Kendrick High School
Conference: 1AD2 Whitepine League
Classification: 1A D2
Head Coach: Ron Ireland
Years as Head Coach: 2
Previous Experience: 12 years jv girls 6 years vasity boys all at Kendrick
Record Last Year: 17-11
State Titles: 1997 and 2002
Who do you have coming back this year?
Carli Taylor, 12th guard 5'7"; Abby Smith 12th guard 5'8"; Rebecca Rickert 11th post 5'10"; Kendra Cannon 11th guard 5'4"; Connie Town 11th post 5'5"; Holli Heinen 10th post 5'10"; Samantha Schroeder 10th forward 5'5" Kadence Lanier 10th guard 5'2"
Any Returning Players with Honors?
Abby Smith 1st team all league and 1st team all state
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Katlyn Stamper, guard. She was my weak side shooter and she had a great state tournament!
Do you have any new incoming “impact” players?
Harley Cope will bring it. She is 5'10" and still growing. She's only a freshman but can play very big.
Photo By: Steve Conner - #22 Abby Smith
As a team, what are your offensive strengths?
Offensive areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Playing to the ball better, hitting the gaps quicker
As a team, what are your defensive strengths?
Press, and our Zone D
Defensive Areas you hope to improve on over last year:
Ball awareness and blocking out better
What are you most excited about in regards to this year’s team?
Our speed is going to catch people off guard
For the fans, what is the must-see game of the year on your schedule?
I say the Genesee game since we lost to them on a last second shot last time we played
What is the ‘X-Factor’ to having success this season as a team?
If you could change one rule in high school basketball, what would it be?
Would love to have a shot clock, to speed up the game
Besides the pay, the fame and the glory, why do you coach high school basketball?
I love to see a plan come together
What makes your school the best place to coach for?
We have the best fans!