Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart Readies for 2016-17 Season
MT. PLEASANT – The Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart girls basketball program opens its season this week with a new look.
The 2014 Class D state champion, the Irish made their third state championship game appearance last year, falling 48-30 to Pittsford to record their second Class D runner-up finish and first since 2008.
"You know, the last four years we’ve played a certain way, and so now we’re playing a little bit different this year,” said coach Damon Brown, who enters his ninth season with the Irish. “That’s going to be the exciting part for us this year, to see them come into that new philosophy here at Sacred Heart."
Gone from last year’s 24-2 squad are reigning Class D Player of the Year Averi Gamble and guard Megan English. The two led Sacred Heart to its first state championship in 2014, with Gamble averaging 16 points per game a year ago before taking her talents to Central Michigan.
Despite the graduation of Gamble and English, the Irish sport a nine-player roster, with a number of those student-athletes contributing to Sacred Heart’s volleyball quarterfinalist team and 2016 Division 4 state championship cross country program.
"They’re always competing to be a champion, whether that’s at cross country or volleyball, or softball,” Brown said. “We have a great tradition of girls athletics here, and so the girls know what it takes to be successful. They know that they’ve got to step up and fill in some.”
The defending Mid-State Activities Conference champion, Sacred Heart opens its year Friday with league foe Vestaburg. The Irish won last year’s only meeting, 51-21.