Great expectations greet West Iron girls

Coach Eric Shamion is on the run, reminding the West Iron girls basketball players how to receive a pass during a recent drill. The Wykons open their new season at Hancock and Norway this week. The home opener is Dec. 5 vs. Iron Mountain.

IRON RIVER—From the outside looking in, all the buzz surrounding this year’s West Iron County girls basketball team might appear to be misplaced.
    After all, the Wykons head into the season off an 8-15 campaign, having lost their top scorer to graduation and with a first-year varsity coach.
    Plus, two of the most vital roles on the team will be filled by a pair of sophomores who have never played a regular season varsity game.
    But the failure to look beyond those cursory facts will result in a misreading of this year’s team.
    For there are plenty of reasons to think this will be a big year for the 2017-18 Wykons, who are loaded with talent, promise and ambition.
    New WIC coach Eric Shamion knows this as he heads into the opener at Hancock on Nov. 28.
    “I’ve got a full toolbox,” Shamion said. He certainly does. Shamion, who guided the Wykon boys JV team to a 14-5 record and a West Pac Conference title last year, inherits a squad that returns four starters from last year’s team, which got hot down the stretch and defeated a one-loss Norway team for the district title before giving eventual regional champion St. Ignace all it could handle in a nine-point semifinal defeat.
    Back are juniors Riley Stine (8.5 points per game), Colbi Laturi (7.7 ppg.) and Katarina Serbentas (5 ppg.), along with sophomore Eden Golliher (8.5 ppg.) from last year’s starting lineup.


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