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By Paul Lecker

For Zaleski Sports

COLBY – Two-straight Cloverbelt Conference East Division titles and the first-ever trip to the WIAA state tournament last year has the Colby girls basketball program buzzing.

The Hornets return three key contributors from last season and have their sights set on another successful season.

“I hope to compete in games and see where that takes us,” Colby coach Randy Rau said. “I think we can be a pretty good team, but we have some work to do.”

Hailey Voelker, a 5-foot-9 forward averaged 12.2 points per game a year ago as the Hornets finished a perfect 16-0 in the Cloverbelt East and 25-1 overall after reaching the state tournament before losing a Division 4 semifinal to Melrose-Mindoro 63-44 at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Voelker, who recently signed a letter of intent to play NCAA Division II basketball at Lake Superior State in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., joins Lexi Krebsbach (3 ppg) and Lexi Underwood (6 ppg) as top returnees for the Hornets.

Kersten Weise, Emma Peavy, and Olivia Vollrath also return to the varsity squad, and will be joined by newcomers Brook Suckow, Brooklyn Filtzkowski and Trista Meyer.

Underwood scored 11 points and Voelker 10 in the Hornets’ season-opening loss to Medford on Nov. 19.

Rau said he sees three keys to success this season. “Making shots, how well we develop our depth, and stay out of foul trouble,” Rau said.

2019-20 Colby Girls Basketball Schedule

Tue., Nov. 19 at Medford, 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 22 GREENWOOD, 7:15 p.m.

Tue., Nov. 26 at Columbus Catholic, 7:15 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 5 OWEN-WITHEE, 7:15 p.m.

Tue., Dec. 10 at Gilman, 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 13 LOYAL, 7:15 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 16 at Stratford, 7:15 p.m.

Thur., Dec. 19 NEILLSVILLE, 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 27 at Edgar, 7:15 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 2 ATHENS, 6:15 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 9 at Spencer, 7:15 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 14 at Granton, 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 17 COLUMBUS CATHOLIC, 7:15 p.m.

Thur., Jan. 23 at Owen-Withee, 7:15 p.m.

Tue., Jan. 28 GILMAN, 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 31 at Greenwood, 7:15 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 4 at Loyal, 7:15 p.m.

Thur., Feb. 6 at Neillsville, 7:15 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 14 SPENCER, 7:15 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 17 GRANTON, 7:15 p.m.

Tue., Feb. 18 at Marathon, 7:15 p.m.

Feb. 20 or 22 Cloverbelt Crossover, TBA

Tue., Feb. 25 WIAA Div. 4 regional quarterfinal, TBA, 7 p.m.

HOME GAMES IN CAPS, at Colby High School