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Hesston Record 10.30



Hesston Record 10.30

Lark Hoop Ladies Looking At Strong Season

Posted 10/30/2014

By Rusty Whitcher

Having to replace five sophomores which accounted for tons of minutes, majority of starts and points would leave many coaches treading water. Despite the defections of Makayla Ladwig, Bryana Young, Nikki Lowry, Nikkita Lester and Morgan Cockrum, Hesston College women’s basketball coach Dan Harrison is encouraged by this year’s Larks. Ladwig and Lester each averaged double figure scoring for the Larks last season. “We’ve got a huge hole scoring particularly,” Harrison said. “However, I’ve got three girls who played significant minutes and multiple starts in Bethany, J’liyah and Sydni, so I’m counting on them to step up. We’re looking for some immediate impact from our freshman and I think we have some that can do that.” Harrison looks at freshmen Brittany Kramer, the Coffman twins, Erin and Morgan, Dominique Needham and Amanda Cockrell to jump right into the mix, with the other returning sophomores in Laken Richer, Taelor Drew and transfer Reagan McClellan. “I'm looking forward to seeing where this group of girls can go this season,” Richer said. “We have a lot of talent and potential to have a very successful year and I'm very excited about what we've been able to accomplish so far.” Along with all of the new faces comes a new philosophy in regards to the offense. “I’ve always loved the Spurs and their equal opportunity motion so we’re borrowing some principles from there,” Harrison said. “We’ve tried to run the old dribble drive and I never really liked it because it didn’t get people involved. I want everyone involved in the offense, I want everyone to be a threat and put the defense on their heels and attack them. With motion you can do that, and you’re also harder to scout. We ran some 1-4 last year and by the end Johnson County knew our plays better than we did.” “It is a much more up tempo game, but I can already see that from the first preseason tournament until now we have adjusted quite nicely,” Kramer said. 

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Lark Men Looking For Leadership

Posted 10/30/2014

By Rusty Whitcher

Call it a season of halves last year for the Hesston College men’s basketball team. The first half of last year was one to forget, opening with a 2-13 record. In contrast, the second half was nearly memorable as the Larks tried to make waves within Region VI, finishing 10-20 and at one point being tied for the lead, before fading down the stretch under a lack of leadership. This season, Head Coach Dustin Galyon is looking to his leadership to propel the Larks towards the goal of winning the ultra-competitive Region VI in NJCAA Division II. Early on, it looks as if the seventh-year coach has the pieces in place to be leaders. “When you talk about our two captains in Malcolm Mann and Grant Walker, and also our three returners with Jordan Tanner, we couldn’t ask for better leadership on and off the court,” Galyon said. “We’ve added two other sophomores who are the most non-typical one year type guys in the country in Austin Mitchell and Peyton Thompson. The leadership has been phenomenal. The second thing is we’ve brought in guys who are winners, guys who expect to win and know what it takes to win.” Galyon and his staff pounded the recruiting trail for fits not just on the court but off the court as well. “We were even more intentional about this year,” Galyon said. “We do not have a group that’s entitled. I think our guys feel fortunate to be at Hesston, they feel fortunate to be playing college basketball and they are hungry.” This hungry squad has a few holes to fill with the departure of leading scorer Darrion Martin. Martin averaged just over 20 points per contest last year. “From an X’s and O’s standpoint, we’ve got a lot more guys who are gifted,” Galyon said. 

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