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Familiar faces tacke MC/M basketball jobs

SALEM -- Two familiar faces will patrol the sidelines for the McCook Central/Montrose Fighting Cougars boys' and girls' basketball programs this year.

At the helm for the boys' basketball program will be Jeff Heisinger, while Doug Durfee will return to lead the girls' basketball team.

Durfee has been the head coach of McCook Central/Montrose since the schools decided to co-op five years ago. He resigned at the end of the 2013 basketball season but decided to come back and coach the team.

"Both coaches that we have hired are very familiar with the kids and the program," McCook Central athletic director Jack Rasmussen said. "We know that there will be a lot of continuity with the programs because both of the coaches have been with us for a while.

"Jeff really paid his dues and we are happy to give him the opportunity. After about two months, nobody expressed any interest in applying for the girls' job, then coach Durfee took the job back."

As for Heisinger, he spent the last five years as an assistant coach with the Fighting Cougars. Prior to the schools co-oping, the Parkston High School graduate spent one season as the head boys' basketball coach at Montrose.

Heisinger takes over for Bill Marquardt who retired after coaching McCook Central/Montrose.

"I am excited about the job," Heisinger said. "It is a great opportunity to have and I am excited to be taking over a program that has been established as a successful one over the last few years. I think it is going to be a major advantage that the kids know what to expect from me, and I know what to expect from them. There won't be a getting-to-know-you stage because I have been coaching them and they know me well."

Last season, the boys' basketball team finished with a 17-6 record en route to winning the District 9A title, before losing to Platte-Geddes in the Region 5A championship. The McCook Central/Montrose girls' team was 8-13 last season.

Heisinger said he won't change much of the system that Marquardt previously used, but he will add more defensive packages, including a full-court press.