OSCODA, MI- Whomever was going to take over the Oscoda girls basketball program was going to have big shoes to fill.
Scott Lueck has been hired to take over the Oscoda program following eight years under the direction of Coach Mark Toppi. Toppi was dismissed in June following a tenure which included five conference and four regional championships.
” I weighed the pros and cons and knew it was a good job to have”, said the new coach. “We have some really good girls, we got some awfully good players.” The defending district champions return North Star League first team selections Kingsley Backstrom and Luella Whipkey. With only two seniors graduating from last years squad the Owls expect to contend for the district once again.
The new staff has no plans on lowering expectations. They have made it clear they are coming into to reload, not rebuild. ” The expectations are not really going to change. We want to compete for the conference championship and compete for the district championship”, said Lueck.
The coaching change was primarily motivated by a lack of players in the program. Lueck understands that part of taking over at the varsity level is to contribute to growing the sport at the youth level. ” We will have some youth days at the varsity practices and bring in all the youth girls. We hope to hold some camps at the end of the school years and get the girls out there.”
The 2023-24 season will be the first year under Leuck. Time will tell if the program can maintain its winning ways.