12 new recruits for women's basketball team

Erika Goracke
Sterling recruit, Erika Goracke. Photo courtesy of Beatrice Daily Sun.

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 fun.”

Goracke says she’s known for her shooting skills and is looking forward to bringing her game to the collegiate level.

“I love the sport of basketball,” she said. “I’ve been playing since I was a little girl. It’s one of my passions.”

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. 

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For more information contact:
Andrea Gallagher Haggar
Marketing Specialist
402-323-3395
ahaggar@southeast.edu