The Waupun girls basketball team brings back a wealth of talent as they look to repeat as East Central Conference champions during the 2020-21 season. Tim Aalsma’s squad roared through the league last season with a 13-1 mark and 21-3 record overall.
With the school being virtual, the gym wasn’t available until Tuesday so, the Warriors actually got their season going with an outdoor practice on Monday at McCune Park.
“The glass is half-full. You need to make the best of a tough situation.” Coach Aalsma told DailyDodge.com. “The first practice was outside, as we were watching the beautiful sunset, it was a beautiful day and that was really cool. We were watching the sunset and I just made the comment that I don’t think I’ll be see your breath during practice ever again.”
The Warriors return most of last year’s team that has seen time on the varsity for the last few seasons. Junior Abbie Aalsma, an Illinois State recruit, returns as the reigning ECC Player of the year. She averaged 19.5 points during her sophomore campaign. Other notable returners for the Warriors include; Naomi Aalsma (5.6ppg), McKenna Cunningham, Gaby Matamoros (5.5ppg) and Delaney Stelsel. Waupun will also have a pair of freshmen, Kayl Peterson and Gracie Copalan, that are expected to see time on the court this season. Peterson, who is 6’0 feet tall, plays the wing and already holds a D1 offer from UW-Green Bay.
“We’re ready to go, the kids have been itching, and this is for every kid in the state.” Aalsma said. “As the wheel kind of turns with COVID, you have to be ready for the ups and downs. Expect that you’re probably going to miss a couple of games and you’re probably going to have to game plan on the fly to play against a team you hadn’t planned on playing. We are ready to get going.”
Wissports.net picks the Warriors to win the East Central Conference in their season preview.
The Warriors open up their season on Tuesday, December 1st at Ripon.
Click the link to hear a full interview with Waupun girls basketball coach Tim Aalsma
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