Holley, Kendall to tip off basketball season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 3 February 2021 at 9:44 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Looking to help lead their teams into the upcoming Genesee Region League season are, from left, Holley’s Halee Passarell, Kendall’s Julie Coble and Lyndonville’s Ella Lewis, who are shown in action during games last season.

Two months after the originally scheduled starting date the belated area high school basketball season will get underway next Monday as Holley hosts rival Kendall in a non league girls game at 5:30 p.m. (varsity only).

Genesee Region League girls competition will then begin next Wednesday with Attica at Holley, Kendall at Wheatland-Chili and Pembroke at Lyndonville, all at 7:30. The G-R League is allowing only two spectators per player for the home team to be in attendance.

Holley is led by the returning starting trio of senior Halee Passarell, junior Tatum Gagne and sophomore Tia Hofforth. The Lady Hawks are also bolstered by the return of senior guard Hayley Skidmore who missed last season due to an injury.

“We’re very athletic and I think we’ll be able to do OK,” said Coach Sal DeLuca. “I’m optimistic and looking forward to the season.”

The Lady Hawks graduation losses include starters Olivia Radford and Jade Hofforth.

Kendall likewise returns a trio of starters in juniors Alezya Brown, Julie Coble and Elizabeth Snyder. Junior Julia Szczepanski , who saw a good amount of action last year, also looks to step into the starting quintet

“We’ve got a good group back but the big thing is I just relish the fact that we’ve got a season,” said Coach Jeff Parizek.

The Lady Eagles graduation losses included the starting trio of Brittney Marks, Lizzie Sutphen and Katie Pearson.

Lyndonville is led by the returning starting quartet of senior Kaylee Nesbitt, juniors Ella Lewis and Karlee Rounds and sophomore Lorelei Dillenbeck.

The Lady Tigers also return seniors Chloe Stinson and Prezli Silversmith along with junior Alexis Hughes, sophomore Haley Shaffer and freshman Ashlee Stephens.

“It’s a good group and the girls are ready to go,” said Coach Katelyn Draper. “This year we don’t have a lot of time to prepare for our first game so it’s good we have an experienced group. They’ve really got the desire to play.”

Lyndonville lost only two players to graduation, Savannah Poler and Danielle Weldon.