Baldwin girls in second week of basketball practice

BALDWIN — New girls basketball coach Lee Vickers continues to put in plenty of time with his Baldwin team to get the Panthers ready for the season.

This marks the second week of practices. Athletic director Shawn Williams released the schedule this week which shows the Panthers have six of their first seven games at home. Overall, they have nine home games and 11 on the road.

The first four games at home are Dec. 2 with Bear Lake, Dec. 9 with Pentwater, Dec. 14 with Brethren and Dec. 15 with Grand Traverse City Academy.

The first road game is Dec. 16 at Mason County Eastern. Then the Panthers are off until Jan. 6 when they host Crossroads Charter Academy.

Along with Grand Traverse Academy, other nonleague games are with Ellington Prep at home on Jan. 10 and at Evart on Jan. 30.

Vickers has taken over for former coach Doug Bolles, now at Hesperia.

In the second week, some players have been added and the varsity has been working with the junior high to help with practices and conditioning.

Key returning players for Vickers include Myah Lewis at guard, Marissa and Marlena Wroblewski at guard/forward; Diamond Cannon at center/forward and Mariah Sowle at forward. The positions for each player could vary. There’s expected to be other players joining the team.

Lewis will be a point guard and handle the ball. Cannon also is expected to handle the ball. Vickers has been focusing on having his players handle the ball effectively. He’s expecting players like the Wroblewski twins, who are seniors, to be leaders.

Cannon has diversified talents in scoring, rebounding and defense and is expected to be among her team’s top players.

“We’re just trying to get into proper condition and get better overall,”’ Vickers said.