2016-12-08 / Sports

Ginsberg eager to see what Wildcats can do in Northport


THE WILDCATS will look to a new leader on the sidelines this winter, Dave Ginsberg. THE WILDCATS will look to a new leader on the sidelines this winter, Dave Ginsberg. Last year’s Leelanau County scoring leader has moved on.

The Northport program will have to do the same.

The Wildcats, who finished 15-7 (4-2 Cherryland) a year ago, will have to replace the 18.4 points per game supplied by Marcus Stowe in 2015-16, but new coach Dave Ginsberg is hoping his Wildcats are up to the task.

Ginsberg will be the first to admit, however, that he has a lot to learn.

“I have so many question marks,” Ginsberg said. “I’m not used to this, the level of competition. I can’t predict anything. I can’t predict this group, or this schedule, but I think I can predict that we’ll play together and play hard. The group has done a good job of adjusting to me and making an effort to do what we’re trying to do as a group. I’m anxious to see what we do.”

Ginsberg has never coached a Class D team, although he entered this season with 229 career wins as a head coach at the varsity level.

He’ll have three returning starters to work with this season: Brett Dyer, Austin John and Zach Stowe.

“Brett Dyer is obviously a great soccer player,” Ginsberg said of the junior, who led all Leelanau County soccer players in goals this fall. “He’s had to be gone occasionally because of club soccer he’s playing, but he’s a terrific student-athlete. The other guys have worked hard, too. Those three are veterans, we’re counting on them for leadership.”

Northport will likely play small and fast, with no players taller than 6-foot-2 on the roster this season.

That said, Ginsberg is taking it day by day.

“This is going to be a work in progress,” he said. “We haven’t had a lot of time together. I just hope the fans and parents will be patient.”

NORTHPORT

Coach: Dave Ginsberg
Last year: 15-7 (4-2)
Returning starters: 3
Returning Dream Teamers: 0
Strength: Versatility

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