Coach has high hopes for Yellowjackets

By Zachary Deppa
Sports Editor

RCTC freshman guard Nautika Kotero (No. 22) vies for a jump ball against Hibbing Community College’s Diana Clement (No. 2) on Dec. 6. The Yellowjackets have a 6-5 won-lost record at semester break. Their next games are at the Anoka Ramsey Tournament on Friday, Jan. 6, against the North Dakota State College of Science and on Saturday, Jan. 7, against Hibbing Community College. (Echo Photo by Michaela Twitchell)

Steve Hucke is the head coach for the woman’s basketball team. He has been coaching for RCTC for 15 years.

This year he believes the woman’s basketball team will have a similar playing style to the last few years.

“I feel we have a great chance to win the Southern Division, battle for Region championship and get into national tournament.”

Hucke’s goals are to win the division, region, and advance onto the national tournament.

The style of play the team has this year is quick-paced, fast-break team with the ability to hit outside shots. The prominent players of the team this year are Nathalie Ratliff, Jenna Svoboda, Reed Klunder and Nautika Kotero.

The biggest challenge for the team this year is the rebounding, free throw shooting, and the transition and development of the freshmen. With Hucke’s coaching philosophy of playing hard, focusing, controlling what they can, and having fun, he believes that they will easily overcome these challenges.