Harbor Light Not Skipping a Beat This Winter
Last year, the Harbor Light girls basketball team won its first Northern Lakes Conference championship since 2008. This year, the Lady Swordsmen are 7-1 so far in conference and 12-1 overall, and don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.
According to veteran head coach Eric Huffman, the secret to the team’s recent success can be summed up in one word: trust.
“The big thing about last year was, it was a culmination of several years of you know the quote that we use which you hear a lot of is ‘trusting the process.’ That group, going with last year’s seniors, we all spent several years together believing in the process, trusting each other,” Huffman said.
Senior Emma Johnson credits coming together as another reason for the accomplishment.
“Until about halfway through the season we didn’t even realize that it was going to be a possibility. We always knew and dreamed of it since we were in seventh grade, but to be able to accomplish that goal and come together as a team was really incredible,” Johnson said.
With the 2017-2018 season in full swing, the squad is focusing on achieving this year’s goals.
“I’d love to be able to win conference, and then go to districts and go ahead and win that too,” senior Mikayla Kersting said.
“Goals for this year, obviously to win conference, win districts, really, we want to see how far we can go,” Johnson agreed.
According to Huffman, this goal is well within reach for this year’s squad.
“It started out with a really big win with a bigger school in our second game of the year. It was kind of that point where they started looking at each other and believing in themselves that they could come together kind of like last year’s crew did,” Huffman said.
No matter how the Swordsmen finish this season, the most important thing to them is each other.
“It’s just everyone coming together, believing in each other, loving each other, and just going out and competing. And if we’re successful, that’s great, if it’s to where we’re not as good as a team, and we don’t have that great of a season, at least we are going to have our family, and our experiences to take along with us afterwards,” Huffman said.