Coach: Franz Schumacher (second season)
Last Season: 17-12 overall, 6-3 Little Ten Conference
Postseason Result: Lost to Aquin, 54-32, in Class 1A Eastland Sectional semifinals; won South Beloit Regional championship.
Key Returners: Dani Clark, sr., C; Ashley Tamraz, sr., G/F; Savannah Campbell, sr.; Desiree Andujar; sr., G
Impact Newcomers: Alana Sterling, so., C; Lauren Watson, fr.; Madison Marshall, fr.
Outlook: Last year was a historic season for Hiawatha as the Hawks raised the school's first regional championship after a 38-28 victory over Durand.
Center Randi Maynard will certainly be missed after graduating last year. Not only did she provide much-needed height inside, but was also a skilled shooter, advancing past the regional round in the state three-point shooting contest. She had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the regional title game.
Yet Schumacher, now in his second season, is still excited about the possibilities of another deep postseason run. He's coached the senior group of Clark, Tamraz, Campbell and Andujar since they were freshmen and calls them the "Core Four."
Schumacher's Take: "This senior class, I have had them since freshmen. The last four years we've all been together."
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