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Valerie Hohol, a junior center, led the team in scoring and rebounding last year, averaging a double-double of 11.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game.

2013-14 Winter Preview: Hohol, Bolduan should make New life academy girls basketball team formidable

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2013-14 Winter Preview: Hohol, Bolduan should make New life academy girls basketball team formidable
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The New Life Academy girls basketball team overcame a slow start to last season to finish with a .500 record.

The Eagles began the year 0-10, but finished 14-14 overall on the year.

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To end the season, New Life defeated St. Paul Academy 62-41 in the first round of sections before falling to Minnehaha Academy 60-32.

New Life boasts a roster compiled of seven seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. Ruth Ann Pederson, entering her third season as the Eagles’ head coach, believes her team is experienced and has a deep bench.

The team does need to replace 2013 graduate Matty Steele, who was the school’s Athena Award winner, but brings back a number of key players, led by Valerie Hohol, Emily Bolduan and Sydney Steele. Hohol, a junior center, led the team in scoring and rebounding last year, averaging a double-double of 11.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game. Bolduan, a senior guard, was second on the team in scoring at 11.3 points per game. Sydney Steele, a junior guard, chipped in 6.1 points and led the team in assists per game, with 2.4, and steals per game, with 1.7.

Bolduan and fellow senior Molly Saum are the Eagles’ captains this year.

The teams to beat in the Minnesota Christian Athletic Association conference this season are expected to be Lester Prairie and Maranatha Christian Academy, while Minnehaha Academy and St. Croix Lutheran are believed to be the top teams in the section.

New Life tips off the season on Dec. 3 at home against Hastings. 

—Patrick Johnson

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