The Nokomis Athletic Club gave Redskin fans more than 23,000 reasons to celebrate before the Nokomis girls’ basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The members of the Arrowhead Open Committee presented a check for $23,812.14 from the proceeds of the fifth annual golf tournament to the administrators of Nokomis High School and Junior High, which will be used to benefit the athletic teams at the two schools. In those five short years, the Arrowhead Open has raised $124,466.43 for Nokomis teams and athletes.
On hand for the presentation were Nokomis Superintendent Scott Doerr, Shelia Keller, Cassie Watson, Julie Knodle, Missy Keiser, Dawn Mascher, Bonnie Brownback, Cheri Herpstreith, Paul Watson, Brandon Engelman, Nokomis Principal Rachelle McDowell and Nokomis Athletic Director Kevin McDonald.
The Nokomis Lady Redskins had the home court advantage on both Friday and Saturday night, Jan. 3-4. Friday’s match was between the Skins and the Lady Trojans of Auburn and on Saturday the Lady Redskins hosted the Pana Panthers.
With illness hitting the Skins roster, a number of fresh faces were introduced to the varsity starting lineup. During Friday’s game, the Redskin guards stepped up and knocked down needed threes to keep them in the game.
Unfortunately, the Lady Trojans’ aggressive guards took it to the hole every chance they got and knocked down their shots and free throws.
As a result, the Lady Redskins were defeated 57 to 47 by Auburn. Despite the loss, the Skins were pleased with how they battled against such a well-rounded and skilled team like Auburn.
The ball game seemed to be dominated by freshmen for the Skins as Audrey Sabol had 14 points and eight rebounds, Hailey Engelman added 12 points and Addison Dangbar assisted with eight points herself.
Saturday night's game against the Pana Panthers was a different story. The Panthers outscored the Skins every quarter and even left them scoreless in the third.
It was a difficult game defensively and offensively for the Skins. Pana caused them to turn the ball over and shut them down offensively.
The Panthers were just too much for the Skins as they defeated them 52 to 18. Despite the bad loss, Audrey Sabol had eight points and ten rebounds and Mia Fesser added six points.
The Lady Redskins will look to get back on track on Monday, Jan. 6, when they travel to St. Elmo/Brownstown to take on the Eagles.
January 3 at Nokomis
Auburn 16 15 13 13 57
Nokomis 9 11 11 16 47
Nokomis (47) - Audrey Sabol 14, Hailey Engelman 12, Addison Dangbar 8, Mia Fesser 5, Jayme Johnson 4, Natalie Engelman 4. Totals: 18-39 6-10 47.
Three-point field goals: Nokomis 5-14 (H. Engelman 2, Dangbar 2, Johnson 1).
January 4 at Nokomis
Pana 14 11 21 6 52
Nokomis 4 9 0 5 18
Pana (52) - Jillian Hamilton 11, Sadie Keller 8, Sway Denton 8, Rachel Holthaus 6, Rhylee Freeman 5, Rylee Beck 4, Lainey Hicks 4, Kylie Hendrickson 4, Anna Beyers 2. Totals: 20-57 10-17 59.
Nokomis (18) - Audrey Sabol 8, Mia Fesser 6, Addison Dangbar 2, Jayme Johnson 2. Totals: 8-23 1-4 18.
Three-point field goals: Pana 2-11 (Freeman 1, Hamilton 1); Nokomis 1-7 (Fesser 1).
Records: Nokomis (6-11); Pana (14-6).