2017-'18 Season Coverage
updated: 11/21/2013 9:18 AM

Scouting Cary-Grove Trojans

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By Mike Miazga
Daily Herald Correspondent

Cary-Grove Trojans

Last year: 23-7 (11-1 FVC Valley)

Coach: Rod Saffert (8th year, 158-50)

Top returning players: Seniors Sarah Kendeigh (5-7, G), Abby Jakubicek (5-10, F), Amy Clemment (5-3, G), Abby Glaysher (5-8, G); junior Katie Barker (5-10, G-F); sophomore Jen Pilut (5-8, G)

Key newcomers: Juniors Candace Cunningham (5-8, G), Chrissy Sopchyk (5-8, G), Alli Josefowicz (5-6, G), Caylie Jones (5-6, G), Maddie Priester (5-7, F), Karisa Wilczynski (5-8, G-F); sophomore Olivia Miller (5-7, PG).

Outlook: Cary-Grove won the FVC Valley title for the fourth year in a row last season and won a regional title for the fourth season in a row. Barker returns for her junior year and has improved in numerous key areas. "Katie has become a dangerous outside shooter and powerful inside force," said Saffert. "She has worked hard at her game in the off-season and will be a great leader for us this year." Barker, Kendeigh and Josefowicz are the team captains. Saffert said returning players Kendeigh, Jakubicek, Pilut, Clemment and Glaysher are no strangers to success in the program. "These five young ladies fulfilled their roles admirably last year and will no doubt be important to our success again this year," the coach said. "They have been part of the winning tradition here at Cary-Grove for quite some time." Cary-Grove's seven newcomers also have seen success at the lower levels. "The seven newcomers also will prove to be valuable members of our team this season," said Saffert, who is in his 21st season overall with the program. "They come to us after a phenomenal season last year, so they know how to win." Saffert noted the team's goal is to again thrive come the end of the season. "We should contend for the Valley Division title and a regional title," he said. "We lost good players to graduation, but this team's main goal is to keep the winning tradition alive. We have many girls who can play for us this season and they are determined to succeed at a high level again." Wilczynski played a little varsity basketball last year.

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