Greenmen playing for fifth straight conference championship

Jonah Rosenblum
Record-Courier
Aurora's Shyanne Sellers reaches for a high pass against Tallmadge last season.

Head Coach: Erika Greenberg (13th season, 165-109)

Assistant Coaches: Wayne Smith, Kory Rorabaugh

Returning Letterwinners (4): Shyanne Sellers, Ava Ryncarz, Mika Dalton, Mya Neal

Letterwinners Lost (6): Dylynn Lasky, Katie Houlahan, Eliza Wykoff, Ashley Rhuer, Allie Slaw, Kendyl Trem

2019-2020 Record: 17-7 (12-0 Suburban American)

OVERALL

Coming off a 17-win campaign, including a perfect record in league play, the Greenmen will look to capture a fifth straight conference championship in 2020-2021.

Aurora will be led per usual by Maryland commit Shyanne Sellers, a senior who led the team in many categories last season, including points (20.8), rebounds (11) and assists (5.1).

Sellers will have plenty of help as the Greenmen also return their second- and third-leading scorers from a season ago in Ava Ryncarz (10.8 points per game) and Mika Dalton (8.3).

Probably the greatest concern, per Aurora coach Erika Greenberg, is a "lack of depth" after losing six letterwinners from last year's team. As a result, the Greenmen will lean heavily on some new faces, whether it's a freshman point guard in Sam Stask or a soccer star making her return to the gridiron in Emma Krondorfer.

BACKCOURT

(all quotes are from coach Erika Greenberg)

A talented freshman joins a pair of juniors to lead the Greenmen backcourt.

Junior Mika Dalton, who was Aurora's third-leading scorer last season at 8.3 points per game, "is a great basketball player who is multifaceted." Dalton, who finished third on the 2019-2020 team in 3-pointers (1.3) and steals (1.3) per game, "is a threat offensively but is also a great defender on and off the ball." Junior Ava Ryncarz, who led Aurora in 3-point percentage (45.6) and was second in 3-pointers per game (2.2) last year, "can attack off the dribble or shoot the ball."

As for the freshman, expect the "extremely talented" Sam Stask to immediately factor in at the point as "she handles the ball well, can shoot and sees the floor really well."

FRONTCOURT

(all quotes are from coach Erika Greenberg)

Coming off a season in which she averaged a double-double, Shyanne Sellers can do it all.

"(She) can play 1-5 spots and will likely have to play them all at one point this season," Greenberg said. "She is hard to stop inside and can shoot the ball from the outside."

Otherwise, the Greenmen will rely on a pair of relatively new faces.

Senior Mya Neal, who played in 13 of 24 games and averaged 1.7 points, "did not play much last year but looks promising." Fellow senior Emma Krondorfer "has not played since middle school but we are excited to see what she can do."