Preceding the festivities, the high school booster club sponsored
their annual chili supper. The money raised will go toward Hartem
activities throughout the year.
The small but mighty pep band, directed by Kevin Loeske, provided
the foot-stomping and clap-inducing soundtrack for the Stags.
Britta Langley, cheerleader sponsor and hostess of the evening,
kicked off the event with friendly competitions between the high
school classes. The senior class dominated the tug of war, but the
freshman class showed their skills in the powder puff basketball
game, winning against both the junior and senior classes.
Ms. Langley then introduced the basketball cheerleaders, who
pumped up the crowd for the introduction of head basketball coach
This is Ziemba's third year as head coach for the Stags.
Helping him on the sidelines is Hartsburg-Emden alumnus Jason
Garber, in his second year of coaching.
Coach Ziemba is extremely
excited for the upcoming season and has high hopes for his team. He
said the commitment level of this year's team is unbelievable.
"The guys have been coming in to condition at 6:30 a.m. for the
past two weeks and have stayed late after practice to work on
shooting," he said.
Ziemba wants the 2012-2013 season to be one that the community
can be proud of. Most important, Ziemba noted that his seniors are
going to be unstoppable.
"These older guys are really the nucleus of the team," he said.
"They hold it together on the court."
The Hartem Stags will have their season opener on Monday against
Springfield Calvary. Coach Ziemba invites everyone to attend and
support the team. Be sure to grab your orange and black and join the
Hartem student section, "the herd," as they cheer the team to
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For more information on Hartem basketball, visit
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High School on Twitter.
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[By HANNAH MICHALSEN]