After being an assistant the past two seasons, Evan DeBroux takes over as the Gibraltar girls basketball team’s head coach from Devin Thomas, who resigned after last season when the Vikings finished 4-21 overall and 2-14 in the Packerland Conference.
Gibraltar graduated three players from last season’s team – Betsy Lecy, Krista Church and Colleen Carlisle – but is returning its only All-Conference player from 2022-23, junior Andie Schar, who was named to the Packerland’s second team.
DeBroux’s list of top returning players also includes seniors Chloe Alexander, Quincy Chomeau and McKailey Reisen, along with juniors Mikala Gorham and Pam Prescott, who lettered last season.
“Juniors Anna Jarosh and Bridget Tepe, along with sophomore Emilie Glocke, should also be solid contributors this season after solid campaigns on junior varsity last season,” he said.
DeBroux said he is concerned the most about the team staying healthy throughout the season and learning new systems as the Vikings return “a fair amount of experience, with many returning [to the] varsity lineup entering their second or third season of varsity basketball – our team still has a versatile group of athletes that can attack teams in multiple ways from game to game.”
“Gibraltar still needs to work on being more consistent in shooting from the field and the free-throw line, will need to be far more efficient in transition, and will need to limit turnovers if our team is going to make significant strides forward towards improvement this season,” he said.
DeBroux said the team goals include striving to “improve every day we are in the gym, having fun and working on keeping our players positive throughout the season.”
“The last two years have been a struggle, but I look forward to seeing what we can do throughout the season,” he said. “I have seen considerable growth in our basketball skills and knowledge. When this team plays to its potential, we can beat any opponent on our schedule.”
Though he acknowledges Gibraltar does not always match up as well against certain opponents, DeBroux said the Vikings “cannot afford to overlook any opponent on our schedule and need to put in 100% effort in every game from start to finish.”
Gibraltar opens the season with non-conference road games Friday at Gillett and Monday at Hilbert, before hosting its first conference game Nov. 28 against Kewaunee.