Highlands' Misejka stresses team goals
TribLIVE Sports Videos
Highlands senior Nikki Misejka accepts her role as the team leader, but the eighth-leading scorer in the Alle-Kiski Valley last season is quick to remind that basketball is a team game.
“I'm willing to do it and I want to do it,” Misejka said of her scoring expectations. “But it shouldn't be about me. It should be about the whole team. “
Misejka, a 5-foot-5 guard and third-team all-VND selection, averaged 13.7 points per game last season in 15 games.
And after battling numbers problems the last several years, the future looks good for the Golden Rams. Nine freshmen are out for the team, allowing Highlands to field a junior varsity team to get the younger girls playing experience.
“We have about 18 girls out,” coach Ron Lang said. “We also have a lot of potential in the seventh and eighth grades, and we started our elementary program back up.”
As the Golden Rams pursue improvement on last year's 2-17 record (1-9 in Section 1-AAA), one key player missing will be forward Channing James, who has transferred to Kiski Area.
Senior Carly Hines, who was injured last season, returns along with Sam Witucki, a part-time starter last year.
Also expected to make major contributions are senior DeeDee Hrond-Pittman, freshman Kayla Beale and sophomore Shannon Bernardi.
“We're going to try to play a little up-tempo,” Lang said. “We're better off in a lot of areas.”
Lang also left the door open for freshmen Katelyn Kuniak and Caitlynn Borkowski to get playing time. That's where senior leaders Misejka and Hines come in.
“Carly and I will help the younger players as much as we can,” Misejka said.
Highlands will have some extra time to prepare for the season. The Golden Rams originally were set to play in the Freeport Tip-off Tournament, but Freeport is now a section rival. So unless the Golden Rams can find a last-minute game on Dec. 7 against a team with an opening on its schedule, they will begin on Dec. 10 against Leechburg.
Lang will be assisted by Brandy Bargerstock, Mindy Beale and Stephanie Shane.
George Guido is a freelance writer for Trib Total Media.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Fox Chapel boys basketball team will rely on rotation for scoring
- Burrell girls work new faces into solid basketball nucleus
- Deer Lakes boys move into tough Class AAA section
- Deer Lakes girls basketball set for AAA competition
- Athletic McKeesport boys basketball team features new coach, up-tempo style
- McKeesport girls basketball team healthy, anxious to start new season