Alpena looks for continued success under new coach Andrews

Courtesy Photo The 2017-18 Alpena High girls basketball from left to right is: back: Elizabeth Thomson, Jade Shultz, Emma Jore, Shelby Seaver, coach Erin Andrews, Jessica Leeck, Dakota Prevo, Maddie Voltz and Savannah Thompson; front: Kourtney Jones, Taylor Foster, Emily Trelfa, Molie Girard and Taylor Tolsdorf.

For the fourth time in five years, the Alpena girls basketball team will enter the season with a new coach.

Erin Andrews will lead the Wildcats onto the court during the 2017-2018 season after she spent the past few years coaching basketball in Texas.

Andrews likes what she sees on a roster that is loaded with capable playmakers at each position and the goals and expectations for Andrews and the Wildcats this season are high.

“We’re hoping to be a little higher in the the Big North Conference this season. We’re hoping to give the top teams in the conference a good run for their money and see if we can get atop the BNC by the end of the year,” Andrews said.

After finishing last season 12-9 and ending in the middle of the pack in the Big North, Alpena is striving to get back to where it was two years ago when it finished second in the conference.

The Wildcats feature a roster full of upperclassmen and veteran players that have the talent to put together a successful season. Alpena has six seniors led by Emma Jore who will run the point and see her minutes increase this season as she has the potential to be one of the top players in the conference.

Taylor Foster, Kourtney Jones and Elizabeth Thomson are three senior guards who provide great depth as Foster and Thomson are taller guards with length and speed while Jones is a small, quick guard.

Dakota Prevo will be a key contributor down low for Alpena despite being a bit undersized, Prevo has the ability to score and rebound and give the Wildcats what they’re looking for in the paint.

The team’s leading scorer from a year ago, Shelby Seaver will miss the first month of the season due to injury, but the team is hopeful to get Seaver back some time in January to provide a big spark.

Alpena has some more depth and size in juniors Jessica Leeck and Madeline Voltz who will each play key roles. Leeck and Voltz will give the Wildcats options to keep size on the floor at all times by subbing in and out with each other or give Alpena additional length when they’re on the floor together. Leeck stands 6-foot-1 and Voltz is 5-foot-11 and both players can play both a guard and forward position.

Emily Trelfa, Savannah Thomson, Taylor Tolsdorf and Mollie Girard make up the rest of a talented junior class that can get up and down the floor fast with their speed.

The lone underclassman on the team is sophomore Jade Shultz who at 5-foot-10 will be another important post player for the Wildcats that will see a lot of minutes.

“We have a very talented team with a lot of great athletes. We have a ton of depth which is nice because we are going to press on defense and we need to go full speed all the time and we have a deep bench we can turn to in order to get fresh legs in the game,” Andrews said. “We have a lot of scoring threats, both inside and outside. We have great team speed which will be important for our press because if we can cause turnovers then hopefully we can finish and be successful.”