New coach, new energy around Golden Eagles

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A mix of youth and experience is paired with a new coach, as the Mitchell Christian girls basketball team approaches a new season.

Chris Nemec will coach the Golden Eagles in 2017-18, who bring back five letterwinners from last year's 3-18 team.

Nemec, who teaches social studies at Mitchell Christian, was an assistant for the boys team last season and has coached the Golden Eagles' volleyball team previously. He replaces Jackie Van Laecken.

"It seemed like a good opportunity and we've got a good group of players," Nemec said. "They're really bought in to what we're trying to do and they're giving great effort every day."

Mitchell Christian has three seniors on the team, with Emily Strong, Charlotte Haag and Katelyn Karhoff. Haag and Karhoff are joined by sophomore Anna Cooper and freshmen Maggie Reynen and Erica Thompson as returning letterwinners.

Nemec said his team will stress getting to the basket on offense and taking high percentage shots, while mixing defenses on the other side of the ball.

"We've got some solid players, especially some of our younger kids," Nemec said. "We're going to have a lot of kids who are going to get some meaningful experience and get a chance to play."

Nemec said he doesn't foresee the addition of the shot clock in Class B having too much impact on his team but he said he's stressed that 35 seconds is a long time.

"We don't have to be in a hurry. We can get into the offense and get a good shot. And just because the clock is running down or might be single digits, we can still take our time and make sure we're getting a good shot," he said.

Mitchell Christian's schedule begins Friday against Iroquois, the first of seven home games for the Golden Eagles this season. MCS will play in the Dakota State University Classic on Jan. 13 in Madison.