12/20/2017
2017-2018 Trojanette basketball preview
They're back and better than ever!
Harley LaRue, Madelyn Bugdonovitch, and Liam Carcieri

The new season has started, and the girl’s basketball team is ready to get back onto the court. Led by Lisa Radziak, Katie Butczyncski, Alyssa Lewis, and Madelyn Grilz, the team is ready to dominate once again.

Expectations going into the season are high due to their outstanding work last year. The team has previously won two rounds of state playoffs, taken home a win at the Wyoming Valley Conference, and won the district championship.

The loss of last year’s girls, Riley Klepadlo, Kayla Aufiero, and Alexis Pyzia, doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s up to the new and returning members to fill the void left by players lost to graduation.

When asked how he would describe this year’s team, Head Coach Alan Yendrzeiwski replied, “Our team is deeper and has more height than last year’s team. We have very good team speed and like to play an up-tempo style on defense. Our challenge will be how we replace our lost energy from last season. If everyone chips in and improves just a little bit on the offensive end, we could be really good. That being said, most importantly, we have a great group of girls that are a lot of fun to coach.”

This season, the girls have trained and practiced relentlessly to become the best they can be. They are determined to make it further than ever before by “playing hard, playing smart, playing together, and having fun throughout the season.”

Ready for action, the 2017-2018 Trojanettes are eager to prove themselves on the court.

12/20/2017
Trojanette Basketball Preview
Citizens Voice

Nanticoke Area

Classification: 4A

Head coach: Alan Yendrzeiwski

Looking back: Finished 26-2. Lost to Gwynedd-Mercy, 56-33, in second round of PIAA playoffs.

Players to watch: Lisa Radziak (9.4), Katie Butczynski (4.7), Maddy Grilz (1.5), Alyssa Lewis (8.0), Amiah Lukowski (2.9).

What to expect: Don’t expect much to change regarding the style of play. The Trojanettes will push the floor to create turnovers, which could lead to easy baskets at the other end. This year’s team will have more depth and a bit more size. Several players will have new roles on the offensive end, and there might be an adjustment period for them to get accustomed. Consistent scoring will be key, but Radziak had 47 3-pointers last year which was good for second on the team.

12/18/2017
Trojanette Basketball Preview
Times Leader

NANTICOKE AREA

Coach: Alan Yendrzeiwski

2016-17 WVC Record: 16-1 Division 2 (First place), 26-2 overall (1st Place District 2).

2016-17 Postseason: Defeated Honesdale 56-35 in District 2 Class 4A quarterfinals; defeated Dallas 55-54 in District 2 semifinals; defeated Berwick, 52-33 in District 2 championship; defeated West Perry 52-46 in PIAA first round; lost to Gwynedd Mercy 56-33 in PIAA second round.

State Classification: 4A

Key Players Lost: Kayla Aufiero, Riley Klepadlo, Alexis Pyzia.

Key Players Returning: Katie Butczynski, 5-7 Sr. G, Lisa Radziak, 5-2 Sr. G, Alyssa Lewis, 5-8 Jr. G, Amiah Lukowski, 5-5 Sr. G, Maddy Grilz, 5-8 Jr. G.

Outlook: The Trojanettes will miss all-stater Aufiero and Klepadlo, who combined for nearly 2,000 career points and fueled three straight league title runs. But they have plenty of speed to help keep up hopes of a title chase, starting with 3-point ace Radziak and track star Lukowski. Lewis and Butczynski hit some big baskets at key times in Nanticoke Area’s postseason run a year ago and 6-1 senior Jill Baron should supply some power inside.

Coach’s Comment: “We have more depth than we did last year. We still have that speed and we want to play that up-tempo-type game. For us, the challenge is going to be putting the ball in the basket.”