With 12 new players joining
the Southeast Community College women’s basketball team, head coach Lynn
Schlake is looking for a fresh start.
“Player development will be a
big focus for these young players,” Schlake said. “Team chemistry and unity
will play a big part in our success as each player will have to accept their
new role on the team.”
Schlake recruited players
from all over the globe. Women from as far as New Zealand and England will be
joining the team, as well as three from Las Vegas and three from Nebraska.
Freshman Erika Goracke is a
point guard from Sterling, Nebraska. She received numerous scholarships from
other schools, both academic and athletic, but chose to come to SCC.
“I’m excited for a new
start,” said Goracke, who graduated from a class of 19. “It’s going to be an
adventure, and I’m excited to meet new people, play basketball and to have
Goracke says she’s known for
her shooting skills and is looking forward to bringing her game to the collegiate
“I love the sport of basketball,”
she said. “I’ve been playing since I was a little girl. It’s one of my
Coach Schlake says the
schedule will be challenging this year with some nationally ranked teams, but
having 18 home games will help.
“The new recruits are physically
strong and very athletic,” he said. “They will add quickness and speed to the
team. They also understand the game and are good ball handlers.”
In addition to the 12 freshmen
there will be four returning players. The women will arrive on campus in August
with games starting in the fall.