By Clint Andersen
Basketball season opens Friday night and the Gordon-Rushville Mustang teams are ready for action and optimistic about the upcoming season. The boys finished last season with a 13-9 record, but the loss of five seniors leaves the team short on experience in the clutch. Kyle Anderson, Barry Toczek, and Trevor Standing Soldier all contributed throughout last season and the team will be leaning on them to carry the load, especially early in the season. The Mustangs will be looking to a group of young ball handlers to step up and contribute quality minutes for the team. Coach Paul Hotz says that December basketball is all about getting everyone comfortable in the system and getting the pieces to fall into place.
For the girls, Coach Randy Hurlburt has reason to be optimistic about this year’s group. The Lady Mustangs lost only one starter from last year’s team that went 5-14. While the Mustangs struggled on the scoreboard last season, they were developing valuable depth and experience. This season, the Mustangs will be led by seniors Sara Marlatt, Morgan Sones, Cirsten Hinn, Cali Mulcahy, Brittany Hoagland, and Brandi Roth. The team’s combination of height, talent, toughness, and experience should cause trouble for opposing teams.
Both teams open the season Friday afternoon at home against Hemingford. The boys JV plays at 4:00 in the middle school gym, while the rest of the action takes place at the high school. The girls’ JV plays at 4:00 in the high school gym followed by the girls’ varsity, then the boys’ varsity. Come out and support your Gordon-Rushville Mustang basketball teams!