JV girls the future of SHS basketball

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Fri., Mar. 11, 2011
Noom Mongkolkul of Stafford looks for a rebound. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Noom Mongkolkul of Stafford looks for a rebound. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

High school coaches statewide know the value of building a strong junior varsity program. Planting the seeds in young players destined for varsity greatness begins with learning the fundamentals from day one. Under the direction of head coach Mike Forino, the SHS girls’ junior varsity is doing just that.

Forino has brought new energy to the girls’ JV Lady Bulldogs program.

“Being a first year coach I was proud of how the team took to my coaching style,” Forino explains. “We were able to bring out the best in each player because of the confidence they had in me and in each other, and it couldn’t have been a better first year.”

Close games and buzzer beating points were the norm for the team this season.

“Somers is our biggest rivalry,” Forino explained. “We were able to compete at our highest level and defeat them twice this season.”

“The fans on both sides were very supportive, which made for a great atmosphere and helped us win the game. The fans were the sixth player this season, they really supported the team and helped us be successful,” Forino reiterated.

Two players proved instrumental to the team’s achievements. Point guard Jordan Hosey and center Anna Janusz brought skill sets the team relied on throughout the season.

“Anna has grown into a good ball player through the season,” Forino commented. “She has developed her skills as our center and proved to be a game changer. She makes opposing teams develop a new game plan to compete against her, and she has a strong presence inside.”

According to Forino, Jordan Hosey has all the skills of a great point guard. “Jordanis vocal,” Forino said. “She’s a natural leader, on and off the court, and leads by example. Her love of the game shines through and always rubs off on her teammates.”

Looking forward to the 2012 season, Forino wishes to continue on the path the JV Lady Bulldog’s set in place this season.

“We have a great group of student athletes on this team. They haven’t reached their potential, but are going in the right direction. It will be a pleasure watching their goals that they set in place for the team and themselves.”

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