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2017-2018 high school girls basketball previews

Updated Friday, December 1, 2017

2017-2018 high school girls basketball previews - schools listed in alphabetical order.

alabamaAlabama School for the Deaf

Coach: Marvice Robinson, 1st season

Last season’s results: 7-21 (Lost in 1A Area 7 semifinals)

Key players: Zackeshia Jordan

Coach's outlook: We lost two great basketball players from last year and this is a rebuilding year for us.

americanAmerican School for the Deaf

Coach: Jesus Marchan, 1st season

Last season’s results: 13-7 (NESD Tip-Off runner-up)

Key players: Craichelle Morrison, Emily Pagan, and Jatara Page

Coach's outlook: Jesus Marchan takes over the girls team that looks to begin building for the future. The team consists of just one senior in Craichelle Morrison who plays tough down in the paint. Emily Pagan continues to improve as she picks up her skill set. Team success will depend heavily on contributions from Jatara Page. Overall the team is very young and in full learning mode.

arkansasArkansas School for the Deaf

Coach: Tommy Varner, Jr., 2nd season

Last season’s results: 14-6 (Ranger Classic runner-up, GPSD champions)

Key players: Mikka Coburn and Cieara Williams

Coach's outlook: We lost two key players to graduation. I’m hoping the two new players can step up and fill that role. Our strengths is fast break and defense. As for the offense, we are still trying to find our identity.

fremontCalifornia School for the Deaf, Fremont

Coach: Joshua Weinstock, 2nd season

Last season’s results: 15-13 (Lost in 1st round of NCS Division 6 playoff)

Key players: Jade Dawson, Hannah Wetzel, and Malia Zornoza

Coach's outlook: CSD will return eight players from last year’s young 15-13 squad with the first continuing head coach in four seasons. The Eagles have a difficult start to their season as the majority of the basketball players are on the Varsity volleyball squad who are continuing their season in the state playoffs, missing two weeks’ worth of practice. However, the coaches are thrilled for the volleyball team's historic run in the postseason. Season highlights will be attending three tournaments including the Nike Central Valley Showdown in Fresno, hosting the second annual CSD Classic, the 18th Clerc Classic at MSSD, and an away game at our sister school, CSD Riverside for the Battle of California match-up in their brand-new gym.

delawareDelaware School for the Deaf

Coach: Nicole Laszczynski, 6th season

Last season’s results: 12-8 (ESDAA D1 champions)

Key players: Carolyn Russell and JyAjia Bratten

Coach's outlook: This should be an interesting year for our team. Our team will consist of four high school girls with the rest of the team made up with middle school girls.

floridaFlorida School for the Deaf and Blind

Coach: Joy Moers, 1st season

Last season’s results: 8-16 (Mason Dixon runner-up, lost in 4A District 2 playoff)

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: In the future, we could have a few key players and for this season, we don't have any best player, but we do have a good post player in Lourdinne Jordonne. For this year’s team, we have six freshmen and three sophomores. This group is one of our youngest rosters. With a new coach and philosophy, we are a team that is rebuilding.

georgiaGeorgia School for the Deaf

Coach: Danny L. Woolmaker, 14th season 

Last season’s results: 14-10

Key players: Chynah Johnson

Coach’s outlook: This could be a great year for us and we are ready to fire it up!

illinoisIllinois School for the Deaf

Coach: Chris Kuhn, 6th season

Last season’s results: 2-16 (Lost in Class 1A regional quarterfinals)

Key players: N/A

Coach's outlook: We have great guard speed on both sides of court. Hopefully with that speed and experience we have from our guards, we will be able to win at least eight games this year.

indianaIndiana School for the Deaf

Coach: Amanda Huser, 7th season

Last season’s results: 19-5 (Allie Jean Hale Classic champions, lost in Sectional 58 quarterfinals)

Key players: N/A

Coach's outlook: I have nine players who are key players in their own roles. Our season outlook is still questionable due to too many injuries. We will start with the unknown and finish an unforgettable season.

iowaIowa School for the Deaf

Coach: Dan Gradoville, 37th season

Last season’s results: 1-18

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: We have very few girls out for the team and we will struggle to be competitive.

kansasKansas School for the Deaf

Coach: Dean Muszynski, 1st season

Last season’s results: 14-7 (Neesam Classic champions)

Key players: Madison Welch, Tiadra Vang, and Kaylee Wells

Coach's outlook: KSD returns six players from last year’s squad that went 14-7. This group is very balanced. We have point guards, wings, posts.

lexingtonLexington School for the Deaf

Coach: Gerard Sorrentino, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 14-5 (NJSD Tip-Off champions, Metro League champions)

