Lake City Sets High Expectations Following Historic Year

LAKE CITY — The Lake City girls basketball team had a historic season last year, earning a state semifinal appearance for the first time since 1976. This year, the expectations remain high for the Trojans.

They’re high despite Lake City losing one of the best players in the program’s history, Makayla Ardis. The Trojans retired her jersey after last season.

But the Trojans have a loaded roster back from the state semifinal run, especially with players that know how to score. Senior Rylie Bisballe has already eclipsed 1,000 points in her career, and she recently signed with Grand Valley State.

“We have four other starters back, a couple of our key bench players. Expectations are high,” Lake City head coach Bill Tisron said. “We know it’s going to be a little bit of a different run this year because teams are going to be really gunning for us. Last year I think we really surprised some teams. But this year, everyone’s going to have us circled on their calendars knowing that they want to beat Lake City.”

The Trojans also have a few more players receiving interest from colleges, including junior Olivia Bellows and sophomore Chloe Bisballe.

“I think we all just have the mindset that we need to push ourselves to be better and that we want to be like we were last year. I think that’s what pushes us through,” Rylie Bisballe said.

The Trojans start their season on Tuesday against Kalkaska on the road.

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