NEWPORT — The 2019-20 season is around the corner, and the Cubs girls basketball team look to begin a new chapter.
Last season, the team reached third place at the state level, but this year, many of those players who led the way have graduated. Their departure has left Newport with without much experience, but that will only allow new players to step up and lead the Cubs.
“This is a fresh start for the Newport girls program,” said head coach Nathan Green. “There is an opportunity for players to take on a larger role this season, and I am excited to see who takes on the challenge and provides the leadership for the team this year. We have a great group of players who are working hard to have a successful year.”
Any success Newport plans to have in 2019-20 starts with a handful of key players; Dakota Rundell, Hannah Trommlitz, Michaela Wagner, Stella Barber and Carlee Murray.
With the team bereft of senior leadership, the Cubs new class will step in and lead a new wave of Newport basketball players.
And so far through pre-season, the girls have been committed to improving chemistry and look ready for their season opener against Siuslaw today (Wednesday) at 5:45 p.m.
“The preseason training has been going well, the players have been working hard,” Green said. “We are focusing on building a team culture that will allow us to be successful this season, and chemistry has been a focus for us this preseason because most of these players have not played together before.”
Despite the new friendships to be made on the court, the Cubs are ready to fight for every loose ball and every rebound.
Newport is ready for the 2019-20 season.
“We will learn from the early season games and look to be ready for league play. We will play hard and see how the season progresses,” Green said.