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Girls basketball, boys hockey get their start

In what has become more of the rule than the exception, Rosemount winter sports teams begin play this week without much time to prepare.

The girls basketball team hits the court for its first game on Friday and the boys hockey team follows up with its first game on the road on Saturday.

The girls basketball team has had less than two weeks to prepare for its appearance in the Hamline tournament this Friday and Saturday. The boys hockey team had even less time, considering tryouts consumed much of the early portion of practices.

The girls basketball team has to face perennial power St. Paul Johnson right out of the gates, while the boys hockey team is on the road at Eastview after graduating 13 seniors from last year's team.

"There is pretty much a whole new group of kids at the varsity level," boys hockey coach Scott Macho said. "We have a few guys who have consistent varsity experience, the rest are just learning."

Facing St. Paul Johnson is no easy task for the girls basketball team Rosemount is adjusting to a new coach -- Sam McDonald.

McDonald takes over the program after being a boys assistant last season.

"It's been going pretty good," McDonald said. "We have a good group of four senior captains. Since I took the spot in late summer, they have been there to help a lot with getting on top of things.

Laurie Tyson, a 6-foot-2 center, will be the low-post presence for the Irish. Bri Connor will play guard, and fellow senior captains Paige Carter and Laura Budinger should also help the transition.

McDonald will also look to get production from underclassmen Ashley Roup and Micaella Petrich.

"We get a nice, quick measuring stick right away," McDonald said.

Production might be an issue for Macho, replacing 13 seniors from last year.

Senior captain Andrew Comstock will be looked to for his experience, as will junior Andrew Anderson and sophomore Brady Loew.

"I think we have a couple of really good lines and we have kids working hard so far," Macho said.