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Comets living with growing pains

By Staff | Dec 8, 2012

The Rolette-Wolford basketball team may experience some growing pains this season. The Comets, with only three players returning with varsity experience, will be young and unseasoned.

“We will be starting two sophomores and a freshman to begin the year, so relying on underclassmen will be huge for us this year,” R-W head coach Jess Vote said. “It will simply be getting these kids up to varsity speed and gaining valuable experience.”

Juniors Trevor Gottbreht and Nick Myhre return varsity experience, as well as freshman Jalen Pfeifer.

The Comets’ largest class is sophomore level, with six players on varsity. That group has experience playing together, but not at the varsity level.

“We do not have any all-district players returning,” Vote said. “We are relatively young, but this group of kids have played together for a couple of years now in the lower levels.”

With only one player, Myhre at 6-foot-2, taller than six feet, the Comets will need to take a team approach to crashing the boards.

“Rebounding has always been a problem because of our height,” Vote said. “This group works very hard and that will help tremendously on the boards.”

The young team is still working to develop an identity, something Vote predicts will take some time.

“At times we could push the ball hard and run a transistion offense and at times we could be a slow down, run the clock, and get a good shot in an offensive set,” he said.

With perennial powerhouse North Star in the district, a title in the district may be out of reach, but Vote said a regional berth may be possible.

“Outside of (North Star), I believe the district is up for grabs,” Vote said. “I see us as having a great opportunity to make it to the regional tournament.”

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