In 2013, it was a very young Union girls basketball team that finished 12-9, 10-4 in conference play. Lost to graduation from that team is Tessa Reiter and First Team All-Conference selection, Breann Bader. The good news for Union fans is that every other letter winner is back, and then some. With the addition of several new faces, Union Head Coach Robert Driscol will have one of the deepest teams he’s had in recent memory.
This year, seniors Morgan Phillips (All-NICL Honorable Mention last season) and Kaylee Sherwood will lead the way for a Knights team that hopes to contend for a conference championship. They will be joined by a group of sophomores who logged significant minutes last year: Second Team All-Conference ball hawk Courtney Powell, post players, Jackie Barz and Peyton Parker, and three-point specialist, Maggie Driscol. New to the team is another group of talented sophomores: 5’10” Kaeli Block and 5’5” twin guards Jordyn and Justine Nagel and 5’6” guard Krystal Putz. Add sophomore Chloe Gross and junior Sami Krug to the mix and it’s easy to see why Union is a young team on the rise.
While Hudson, last season’s NICL East champion, moves to the NICL West, the Knights will find plenty of competition remaining, including a very talented Dike-New Hartford squad that defeated the Knights twice last year. And newcomer to the conference, Sumner-Fredericksburg, was an impressive 17-5 a year ago. For Coach Driscol, who enters his 19th season with a career 287-124 record, the equation is pretty clear.
“If we play well, I think we will be in the hunt for the title.”