Last year: 4-17
With only two returners from last year’s squad, the Blackhawks are in a rebuilding year that’s sure to be a learning experience for everyone. “We just have to work hard,” Jim Wheeler said. “And it starts with the fundamentals: the dribbling, the passing, the rebounding, the defense. You just keep teaching. We’ll just keep going out there game after game and we’ll try to be this much better the next time and the next time and the next time. We’re trying to keep building the program up to make sure kids are enjoying it.” With a roster down from 29 last season to 14 this year, Wheeler was still looking to drum up interest and fill out his roster even after practices started. “When this season’s over, if they want to invest more time, we’ll be offering up a million opportunities for them,” Wheeler said. “If Westville ever wants to step up, Coach (Mark) Parkman and I will be there to help them take that step. We’ll just try to keep building and enjoying the game.” The Blackhawks have no seniors on this year’s team and will be led by juniors Megan Henrich and Stephanie Popp, the only holdovers from last season. — Michael Raines
Last season finish
Lost 83-18 at Oregon-Davis in sectionals
Leading returning scorer
Megan Henrich;4.1 ppg
Leading returning rebounder
Stephanie Popp, 3.0 rpg
Megan Henrich, Jr., G and Stephanie Popp, Jr., G: Wheeler knows his team has to operate through his two returners. He says both are great character kids who lead by example. Look for them to handle the majority of the scoring for the Blackhawks, especially early on.
Newcomer to watch
Mary Parkman, Fr., G: A true gym rat, Parkman is consistently the first on the floor when practice starts and the last to leave when practice ends. Wheeler hopes the freshman can motivate her teammates to put in the time and work required to make it through a girls high school basketball season in Indiana.