Key players: Heidy De La Rosa, Gigi Zheng, and May Tun

Coach's outlook: We expect to be a competitive team seeking our second straight Metro League title.

marylandMaryland School for the Deaf

Coach: Amy Mowl, 8th season

Last season’s results: 26-2 (Orioles Classic champions, Clerc Classic champions, Maryland Independent Athletic Conference champions, NDIAA D1 national champions)

Key players: Cassidy Perry, Ernelina Beldon, and Rajena Guettler

Coach's outlook: MSD returns five players from last year's squad that went 26-2. The five returners are Ernelina Beldon, Rajena Guettler, Meghan Luebehusen, Anevay Patterson, and Cassidy Perry. We are all-in on our young core of freshmen. This freshmen group has a mixture of position capabilities and skills.

michiganMichigan School for the Deaf

Coach: Lucas VanDalen, 1st season

Last season’s results: 2-16 (Lost in Class D District 106 semifinals)

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: This year is a new program for the girls along with a new head coach. We have many experienced players returning from last year with two seniors and four juniors. We have just one sophomore and two freshmen. We will play against six different Deaf schools which include Rochester, St. Mary's, Kentucky Classic, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania. We also have good competition in our league as well. This season is a big test for us with a new program and head coach.

minnesotaMinnesota State Academy for the Deaf

Coach: Sabrina Hubmer, 15th season

Last season’s results: 9-7 (Co-op team with Shattuck-St. Mary’s)

Key players: Kayla Mitchell

Coach's outlook: We are thrilled to have a team this year after not having one for two years. The team is very young with Kayla Mitchell as the only senior on the team. We also have a new assistant coach, Kali Frowick. We are very excited about the upcoming season. We do believe that we will have a much better team with a few weeks of practices and games. We are excited about the future of our team and program.

mississippiMississippi School for the Deaf

Coach: Victorica Monroe, 2nd season

Last season’s results: 18-5 (Mason Dixon champions, Region 7-1A runner-up, lost in 2nd round of Class 1A state playoff, NDIAA D2 national champions)

Key players: Nilah Orey, Raegan Hendrix, and Alexis Roberts

Coach's outlook: Our young team might be a little different than last year’s historic season nevertheless they are still a strong and quick team. We will adjust, learn some new things, and make changes. We look forward to making strides and I know we will have a great season.

missouriMissouri School for the Deaf

Kenneth Hartman, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 3-16

Key players: Delanzia Hayes and Melissa Davis

Coach's outlook: N/A

model-secondaryModel Secondary School for the Deaf

Coach: Nukeitra Hayes, 4th season

Last season’s results: 10-15

Key players: N/A

Coach’s outlook: Every year at MSSD, there is always a good surprise with what kind of players we have. We do have four returning players from last year. This year we have many new players and many of them have never played together before so this will be a quite an interesting season for us all.

new-jerseyNew Jersey School for the Deaf

Coach: Carolynne Reed, 13th season

Last season’s results: 5-12 (ESDAA D2 runner-up)

Key players: DeAvian Watson, Giezi Teutle, and Alexis Holland

Coach's outlook: We are reorganizing and look forward to a successful season.

new-yorkNew York School for the Deaf

Coach: John Diehl

Last season’s results: 5-17 (NJSD Tip-Off runner-up)

Key players: Samantha Pon, Anjel Perez, and Silmara Campos

Coach's outlook: Last year was a struggle as we lost one of key players for the season from an injury. I believe we will be good team this year if we can stay healthly. We think we will be in the top-four at ESDAA.

ohioOhio School for the Deaf

Coach: Dawn Fitch, 1st season

Last season’s results: 5-12

Key players: Nicole Greene and Mierra Robinson

Coach's outlook: We return two experienced players in Greene and Robinson with a new coach and a new system. This is a rebuilding year for us and we are also struggling with a low number of players to start with.

oklahomaOklahoma School for the Deaf

Coach: Angie Shelby, 14th season

Last season’s results: 5-17 (GPSD runner-up)

Key players: Emily Cavello and Miracle Pearson

Coach's outlook: We think we will be better this year than last year as we are more experienced. We also have a new player that will help us along with two skilled guards.

oregonOregon School for the Deaf

Coaches: Scott Pfaff and Shanna Thomas

Last season’s results: 4-16

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: Our girls are looking forward to improve their standing in the Western States Basketball Classic this year. We believe we have a good shot at getting into the championship game. In CASCO league, we're working hard to move up the ranks. We're small and defense is our best attribute.

pennsylvaniaPennsylvania School for the Deaf

Coach: Brittainy Payne, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 9-6 (ESDAA D2 champions)

