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Inexperienced Whitehall girls basketball team looks to improve as 2021-22 season progresses

Multi-sport standout Charley Klint is the lone returning starter for the Vikings.

Media day photos by Cody Ottinger and Kara Raeth | CatchMark

Whitehall’s 2021-22 girls basketball team attended the VanDyk Mortgage West Michigan Conference media day last Wednesday at the Viking Athletic Center (VAC) in Whitehall.

Here are photos of the Vikings as well as a season preview:

COACH: Derek Westerlund (7th season).

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS: 11-5 overall (10-5 West Michigan Conference, 3rd place).

RETURNING STARTER: Charley Klint (Forward, 5-8).

KEY RETURNEE: McKena Coron (Forward, 5-8).

NEW PROSPECTS: Hailey Carnes (Guard, 5-6); Marissa Strandberg (Guard, 5-7); Lola Buckner (Guard, 5-7); Onnyka Dempsey (Guard, 5-7); Autumn Ferris (Center, 5-11).

STRENGTHS: The Vikings possess quickness and athleticism, which should allow them to cause problems defensively.

WEAKNESSES: A lack of height and very little varsity experience could be issues for Whitehall.

SEASON OUTLOOK: Westerlund believes the Vikings will be a lot better in February than they are in December. He thinks his team can beat any team in the league on any given night, but it’s going to be a learning process.

Westerlund thinks Whitehall can finish in the top three of the league if the Vikings really improve.

Senior Charley Klint is the lone returning starter, and she’ll be expected to carry the load for the Vikings, especially early. In an age of sports specialization, Klint is a three-sport athlete, excelling in volleyball, basketball and track and field.

“Just a great kid that loves to compete,” Westerlund said.

“Great group of girls, but very little varsity experience.”

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