The Ames Little Cyclones are no strangers to the rough and tumble schedule in the Central Iowa Conference (CIC). After a 16-8 season where they lost to Waterloo West in the regional semifinals, coach Joel Sullivan and the Little Cyclones are focused and determined to make a return trip back to state. Ames returns three players from last year’s squad (Ryan Weiss, Emily Frisk, and Molly Sanders), amid heavy graduation.
The challenge for Ames, according to Sullivan, will be their height, which may present some matchup issues going up against taller teams like Dowling Catholic, Ankeny Centennial, and Southeast Polk.
Ames Little Cyclones
Class, Conference: 5A, CIC (Northern Division)
2013-14 Record (overall, conference): 16-8, 5-1
Head Coach: Joel Sullivan, 16th year (211-95 @ Ames, 221-123 overall)
Assistant Coaches: Chuck Stevens, Mike Frisk
Returning players and positions: Molly Sanders (2nd team All Cent. Iowa Conference), G, Emily Frisk, G, Ryan Weiss, G
Newcomers: Haley Melby, Hannah Mumm, Kelly Friedrich, Amara Lipsey
Lost players: Kiana Peterson, Jamie Steyer, Bailee Jackson, Deja McAtee, JeAnn Hiraldo
Key games on schedule: Dowling Catholic, Mason City, Ankeny Centennial, Southeast Polk, Waukee
Team Goals: Get better every day, Come together as a team
Interesting story lines: “We are very short (in height),” according to Sullivan
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