NORWAY - The starting five who will take the floor for the Norway girls basketball team Tuesday at Iron Mountain will be a lot different than a season ago.
Norway, 14-7 last year, lost six seniors from its 2011-12 team, including Mid-Peninsula first team and four-year starting point guard Megan Kangas. Other key losses were Nicole Vanderlin, Dani Gagne, Danielle Bjorkman, Laura Kraemer and Sarah Boulden.
Senior Bailey Grayvold is the Knights' lone returning starter. Norway's roster lists three seniors and five juniors and one sophomore.
"We are a lot shorter than last year and also lost a lot of speed," Knights coach Carli Kelly said. "We will need to take care of the ball, show a better basketball IQ, and do a good job rebounding in order to win any games."
Kelly said that in addition to the changes on her team, the Mid-Peninsula Conference also has a lot of new faces.
"After losing six seniors I'm not quite sure where we will stand in the conference," she said. "But there are a lot of big changes, both coaching changes and team changes.
"When you play a certain team for many years, you know what to look for, but with all the new coaches coming in, it's like starting from scratch. Plus, a lot of the teams in the conference have lost key players, so I think it will be an interesting year."
Kevin Kangas returns to lead the jayvee squad, while Tanya Popp is coaching the freshmen. Norway's first home game is Monday, Dec. 3, against Kingsford.
SENIORS - Bailey Grayvold, Shelby Matonich, Heather Evosevich.
JUNIORS - Leah Mattson, Rachel Conery, Mel Kurth, Lydia LeBeau, Sami Smaniotti.
SOPHOMORE - Brenda Casanova.