Haven't seen any articles yet, aside from the wissports conference preveiw, but I am sure team previews will start getting published soon. Should be a very interesting year in the conference. While Kewaunee is ranked #1 and Algoma #4 in their respective divisions in the wissports preseason top 10, I do not think either will be as good as they were last year. However, the conference as a whole should be more competitive, as 7 of the 8 teams return a majority of their starters from a year ago. The only team that doesn't is Algoma, who still might be the most athletic team in the conference regardless.

Games start Tuesday with Sturgeon Bay hosting GB West and N.E.W. Lutheran playing at Kohler.
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Girls basketball preview: Eagles look to use speed, athleticism
By: Door County Advocate's Christopher Clough

If speed kills, then the Southern Door High School girls basketball team hopes to inflict heavy casualties on its foes this year.

The Eagles don?t have a lot of size this year, coach Brandon Wautier admitted, but he plans to make up for it with the experience, athleticism and depth on his roster. The lack of size will be emphasized even more in the first few weeks of the season, with senior forward Cora Baudhuin, the team?s leading rebounder (8.0 per game) and an honorable mention all-conference player last year, out until January with a torn meniscus suffered during volleyball season.

?We?re definitely going to miss her,? Wautier said. ?That really cuts into the size of your team when you take out your tallest girl. We were already small before then.?

But Wautier said the Eagles will look to use the athletes they have, as well as experience with five seniors and four juniors on the varsity squad, to improve on last year?s .500 record (7-7 in the Packerland Conference, 12-12 overall).

?For us to move up, we?ll have to bring something different to the table,? Wautier said. ?We?ll have to get out and push the ball offensively, we?ll have to play more press defense, we?ll have to play more zone.

?I think this is one of the deepest teams I?ve coached, so we?ll be rotating a lot of girls in. Defensively, we?ll definitely have to scheme for teams inside. Algoma, Kewaunee, Gibraltar have some good post players. It?s something the entire team will have to buy into.?

Southern Door lost five seniors to graduation from last year, and the toughest one to replace will be all-conference first-team player Amy Englebert, who was third in the Packerland in scoring (13.7 points a game) and second in assists (5.0 per game). Also gone is all-conference honorable mention guard McKayla Dantoin.

?That definitely will be our biggest concern, replacing our leader,? Wautier said of Englebert. ?Not just her scoring, but her ballhandling and her playmaking. It?ll be tough to replace her with just one person. It probably will be kinda by committee.?

Among those Wautier is looking toward to take on leadership roles are senior guard Cheyanne McFarlin and junior guard Bailey Baudhuin. An honorable mention all-conference player last season, McFarlin averaged 14.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in 2011-12 and has a shot at reaching the 1,000-point scoring landmark for her high school career (she now has 723, according to Wautier). She and Bailey Baudhuin each have something to contribute, Wautier said.

?I think Cheyanne will pick up the slack (from Englebert?s absence) as far as playmaking is concerned,? Wautier said. ?Bailey can step in and take the ballhandling role ? and we?re looking for her to become a scorer this year. We?re gonna need extra scorers, because I think a lot of teams will focus their defense on stopping Cheyanne.?

The other seniors are guards Rachel Andres, a returning starter, and Kayli Mallien and forward LaRae Bagnall. Wautier said Andres is one of the team?s better shooters and is expected to help with the team?s rebounding, while Mallien adds to the athleticism and Bagnall adds interior height.

Aside from Bailey Baudhuin, the Eagles? juniors are forward Courtney VanHout and guards Megan Hawkey and Katie Miller. All played on the junior varsity last year, but Wautier looks forward to having them on the varsity.

?I think they bring a lot of athleticism to the team, a lot of speed, a lot of shooting ability,? Wautier said. ?Courtney is an excellent shot blocker; we hope to get her to be an all-around rebounder and scorer. Megan is an excellent shooter. Katie is just a great defender and ballhandler, and when she comes off the bench, I think she?ll give the team a little extra spark.?

Those nine will play most of the minutes. Wautier said a few jayvee players may get a little varsity time, but only as needed.

While the team may improve, moving up in the standings will be difficult in the highly competitive conference. Algoma and Kewaunee were not only 2011-12 league co-champions, but Kewaunee won the state Division 3 title and Algoma made it to the D-4 sectional final. Both lost key players to graduation but appear to be reloaded, while Oconto returns Packerland player of the year Laken James and Sturgeon Bay seems improved from its 7-7 team of a year ago.

