Dakota Cougars Girl's Basketball: Welcome

2013-14 Team Picture
2013-14 Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball Team
Dakota Girl's Basketball Players - One Team, One Goal!!!

Please contact the Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball Coach - Phil McCune @ pmccune@cvs.k12.mi.us or by phone at 586-219-7931 with any questions regarding the Dakota Girl's Basketball Program.

Pride developed through hard work and dedication produces success and success is our goal. Do not confuse success with winning. While winning is the essence of competition, success is a higher goal. Success is defined as having done everything within the limits of our ability to become the very best that we are capable of becoming. If we accomplish this, we need never experience shame from defeat. To be defeated by a better team is part of competition. To be defeated because of lack of preparation or lack of desire during the game is unacceptable. Remember, pride is success. Success will produce winning. To develop pride and a winning attitude you must:

In Search of Excellence

1. Act like a Winner. I can't stress enough the importance of handling yourself at all times with class and integrity, especially in the tough times that truly test everyone and usually bring out our worst instincts.

2. Always be positive. Positive people can take on the world.

3. Be committed to hard work. Hard work is not always fun, but it's the price you must pay to be more successful. The harder you work, the tougher it is to surrender.

4. Be nice. Treat others the way you would like to be treated.

5. Avoid having to be right all the time. Your goal is to connect with people, not defeat.

6. Be committed to doing things the right way. Remember that perfect practice makes perfect.

7. Smile! In every culture it is the light in your window that tells people there's a caring, sharing individual inside.

8. Learn to stay relaxed and friendly no matter how much tension you're under.

9. Write down your goals and review them often. When you fail to plan, you are planning to fail by default.

10. Focus all your attention and energy on the achievement of your goals.

11. Don't put things off. Get in the habit every day of doing the more unpleasant things first... If you tell someone you're going to do something, then do it.

12. Eliminate the word quit from your vocabulary. If you want to be successful over the long haul, you must be willing to stay the course... People, who won't quit, don't.

13. Learn from your mistakes. There are four things you should do with a mistake: 1) recognize it, 2) admit it, 3) learn from it, 4) forget it.

14. Be able to admit your weaknesses and establish short-term goals to overcome them.

15. Dress and look your best at all times.

16. Respond with a simple, courteous "thank you" when anyone pays you a compliment for any reason.

17. Sit up front in the most prominent rows when you attend class, meetings, etc.

18. Replace the word "can't" with "can," and "try" with "will" in your vocabulary.

19. Be on time. Always try to be at least ten minutes early.

20. Thrive on pressure. The more you prepare the better able you are to handle pressurized situations. Pressure often brings out extraordinary results.

21. Develop a study routine. Discipline yourself to study 1 to 2 hours a night. Your grades/ performance reflect the amount of time you are willing to invest.

22. Stay humble. Respect and recognition comes from personal sacrifice and hard work.

So, where do you fit into this spectrum of desire? To find out, consider
the following self-assessment scale. Level of Desire Scale
0 percent: I won`t.
10 percent: I can`t.
20 percent: I don`t know how.
30 percent: I wish I could.
40 percent: What is it?
50 percent: I think I might.
60 percent: I might.
70 percent: I think I can.
80 percent: I can.
90 percent: I will.
95 percent: I did it.
100 percent:I did it and I know I can do it again, only this time, even

-My expectations
-Hustle 100% of the time!
-Defense – Defense – and more Defense - Defense Wins Games
-Sportsmanship and team unity
-Everyone is expected to treat one another with respect. Back talk to a coach or another player is completely unacceptable.
-I expect everyone to have FUN!!!

High School Basketball
-Practice is mandatory - no excuses!
-Full participation in all drills

Thursday, December 19
Dakota Beat the Chippewa Valley Big Reds, 45-15

The Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball team defeated the Chippewa Valley Big Reds by the score of 45-15.  The Cougars are now 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the MAC Red.

Dakota was led by Carmen Hoskins with 14 points and 10 rebounds.  Olga Caruso had another fine game with 11 points and 5 assists.  Next was Marisa Madynski, Tanina Grace (5 assists) & Katie Prestininzi all with 6 points.  Kayla Dobies added 2 points.  Nice job Lady Cougars!

Saturday, December 14
Lady Cougars Defeat the Fraser Ramblers, 32-26

The Dakota Varisty Girl's Basketball Team defeated the Fraser Ramblers, 32-26.  With the win Dakota is now 3-1 on the season.

The Cougars were led by Rio Dudgeon with 12 points.  Next was Olga Caruso with 9 points.  Tanina Grace & Alex Hamlock both finished with 5 points.  Carmen Hoskins scored one point and 6 rebounds.  Marisa Madynski & Beth Hamden were instrumental to our victory, playing great defense!  Congratulations Ladies!

Wednesday, December 11
Dakota Takes Down Utica, 40-21

The Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball Team defeated the Utica Chieftains 40-21.  The Cougars are now 2-1 on the season.  Dakota did an outstanding job defensively in the game.

Dakota was led by Carmen Hoskins with 9 points and 12 rebounds.  Rio Dudgeon added 6 points, 3 assists & 5 steals, while Olga Caruso also had 6 points and 7 rebounds.  Alex Hamlock (8 rebounds), Tanina Grace and Bre Konowalski each had 4 big points.  Marisa Madynski scored on a nice three-pointer & Jordan Ballard had 3 points.  Kayla Dobies had one point.

Great job Lady Cougars!

Wednesday, December 11
Dakota Loses to Top Ranked Clarkston, 44-33

The Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball Team lost the the Clarkston Wolves, 44-33.  The Cougars are now 1-1 on the season.

The Cougars were led by Rio Dudgeon with 14 points.  Next was Olga Caruso with 6 points.  Carmen Hoskins added 5 points, while Tanina Grace & Marisa Madynski scored 3 points.  Alex Hamlock finished with 2 points. 

Tuesday, December 3
Cougars Start the Season with a Win Against L'Anse Creuse, 46-36

The Dakota Varsity Girl's Basketball team started the season off with a win against the L'Anse Creuse Lancers, 46-36.  The Cougars are 1-0.

Dakota was led by Tanina Grace with 14 points & 5 rebounds.  Next was Carmen Hoskins with 13 points, 7 rebounds & 4 steals.  Olga Caruso added 7 points, 4 assists & 4 steals.  Rio Dudgeon scored 6 points, 7 assists & 5 rebounds.  Alex Hamlock chipped in with 3 points, while Marisa Madynski had 2 points and Kayla Dobies scored her first varsity point.  Good job Lady Cougars!

Thursday, October 18
Former Dakota Cougar Girl's Basketball Players Playing at the College Level

A few of our most recent former Lady Cougar's are playing at the college level.  The links below are to our former player’s, feel free to follow them this season: 

Shantelle Herring - 2009 Dakota Graduate - Madonna University http://www.madonnacrusaders.com/roster/8/5/487.php

LaQwana Dockery - 2010 Dakota Graduate - Adrian College

Heather Kehrer - 2010 Dakota Graduate - Macomb Community College http://www.macomb.edu/Community/Athletics/Bios/10-11/Heather+Kehrer.htm

Ashley Thomas - 2010 Dakota Graduate - U-M Dearborn http://www.gowolves.net/roster/10/2/880.php

Kaitlyn Downey - 2010 Dakota Graduate - Albion College (Softball) http://www.albion.edu/sports/womens-sports/softball

Jessica Mabry - 2012 Dakota Graduate - Spring Arbor College http://www.saucougars.com/roster/10/2/1841.php

Good luck to all of our former Dakota Cougars that helped bring us many Championships!