Girls basketball preview: Esko Eskomos
Esko a young team, but quick with strong team defense; season begins at home against Cloquet Friday, Nov. 22
Head coach: Scott Antonutti
Assistant coaches: Tim Lindquist, Dave Lindstrom
Returning starters: Kristy DeMuth, sr.; Sarah Wagemaker, soph.
New faces to watch: Brenna Stark, jr.; Mallory Sunnarborg, jr.; Aila Gabel, soph.; Jayden Karppinen, soph.; Kaitlyn Adkins, soph; Rachel Antonutti, soph.
Team strengths: “Quickness, we will have some depth, good endurance and team defense,” head coach Scott Antonutti said.
Biggest challenge: “We lack size and rebounding is a concern,” Antonutti said.
Coach’s assessment: “I'm optimistic that we can have another solid season,” Antonutti said. “I'm hopeful that we can challenge for conference and section titles, but much of that will come with our team chemistry and development throughout the season; we are going to be young. We will need strong positive leadership from our experienced players.”