Wautier said he hopes Southern Door can at least split its two games apiece with Kewaunee, Algoma and Oconto and either split or sweep its series with the Clippers.

?It?s a tough conference to play in. There?s a lot of good teams at the top,? Wautier said. ?Hopefully, (winning those games) allows us to move up in the standings. I think it?ll be exciting.?

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Girls basketball preview: Sturgeon Bay counting on senior leaders
By: Door County Advocate's Korey Mallien

Sturgeon Bay High School girls basketball coach Pat Blizel has a different team than he?s had in a while ? a team that?s centered around an experienced senior class.

The Clippers have only three seniors on their roster, but Linnea Schmelzer, Rachel Haight and Natalie Rose have a combined seven years of varsity experience that Blizel hopes can take the team ?to the next level.? The Clippers finished 10-12 overall and 7-7 in the Packerland Conference last season.

?I really like my seniors,? said Blizel. ?They want to be leaders and want to do well. The other girls watch those seniors and they?re working hard and learning to be successful. There?s something about them that I think they?ll be able to do some good things for us this year.?

Since beginning his second coaching stint at Sturgeon Bay three years ago, Blizel said he had just two seniors on his roster in 2010 and one in 2011, starting forward Amelia Campbell.

The Clippers hit the court this season with Schmelzer, who has three years of varsity experience, and Haight and Rose, who have two years each.

Schmelzer, a 5-foot-7 guard/forward, led the team in scoring and rebounding and was second-team all-Packerland Conference last season. She averaged 13.6 points and 5.6 rebounds in conference play as a junior.

Schmelzer has been recruited to play basketball at Truman State University, a Division II college located in Missouri.

??She?s our best pure basketball player,? said Blizel. ?She?s a versatile kid, who can handle the ball and shoot.?

Haight, a 5-5 point guard, averaged 2.4 assists last season. Blizel said she?s a ?confident ballhandler? who could add more of a scoring punch this season than she has in the past.

Rose, a 5-7 forward, averaged 4.7 rebounds last season and, like Haight, Blizel expects her to contribute more on the offensive end as well.

?She really worked hard on her ballhandling and shooting this summer,? he said. ?We?ll be able to move her around more this year. I think she can score inside around the basket or step out and hit mid-range jumpers.?

The Clippers were expecting to return a fourth starter, but junior guard Bailey Zak suffered a shoulder injury playing volleyball and will miss the entire season, said Blizel. Zak averaged 8.4 points and 2.7 assists in conference last season.

?She brought a lot of explosiveness to our offense and defense,? said Blizel. ?We?ll really miss her, but I know next year she?ll be back and better than ever. The other players don?t have to do any more or try to be Bailey, but they need to fit in and find that chemistry on the court.?

Sturgeon Bay returns five other players with some varsity experience: juniors Katrina Boucher (5-4 guard), Caroline Miller (5-8 guard/forward), Gilly Davison (5-9 forward), Caralyn Mickey (5-10 center) and Caroline Haen (5-4 guard).

New prospects include juniors Jackie Herlache (5-6 guard/forward), Kelsey Smith (5-7 forward), Jasmine Noel (5-6 forward), Natalie Marchant (5-6 forward) and German foreign exchange student Silka Luhrs (5-5 guard).

The Clippers have some nice overall size. Blizel said they need to use that to their advantage by playing more aggressively this season.

?My biggest concern is: Are we going to commit to rebounding?? said Blizel. ?If we do, that will improve our defense. We need that to keep ourselves in games. The scoring will take care of itself.?

Blizel expects the Packerland Conference to be strong from top to bottom, led by Kewaunee, Algoma and Oconto.

?It?s going to be tough. Every game is going to be a fight,? he said. ?If we can finish in the top four of the conference, that would be great. And we should. I think we?ll be better than where we were last year (tied for fourth). Just watching the kids in practice, they know what?s going on and they?re playing with more confidence.?

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Sturgeon Bay 55, Green Bay West 30
STURGEON BAY ? Linnea Schmelzer scored a game-high 15 points to lead Sturgeon Bay.

Green Bay West 11 4 2 13 ? 30
Sturgeon Bay 15 14 19 7 ? 55

GBW: Metoxen 3, Norback 10, Wenzel 2, Dollhopf 11, Maze 3, Belongia 1. 3-pt: Norback 3. FT: 11-19. F: 14.

SB: Haight 9, Boucher 12, Davison 2, Rose 5, Mickey 6, Herlache 3, Hane 2, Schmelzer 14, Noel 2. 3-pt: Schmelzer 3, Boucher 2, Haight 1. FT: 7-11. F: 18.

