NO. 16 NORTHSIDE
Location: Fort Smith, Ark.
Preseason Rank: 16
2017-18 record: 26-4
Final 2017-18 Super 25 ranking: Unranked
Perhaps the key to Northside’s season is the evolution of Jersey Wolfenbarger. As a freshman, she got an offer from Arkansas. In the Tournament of Champions semifinals, she scored the Bears’ first 15 points. If Wolfenbarger can turn into a bonafide star, Northside will have a clearer route to avenging last season’s semifinals loss.
Northside has other solid contributors. In the state semifinals loss, Sara Bershers led the team with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but more notably, she got to the free throw line when no one else could. She attempted 10 from the stripe; only one other player took any, and that player graduated.
Bershers committed to University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
Her sister, Tracey Bersher, is entering her sophomore year. She played a large role last year, and as she gets more experience, she can also be a key piece of the rotation.
It’s a young team, as only four of the 16 players listed on the MaxPreps roster are seniors. But if they can progress, Northridge can see more than just success this year – it could build a solid foundation going forward.