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Two Freshmen Highlight Albemarle Basketball's 2013 Season

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The 2013 Albemarle Basketball team's leading scorers are freshmen. Jake Hahn is averaging 13 points per game while Austin Katstra is averaging a whopping 17.

Oh, and it doesn't hurt that they're both 6-foot-4.

"It's pretty cool," said Hahn. "I mean I didn't think I'd be scoring this much, but I knew I'd get in the game at least a little bit."

Head Coach Greg Maynard has coached at Albemarle High School for 25 years. He's only taken on 3 freshmen before Katstra and Hahn - but never two at the same time.   Usually freshmen start at the junior varsity level.

Hahn laughed, "We're both pretty big I guess so that helps."

"I don't know, I mean I'm tall," said Katstra. "But I don't really know what he saw."

"Just saw that they were gonna be top players," said Maynard. "We lost a lot of our big kids to graduation last year so we needed them this year."

Katstra's father, Dirk Katstra, played on the UVa Basketball team from 1987-1991 and now serves as the executive director of the Virginia Athletics Foundation.

"He's always been a role model to me," explained Katstra. "He's always helped me with basketball with my shot or rebounding or whatever it is."

Albemarle's season ended during the conference playoffs last year, but with these added two freshman and the switch to the Jefferson District, they feel they have what it takes to make a regional run.

Maynard said, "Our senior guards are getting them the ball in the right spot and we're trying to get them in places where they're comfortable."

Katstra added, "It'd be really big, really fun experience to have, especially being a freshman."

 

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