Third-year coach Dan Harrison will rely heavily on a talented and deep freshman class as the 2010-11 Hesston College women’s basketball season nears.


Third-year coach Dan Harrison will rely heavily on a talented and deep freshman class as the 2010-11 Hesston College women’s basketball season nears.

Three players return from last year’s squad, and Harrison expects the sophomore group to provide good chemistry and support to a young team.

Returners include guard Liz Miller (Riverside, Iowa) and forwards Shelby Barrett (Beloit) and Dani Stauffer (Burlington, Iowa).

New faces on the roster include point guards Marissa Vermillion (Halstead), Brittney Maddex (Oklahoma City) and Lyn Ungang (Sioux Falls, S.D.); guards Mallory Schroeder (Hesston), Mishaun Pfannenstiel (Inman) and Shawnie Higgins (Hansen, Idaho); and post players Lauren Wolfenberger (Newton), Jesse Hansett (Kansas City, Kan.), Kara Stutzman (Hesston) and Amber Mayer (Wichita).

Freshman Kirsten Myers (Wann, Okla.), Alyssa Ruptak (Wheatridge, Colo.) and Echo Shantz (Hydro, Okla.) are making their way back from injuries and will give Hesston even more depth upon their return.

“We have some offensive firepower in this group,” Harrison said. “I think we’ll have good guard play and be able to shoot from the perimeter. I love what the returning players have meant to our roster so far. They’ve brought a positive attitude and great leadership. To reach our full potential we’ll need to show more defensive intensity and simply learn to play as hard as we can for a full 40 minutes.”

The 2010-11 schedule includes three early season tournaments for the Larks. On Nov. 5 to 6, Hesston will participate in the Cottey College (Nevada, Mo.) classic, where they play Allen County CC and Cottey. Nov. 12 and 13 the Larks play two games in the Brown Mackie College Classic, including a date with Kansas City (Kan.) CC. Thanksgiving weekend will once again see the Larks host their own Classic, with home games on Nov. 26 and 27 against junior varsity squads from Bethel College and Tabor College.