Hitting the floor running

Since Angi Bergstedt has been running track since middle school, she said she doesn’t mind when Trinity Lutheran High School basketball coach Mike Lang tells the team to do some running.

“I’m really big into running,” she said. “That is probably my favorite thing.”

She is in her fourth season of playing basketball at Trinity and is looking forward to another outstanding season of track and field in the spring.

In basketball, Bergstedt was in the starting lineup for a few games her junior year and was a starter at the beginning of this season. She suffered a concussion in the Sheridan Holiday Tournament and has been coming off the bench throughout this month.

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She said she likes to be aggressive on offense and would rather drive for a layup than shoot a jump shot.

The right-hander said she would rather play on the left side of the offense so she can take advantage of her quickness in going to the basket.

“Usually, they put me on the baseline or the wing, and I tend to do a lot of drives,” she said. “I get the ball, and I drive it, and I’m pretty quick at that.”

Bergstedt said she would rather face man-to-man defense, and she likes it when the Cougars run a fast break.

“I like using my speed when I play,” she said.

On defense, Bergstedt also prefers man-to-man. She said the size of opposing players determines where she plays.

“Sometimes, my coach has me guard one of the point guards because he feels like I can keep up with them pretty well,” she said. “I like half-court press because I know I can pick them up right there, but I’m also prepared to play full-court.”

To be successful in games, Bergstedt said the team needs to work hard in practice.

“I don’t think our coach is too hard on us,” she said. “I think he knows what he is doing and knows how to get us to where we all know we should be. Sometimes it’s hard, and sometimes we don’t like it. But in the end, we all know it’s good.”

With teamwork, Bergstedt said she thinks the Cougars can be close to .500 going into the sectional.

“I think we need to focus on the little things, like our passes and make sure we know who we have when we pick (the opponent) up in man (defense) and free throws,” she said. “We are a young team, but that benefits us, too, since we have different points of youth from different people.”

In track and field, Bergstedt has been a regional qualifier the past three seasons.

She holds the school record in the 200-meter dash and was part of the 400-meter relay team that set the school mark.

She said the 200 is her favorite individual event.

“I’ve been setting the school record numerous times,” she said. “I started breaking it my freshman year. I did it twice my freshman year, twice my sophomore year and two or three times my junior year.”

This spring, she said she would like to set the record in the 100-meter dash. She didn’t start running that event until the end of her sophomore season.

“I’ve had the goal of breaking the 100 record for a while, so that’s my goal this year, and to keep getting faster in the 200,” she said. “My biggest goal is to make it to state.”

Bergstedt said she usually anchors the 400 relay and also runs a lap in the 1,600-meter relay.

While the 1,600 relay isn’t her favorite, she said she likes the ending because that is where she sometimes has to catch up and push it.

“We had a coach come in and teach us handoffs my junior year, and that made a huge difference compared to my sophomore year,” she said.

In both of her sports, Bergstedt said she focuses on having a positive outlook.

“In basketball, if you don’t make that free throw or shot early, you have to pick yourself back up and do it, and you have to keep yourself going,” she said. “In track, if you win or you lose, you have to tell yourself even if you lost to push yourself, but even if you won not to let it get to you, and you have to race your next race as if nothing happened before.”

Angi Bergstedt

Name: Angi Bergstedt

School: Trinity Lutheran High School

Parents: Randy and Zoe Bergstedt

Sibling: Alyssa

Sports: Basketball, four years; track, four years; soccer manager, one year

Athletics honors: Basketball, helping Trinity win sectional titles in 2013 and 2014; most improved award sophomore year. Track and field, school records in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter relay; regional qualifier in the 400-meter relay in 2012, 100-meter dash in 2013 and 2014 and 200-meter dash in 2014; most improved award in 2013; most valuable runner award in 2014.

Home basketball games: “I like them. We have a lot more parent fans than student fans.”

Holiday tournament: “I think the tournament in the middle of the season helps us prepare for what we might see in the sectional.”

Career: “Some of the best highlights of my whole high school career are the teams and the friendships I’ve made. It’s nice being on a team where you can make really good friendships.”

Attending TLHS: “It was nice going from a small school (St. Peter’s) to another small school. In my elementary school, I had about 35 or 40 (in each class), so it’s not much different.

Organization: Big Brothers Big Sisters

Plans after high school: Attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Favorite track: “Bloomington North, by far.”

Favorite food: Lasagna

Favorite TV show: “The Office”

Favorite movie: “Believe in Me”

Favorite athlete: Michael Jordan

Favorite book: “Looking for Alaska” by John Green

Upcoming boys basketball

Friday

Charlestown (5-9) at Brownstown Central (12-2)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Brownstown Central def. Austin 63-45. Eastern (Pekin) def. Charlestown 70-57.

