Coach: Jan Hacker (12th season)
Key losses: Allie Dickmann, Taylor Johnson, Emily Dupnick, Marin Young, Jessica Morris
Key returnees: Regan Lewis, Jackie Landuyt, Sammie McCoy, Savannah Girolami, Amanda Flora, Rebecca Flora, Savanna Brock, Nikki Stephenson, Rachel Gottwald, Emily McKeeman, Katie Wickham, Savannah Hart
2013 Team finishes: 1st at Hancock County, 2nd at Hoosier Heritage Conference, 3rd at Shelbyville Sectional
Newcomer to watch: Freshman Madison Wise. Wise was a dominant force for the 14-7 G-C girls hoops team, averaging 17 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.9 steals and 3.3 blocks. Wise, who also plays volleyball, was 25th in the Class 4A-6A portion of the state in the indoor 60-meter hurdles.
Outlook: The Cougars have two athletes – senior Jackie Landuyt and junior Regan Lewis – with a pair of state meets under their belts.
Two of Landuyt and Lewis’ teammates came awfully close to making their first State Finals appearances in 2013.
After first-place finishes at the 2013 Shelbyville Sectional, Sammie McCoy (100) and Savannah Girolami (400) were fourth in their respective events at the Shelbyville Regional, one position short of state.
Veteran G-C coach Jan Hacker said all of the Cougars approach the season with the goal of making state.
“Unfortunately, we can only control what we do,” Hacker said. “Take Girolami, for example. She ran the third-fastest (400) time in our school’s history and was beat out by two one-hundredths of a second (1:00.08-1:00.10).
“Getting to state is an incredible challenge. (Defending sectional champ) Warren Central is currently ranked No. 1 in the state. We have to fight them for regional spots and then state spots. I don’t want to put pressure on these high school kids to go to state. We train to compete to the best of our abilities.”
McCoy suffered a knee injury prior to the start of soccer season and is not quite 100 percent yet.
“She is continuing to work hard and she will give us everything that she has,” Hacker said. “She is not only a talented athlete; she is an incredible leader.”
As a team, the 2013 Cougars secured their first Hancock County Meet title in eight seasons and finished 1.5 points behind victorious Pendleton Heights at the Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet.
Winning the program’s first-ever HHC title is one of Greenfield’s goals.
“However, we know that it will be challenging. Defending champ Pendleton has everyone back including four-time conference champion, Kiawna Cottrell. They really didn’t lose anyone. Shelbyville also looks very strong. They also have their key returnees and have added an incredibly strong group of freshmen to their roster,” Hacker said. “We lost three school record holders and our top distance runner to graduation. We are going to have to fill those spots and more.
“That being said, our girls don’t back away from a challenge. That is not their style.”
Notes: The 1,600 relay of Rebecca Flora, Lewis, Amanda Flora and Girolami was 10th at the recent Class 4A-6A Indoor State Finals, establishing a new indoor school record time of 4:12.17. … Landuyt was 22nd in the discus at the 2012 state meet and took 16th at state last season. … Lewis boasts a pair of podium state finishes in her career, claiming fifth in the high jump as a freshman and taking fourth a season ago. ... The Cougars open their outdoor season today at Frankton with Mt. Vernon.