North Fremont High School
Conference: 2A Nuclear Conference
Head Coach: Ben Lenz
Years as Head Coach: 16th Season
Record Last Year: 12-9
State Titles: 1 (2013)
Eddie Lenz, Dianne Parker
Who do you have coming back this year?
Alexa Litton - 5'9 SR Forward
Katie Harrigfeld - 5'8 SR Guard
Halle Hill - 5'9 Soph Forward
Any “Key Players” that you lost from last year?
Written by: Matt Harris
The Nuclear Conference is, in a word, unpredictable.
During the 2012-13 season, North Fremont entered the District 6 tournament as a four-seed. They staved off elimination three separate times before snagging the conference's second seed to the state tournament. Then, the Lady Huskies ran the table at state, outlasting Melba, conference-foe Ririe, and Soda Springs to win their first state championship in program history.
Entering last season, with five seniors and a wealth of experience, North Fremont was expected to contend for the top seed from the district and make another run at state.
That run never happened.
The Lady Huskies unceremoniously went 2-and-out in the district tournament, falling to West Jefferson and Salmon. But, those losses are just a microcosm of the Nuclear Conference as a whole: anyone can win on any given night.
North Fremont head coach Ben Lenz has been on both ends: the ultimate feeling of success and the devastation of defeat. He hopes his team is ready for the ride.
"I'm just excited about the challenge of a new group taking charge and improving every day", Lenz said. "And, of course, the competition in one of the toughest leagues in the state."
The Lady Huskies lose Hannah Brown, Dakota Marshall, Alyssa Hawkes, Sally Anderson, and Kennalee Howell to graduation. But Lenz will have solid returning players to try to make another run.
5'9" senior forward Alexa Litton returns alongside senior guard Katie Harrigfeld, a long-range scoring threat. Halle Hill, just a 5'9" sophomore, will pair with Litton in the frontcourt, providing a good core of starters.
Even with a solid presence up front, Lenz hopes his team can improve in the rebounding department.
"Rebounding along with fewer turnovers and being deliberate in dictating the game tempo", Lenz said.
One thing to watch for with this year's edition of the Lady Huskies is their commitment to defensive pressure.
"Our guards have good quickness and are pesky", said Lenz. "We like to pressure opponents with full and half-court traps."
Lenz has been around the coaching block a time or two, entering his 16th season in Ashton. When asked why he coaches, his statement is simple.
"I love the game", he said. "I love the school, the community, and the kids."
With their 'no excuses' team motto, expect the Huskies to contend for the state tournament once again.