Krista Binam (1st
13-14 Record: 10-13
Outlook: The Lady Spartans seek to rebound to among the top teams in Class 6A
basketball as Krista Binam takes charge as head coach with a trio of returning
starters. Points in the paint will be an emphasis for Binam’s squad as 5-11 junior
forward Sydney Stout returns to the blocks after leading the Lady Spartan’s scoring
as a sophomore. Senior guard Karlie Owens, a defensive specialist, is one of a
talented group of guards that Binam will rely upon to put points on the board
along with 5-11 junior Addison Richards, which according to Binam, is poised for a
Binam also expects contribution from the younger players including 5-8 freshman
guard Maddie Bittle and 5-6 sophomore Cassidy Sloan.
“Playing in Class 6A is tough every night,” admits Binam, “so we’ll have to learn from
every game and each opponent. This group of girls has a solid basketball IQ and that
will be a plus even though experience wise we’re going to start the year as a young
squad that will get stronger as the season moves along.”
Sydney Stout 5-11 F Jr.
Addison Richards 5-11 G Jr.
Karlie Owens 5-7 G Sr.
Maddie Bittle 5-8 G Fr.
Cassidy Sloan 5-6 F So.
Ainsly Wolfinbarger 5-4 G Sr.
Megan Doak 5-7 G Sr.
Aubrey Andrews 5-8 F Jr.
Bailey Hackler 5-9 F So.
Kyndal Pirtle 5-7 G So.
Scott Padek (6th
13-14 Record: 18-9
Outlook: The outlook for the Spartans could be described as a year of transition as
only three players return with extended minutes of experience and statistics as 6-4
junior guard Parker Jennings (4.3ppg), 6-4 junior forward Payton Sullivan (2.4ppg)
and 6-1 sophomore Will Fiser (3.5ppg) take their place in Bixby’s lineup. Senior
forwards Zach Richwine and Glen Galvin, also had minutes last season that the
Spartans will try to expand into success this year.
Veteran head coach Scott Padek, now in his 6th
“It’s a team that is moving from role players to the spotlight,” said Padek, “and,
learning that transition against the kind of teams we play creates an awesome
opportunity for these kids. We’ll start the year untested, but after competing against
an always tough Frontier Conference schedule, I’m confident that by playoff time we
can make the grade.”
Zach Richwine 6-1 F Sr.
Glen Galvin 6-1 F Sr.
Jacob Hicks 5-10 G Sr.
Parker Jennings 5-9 G Jr.
Payton Sullivan 6-4 F Jr.
Zach Christopolous 6-0 G Jr.
Will Fiser 6-1 F So.
Joey Homan 5-10 G So.
Staton King 5-11 F Fr.