Rookies of the Year
by Katie Heines, Staff Writer

The Lady Wolverine girls basketball team started off their season a little bit differently than many expected. At Meet The Team Night, the fans were introduced to a very young team with only 5 returning varsity players. No one planned on watching the Lady Wolverines win five of their first fourteen games… but they managed to do just that. The young team worked hard to prepare for what would be, for most of the team, their first varsity season. They are now learning how to play at a higher level and are improving daily.
The team consists of senior captains Caitlin Insana and Caitlin Wajahn, juniors Katie Heines, Elle Javorek, and Stephanie Javorek, sophomores Jenny Link, Aly Platek, and Allison Tyree, and freshmen Kori Chapic, Amy Reinhard, Lauren Sambula, and Brynne Walsh. “We were a little worried about having a really young team this year, but the underclassmen have stepped up a lot for us,” said senior co-captain Caitlin Insana. The program as a whole is so thin that the sophomores and freshmen on varsity are helping out the junior varsity team by playing junior varsity games when there are not enough girls to compete. As if the program is not thin enough, the girls have had to overcome injuries and sickness. Two players, Katie Heines and Kori Chapic, are out due to knee surgeries, a few girls are constantly battling with recurring injuries, and many girls will fight colds and viruses for the rest of the season. This team has clearly had to overcome a lot to compile the 5-9 record they now have.
So far, the team has triumphed over four of the seven CVC teams that they have played: Wickliffe, Orange, Aurora, and Perry. They currently stand in 3rd place in the Chagrin Division of the CVC, which is the largest and most competitive division. Their losses have come from powerhouse schools like Kenston and Padua. The girls face a very tough district in the post-season, so they will need to take advantage of the games that they have left in order to prepare for the playoffs.
Good luck to the girls in the rest of their season and in the post-season!