While many are dreading the cold Minnesota winter, Hillcrest students look forward to basketball season. Many Hillcrest athletes look forward to the start of the winter sports season, while others see it as a time to show their school spirit by superfanning at the games.
The Lady Comets are looking to improve their skills in their quest to win more games than last season. The girls are emphasizing teamwork, and are growing closer as a team on and off the court. Senior Kelsey Nersten said her goals for the team were to play for God, learn to play as a team, and win more games than they have in past years.
The Lady Comets are coached by Mr. Charlie Brue. The Lady Comets coach for a number of seaons, Brue’s teams are netorious for their relentless play and hard work.
In their home opener the Lady Comets lost 64-47 after Ortonville shot 59% from the floor. Junior Laura Tungseth had 22 points, Senior Kelsey Nersten added 15 points. and Sophomore Emma Royce pulled down 7 boards.
They play Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday and Ashby Thursday as the Ladies open the season with 3 straight home games.
The Boys’ Basketball team ended last season with a 14-9 record. The Comets are hoping to improve on that mark this season.
Hillcrest is honored to have Mr. Preston as the head basketball coach, entering his 22nd season in the position. According to Coach Preston, the main thing that will make or break this team is how hard the boys work together as a team. “We have some good outside shooters, some guys that can be physical in the post, and Daniel (Nersten) who can penetrate to the basket,” commented Preston.
Senior Daniel Nersten commented on the upcoming season, “Some of our strengths this year are that we have height, and we can push the ball up the floor. We really need to work on our defense in order to be successful.”
The boys face a tough schedule this year, but are all determined to work hard as a team and play for the glory of God. A hallmark of Comet Basketball, playing under-control and working to share Christ through their play.