VAN BUREN, Me (WAGM) - The Van Buren girls graduated several players from last years tournament team. The Crusaders have just one senior on this years team and coach Matt Rossignol says the team looks to improve every day in practice.
(Matt Rossignol):"We are inexpedience. The girls have shown great energy and willingness to learn. I find they are working really hard at practice. Our little motto has been let's try to get better every practice every game. The season is a journey and we hope at the end of the year we are a lot better than at the start of the season
The Crusaders have 4 freshman and 5 8th graders on the 13 person team. The team has just one senior on the squad.
Rossignol:"We have one senior Alexis Ouellette and she understands she is a role model for the younger players. She did see playing time last year so the younger girls know the future is what is important. We are not conceding this season but this year is a building year and we want to get better."
(Alexis Ouellette):" I do my best to bring everything that I know and help out the younger players because is hard because we are a young team. We are all learning differently, but going down to Bangor and learning from the seniors last year. I try to help out and give all the knowledge I have to the freshmen and 8th graders and everyone else down below."
The team is 0-8 on the season,and even though they aren't winning they are staying upbeat and looking for improvement knowing that hard work now will pay off in future years
(Lindsey Gendreau ):"We are all trying to keep positive attitudes and not let the score dictate our attitude on the court and we always try and hope for the best."
Rossignol has had a lot of success over the last five years and says that getting back to the basics and teaching the game is very rewarding.:"
Rossignol:" It has been a joy going to practice every day. The girls are enthusiastic and are willing to learn . There is a lot to learn so for me coaching a team that has been experienced for the last four or five years this is kind of departure for me. , but it is a different aspect of coaching and I really look forward to. It is a challenge and we want to stay positive and that is the key."