Preseason outlook for Michigan area high school girls basketball team

Robert Hundley

Jon Pobuda has built Edwardsburg into a girls basketball power in his six years as coach.

During that stretch the Eddies are an outstanding 112-19 with four Wolverine Conference titles and four district championships.

There’s one thing lacking …. the school’s first regional title. And Pobuda and the Eddies hope that comes this winter.

“That’s been a goal the past couple of years,” Pobuda said. “Last year we had a great opportunity and didn’t play as well (in a 61-48 loss to Wayland in the regional title game). I like to think that if we keep improving and getting better and play as a team and not care who gets the credit, we can go a long ways.”

Edwardsburg's Katie Schaible (14) grabs a rebound during the Edwardsburg vs. Buchanan girls regional semifinal game Monday, March 29, 2021 at Edwardsburg High School.

The Eddies, who were 12-4 in the COVID-shortened season a year ago, return four of their five starters in 5-7 Katie Schaible (12.4 points), 5-9 Macey Laubach (10.9 points, 6.0 rebounds), 5-4 Ella Castelucci (8.7 points, 4.8 steals) and 5-7 Averie Markel (6.7 points, 4.1 rebounds). 

“Our experience should be a strength,” Pobuda said. “We’ve had a few girls who have been here a few years and understand our system. We just have to figure out what everyone’s role is going to be.”

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