(12-15-17) In the past several years it has been a rough road for the Celina girls basketball program, last season Celina went 1-22, the worst season in Bulldog history. This year Celina has started of where they left off last season and are now 0-5.
In 2012-13 Brian Stetler led Celina to the District Finals where they lost to Bath 39-38, the Wildcats were the WBL champion that season. Both of the Bulldog losses came at the hands of Bath.
In the last five years Celina went 26-74 and a barely above .500 season in 2015-16 of 13-11 under Coach Steve Bader.
2017-18 0-5 - Brandon Steinke 2016-17 1-22 - Steve Bader 2015-16 13-11 - Steve Bader 2014-15 7-17 - Toma Hainline 2013-14 5-19 - Toma Hainline 2012-13 22-2 - Brian Stetler
The Bulldogs since Stetler, who left to be in school administration, have had three different coaches, two were former assistant coaches and both were Celina grads, Toma Hainline and Steve Bader. This season after Bader retired Celina hired first time varsity head coach Brandon Steinke. Steinke returned to the region after being a coach in the lower levels at The Woodlands College Park High School in Texas .
Last year during the 1-22 season, Steve Bader told SSN in an article about area schools facing a shortage of players and not playing complete junior varsity games:
We have a JV team but our numbers are down. With only 15 girls in the varsity and JV program and no freshman team because they are playing JV. We have to play 2 quarter JV games because of injury and sickness. Club volleyball and club soccer have killed basketball for girls. AAU is about making money no matter what sport you play. No one wants to work on fundamentals and parents are getting caught up with AAU and spending money. Parents want to coach their kids and ruin it for other kids as well. Parents try to highlight their kid and focus on Major DI scholarships. No one wants to coach anymore because parents make it miserable for coaches to coach. I do not have an answer to get this matter fixed. I see why Celina basketball is a girl’s third sport of choice. Volleyball and soccer have been good here for past 5 to 8 years, so as a player they are going to go to the winning programs.
Last season was tough, in eight games Celina scored less than 20 points and in two of those games they scored just 9 points.
It has been a rough start for the green and white again this year going 0-5, giving up 60 or more points in those losses, in two of the losses they gave up 70 or more points. The offense has scored at least 30 or more points, which is a positive for Celina.
- 11/30 @ Minster (L) 67 – 31
- 12/2 New Bremen (L) 61 – 31
- 12/7 @ Shawnee (L) 60 – 46
- 12/12 Coldwater (L) 79 – 41
- 12/14 Kenton (L) 78 – 48
“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”
– Vince Lombardi, American Football