Media day photos by Cody Ottinger and Kara Raeth | CatchMark
Oakridge’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.
Check out photos of the Eagles above as well as a season preview below:
COACH: Morgan (Giddings) Wahr (2nd season).
LAST YEAR’S RECORDS: 8-10 overall (5-9 West Michigan Conference, 5th place).
RETURNING STARTERS: Delaney Ruel (Senior, Guard/Forward, 5-6); Destyni Lane (Junior, Guard, 5-4); Anna Lundquist (Sophomore, Forward, 6-1).
KEY RETURNEES: Jasmine Pastor (Senior, Guard, 5-6); Kaelinn Jozsa (Sophomore, Forward, 5-10); Lily Blackburn (Junior, Guard, 5-8).
NEW PROSPECTS: Andrea Romero-Serrano (Junior, Guard, 5-5); Mallori Whipple (Sophomore, Guard, 5-3).
STRENGTHS: The determination and reluctancy to give in will be the theme for the Eagles this season. A variety of offensive weapons and a deep bench will allow for many players to make scoring contributions. Multiple lineup options will help the Eagles to form a defense that best suits their opponents.
WEAKNESSES: According to Wahr, Oakridge will need to control tempo and execute rehearsed game plans to find success in a tough league in the 2021-22 season.
SEASON OUTLOOK: Oakridge will utilize diversified offensive skill and can-do attitude to compete with every team in the WMC. The Eagles’ underdog mentality and will provide opportunities to create upsets throughout the season.
The experience from returning players will provide guidance for new teammates and give the Eagles the tact they need to compete in almost every game this season.
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