UD Girls’ Basketball Preview: A Promising Season


It’s no surprise that all eyes are on the UD girls’ basketball team this year, and rightfully so as they are coming off their third straight Suburban One League American Conference title. Coached by math teacher Mr. Funsten (or Coach Funsten), the team has been nothing short of dominant within the past few years, going 14-0 in their league just last season. Though the official season has not started yet, Funsten has high hopes from pre-season, saying, “I think the team has a lot of potential, we just need to work on our consistency because there are times when we look great, and other times when we don’t. Our goal is to hopefully take another Conference title, making it our fourth straight championship which has never been done before.”.

The graduation of last year’s seniors spelled the loss of strong team contributors like Julie Cross and Alissa Klammer; however, there is still no doubt that the starting line up of seniors Allison Chernow and Ashley Barber, juniors Demi Balasa and Josie Barrett, and sophomore Maggie Weglos can yet again clinch a playoffs spot and perhaps make it even farther than they did last year, which happened to be in the top 16 of States.

Managers Benj Stern and Kyle Lee also have high expectations for the team, having seen the girls play already. Kyle describes their scrimmage against Souderton as “Crazy, they scored 78 points”, while Benj notes that “they hit a lot of three pointers, with Barrett and Chernow leading the way”. Overall, there’s a lot to be excited about with this promising lineup of talented players as they look to start the season off strong in their first home match against Central Bucks East High School. Be sure to check it out; the game will be on December 7 (Monday) at 7pm in the main gym!

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