by Aaron Glatter
During the day, Mr. Funsten might be solving algorithms in his classroom, but after school he puts down the math textbooks and picks up the basketballs. Mr. Funsten (or Coach Funsten) has led the Upper Dublin Varsity Girls Team to another successful start. With eleven wins to only three losses, the girls’ team is in great position to extend their schedule to postseason play. Some highlights of the early season include wins by more than twenty points against Central Bucks East (44-26), Upper Moreland (55-15), Plymouth Whitemarsh (57-36), New Castle (49-25), Upper Merion (47-19), Springfield (65-42), and rival Wissahickon (65-27). Upper Dublin has also been getting great minutes out of the underclassmen. Both freshmen and sophomores are contributing to Varsity’s success. Two of them are Josie Barrett and Demi Balasa, who have been making an enormous impact.
The hope is that the girls’ basketball team makes the playoffs. Funsten’s squad certainly deserves to be there, as the team has not only great athleticism, but also a great attitude that is needed to go all the way. A student manager recently described the team as “composed because they always keep their head in the game.” Another student manager stated that, “They’re always competing and they always keep their heads up.” With a mind-set like that, the girls’ team will find ways to win big games when needed most. No matter how the season ends though, Coach Funsten should certainly be very proud of his team.