Basketball back in action with new coach

by Taylor Cowdin

With basketball season right around the corner, it was decided that readers should know a little bit more about the up and coming girls varsity basketball team and their coach, Connor Hoke.

The Grandville girls basketball team has been working hard since the beginning of June. Their offseason started during the first weeks of summer. Hoke is looking forward to the team finally come together. After months of transitioning plays, players coming back from injury, and starting with a new coach, it’s time for them to prove themselves on the court.

“I’m excited to see us compete and keep improving. It’s time to change the culture around here!” Hoke said.

Coach Hoke explained one of the craziest/weirdest things that had ever happened to him during his time as a coach.

“First year of coaching, we were on the road and had six players on the court. I realized it and called a timeout, but here’s the catch. The other team had possession of the ball, but the officials granted me the timeout before realizing it wasn’t our ball. So, I quickly removed the 6th player from the court and we kept playing.”

Players are enjoying Coach Hoke’s sense of humor.

Senior Olivia Koetje said her favorite memory with Coach Hoke so far is  the time they were at a basketball game and senior Emily Podsiadlik fell on the court with no one elose to her. Olivia said her and coach laughed forever about the event.

“I love being able to joke around with coach no matter the situation,” junior Kaela Tucker said under a slight giggle. “We can always find the humor in stuff.”

Many girls on the team are excited for what’s to come. Whether it be team dinners, Friday night games or just bonding with everyone. Grandville’s on a comeback and they’re hungry for a W. The new coach has brought a new quote to Grandville and the basketball program.

“Do well today.” 

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