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By Paul Lecker

For Zaleski Sports

SPENCER – Krystal Weier, a 2012 Spencer High School graduate, takes over the Rockets girls basketball program this season as its head coach.

A year after the Rockets won only three games, it is so far, so good for the new coach as Spencer won its season opener over Weyauwega-Fremont 40-37 on Nov. 19.

Weier was a softball and basketball standout for Spencer from 2009-12, earning honorable mention all-state softball honors as a senior and all-Cloverbelt Conference East Division first-team honors as a junior in basketball.

Spencer returns eight players from last year’s team that finished 3-18 overall and 2-13 in the Cloverbelt Conference East Division.

Heavyn Kind averaged 5.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game for the Rockets last season, and led the team in scoring with 13 points in the opener.

Aryiah Schuh also returns after averaged 4.3 points per game and amassing 24 steals. Zalexis Mannigel, Cassidee WIdmann, Elexa Post, Jorie Meyer, Rebecca Mlsna, and Madison Knecht are also back for the Rockets.

Amber Becker joins the Spencer roster this season.

“Our expectations this season are to make each other better by working hard every day in practice and in games,” Weier said. “By doing this, we will see consistent improvement throughout the season.”

When asked about the keys to the Rockets’ potential success this season: “Working hard and working together,” Weier said.

Spencer opens its Cloverbelt Conference East Division schedule Nov. 22 at home against Gilman.

Spencer Girls Basketball Schedule Tue., Nov. 19 WEYAUWEGA-FREMONT, 7:15 p.m. Fri., Nov. 22 GILMAN, 7:15 p.m. Tue., Nov. 26 at Granton, 7:15 p.m. Mon., Dec. 2 at Edgar, 7:15 p.m. Thur., Dec. 5 COLUMBUS CATHOLIC, 7:15 p.m. Tue., Dec. 10 at Owen-Withee, 7:15 p.m. Fri., Dec. 13 GREENWOOD, 7:15 p.m. Tue., Dec. 17 PITTSVILLE, 7:15 p.m. Thur., Dec. 19 LOYAL, 7:15 p.m. Fri., Jan. 3 NEILLSVILLE, 7:15 p.m. Thur., Jan. 9 COLBY, 7:15 p.m. Mon., Jan. 13 at Athens, 7:15 p.m. Fri., Jan. 17 GRANTON, 7:15 p.m. Thur., Jan. 23 at Columbus Catholic, 7:15 p.m. Tue., Jan. 28 OWEN-WITHEE, 7:15 p.m. Fri., Jan. 31 at Gilman, 7:15 p.m. Tue., Feb. 4 at Greenwood, 6 p.m. Thur., Feb. 6 at Loyal, 7:15 p.m. Tue., Feb. 11 at Neillsville, 7:15 p.m. Fri., Feb. 14 at Colby, 7:15 p.m. Mon., Feb. 17 ABBOTSFORD, 7:15 p.m. Thur., Feb. 20 Cloverbelt Crossover, TBA, 7 p.m. Tue., Feb. 25 WIAA Div. 3 regional quarterfinal, TBA, 7 p.m. Home games in CAPS, at Spencer High School

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