BELDING — Just like the Belding boys basketball team, the Redskins girls team will begin the season with a new coach.
Stepping into the coach’s position is Brad Wilson. Wilson was the junior varsity coach last year and replaces longtime Belding coach Mike Nelson.
The Redskins are coming off a 6-15 season. Their season ended with a 67-57 loss to Tri County in the first round of the district basketball tournament.
Last year was a growing season for the Redskins as they featured an extremely young team.
Wilson said his team is heading in the right direction with its work ethic.
“Our team has a very good work ethic. Another strong point will be our team speed,” Wilson said. “We will look to be consistent and limit our turnovers.”
More times than not, the ball will be in the hands of point guard McKenzie Breimayer. The returning guard was O-K Blue all-conference a year ago as a sophomore.
“McKenzie is our team captain, has a strong work ethic and runs our offense well,” Wilson said.
Other key returners include Stefanie Harig, Rachel Hunt and Haylee Batzer. Both Harig and Hunt played varsity a year ago with Breimayer as sophomores.
“Stefanie is also a team captain and a vocal leader,” Wilson said. “Rachel and Haylee are spark plug players that bring energy to the floor and create turnovers.”
Wilson said the team goal is to win the league title.
“Allendale, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Creston are new league additions,” he said. “All three will be strong opponents. Sparta, Coopersville and Comstock Park always compete well.
It should be a wide open race. Wyoming and Sparta are coming in with the best records from a year ago,” Wilson added.
The Redskins open the season at home against Wyoming Godwin Heights tomorrow. They will face rival Greenville on the road Friday.