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Army

No winning season now.  The girls turned the ball over three consecutive times down the stretch.  Very disappointing.  When Army turned up the defensive pressure LC simply did not seem to know what to do.

#5 for Army is a terrific player and is only a Sophmore.  

Homan did not show up until near the end of the game.  I'm surprised that she only scored 3 points.

Without Fiacco next year, I wonder if the team can exceed this year's group. Of course, better shooting would help, obviously.
carney2

Army sophomore forward Aimee Oertner had 10 pts., 6 rebounds and two blocks today.  She's from the Lehigh Valley.  They also have a 6'1 freshman who lives only a few miles from College Hill who didn't play today, but will probably be a factor in the future.  Lehigh has sophomore Kerry Kinek from Allentown who is averaging 16 pts. and 7.3 rebounds per game.  They just signed a 6'3 junior from Salisbury Twp. (Allentown) who is averaging in the mid 20s.  How is it that we're never in play for any of these kids?
Lafalum

carney2 wrote:
Army sophomore forward Aimee Oertner had 10 pts., 6 rebounds and two blocks today.  She's from the Lehigh Valley.  They also have a 6'1 freshman who lives only a few miles from College Hill who didn't play today, but will probably be a factor in the future.  Lehigh has sophomore Kerry Kinek from Allentown who is averaging 16 pts. and 7.3 rebounds per game.  They just signed a 6'3 junior from Salisbury Twp. (Allentown) who is averaging in the mid 20s.  How is it that we're never in play for any of these kids?


You might be on to something here Carney. Could it be our positioning as a "small liberal arts school," and our lack of an education or clear business major be hurting us??
carney2

Lafalum wrote:
carney2 wrote:
Army sophomore forward Aimee Oertner had 10 pts., 6 rebounds and two blocks today.  She's from the Lehigh Valley.  They also have a 6'1 freshman who lives only a few miles from College Hill who didn't play today, but will probably be a factor in the future.  Lehigh has sophomore Kerry Kinek from Allentown who is averaging 16 pts. and 7.3 rebounds per game.  They just signed a 6'3 junior from Salisbury Twp. (Allentown) who is averaging in the mid 20s.  How is it that we're never in play for any of these kids?


You might be on to something here Carney. Could it be our positioning as a "small liberal arts school," and our lack of an education or clear business major be hurting us??


Could be I guess, but it doesn't seem to be scaring off our recruits from Illinois, Colorado, etc.  My question is, why don't we seem to have a local recruiting presence?  Football has broken out with something like 6 local kids on the current roster, but overall we seem to be an afterthought to the Squawks in the Lehigh Valley.  Spend some time with the sports section of Paul Reinhard's Mourning Crawl if you want to see who the home team is.  It ain't us.  The Squawks' beat writer for football is a full time employee.  Ours is a retired "I'm doing the paper a favor" super stringer.  (No disrespect intended, Paul.  We love you and appreciate what you do.  Just making a point and had to hit the language hard to make it.)  Before getting travel vouchers and plane tickets our coaching staffs ought to be establishing better relationships in their own backyard.  The Lehigh Valley may not be a talent gold mine, but when legitimate players like Kinek and Oertner come along, we should be in the hunt.
NewXbo

Carney, we have recruited a lot of local kids over the years: Vanessa Van De Venter, Terry Dadio, Tiffany Bedics, Dana Wolfe, Lauren Mazza, Val Gomez. I'm sure there are more that I can't think of right now.

Coach Nolan was recruiting Kerry Kinek, I saw her at a number of her games. The Troyans have strong relationships with both ACC and Beca, some of their kids went to ACC, although their son is now playing for Saucon.

Also, our former coaches (Smith and Fisher) were in fact Valley people, spending most of their lives in the Lehigh Valley, thus making them more familiar with local talent. Finally, I think any kid who goes to West Point or Annapolis has not really made basketball one of their criterias. There were to other recent LV BB players who also went to the West Point (Anthony and Baranck) and Annapolis (Jones of NW).
carney2

NewXbo wrote:
Carney, we have recruited a lot of local kids over the years: Vanessa Van De Venter, Terry Dadio, Tiffany Bedics, Dana Wolfe, Lauren Mazza, Val Gomez. I'm sure there are more that I can't think of right now.

Coach Nolan was recruiting Kerry Kinek, I saw her at a number of her games. The Troyans have strong relationships with both ACC and Beca, some of their kids went to ACC, although their son is now playing for Saucon.

Also, our former coaches (Smith and Fisher) were in fact Valley people, spending most of their lives in the Lehigh Valley, thus making them more familiar with local talent. Finally, I think any kid who goes to West Point or Annapolis has not really made basketball one of their criterias. There were to other recent LV BB players who also went to the West Point (Anthony and Baranck) and Annapolis (Jones of NW).


I know that Pat Fisher had a strong local presence.  I guess I'm just irrationally bent out of shape that we whiffed on the current crop of good players from local schools.  Anyway, I stand corrected, but still suspect that Troyan has a better local pipeline than Nolan.  Of course, Troyan has been at it for almost 20 years.
The Maroon

NewXbo wrote:
Carney, we have recruited a lot of local kids over the years: Vanessa Van De Venter, Terry Dadio, Tiffany Bedics, Dana Wolfe, Lauren Mazza, Val Gomez. I'm sure there are more that I can't think of right now.


I think we had a girl not to long ago from Nazareth whose career was plagued by injury - but Carney's question shouldn't be dismissed because we managed to land Mazza and Dadio in 1990 and Tiffany Bedics in...'95?

I think the program took a step forward this year - and I'm cautiously optimistic we can get to 17-18 wins next season. Problem is Nolan's 2nd and 3rd recruiting classes (current frosh and sophs) have netted us 1 player who MIGHT be in an all-league conversation unless someone steps up. If our incoming freshmen aren't strong then it could get ugly.

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