N.E.W. Lutheran 52, Kohler 18
KOHLER ? Jacki Mielke scored 18 points for the Blazers.

N.E.W. Lutheran 12 14 17 9 ? 52
Kohler 6 6 3 3 ? 18

N.E.W. Lutheran: Perez 4, Falk 4, Benz 4, Nier 9, Siudzinski 2, Mielke 18, Zimmerman 9, Keen 2. FT: 4-12. F: 16.

Kohler: Misfeldt 2, Marzano 3, Rodriguez 4, Maggi 6, Ahlberg 3. 3-pt: Ahlberg 1. FT: 9-12. F: 13.

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11/20 Door County Advocate:

Basketball: Clippers girls open with 55-30 win

Linnea Schmelzer scored 14 points and Katrina Boucher added 12 as the Sturgeon Bay High School girls basketball team opened its season with a 55-30 nonconference win over Green Bay West Tuesday night in Sturgeon Bay.

The Clippers were in a close game for one quarter, leading by just 15-11 as the Wildcats? Sam Norback hit two long 3-point baskets. But Sturgeon Bay clamped down after that, outscoring West 14-4 in the second period and 19-2 in the third.

?All that happened is that we picked up our defensive intensity (in the middle two quarters),? Clippers coach Pat Blizel said. ?The kids did a very nice job defensively overall.?

The Clippers shot well from the outside, making six 3-pointers for the game. Schmelzer hit three of them, Boucher two.

?Offensively, we hit some shots, put some pressure on them. The kids hit the open shots ? that?s what you need to do in basketball. We did a nice job moving the ball around ? we?re starting to see some positives with our inside game.?

Rachel Haight had nine points for Sturgeon Bay, which saw nine different players score.

Deirdre Dollhopf led West with 11 points and Norback added 10, but no one else had more than three for the Wildcats.

Next for the Clippers is a game at 6 p.m. Saturday at Wrightstown.

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Girls basketball preview: Sevastopol continues to rebuild program
Written by Door County Advocate's Christopher Clough

Certainly, if a sports team goes without a win all season, there?s nowhere to go but up the following year.

But after its 0-21 mark in 2011-12, the Sevastopol High School girls basketball team might have reason for legitimate optimism, with three returning starters around which to build and increased interest in the program.

The Pioneers barely had enough girls out for the basketball program to put a team on the floor when coach David Wheat took over. This season, Wheat said he has 16 girls for the varsity and junior varsity squads.

?We?re doing a better job getting the bodies out,? Wheat said. ?The program itself is doing a good job in the recovery process.?

The Pioneers showed signs of improvement late last season, and Wheat hopes that will carry over to the coming year. He isn?t making any bold predictions, but he looks forward to working with this team.

?We?re looking for baby steps,? Wheat said. ?We should be better with a year of experience in this system. The girls are such a joy to work with ? they expect a lot of themselves, they don?t complain, they?re willing to work. The seniors have really stepped up, been leaders to our younger players. We just need to get our first win, set reachable goals, and we?ll go from there.?

Expected to lead Sevastopol are 5-foot-9 senior guard Lucy Bley, 5-9 senior forward Holly LaPlant and 5-8 sophomore guard Jessica Wagner. Those three were starters last year and provided most of the offense for a team that averaged just 21.6 points per game. Bley averaged 10.4 points and 7.4 rebounds a game, Wagner went for 5.4 points and 3.8 rebounds a game and LaPlant averaged 5.3 rebounds.

?Those are kind of our three building blocks,? Wheat said. ?Even Jessica has stepped up and shown her leadership to the younger players. For the most part, I see those three really stepping up, building around them.?

Wheat said Bley should be the team?s driving force. Along with her scoring ability, she?ll be the main ballhandler, although Wheat said he?d like to find another reliable point guard so Bley can move to her more natural two-guard spot.

LaPlant likely will be the Pioneers? main force under the basket, and Wheat said he expects her to ?take the next step? in her game. Wagner flashed a lot of athletic ability and promise as a freshman last season.

?Jessica?s like a different player so far in practice,? Wheat said. ?With a year?s experience, the game begins to slow down for her now.?

Sevastopol has two other seniors who are returning varsity players, 5-4 guard Margaret Giblin and 5-7 guard Patricia Hernandez. Also on the varsity are 5-1 junior guard Megan LaPlant, 5-5 sophomore guard Ashley Kinnard-Carstens and 5-8 sophomore forward Samantha Spohn. Wheat said that it isn?t determined yet exactly what roles those players will take.

