Warriors girls’ hockey team building, learning this season
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Sioux North High School Warriors girls’ hockey season is underway and, this year, their coaches are aiming to build experience and a solid foundation for the near future of the program.
Head coach Austen Hoey shared that most of the girls will be returning next season, so this year will be a learning experience for a lot of young players.
“We have a pretty young team for the most part. We’re going to get a lot of girl’s back next year, so it is building towards something that, I think, is attainable. It’s been a learning experience for a lot of the girls playing against players that are more experienced,” said Hoey.
Getting that experience this year will be even more beneficial in the crease. Hoey shared that both goaltenders are new to the sport and are already making good progress.
“They’ve come a long way, but the first time either of them put pads on was our first tryout. They’re making good progress, but it is tough because we play teams with girls who have good shots and can score goals. Unfortunately, having that inexperience is going to be tough for any new goaltender,” he said.
The Warriors recently hosted the St. Thomas Aquinas Saints in a home opener double header on Nov. 28 and 29. The Saints took the first game 19-2 and the second game 13-2 despite the Warriors displaying plenty of hard work and sportsmanship.
Hoey emphasized that the main focus this year is building and following the correct process through patience, hard work, and perseverance, which is the Warrior way.
“It is a process and we’re working towards something, and that product doesn’t get there without following the correct process. Everything is really for not if things aren’t done the right way and we’re trying to build something that is sustainable and is consistent. You can only really do that through following the right steps and not taking shortcuts. Right now, the scores might be a bit lopsided but eventually, with hard work from the coaches and team, it is going to get to a point where that process is going to pay off,” he concluded.
The Warriors are back in action on Dec. 20 when they host the Dryden High School Eagles.