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‘The Journey’ Will Make ’11-’12 Season Fun, says Pella Girls Coach

Now in his third season as head coach at Pella High School, Jerod Garland faces something he hasn’t had to deal with much in his previous two seasons – an inexperienced team. With six players – five of which were starters – graduated from last year’s team, Garland’s team features a much different look for this season.

That said, he tells KNIA/KRLS Sports he’s really looking forward to the journey with a group of seniors and juniors that are simply fun to be around.

“You just enjoy the kids. Especially the group we have this year – it’s going to be fun. We’ll have ups and downs; and we’ll have some really exciting wins and some crushing losses – just like every year – but these girls are going to be really fun to walk with on this journey,” said Garland.

“Just the kind of girls that we have really makes it fun. [They’re] very coachable, listen very well and this group will run through a wall for us. It’s going to be fun to go on this journey with them.”

The Lady Dutch went 19-4 last season, and open their schedule Tuesday night on the road at Ballard.