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Roster turnover doesn’t lessen expectations for RAHS girls basketball
After winning 50 games over the past two seasons, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team is looking to continue that impressive run again this year. The Raiders will try to do so with a revamped lineup.
Roseville graduated five players who are on college rosters from last year’s team that set the school record for regular-season, conference and total wins. Despite that turnover, head coach Jeff Crosby expects to field another solid team.
“To contend for a third straight conference championship and No. 1 seed in sections,” Crosby said when asked about team goals.
Roseville returns two starters from last year in senior captain Maria Ascher and junior captain Monica Burich. Ascher was honorable mention all-conference last season and is being recruited by some Ivy League and Division II schools.
Burich, like she was on the volleyball court this fall, should be a force for the Raiders. The 6-foot-2 post player can also handle the ball on the perimeter and that versatility has garnered her dozens of Division I scholarship offers.
New to the varsity roster this season are junior Sydni Dykes and sophomore Sara Hain. Both played for Roseville’s junior varsity team that went 24-2 last season. Dykes will start at point guard for the Raiders while Hain will be one of the starting forwards.
Roseville, which has averaged 21 wins per season over the past four years, should be tall, long and athletic. Youth and injuries will be two things the Raiders will need to overcome this season. Roseville starts the season with two potential starters on the sidelines as they recover from soccer injuries.
Roseville opens the season with three games this week. The Raiders host Apple Valley on Tuesday, St. Francis on Thursday and Moorhead on Saturday. The string of home games to start the season will stretch through the entire month of December, a total of 10 games. Roseville’s only road games this season are against Suburban East Conference foes and the first one isn’t until Jan. 3 against Hastings.
Speaking of the SEC, Crosby, who is entering his fifth season at Roseville, expects Forest Lake, Park-Cottage Grove and White Bear Lake to be contenders for the conference title.
Brian Meyers can be reached at email@example.com.
2013-14 Roseville Area High School girls basketball schedule
Dec. 3 vs. Apple Valley 7:15 p.m.