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Greyhound girls ready to begin 2021 season

File photo by Steve Muscatello Lily Franta is one of the returning starters for the Greyhounds this season.

NEW ULM — Despite the pandemic, the New Ulm Cathedral girls’ basketball team is ready for the upcoming season.

Today’s technology has been a good thing for the ream. Head coach Dave Wilfahrt said despite the players not being able to practice in the gym, they were able to conduct some virtual practices where the coaching staff was able to go over things with the players.

The students conducted their own conditioning drills which has translated into the team being able to “hit the ground running once they were able to get into the gym,” Wilfahrt said.

Wilfahrt said Cathedral will continue to follow all safety guidelines that are in place and will do so while they are playing. He said the girls are grateful to be able to compete and they want to continues they can play and finish the season.

Cathedral will be able to play a couple of nonconference games this season. The Greyhounds are hopeful that everything will work out so they can participate in those contests.

There are 16 students out this season and three of them are seniors. The seniors are Elizabeth Griebel, Claire Olson and Sarah Mohr. The trio will serve a captains, and Wilfahrt said he will be looking to them for leadership this season.

Wilfahrt said the Greyhounds will also be hoping that juniors Lily Franta, Livia Reinarts and Emily Schommer will contribute the team’s success this season.

Jenna Hotovec and Abby Schugel are two freshmen that Wilfahrt hopes will help the team. Maddie Gilles, an eighth-grader, will round out the team this year.

“I’m hopeful that our younger girls will step up and be a pleasant surprise for us,” Wilfahrt said. “This will certainly be something to watch for this year because we did have a different offseason.”

Wilfahrt said there isn’t a set lineup yet due in part to the number of participants who are out this year. He is hopeful that everyone will be ready to step up when needed to fill any open position on the court.

“I am certainly excited to get the season started,” Wilfahrt said. “I believe we are headed in a positive direction when it comes to the pandemic, so I’m looking forward to a complete season from here on out.”

Wilfahrt admitted that the team has a lot to learn and they continue to work on their fundamentals. He said the girls have decided to focus on what they can control, improve each day, work hard and have a good season.

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