Although North Lakes Academy as a school is not known for its athletics, basketball has been on the rise and is continuing to pose a threat in the Eastern Minnesota Athletic Conference.
The team started in 2009 with zero wins and a fresh, young team that hadn’t become accustomed to the sport quite yet. Last year in the 2011-12 season, NLA, with Judd Yaeger as Head Coach, blew through the EMAC Conference maintaining a record of fourteen wins and only two losses.
The Huskies still pose a huge threat to the EMAC Conference coming off of their record from last year, and now with all five starters being seniors, they’ll be looking to dominate the conference once again.
“I always expect to compete. I expect to be in the top three of the conference every year. I believe we have the talent and dedication to compete for the EMAC title this year. If we give our best effort, I cannot ask or expect more,” said Judd Yeager, Head Coach for the NLA Huskies Basketball Team, regarding the expectations for the 2013 season.
Last year the team came close, but wasn’t able to make it all the way and did not win the EMAC title for 2011-12 season. With the starting five all in their graduating year, it is their time to shine. Although having the fantastic five starting this year, the Huskie team is suffering a tough loss this year. Last year, Senior Brandon Flom, graduated leaving the team behind, this put a significant dent in how the Huskies play defensively.
“Our defense is key to our success. We don’t have a lot of post presence to advance far, so we will utilize our depth at guard and wings. We will defend the ball wherever it is on the court, all game long.”
Defense is always something the Huskies team has had to emphasize on, particularly because it’s something they struggle with as a team. Losing Flom as a strong defensive player was and will be tough for the team. Now new players are going to have to step up defensively, like Dylan Beatty(12) and Kyle Spillman(10). Beatty and Spillman are going to be a huge part of the defense this year, and have stepped up to the demands Yeager has made to his team.
Although defense is something the team tends to struggle with, offense is its strong suit. Christopher Rosencrantz (12), who plays the role of point guard, is one of the fantastic starting five and plays a huge role in this year’s offense. Although the Huskies offense is completely team based, Rosencrantz plays debatably the most critical role on the court for the Huskies.He’s the shooter; wherever he is on the court, the ball is in his hands, ready to fire.
NLA is in its prime time year for Basketball this 2013 season. Games will start to be played soon, and the season is just around the corner. This is NLA’s year to dominate, make sure you come support the team as often as you can.
LET’S GO HUSKIES