2019-20 Bureau Valley girls basketball preview
MANLIUS — The Bureau Valley Storm girls basketball team has some new things in store for the 2019-20 season.
First of all, Daniel Sinclair takes over the post vacated by former head coach Jim Nugent, who resigned in March after leading the Storm for three years.
Sinclair, also a science teacher at BV, previously coached the sophomore team for two years, but took last year off to work on his master’s degree (Biology Education) and was cross country head coach for a year.
“They presented me with the opportunity to take over the (girls basketball) head coaching position this year,” Sinclair said. “I knew my classes were going to be done, and .... I missed basketball.
“That year off, I would still work the scoreboard and help out the coaches, but I really, really missed it, so I couldn’t turn down the opportunity for that.”
Some faces in this year’s varsity roster will be new to those in the stands, but not to Sinclair.
“I guess I’m pretty lucky,” he said. “Since our current senior class was one I coached for two years, and I coached our juniors also, so I’m very familiar with them and it’s been a good gel so far.
“Lots of things have changed, whether it’s practice setups, intensity focus, whatever that might be, but we’re getting to know each other again.”
Among this year’s seniors are four-year players Sam Bohm and Maddie Morrow at post, along with Carly Konneck, Morgan Ringle and Yely Osorio at guard. First-year player Maggie Karraker rounds out the seniors on the roster.
Fresh off of a Storm volleyball season, Bohm said the transition to basketball requires even more effort to prepare.
“Conditioning’s a lot different than volleyball,” she said with a laugh. “But at least I’m in some sort of shape to keep it up.”
Konneck, also making a quick move from one sport to another, added, “It’s a really big change going from spiking to dribbling, but you have to make it. We’re all really looking forward to the season.”
Sinclair is confident that this year’s team will pick up on the example of tough play and work ethic left by Saige Barnett, Emily Fordham, Maddy Mares and company last year.
“Yeah, there’s a lot of great basketball players that just left in that past class,” he said. “However, I like the way we look, we have a lot of great athletes, but we also have girls who can do a lot of different things for us this year.
“Obviously, you have that hole from last year’s senior class, but that’s not stopping us from getting them ready to play every day.”
Juniors on this year’s Storm varsity team include Jade Aber, Savanna Birkey, Madison Dye, Shelby Hardy, Kamryn Kolb, Paige Wagner and Lauren Wirth.
Sophomore Kyra Stoller rounds out a roster of players that Sinclair says are ready to hit the floor.
“My philosophy is that you don’t have to be the most talented, but we’re going to be the team that out-hustles any team you throw at us,” he said. “We’ll never lose due to being out-worked.”