Coyote girls open at Pine River
REED CITY — The opening tipoff to the girls basketball season is less than a week away with the Reed City Coyotes preparing to take on Pine River in a road game Nov. 29.
This marks the third week of practice for the Coyotes.
“I think it’s going pretty good so far,” said Reed City coach Brian Koopman. “We’re getting the kids out and caught up on the same page and getting the young kids up and those not out on the varsity last year caught up.
“We’re looking on the little things and trying to get on shape.”
Kalee Hensel, Emma Lockhart, Jordyn Mason, Kasey Miller and Amanda Steig are among the key returning players from last year’s varsity squad.
Among the key returning players for Reed City will be Amanda Steig, who is coming off her first varsity cross country season.
Ally Stieg is among the new players.
After the Pine River game, Reed City takes on Cadillac on the road Dec. 2.
“Pine River the last couple of years has been very solid,” Koopman said. “Cadillac is a bigger school and gives us good battles.”
Steig, who ran cross country with Lindsey Ridderman and Emily McIntosh, also plays softball. She decided to focus on more conditioning by running cross country for the first time.
On the regionals, which ended the season for the girls, Reed City’s three runners finished 56th, 57th and 58th with Steig finishing in 23:16.03, Lindsey Ridderman in 23:16.47 and Emily McIntosh in 23:23.43.
“It went well,” Steig said. “I gradually improved throughout the whole season.”
The 23:16 was a personal best for Steig. She improved about 3:30 from the start of the season.
“My first mile, I improved by a minute and I kept that pace going,” she said.
Steig said she and the other girls wanted to help with the numbers for the cross country program.
“I got out of it a lot more than I was hoping to,” Steig said. “I have not done a fall sport since my freshman year.”
Ridderman plays soccer in the spring.
“We were all three first-time seniors,” Steig said. “It helps with conditioning a lot.”