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Timber Wolves not deterred by low numbers

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
December 09, 2021
ALTON — The Prospect Mountain girls' basketball team is looking at some low numbers this year, but coach Rick Burley is excited about the girls that he has as the season gets under way.

"I feel like I have a group of kids that are going to have really good chemistry," Burley said. "Sometimes a small group is good, chemistry-wise.

"They seem to be working well together already," the veteran coach continued. "We'll have to try to stay healthy, that's the key for us."

The Timber Wolf program has just 10 players this year, with two seniors, three juniors, three sophomores and a couple of freshmen.

Hannah Capsalis returns as the team's captain and brings the most varsity experience to the fold, as she has played significant minutes since her freshman campaign. She will be counted on to handle the ball and will be a top scorer for the team.

The other senior is Charlize Locke, who returns after not playing last year and will add to the team's depth.

Juniors Ella Misiaszek and Michaela Vernazzaro also saw significant time last year as sophomores and will be back to play key roles. Vernazzaro will provide the team with some solid height up front while MIsiaszek will be playing at both guard and forward in the new season.

The team's other junior is Abby Wittenberg, who will chip in with minutes off the bench as the Timber Wolves head into the new season.

Sophomores Ella Smith and Aijah Thoroughgood were both part of the varsity team last year as freshmen and will be back this year and will be expected to play more minutes in their second years. Classmate Natalia Smith is also looking to get in on the action.

The roster is rounded out by freshmen Olivia Noyes and Jules West. West will provide the Timber Wolves with some height up front.

While the numbers are low enough this year that there will be no JV team, Burley notes that the numbers are fairly good in the elementary schools so he's hopeful that as the next few years come along, the numbers will start to go back up again.

"We're a small squad, but I think we're going to be very competitive," Burley said. "But one of the biggest problems we'll have is if a kid is out sick."

The Timber Wolf coach also pointed out that having such small numbers makes things a bit difficult in practice, as there are a lot of drills that they can't do with the amount of kids they have at each practice.

"It's difficult to run certain drills, but the practices have been good," Burley said. "We have talented players, kids that want to play hard."

Prospect will play two games each with Newfound, Campbell, Gilford, Somersworth, Belmont, WInnisquam and Berlin and single games each with Raymond, Inter-Lakes, St. Thomas and White Mountains.

The season kicks off on Friday, Dec. 10, at home against Newfound at 6 p.m. and continues on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Campbell at 6 p.m.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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