Brad Wilkening is accustomed to winning. The Ankeny girls basketball team is accustomed to winning too. Wilkening hopes that the Hawkettes can continue that winning tradition that vaulted the Hawkettes to powerhouse status, including 4 consecutive state titles. Wilkening is in his first season at Ankeny and his first foray into coaching girls basketball. He comes from Storm Lake St. Mary’s, where he led the boys’ basketball squad to a combined 102-5 in a four year span.
Last season was a unusual winter for the Ankeny Hawkettes. They went 1-10 in the CIC Eastern Division. Wilkening knows that rebuilding the Hawkettes’ will not be a quick fix, but then again, taking struggling programs and making them winners has been his calling card. The Hawkettes will depend on senior returning players Kelsey Yarrow, Jordan Enga, and Carolyn Buell. Sophomore Codee Myers was the 2nd leading scorer on the team.
2013-14 Record (overall, conference): 5-18, 1-10
Class, Conference: 5A, CIC (Eastern Division)
Head Coach: Brad Wilkening, 1st season (
Assistants: Bryce Maschino, Ryan Rassmusen, Shayna Greitzenhouser, Dennis Anderson and Seth Hagerty
Returners: Kelsey Yarrow, Jordan Enga, Carolyn Buelt, Codee Myers
Newcomers: Hannah Shadrava, Annika DellaVedova, Kayla Heitz
Players lost to graduation: N/A
Key Games on schedule: Centennial, DM East, Dowling, and Valley
Team Goals: “The CIC is a competitive league and we’re looking forward to the challenge”, according to Wilkening.
Interesting storylines: If Ankeny gets to the state tournament, it will be their first tournament appearance since the split and creation of Ankeny Centennial, forming two public schools in Ankeny.
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