Evart girls basketball players set for another busy summer

EVART — This will be an important summer for coach Larry Brown and his Evart girls basketball program.

The Wildcats return only two players from last season’s team and Brown expects to have a young team. Now that the summer season has started, Brown is hoping to work heavily with the younger players to get ready for the 2012-13 campaign.

The summer schedule includes scrimmages Friday at Chippewa Hills. There will also be scrimmages in July.

“We try to get a lot of skill work done for individual kids,” Brown said. “June is usually our team month. July and August, we focus more on development for the individual.”

Six of eight Evart varsity players graduated. Saige Nabozny and Lydia Wetters will be back.

“My main thing this summer is to work with the younger kids. We’ll be young the next couple of years,” Brown said. “We have good sophomore and freshman classes. We’ll have a couple of kids playing up this year, due to our numbers. But they’re skilled players.”

This week, Brown was scheduled to have open gyms for his players.

“We’ll do what we can for the young kids this summer and hopefully it will pay off in the long run,” Brown said.

One incoming freshman player is Mara VanOrder, whose older brother Jarek was a senior for the boys squad last season.

“I do play at Morey Courts and I come to these skill sessions and practice with the high school girls,” she said. “I think it’s pretty important. You learn the game better.”