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Wynot girls are looking for a return trip to State

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WYNOT — The hope is the Wynot Lady Blue Devils will find themselves in Lincoln for the Class D2 state tournament this fall.

Why not? They finally had a true offseason after last year’s fragmented one due to the COVID-19 pandemic and they have plenty of talent back from an 18-5 team that found its way into the state tournament first round before losing to CWC.

Head coach Tammy Wieseler should be loaded once again as she sets to tip off her 17th campaign on Aug. 26 at Osmond.

“I see our team being very competitive,” Wieseler said. “We have strengths offensively and defensively. Our blocking should be pretty strong. We hope to make a trip back to the state tournament and make a run at the championship game.”

Those expectations have plenty of merit when the Lady Blue Devils return seniors Karley Heimes (OH), Kendra Pinkelman (OH), Amy Tramp (RH), Chloe Heimes (S) and Krystal Sudbeck (RH), juniors Amber Lawson (MH), Lauren Haberman (BRS) and Ella Brummer (BRS) and sophomores Allison Wieseler (MH), Myrah Sudbeck (S), Kinslee Heimes (BRS) and Kayla Pinkelman (OH/RH). “Karley and Kendra are allaround talented players,” Wieseler said. “They will be a strong asset to our offensive threat this year.” Karley Heimes had 199 kills, 44 blocks, 234 digs and 49 aces a year ago, while Pinkelman finished with 74 kills, 24 blocks and 112 digs. The schedule will once again be a tough one for Wynot. “We have added some larger schools and continue to play larger schools to continue to help us grow as a team and get better,” Wieseler said. “In our conference we will face Ponca, LCC, Wakefield, Wausa - who has a strong team coming back. At state we could possibly see, FCSH, Diller-Odell, Nebraska Christian.” All told it seems like the Wynot way is back to some kind of familiarity.

“It is very reassuring that we are able to start the season without any restrictions,” Wieseler said.

Chloe Heimes said the team looks good especially since they were able to have a normal offseason compared to last summer.

“We had some spots filled by some younger girls and are doing really well so far,” she said. “We really trust each other, and we are all really close so we have really good chemistry.”

Tramp said a year ago that the Lady Blue Devils, who put in a lot of offseason work, lost some of that mojo. Now after getting back into rhythm, they could be even more dangerous after returning to normalcy.

“It’s a lot better because we can do a lot more camps,” Tramp said. “We began in the beginning in July whereas last year we got started maybe in the middle of July. We bounced back easily. We were able to do more things and start right fresh and get better right away instead of regaining all the things you missed in June and all the months we were gone.

“Being together the whole summer and learning with each other really helps our team stay in rhythm and to work hard for what we want.”

Despite key losses from a year ago, Tramp says the younger players are adapting quickly.

“There are eight seniors this year so there is a bunch of leadership to help the younger girls adjust to what they need to.”

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