Girls basketball: Frazee hopes to build foundation under new head coach
The Frazee girls basketball team has a new leader at the helm. Trey Heinsius has big hopes for a Hornets team looking to make a name for themselves during the 2022-23 season.
FRAZEE – The Frazee girls basketball program began a new chapter under first-year head coach Trey Heinsius. The former junior varsity boys are ecstatic to get a chance to turn the girls program around.
"I couldn't sleep for the last month," Heinsius said about his excitement about starting a new season in a new role. "I have been so pumped looking forward to the season. I am glad it has finally started."
Heinsius takes over a program that finished 7-18 overall last season, with a Section 8-2A record of 1-14. They were bounced from the playoffs with a first-round exit after a 54-27 loss to second-seeded Menahga. Frazee also finished the Heart O' Lakes Conference season with a record of 0-12.
Heinsius hopes he can provide a fresh start.
"I had high expectations once I got the job," he said. "I know the level of girls I have and their competitiveness. I have expectations that we will be in every game competing. No matter if we are ahead or down, we are going to make it so that every team is worried when they play us."
Frazee's three seniors, Olivia Petron, Kaidence Mayfield and Kate Vigen, are excited to start the new season.
"It's a fresh start, and I'm excited to see what we can do with it being our senior year and having nothing to hold back and nothing to lose," Vigen said. "I think it will be a little weird at first with having a new coach and essentially a new program being run. If we stick together as a team, we can definitely learn from him and his coaching."
"I have pretty high expectations. Petron said. "I think we will do really good this season. A new fresh start with the coach, and I feel a good season coming for us."
Mayfield followed by saying she wasn't sure what to expect.
"I'm excited to see what (Heinsius) brings to the team and what we can do with what he has to say," she said.
Heinsius wants Frazee's new identity to start with having a home-court advantage.
"One goal that I set that might be a little tough for us because our conference is so tough is I want to be undefeated at home," he said. "I know it is a big goal to set, but I can set any and as many goals as I want and as high as I want, and these girls are going to work to reach the goals I set."
Heinsius talked about how he doesn't know where the team will finish in the conference and the section but wants to finish top three in the HOL standings. With some long-standing rivalries, Heinsius has a couple of games circled on the schedule.
"As a coach, I am super pumped to play Breckenridge," he said. "Their head coach graduated a year above me in high school. That's going to be a fun rivalry game. Ever since moving to Frazee, playing Perham has always been a highlight game, so that's another game I'm looking forward to."
The seniors also have some games circled on their schedule.
"For me, it's the Pelican Rapids game," Petron said. "It's always a pretty scrappy game every time we play them. Everyone gets fueled up, ready to play a tough game."
"I am really excited to play Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton," Vigen said. "I think we are both comparable programs. With the new offense and all the new stuff we are putting in, we can definitely compete at a high level this year."
Frazee's three seniors have individual goals for the 2022-23 season.
"My main thing is defense, and I think I am a good defender," Mayfield said. "I definitely want to work on my shooting. I shot and made just one three-pointer last year, and that was it."
"I want to get better with my assist-to-turnover ratio. I want my assists to go way up and my turnovers to go way down," Vigen said. "I also want to make sure everyone on the team is having a good time and loving what they are doing."
Petron hopes to start the foundation for future Hornets on Heinsius.
"Personally, I think I'm going to give it all to the program and the new coach," Petron said. "I would like to set a new standard for the new girls coming in."
The Hornets are still a work in progress. Heinsius said, "Everything is new," entering his first season, but he has a team full of hard workers.
"I have a lot of girls who are willing to work hard and play hard no matter what the game or score is like," he said. "I think we are going to be competitive. I would say our biggest thing is we are going to run and have fun."