Series past 30 years: Brownstown Central 23-9

Most recent meeting: Brownstown Central won 77-41 (sectional) on March 7

Trinity Lutheran (12-4) at Crothersville (5-13)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Trinity Lutheran def. Switzerland County 71-60, Crothersville def. South Central (Elizabeth 61-56).

Series past 30 years: Tied 6-6

Most recent meeting: Trinity Lutheran won 81-61 on Jan. 31, 2014.

Floyd Central (9-3) at Seymour (5-10)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: South Ripley def. Seymour 62-44, Floyd Central def. Madison 65-59.

Series past 30 years: Seymour 19-13

Most recent meeting: Floyd Central won 84-76 on Jan. 31, 2014.

Saturday

Corydon Central (10-3) at Brownstown Central (12-2)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Brownstown Central def. Austin 63-45, Corydon Central def. Salem 58-44.

Series past 30 years: Brownstown Central 18-14

Most recent meeting: Corydon Central won 73-72 (2 OT) on Feb. 1, 2014.

Cannelton (1-16) at Medora (5-12)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Union (Dugger) def. Cannelton 50-35, Rock Creek Academy def. Medora 66-43

Series past 30 years: Cannelton 9-1

Most recent meeting: Medora won 44-40 on Feb. 1, 2014.

Paoli (10-4) at Trinity Lutheran (12-4)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Trinity Lutheran def. Switzerland County 71-60, Southridge def. Paoli 66-45.

Series past 30 years: Paoli 1-0

Most recent meeting: Paoli won 61-50 on Nov. 28, 2006.

Upcoming girls basketball games

Today

New Albany (13-6) at Seymour (16-4)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Seymour def. Salem 76-51, New Albany def. Jeffersonville 43-28.

Series past 10 years: Seymour 8-5

Most recent meeting: New Albany won 59-50 (sectional) on Feb. 11, 2014.

Edinburgh (2-16) at Trinity Lutheran (8-12)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Edinburgh def. Waldron 45-34, Borden def. Trinity Lutheran 62-33.

Series past 10 years: Trinity Lutheran 7-2

Most recent meeting: Trinity Lutheran won 76-45 on Jan. 30, 2014.

North Harrison (14-7) at Brownstown Central (16-4)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Brownstown Central def. Brown County 56-44, North Harrison def. Madison 50-48

Series past 10 years: Brownstown Central 7-3

Most recent meeting: Brownstown Central won 72-66 on Jan. 30, 2014.

Dugger Union at Medora (5-17)

Game time: 6:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Christian Academy def. Medora 66-39.

Series past 10 years: Dugger Union 8-2

Most recent meeting: Medora won 51-26 on Jan. 9.

Saturday

Austin (10-11) at Seymour (16-4)

Game time: 12:30 p.m. JV, 2 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Providence def. Austin 54-45, Seymour def. Salem 76-51.

Series past 10 years: Seymour 9-1

Most recent meeting: Seymour won 57-45 on Nov. 12, 2013.

Corydon Central (2-18) at Brownstown Central (16-4)

Game time: noon JV, 1:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Floyd Central def. Corydon Central 74-42, Brownstown Central def. Brown County 56-45.

Series past 10 years: Tied 5-5

Most recent meeting: Brownstown Central won 44-36 on Feb. 1, 2014.

Crothersville (12-9) at Trinity Lutheran (8-12)

Game time: 1 p.m JV, 2:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: New Washington def. Crothersville 57-51, Borden def. Trinity Lutheran 62-33

Series past 10 years: Crothersville 9-8

Most recent meeting: Trinity Lutheran won 51-48 on Feb. 1, 2014.

Monday

Rock Creek Academy (4-17) at Crothersville (12-9)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: New Washington def. Crothersville 57-51, Perry Central def.  Perry Central def Rock Creek Academy 70-14.

Series past 10 years: Crothersville 9-2

Most recent meeting: Crothersville won 62-33 on Nov. 13.

Tuesday

Scottsburg (11-10) at Brownstown Central (16-4)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Brownstown Central def. Brown County 56-45, Scottsburg def. Jeffersonville 45-37.

Series past 10 years: Scottsburg 8-3

Most recent meeting: Scottsburg won 63-55 on Feb. 8, 2014.

Trinity Lutheran (8-12) at Indianapolis Lutheran (6-10)

Game time: 6 p.m. JV, 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Borden def. Trinity Lutheran 62-33, Indianapolis Lutheran def. Speedway 34-31.

Series past 10 years: Tied 2-2

Most recent meeting: Trinity Lutheran won 55-50 on Jan. 29, 2013

Edinburgh (2-16) at Medora (5-17)

Game time: 7:30 p.m. varsity

Previous outing: Edinburgh def. Waldron 45-34. Christian Academy def. Medora 66-39.

Series past 10 years: Edinburgh 9-2

Most recent meeting: Edinburgh won 59-48 on Jan. 29, 2013.

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Arv Koontz is a sports correspondent for The (Seymour) Tribune.