Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Northrop's girls basketball team poses for a group shot during media day at Northrop High School on Tuesday.
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 1:00 am
Girls ready for return to court
Media day signals practice, games around the corner
AUBREE REICHEL | The Journal Gazette
The girls basketball high school media day Tuesday at Northrop marked the beginning of the end of the offseason for area teams as official practices begin Monday.
“Haley (Swing) and I were talking on the way over here, I can't believe it's already here,” Homestead coach Rod Parker said. “We're here for another year, we're excited for it, can't wait for Monday.
“The fall and open gyms are always fun because you get back into the flow of it but until you hit that Oct. 16 date where you can coach and you can really see where your kids are at, identifying roles, putting kids in positions, that's when it really becomes fun.”
The big focus for many teams heading into Monday's first practice is just being with each other again.
“Over our summer, we went to a team camp,” Bishop Luers' Lydia Reimbold said. “I think that really helped bring the team together and definitely bonded us. We worked hard and I'm excited to be with the girls again for a full season and hopefully make it farther in the postseason.
“I'm really excited (for the first practice). I miss the girls and I miss the team that pushes me to do my best every day.”
The chemistry aspect of the team and the itch to get back on the court together is one thing that Bishop Dwenger coach Cleveland Inge feels like is one strength that his team has that a coach simply can't teach.
“Over the summer we realized it was all about chemistry,” he said. “You hear that a lot but this group of girls, they really like each other a lot. They can't wait to play together. This is a group that when I was in my first year here, they were just eighth graders.
“When they came in, they were fighters then and they're waiting to put it together and see what they can do their senior year. They're pumped up about it. The biggest thing is that chemistry, getting along, sharing the ball.”
The media day also provided an opportunity for Fort Wayne schools and outlying schools to meet in one place to see each other, as well.
“It's really a neat thing for me in reference in just knowing all these coaches,” Snider coach Greg Friend said, “and having the relationships that we do and even with the other players from other teams because I, at one point, maybe coached them in AAU. It's really a neat thing to come here and have that camaraderie going on. “