Lady Bulldogs take the court


NORTH ZULCH — The North Zulch women’s basketball season got under way this week following the conclusion of volleyball.

Coach Kim Branch and the Bulldogs will look to take advantage of a squad comprised of five seniors in 2017.

“We will be a unique team,” said Branch. “We have five returning seniors and the rest of our team is young. It will take some time to get the system in order, but the girls are eager. They are a feisty and competitive group.”

Because of volleyball’s success, most of the Bulldogs had to flip the switch to basketball immediately at the beginning of the week. North Zulch had their first practice on Monday and played their first game last Tuesday.

“Any time you have a successful volleyball season you’re obviously hopeful it spills into other sports,” said Branch. “Even though we are getting a late start, the team has demonstrated a will to win.”

The Bulldogs have split their first two games to open up the regular season. They fell to Cayuga 45-36 on Tuesday and defeated Cornerstone Christian 50-16 on Saturday. North Zulch will compete in a tournament in Buffalo on Friday and Saturday then travel to Leon on Tuesday. They will return home on Nov. 30 to host a tournament.

The Bulldogs will look to rebound from a tough District season in 2016 that saw them finish second-to-last. Snook ultimately took the District while beating North Zulch twice. The two will face-off this season on Jan. 19 and Feb. 6. The Bulldogs will open District in Normangee on Jan. 5.

North Zulch showed us what a senior-led squad was capable of on the volleyball court and will look to do it again this winter.