[Steven Buyansky - For Shaw Media]
Ness, who will be a senior at Sandwich this fall, and kid sister Josie Ness are entering their second season playing together.
And they're not alone, with four sets of siblings in the Indians' basketball program. The Roberts, Kneppers and Mitchells also have two girls playing.
"Yea, it is fun," said Ness, an All-Area guard who averaged 10.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a junior. "Especially at practice or in a scrimmage, you always feel like you're rooting for a little sister or big sister. It's fun to see how many family members there are in the program. It's fun to play with them, too. You can tell when people understand each other."
The fun should just be starting at Sandwich.
The Indians' varsity team is coming off a 16-11 season – its first winning season in 26 years, and first-ever Interstate Eight Conference championship.
With three of its top six players – Sarah Ness, Josie Ness and Jaylynn Vana – back, Sandwich has picked up right where it left off.