Girls basketball: Seniors key to success for Flivvers

KINGSFORD — Senior leadership may be the key to Kingsford’s success this girls basketball season.

The Flivvers return six seniors including four-year varsity players and starters Jordyn Kriegl and Renee Roberts along with Cassie Barglind, Sam Cross, Maddie Koski and Sarah Harris.

“We have seniors that understand what their roles are as leaders and mentors to the younger players on our team and to the players in our program,” said Kingsford head coach Mike Cross. “Consequently, we have a team that enjoys being around each other, working with each other and really places team success over personal achievement.”

The Flivvers host North Dickinson on Tuesday to start the season.

Kriegl earned All-Great Northern Conference first-team and defensive honors last season (14-7 overall, 6-2 GNC). Roberts was a GNC second-team selection and Cross received honorable mention.

“We have a wonderful group of ball players,” said Cross, noting that Kriegl and Roberts will provide leadership and experience that are keys to any success for the Flivvers. “Renee logged unbelievable time shooting and getting prepared for the season. Jordyn spent all summer playing AAU basketball.”

Kriegl’s team won the junior nationals in Washington D.C..

“Jordyn is looking for that success to pay dividends this season,” Cross said.

The Flivvers coach expects the entire roster to make a contribution.

“Sam Cross looks to improve on her junior year in which she played a great deal and started a few games,” Mike Cross said. “Maddie Koski spent countless hours in the gym looking to increase her role on the team and has done well in the pre-season. Cass Barglind has done a great job this pre-season and Sarah Harris has really worked hard throughout the years to get to this point.”

Junior Olivia Allen and sophomore Brooke Kriegl both played varsity basketball at the end of last season.

“That experience will go a long way in helping this team as both are really explosive players offensively and defensively,” Cross said. “Aby Pickett, Grace Lorenzoni and Tori Kowalkowski are all talented in their respective positions and will help this team immensely with their toughness and intensity.”

Two new players to the program are Jas Meeks and Rachel Wells.

“Both have been working hard and picking things up nicely,’ Cross said. “As a group, this team has logged an amazing number of hours throughout the years working on their game.

“Due to that commitment, this is a very skilled team. This group has been chomping at the bit for basketball to start.”

The Flivvers lack size but they have depth. They can shoot and handle the ball, according to Cross.

“We are a team built to play fast and quick and intense,” Cross said. “I look forward to us improving on that as the season progresses.

“I think we are a fairly deep team. This may be one of our deepest teams we’ve had in years. That also helps play into the style of basketball we like to play. We must learn how to play big and we will have to get better at that as the season progresses.”

The Flivvers graduated All-Great Northern Conference players Hannah Carlson, Brianna Robinson and Abby Tomasoski.

Kingsford may be up to challenging perennial power Marquette in the GNC.

“Marquette is the team to beat, as usual, but I feel if we play up to our potential we can give them a run for their money,” said Cross, assisted by Jon Lorenzoni (junior varsity) and Joe Kriegl (freshmen). “Escanaba has at least three new transfers into their program and coupled with the players they had, will make them a tough team to beat. Gladstone has always been tough and they return two players that have already signed letters of intent to Bay. Menominee will be scrappy as usual.”

Roster (* denotes letter-winner):

SENIORS — Jordyn Kriegl*, guard; Cassie Barglind*, guard; Sam Cross*, guard; Maddie Koski*, center; Sarah Harris*, guard; Rachel Wells, center; Renee Roberts*, guard

JUNIORS — Grace Lorenzoni, guard; Tori Kowalkowski, forward; Olivia Allen, guard; Aby Pickett, center; Jas Meeks, center

SOPHOMORES — Brooke Kriegl, guard