NorthWood’s Alea Minnich, here bringing the ball upcourt against Salem in the Class 3A state championship game last winter, is one of two returning starters for the Panthers this season.

If you know Elkhart High girls basketball coach Will Coatie, you know he’s an optimist.

Don’t expect that to change in 2020, even though Coatie has two former Elkhart Central players in the uniform of opposing teams in the Northern Indiana Conference and possibly in line to be All-State selections in the near future.

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