Randolph Girls Look To Contend In Trailways West

The youthful Randolph girls basketball team doesn’t have a senior on their roster but are still expected to be major contenders in the Trailways West Conference race.  Chad Kaufman’s squad is coming off a 20-5 season, and a runner up finish in the league with an 11-3 mark. Wissports.net picked Randolph as the favorite to win the Trailways West Conference this season in their season preview.

“We haven’t won a title in ten year’s here. Teaching physical education here at Randolph, I have to look at those banners every day and the girls understand that they need to win one. It’s been since 2011.” Coach Kaufman told DailyDodge.com. “I think if we stay healthy we will have an opportunity to do that, but we have to keep getting better every day. We know that every game we are going to get everyone’s best shot. There are a lot of good teams in this league, a lot of good coaches.”

Leading a solid group of four returning starters are sophomore Jorey Buwalda (13ppg, 11rpg) who earned 2nd team All-Trailways West honors and junior Presley Buwalda (8ppg) who was an Honorable Mention all-league pick last season.  Junior Abby Katsma (5ppg) and sophomore Brianne Baird (3ppg) also return to the starting lineup. Sophomore’s Maddie DeVries, Brandi Fuller, Savannah Duckett and Carizma Muth also look to contribute this season. Coach Kaufman says two freshmen Rylea Alvin and Mya Moldenhauer also will factor into his team’s success this year.

“Our offensive philosophy…We’re going to look to play inside out a lot.  We want to the ball to touch the post as much as possible. We know that’s going to open up perimeter looks for us, but we also have some guards that can shoot the ball from the perimeter.”  Kaufman said. “It’s a good nucleus of kids.  We got some size in the post, some good athletic guards, some shooting guards. It should be a fun team to coach for the years to come.”

The Rockets edged Columbus 55-50 in their season opener last Friday night.  They will open up Trailways West play on Friday night when they host Cambria-Friesland.


Click the link below to hear a full interview with Rockets coach Chad Kaufman.

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