Breeze-Courier Sports Editor
KINCAID — The past few years the South Fork girls basketball team has taken a major leap compared to the programs past. The Ponies finished with just four wins combined in the 2019-2021 seasons. Last year’s team, 2021-’22 saw what needed to be fixed, set goals and got after it.
“Last year was about learning how to win.” Current Head Coach Josh Mulvaney stated. “Prior to that we were satisfied with being in games. Last year we worked on not only being in games, but being on the winning side when the game ended. We will look to build off of that this year. We will hopefully have the mindset that we expect to win anytime we step on the floor.”
Mulvaney is entering his fourth season at the varsity Head Coach position but has been with South Fork sports for more than fifteen years. Including four years junior high boys, five years high school boys, four years junior high girls and now three with varsity girls.
“I have a love and passion for the game. I know the impact sports and coaches had on my life and to be able to possibly have that same impact on my young athletes is what drives me to coach.” Mulvaney continues. “I love working with the athletes in hopes to not only make them better athletes, but better individuals. Being able to give and serve the youth of the community is an honor and something I do not take lightly. The experience and moments that coaching has given me are immeasurable. Seeing my current athletes excel on the court and in the classroom and former athletes growing into successful young adults drive my “why” of coaching.”
Sports come naturally to the Mulvaney family. For them it isn’t just practice and games, it’s the way they opperate.
“Sports have become part of my family’s culture.” Mulvaney says. “We are a family that instead of living in the traditional seasons live in sports season whether it is basketball, football, baseball, softball or cheerleading.”
This team brings an experienced squad to the floor every game this year. The Ponies brought back four of the starters including seniors Gianna Pop who was all Conference last year and led the team in scoring and was one of our top rebounders. They also bring senior Brianne Drnjevic, junior Jayden Neal and sophomore Lilly Wake.
“We lost not only scoring but even bigger leadership with the graduation of Rylie Burney and Mia Pop.” Mulvaney says.” We will look to fill those holes with our returning starters and girls such as senior Kennedy Watson and sophomores Jara Shoulders and Rj Carricker.”
The way they will combat this hit to the team’s guidance is giving every player a leadership roll.
“We really try to stress that everyone is a leader on our team.” Ponies Head Coach describes. “We should be leading, not only teammates, but ourselves. This group is not the most vocal so we stress to let our actions speak louder than words.”
The South Fork girls basketball team will be participating in two tournaments, Waverly and Meridian, and are looking forward to them! They will also eye each and every MSM conference game throughout the regular season. With veteran players and a confident Head Coach at the helm the sky is the limit. Look out for this Ponies team to take another leap forward in ’22-’23.