by Jake DeLuca
The West Shamokin Wolves girls’ varsity basketball team is coming off the most successful season in school history after finishing last season with a school record 15 wins (15-8). This year they will look to build on that success as they enter their first season of play in the Heritage Conference.
Last season the Wolves were bounced out of the playoffs in the first round after suffering a loss to Carynton, but on the bright side the Wolves kept a majority of their impact players from last season including three starters.
“Katie (Glover) and Andrea (Orlosky) are returning starters, they’re seniors and started last year. Jasah (Huth) is also a starting senior this year and she was our first sub off the bench last year. She has a lot of experience. Olivia (Fusaro) at the point guard, this is her third year starting, she started as a freshman and she’s now a junior. Shelby Clowser is our other starter right now and she was one of our first guard subs off the bench last year. Our starting five is three seniors and two juniors with a lot of varsity experience. Andrea (Orlosky) started for three years, Katie (Glover) started for three years, and Olivia started for three years – so they’re seasoned,” second year Head Coach Frank Nagy said.
Nagy has gotten off to just the kind of start any new coach would hope for after setting a school record for wins last season and this year he sees no reason why they can’t be better.
“Last year was my first year (coaching) and just where we are right now compared to last year with offenses and defenses we’re head and shoulders above it. They know the plays, they know the defenses, they know what I expect them to do, the little things that I focus on and nothing is a surprise. At this point last year we were pretty rusty with things and right now we’re in a pretty good spot with a veteran group,” Nagy said.
In sports winning is a culture and the group of girls that play for West Shamokin know all about a winning culture. A lot of the girls on the team were a part of the volleyball team that made a deep playoff run this season and Coach Nagy is looking for them to bring that attitude with them this season.
“They expect to win. The volleyball program has been great all these years and they’ve had success. We have gone to the playoffs in basketball the past few years in a row, so they expect to win. As a team we expect to be in playoffs. Our goal is that we want to win the heritage and move on to District 6 and win District 6 and move on. We know that’s going to be extremely hard to do and that’s every other teams goal too, but they know how to win and that’s what they expect,” Nagy said.
The girls will have the rest of this week to prepare for the start of the season before heading to Armstrong High School’s Tip-Off Tournament on Friday, December 9.