BY JOHN FRAGODT
The Wheaton/Herman-Norcross girls basketball team is hoping to get back over .500 this season after going 9-17 and 10-16 overall the past two seasons.
Back to lead the team this year is head coach Darin Rinke, who has been at the helm of the girls basketball program at W/H-N since 2017-18 after taking over for Tim Gail.
The only graduate from last year’s team was Maycee Tolifson, but the Warriors return 10 of their other 11 letterwinners from last winter’s team.
W/H-N is set to open up the schedule with four-straight home games. The Warriors open up the 2020-21 schedule Thursday, Jan. 14 at home against Hancock, followed by a home game against Sisseton, Tuesday, Jan. 19, and another home game at Herman-Norcross against Battle Lake, Thursday, Jan. 21.
Overall, the Warriors have 16 regular-season games scheduled, including eight at home. Teams can have at most 18 games scheduled this winter during the regular-season.
W/H-N was 5-4 at one point last year before falling to 6-12 one month later. The Warriors rebounded to go 4-4 over the remainder of the schedule.
West Central Area won last year’s Pheasant Conference title with a 7-1 league mark, while Hancock was second (6-2), CGB third (4-4), W/H-N fourth (3-5), and Ortonville fifth (0-8).
W/H-N ended the season with a 56-42 loss to Parkers Prairie in the opening round of the Section 6A Girls Basketball Tournament.
Wheaton/H-N Girls BB
Thursday, Jan. 14 — Hancock
Tuesday, Jan. 19 — Sisseton
Thursday, Jan. 21 — Battle Lake (at H-N)
Tuesday, Jan. 26 — West Central Area
Friday, Jan. 29 — at CGB
Monday, Feb. 1 — at Ortonville
Friday, Feb. 5 — at West
Thursday, Feb. 11 — at Ashby
Friday, Feb. 12 — Ortonville
Tuesday, Feb. 16 — Bran-Evans (at H-N)
Friday, Feb. 19 — at Hancock
Tuesday, Feb. 23 — at Hillcrest
Thursday, Feb. 25 — CGB
Monday, March 1 — Pelican Rapids
Thursday, March 4 — at Breckenridge
Thursday, March 11 — at Rothsay