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Postville returns to the varsity girls' basketball scene

Pirates have 18 on their roster; Tri-County is taking 2018-19 off

Postville High School returns to the varsity girls’ basketball scene with realistic expectations.

“I’m sure it would be a good story if we came back in our first year and it’s win, win, win,” Coach Aandi Deering said. “But right now, the girls want to learn the game. Fundamentals have been lacking here. We want to have a good experience, and be competitive.”

After two years of fielding only a junior-varsity team, Postville is back. The roster consists of 18 girls — four juniors, four sophomores and 10 freshmen.

The Pirates open their varsity season Nov. 27, at home against Clayton Ridge.

Deering had been an assistant boys’ coach at Postville for the last 12 seasons.

“I have two daughters, and there have been something like seven coaches in the last seven years. I want to get the program going in the right way,” he said. “We had open gyms this summer, and a lot of the girls came. They had never had the gym open for them in the summer before.

“Girls didn’t go out for basketball because they were embarrassed (by the previous lack of commitment).”

Postville’s last winning season came in 2008-09. The Pirates were 4-15 in their most recent season of varsity competition, 2015-16.

While Postville is back, Tri-County is taking a year off from girls’ basketball altogether.

“We did not have enough girls interested in playing this year; three returning players from last year,” Tri-County athletics director Scott Edmundson said. “Those returning players had no interest in playing for another school.”

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Edmundson said Tri-County’s hiatus is “a one-year decision, and next year we anticipate a larger group of eighth-graders participating, which should bring back our ability to have a team.”

Tri-County was 4-17 last season. The Trojans’ sabbatical leaves the South Iowa Cedar League with 11 teams this season, five in the East Division, six in the West.

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