Key players: Yasmean Evans, Gia DiGiacomo, and Maysan Id-deen

Coach's outlook: N/A

phoenixPhoenix Day School for the Deaf

Coach: Megan Tellefson, 6th season

Last season’s results: 14-8 (Roadrunner Classic champions, WSBC champions)

Key players: Kiana Vazquez, Maddie Fears, Yosseline Espinoza, and Kissandra Rivera

Coach's outlook: We had a great 2016-2017 season last year, ending the season with the record of 14-8 and two championships. We lost five seniors, so we have some key players to replace. We also have five returning players. It will be a rebuilding year for us. Fortunately, we have no seniors this year, which means we can focus on building the team stronger for next year as well. I am looking forward to seeing what this season brings, especially being hosts for the Western States Basketball Classic (WSBC).

rhode-islandRhode Island School for the Deaf

Coach: Cassey Ellis, 4th season

Last season’s results: 3-14

Key players: Yasmin Sicaju, Ellie Lister, and Lillian Klein

Coach's outlook: We lost two seniors from last year who brought a lot of experience and leadership to the team. On the bright side, we aren't expected to lose any players for the next three seasons. This year, we will look toward our junior guard and second-leading scorer Yasmin Sicaju to take over as the leader of our Lady Roosters basketball team. She will have two freshman forwards helping her out in Lillian Klein and Ellie Lister. We are expected to have 6 or 7 players on the team, so conditioning will be very important to us this year. We will participate in two Tip-Off Tournaments (New England Schools for the Deaf and New Jersey) to start our season. Our coaches are focused on developing the players' skills and in-game experience throughout the season with hopes of competing in the ESDAA Division 2 Girls basketball tournament in February 2018.

rochesterRochester School for the Deaf

Coach: Charles Palmer, 6th season

Last season’s results: 5-13

Key players: Courtney Gentzke

Coach's outlook: We are a very young team and we will finally have more than seven players on the team. We have 11 players and a balanced team. Our team has a lot of potential to improve on their skills and knowledge about the game.

stmarysSt. Mary's School for the Deaf

Coach: Wendy Chuba, 6th season

Last season’s results: 6-8

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: We have a very young team and are rebuilding this year.

south-carolinaSouth Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind

Coach: Tanya Dawson, 1st season

Last season’s results: 1-13

Key players: None

Coach’s outlook: We have some inexperienced players except for Yasmeen Crute and Ashley Moss. We will struggle this year to be competitive. This team will be in the rebuilding stage for the next few years.

tennesseeTennessee School for the Deaf

Coach: Brooke Peters, 4th season

Last season’s results: 10-14 (Lost in District 2-A quarterfinals)

Key players: Mar'Creshia Phillips and Haliey Robinson

Coach's outlook: We have some experienced players that I am expecting a lot from. We have a few young players that I believe will get some playing time. I'm excited to have more substitutions in order to keep our starting five fresh.

texasTexas School for the Deaf

Coach: Brian Sipek, 8th season

Last season’s results: 26-9 (Ranger Classic champions, Our Lady of the Hills Holiday Tournament champions, Clerc Classic runner-up, Lost in TAPPS 4A quarterfinals)

Key players: Sunita Schmidjorg, Jaelene Etkie, Ashlene Etkie, Leila Sicoli, Michaela Kelley, and Kaci Ketchum

Coach's outlook: We return a strong group of girls and look to make a deep run into the state playoffs this year. Our team has a lot of depth and experience at key positions that will be important for a successful season. The coaches are looking forward to the continued improvement throughout the season.

virginiaVirginia School for the Deaf and Blind

Coach: Tammy L. Waddell, 4th season

Last season’s results: 12-7 (Mountain State Classic champions)

Key players: None

Coach's outlook: We have an inexperienced lineup as most of our players are new this year.

washingtonWashington School for the Deaf

Coach: Ron Spratlen, 10th season

Last season’s results: 4-11

Key players: Ashantay Truong and Emma McKinney

Coach’s outlook: We have a very young team with only one senior starter and three seniors overall. Our team goal is to grow together and improve through the season.

western-pennsylvaniaWestern Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Coach: Michelle Vigliotti, 3rd season

Last season’s results: 11-14 (Mid-American Basketball Classic runner-up)

Key players: Danielle Fisher and Cheyenne Sloan

Coach's outlook: We will have a good season.

wisconsinWisconsin School for the Deaf

Coach: Matthew Eby, 5th season

Last season’s results: 7-11 (Neesam Classic runner-up)

Key players: N/A

Coach’s outlook: We have all starters returning from last year with depth on the bench this season. We are already excited about this season with a great group of girls.

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