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Woodbury Central Basketball Seniors

By: Carter Schultzen


The seniors of the Woodbury Central boys’ basketball team have been playing together for over a decade. There are a total of six seniors on the team this year, four of which are starters. Kurt Countryman, Christopher Mandl, Carter Schultzen, and Dustin Widman have lettered all four years of their high school careers. Patrick Carney and Brandon Stender have both lettered for two years. These boys began their basketball careers in the first grade, and have never missed a season since. After interviewing Kurt Countryman, I was informed on some of his favorite memories of the team. “I remember playing with the same group of boys for years, throughout MYRA, Hayworth, middle school, and now high school,” says Kurt. Kurt believes the season has been rather disappointing so far, but he believes the team will be able to bounce back and make a run in the district tournament. The team is currently 6-7 on the year and Kurt informed me, “the schedule this year has been very tough and we have lost some close games that could have gone the other way.” After asking Coach Trevor Alfredson on his thoughts on the season, he replied, “The team has yet to reach its full potential, and I think if we get to that point we will be a real threat in the conference. Overall, I think the team has learned and grown a lot, and we are working everyday to get better. I think this group of boys is one of the hardest working kids for one another.” When asked about his favorite memory he informed me, “When we beat Maple Valley for the first time in 5 years.”

The girls’ basketball team is in a different situation this year; they only have one senior on the team. Payge Ronfeldt, a four year letterer and a two year starter, is the lone senior and plays a huge impact for the team. She enjoys being a leader of the girls’ team this year. One of her favorite memories was beating an undefeated Kingsley Pierson at their home court during her junior season. She said, “It was an amazing feeling to know that all odds were against us, and we were able to show everyone what we were capable of.” Payge believes the season is going great, sitting at 9-3 on the year and facing some tough competition. “I think if we continue to work hard we will have a great opportunity to compete for the conference championship,” Payge believes. According to coach Matthew Jenness, “Payge does a little of everything, and can be seen by looking at her stats. Payge averages 8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and nearly 4 steals a game.  She does exactly what I need her to do and she gives our team a competitive edge.” When asked how the season has gone thus far, Coach Jenness replies, “We do a good job for stretches at a time, but we need make every possession count. We need to focus on playing with urgency, and never letting up on defense.” The goal set by coach Jenness is for every player to compete “more like Payge”.


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