The Sidney winter sports teams jump into action this week. Check out the Hamburg Reporter on Friday, Dec. 7, for results, team photos and stories on the upcoming year.
After a 2017-18 Corner Conference title and a 16-5 overall record, the Sidney Cowgirls are looking foward to another season with plenty of experienced players.
After a successful season during the fall volleyball season, Coach Amy McClintock said you could definitely see the maturity and growth from the athletes, and also said she is hopeful that will carry into the basketball season as well.
Sidney brings a lot of speed, and, because of how well they handle the ball, most teams do not put a lot of pressure on the Cowgirls.
The Cowgirls leading scorer from last year is junior point guard Maddy Duncan. Duncan averaged 20.5 points per game and had 57 assists. “Maddy does a nice job of handling the ball and reads the court well,” McClintock said.
There’s plenty of leadership on the squad with senior Caitlyn Ward, who led the team in rebounding last season with 130 boards and contributed 14.7 points per game. Senior Camryn McClintock led the team with 89 assists last season, averaged 6.6 points per game and 5.5 rebounds.
“It is going to be a fun season,” McClintock said. “We are going to be fast paced and put pressure on people.”
Sidney will be looking to hit a couple milestones from Ward and Duncan. Both athletes are looking to reach their 1,000th career point.
Sidney was to open the season at home by taking on Johnson-Brock on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6:15 p.m.
The Southwest Iowa wrestling team will be led by Tomas Wilson and Colton Hauschild during the 2018-19 season.
Last season, Wilson came close to making a state appearance and finished with a 26-5 record at the heavyweight division.
At 126 pounds, Hauschild was a few points away from qualifying for state but came up just short.
“Wilson and Hauschild were a few points away from qualifying for state last year and, that this season, they are not just looking to qualify, but want to be on top,” Coach Aaron Lang said.
Coach Lang said that SWI has more kids out this season than the program has had in the past.
SWI will have some younger talent looking to make an impact. Guys like; Carson Chilton, Kyle Kesterson, and Zane Jurey are looking to make some noise as young and promising wrestlers.
Newcomer, T.J. Ellington is looking good in the 160/70 pound weight class.
Layne Ettleman is back for SWI, and Coach Lang said Ettleman has been working really hard this year.
SWI was to open the season at Woodbine High School on Tuesday, Nov. 27, starting at 6 p.m.
The paper is still waiting on information for a BOYS basketball preview story and will publish that information when it is received.