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Lake Shore is hoping for a bounce back season

By: Mark Vest | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published November 30, 2011

 Lake Shore’s Carly Vargo attempts to score in a recent scrimmage. The Shorians hope to climb the ladder in the MAC Gold this season.

Lake Shore’s Carly Vargo attempts to score in a recent scrimmage. The Shorians hope to climb the ladder in the MAC Gold this season.

Photo by Deb Jacques

If what he has witnessed in practice is any indication of things to come, then Lake Shore girls basketball coach Jimmy Roehm likes his team’s chances of being in the thick of things in the MAC Gold this season.

There are a couple of assets that nearly every basketball coach hopes for when they look at their roster, and Roehm will have both of them to work with when his Shorians team takes to the court in 2011-2012.

“We’re pretty athletic and pretty tall,” he said. “We got two girls (who are) 5 foot 10, one at 5 foot 11 and one at 6 foot, which is pretty good. And some of those girls are my most athletic girls, so that always helps.”

The bad news for the Shorians is that most of last season’s leaders — five seniors — have graduated. But the good news is that there is a crop of four fresh seniors who will have an opportunity to assume the leadership vacancy and make their own mark on the program.

Lake Shore will take to the court with a mixture of veterans and underclassmen, and in order for the Shorians to lay claim to a successful season, Roehm believes contributions from a variety of sources will be required.

“Jordan Morgan and her sister, Sydney, are the two captains,” Roehm said. “We’re going to rely quite a bit on them for inside scoring, defense, the whole ball of wax. Carly Vargo played all of last year as a freshman. She’s done a lot of good things in practice so far. … I’m looking forward to her taking that next step from being a jittery freshman to a pretty solid contributor for us.”

Despite the positives coming out of practice, Roehm does not want create a goal list for his team. He would rather they set their own expectations.

“The girls come up with their goals,” Roehm said. “Win the league, win districts. We have a Christmas tournament with the other St. Clair Shores schools. That’s one of their big goals, to win that again. Last year was the third year, and we won it for the first time since they’ve had it.”

One reason the Shorians’ squad may be confident enough to put together such a lofty goal list is due to some big-game experience from last season. Despite finishing its campaign at 10-12, Lake Shore was competitive in the MAC Gold.

While the Shorians did lose both of their games to Sterling Heights last season, they were able to take the eventual league champs right down to the wire on both occasions. Combine that with a victory over L’Anse Cruise North, which finished second in the league, and it isn’t too big of a leap for the Shorians to believe that they are capable of moving up in the MAC Gold.

While he may not be setting any specific goals, like his players, Roehm does believe that his team could be a strong contender for a league title.

“We’re going to be young, and we’re going to see a lot of girls we haven’t seen before,” he said. “But I’m cautiously optimistic. I think we have the talent to compete, but it’s all about executing now.”

The Shorians open their season against rival Lakeview at home Dec. 2. Given their opponent in the opening contest, Roehm doesn’t believe that his team will have any trouble getting up for the game and setting the right tone to the beginning of the season.

“It helps to start off with Lakeview,” he said. “As a rival, they don’t want to give up any wins, especially to Lakeview. They’re pretty focused.”