Q&A: Winter Sports preview

Valley Sentinel

Valley Sentinel asked RV Winter Sports coaches about what they expect for the upcoming season. Below are answers from Girls Basketball Coach Brent Johnson. 

Valley Sentinel: What should the community be looking forward to while watching this season?

Brent Johnson: River Valley returns to three starters from last year’s team. Returning point guard Emily Esser enters her Senior season as the veteran on the team after starting every game as a Junior. Esser is joined by Sophomores Charlotte Ferstl and Brooke Anderson both who started the majority of the games last season. Senior Ava Liegel adds experience as a part-time starter from last year’s squad.

River Valley will be looking to get competitive in the ultra-talented SWC conference. If the young players can take the next step and jell with the Seniors on the team, River Valley will be [able]  to win games in the SWC.

VS: Any breakout athletes to watch?

BJ: Senior guard Emily Esser leads the Blackhawks in games started and is the returning leader in assists. Sophomore forward Charlotte Ferstl was the second on the team in scoring (5.4ppg) and rebounding (6.0 rpg). Ferstl also led the team in blocks with a total of 22 as a Freshmen.

Sophomore Brooke Anderson led the team in made three point shots and is the returning leader in steals

Seniors Ava Liegel, Sophia Haas, and Jayden Schaller bring experience to the Blackhawks as all three have been contributors with Liegel leading the way with five starts a season ago.