- Kenedy Van Zile looks a little young to be a coach.
But when head coach Ryan Clark is away, that's exactly what she is.
"She's always been the leader of our team," Clark said.
That includes on the stat sheet, where she had the team's highest scoring, rebounding and assist totals last year.
"I know people looked up to me because I was scoring the majority of the points," Van Zile said.
Kenedy kept that up against the Merrill BlueJays last week, scoring 40 of the Hodags' 55 points.
"I really didn't think I had that many points until I was told after the game," Van Zile said. "And I was just really shocked."
One person that wasn't shocked was Kenedy's sister Payton.
"I don't think I ever really realized that it was something special because she does it so often," Payton said.
Although Kenedy's offense gets most of the attention, her teammates will be just as important in determining how far the Hodags go this year.
"Kenedy's going to get pressured and double-teamed and face-guarded a lot," Clark said. "I think working together will be a work in progress all year but I think we'll get there."
Rhinelander will try to regroup from its opening loss tomorrow night against Marshfield.
It'll be a tough task; Rhinelander hasn't beaten Marshfield since at least 2002.
If Rhinelander is going to break that streak, Kenedy Van Zile will have to keep on putting up the points.
|Story By: Andrew Goldstein