Nycole LaRowe takes reins of FHS girls’ basketball program

Haydn Potter is one of five seniors who will lead the Fergus girls’ basketball season this year.
File photos by Doreen Heintz

All-conference guard Hanna Hayes returns for her senior season.

Doreen Heintz
Sports Editor

In 2016, Nycole LaRowe came to Lewistown to be the K-2 school counselor. LaRowe works at both Garfield and Highland Park Elementary. During her first school year of 2016-2017, LaRowe also coached the freshman girls’ basketball team. When the head coaching position came open this spring, LaRowe applied and was hired for the position.
“I hope to bring back a winning tradition for the Fergus girls’ basketball program,” said LaRowe, of her first head coaching position. “I also hope to establish a program that focuses on developing better basketball players and, more importantly, better people.”
Prior to coming to Lewistown, LaRowe attended high school in Belgrade, where she played basketball for Sarah Fowler, Angie McDaniel and Shanna Smith. LaRowe also competed in track and field for the Lady Panthers.
Following high school graduation, LaRowe attended the University of Montana on a track and field scholarship. She threw the javelin for the Grizzlies. She also played basketball for the Lady Griz.
LaRowe has additional coaching experience as the sophomore coach at Missoula Sentinel High School.

Five seniors look to lead girls’ program
LaRowe has a strong senior class to lead the Golden Eagles this year. They include Kaitlyn Anderson, Gracia Butcher, Hanna Hayes, Valerie Kolstad and Haydn Potter. Butcher, Hayes and Potter started for Fergus last season. Kolstad and junior Anna Zimmer also started at times during last season.
“I am expecting a solid season,” said LaRowe. “Our team has talent and the opportunity to be very competitive in the Central and Eastern A conferences. I am excited to see what the girls are able to accomplish this season.”
LaRowe looks for Belgrade to have another strong team in Central A this year.
“They are strong, fundamentally sound, and well-coached,” she said about the Lady Panthers. “They have some young returning talent, who will be tough offensively and defensively.
“The girls are adjusting to new philosophies, expectations and styles of play,” added LaRowe, about her team so far. “They are working very hard, and I expect them to make the appropriate adjustments in a timely fashion.”
Danny Wirtzberger is one of LaRowe’s assistant coaches. He will be coaching the junior varsity girls. Jim Daniels, the other assistant coach, is in charge of the girls’ freshman program.
Golden Eagle basketball fans will get an opportunity to see the girls’ team in action during the Fergus Holiday Showcase Tournament. On Friday, Dec. 8, the Fergus junior varsity squad will play the Glendive JV team at 3 p.m. The varsity girls’ game between Fergus and Glendive will tip off at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9, the junior varsity squads of Fergus and Sidney will play at 2 p.m. The following game at 3:30 p.m. pits the Fergus varsity against the Sidney varsity.



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