their team if not enough Lake Preston girls joined at their own school. That was an option that was being considered, but it won’t be necessary. There are enough Lake Preston players.

“It’s cool that De Smet was willing to do that,” Wendland commented, “but we had a meeting here (to see how many Lake Preston girls were interested), and the girls kept coming in the door. Now they have their own team. I’m excited and nervous for my first year as head coach, but I think it will be fun.”

Practice began Monday, and the girls’ first game is at home Dec. 9 against Oldham-Ramona/Rutland.

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