?At this time, a lot of players are trying to find their niche,? he said.

Playing in a Packerland Conference that has defending state champion Kewaunee and possible conference contenders Algoma, Oconto, Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door won?t be easy for a rebuilding program such as Sevastopol.

?There are some teams that, on a given night, we could be competitive with,? he said. ?We?re just trying to figure out where we fit in.?

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Girls basketball preview: Vikings look to tap young potential
Written by Door County Advocate's Korey Mallien

The outlook for the Gibraltar High School girls basketball program is as promising as it?s been in quite some time ? and not just for the upcoming season.

With a nice blend of experience and young potential, the Vikings are looking to make some big strides during the 2012-13 campaign and beyond. The Vikings finished 5-18 overall and 2-12 in the Packerland Conference last season.

?The conference is still going to be really tough, but I think this year we have the ability to challenge more teams,? said coach Josh Kropuenske. ?I?m certainly looking for a gradual move up the conference, and I expect a lot of growth as far as wins with our nonconference schedule.?

In order to get over the hump, Kropuenske said the Vikings have to start believing in themselves.

?We haven?t had a lot of success over the years, and losing has become a habit,? he said. ?I think physically we can compete, but mentally we have to get tougher. If we can get to the point where every time we play a team they know it?s going to be a struggle, that?s what we?re looking for.?

Gibraltar returns eight players who spent time on the varsity team last season, including five who started at least six games. The Vikings graduated only one player, second-leading scorer Devan Schultz.

Back for the Vikings are seniors Clarissa Jauregui (5-foot-3 guard), Megan Swain (5-10 forward) and Ella Jacobs (5-10 forward); juniors Emma Kunstman (5-9 guard) and Jasmine Haslep (5-2 guard); and sophomores Makenna Ash (6-2 center), Helen Hecht (5-9 guard) and Alexa Ferrie (5-4 guard).

Ash led the team in scoring and rebounding last season as a freshman, with an average of 8.3 points and 9.4 rebounds a game. She?s tall and athletic and gives the Vikings a nice post player to build around.

?She really grew as a player last year,? said Kropuenske. ?You could see her confidence grow as the season went along. We?re looking for her to continue to develop and be one of the top post players in the conference. She?s a tremendous offensive rebounder and can shoot out to about 15 feet. We definitely want to get her touches on most possessions.?

Jauregui, Swain, Kunstman and Hecht also started a lot of games for the Vikings last season. Kropuenske said co-captains Jauregui and Swain are good, aggressive defensive players, while Kunstman and Hecht both averaged five points and three rebounds a game last season.

New prospects include junior Ashley Tanck (5-6 guard), and freshmen Lauren Kita (5-6 guard) and Aleah Bauldry (5-10 forward).

?We?re young again this year,? said Kropuenske. ?But we have quite a bit more experience than we had last season. I think we?re going to be ahead of where we were last year and that will translate into some wins quicker this year.?

Gibraltar has some nice overall size, especially for a small school, and will try to use that to its advantage.

?We have some tall, athletic girls who can get up and down the court,? said Kropuenske. ?I?m hoping we can bother teams defensively and use our size on the offensive end of the court. We have to step it up defensively. We need to do a better job of moving our feet, keeping players in front of us and forcing tough shots.?

Kropuenske expects Kewaunee, Algoma and Oconto to anchor the Packerland Conference this season, just as those three teams have done each of the last two years. He?s hoping the Vikings can be in the mix behind that group, with teams such as Sturgeon Bay and Southern Door, and excel when the playoffs roll around in late February.

?I?d like to see us get over the hump,? he said. ?We very much want to be the first team in school history to win a regional title and hopefully spend the next couple of months building to that point.?

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Oconto County Times Herald Oconto Blue Devils Preview:

Girls basketball: Blue Devils retain experience

The Oconto High School girls basketball team opens its season Saturday, Nov. 24, at home against Coleman.

The Blue Devils will look to build on their two previous campaigns, which resulted in a cumulative record of 35-13.

With several experienced players returning, coach Russ Young is confident about Oconto?s prospects.

?We played with an eight player rotation last year, and brought back six,? he said. ?And during the year, five of the six started.?

The Blue Devils will be led by returning Packerland Conference Player of the Year Laken James. James, a junior, led the league in points and assists while earning all-conference awards for the second consecutive season.

Joining James will be returning letter-winners Macey Ellman and Andrea Cisar. Cisar and Ellman, both seniors, will provide leadership for Oconto, said Young, who is starting his 22nd year as the Oconto girls coach.

Also returning as letter-winners are juniors Jaelyn Jicha, Carli Meyer and Amber Westphal.

New to the team this year will be junior Samantha Beekman, and sophomores Emily Shallow, Mykayla Moes, Tori Hipke and Shayla Eparvier.

The Blue Devils will have to replace Kylee Slough and Kelsey Bodart, who graduated last year. Slough ended her career ranked fifth in all-time scoring with 899 total points.

Last year?s squad advanced to the Regional finals where they lost to perennial power Algoma. Russ expects Algoma to be tough this year, along with much of the rest of the conference, which includes defending Division 3 State Champion Kewaunee.

This year?s team is showing its determination, Young said, by doing daily conditioning before school at the Bond Community Center.

?I?ve never had a group do that, (who) was that dedicated,? Young said. ?They work hard, I couldn?t ask more of them.?

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Kewaunee County Star News Girls Basketball Preview:

2012-13 Girls Basketball Preview: County teams ready for more success

Kewaunee County has been the place to be if you?re a fan of girls high school basketball. This winter will be no different as the area?s teams embark on what should be another great season.

As the defending Division 3 state champions, the Kewaunee Storm can lay claim to being the area?s best team heading into the season. Everybody will be gunning for them this year, but they?re poised for a repeat performance.

The Algoma Wolves are also looking to defend a title. Last season they won a share of the Packerland championship with Kewaunee, going 13-1 in conference play. They would like to repeat as conference champions, and in the process make it back to state after a one-year hiatus.

Get ready for another exciting season of girls varsity basketball in Kewaunee County.

Head coach: Lynn Geier (10th season, fifth in her second stint)

2011-12 Record: 24-4 overall, 13-1 in the Packerland (tied for first place)

Outlook: Kewaunee?s 2011-12 girls basketball team reached the pinnacle of success by winning the Division 3 state championship. The success of last year?s team defines the goal of this year?s team ? a repeat state championship.

Head coach Lynn Geier fully understands the pressures of repeating, and she?s aptly preparing her team for the challenge.

?We?re concentrating on our goals, taking it one step at a time,? Geier said. ?Winning the state championship is our final goal. Along the way we want to be competitive in every game and capture the Packerland title. Repeating as state champions will be very difficult, but it?s certainly a goal.?

Kewaunee loses the experience and leadership of five seniors. However, the Storm still has an experienced and talented team heading into this season. Seniors Jill Kleiman and Alex Richard both put over 200 points in the hoops last season. Kiley Heim and Kelsey Stangel are also talented players that will be stepping into bigger roles this season.

Expect the three-point shot to be a bigger part of the offense with Kleiman. Last year Kleiman led the Storm in three-point shots made.

?Kleiman?s 3-point shot gives us a great weapon,? Geier said. ?She worked on her shot this summer, and she?s even more comfortable taking the outside shots?.

Last season Kewaunee only lost once in conference play ? to conference co-champion Algoma. The Wolves will be the Storm?s greatest challenger in the Packerland. Parity isn?t a word you could use to describe the conference, but you can?t take any conference games for granted.

?The Packerland is a blue-collar conference,? Geier said. ?Every team is working hard to win. You can?t let your guard down.?

The Storm?s toughest stretch will come in February ? just in time to warm them up for the playoffs. In a span of 12 days Kewaunee faces Algoma (Feb. 1), state runner-up Oshkosh Lourdes (Feb. 4), and state semi-finalist Green Bay Notre Dame (Feb. 12).

?The second half of the season will push us. The tough schedule will undoubtedly help us prepare for the postseason,? Geier said.

Kewaunee has the blueprint for another state championship, and a talented group of hard-working athletes. It promises to be another great season for the Storm.

Head coach: Mark Zastrow (seventh season)

2011-12 Record: 23-2 overall, 13-1 in the Packerland (tied for first place)

Outlook: Algoma was one of the best teams not to make it to state last year. This season the Wolves will look to rectify that.

The Wolves will be challenged by the loss of six seniors, a group that includes their two top scorers from last season ? Karissa LeCaptain and Lindsey Kirchman. The well isn?t dry though; the Wolves do return standouts Kennedy Blahnik and Taylor Schmidt. Meg Ryan and post-player Leah Blazkovec will also step into bigger roles this season.

?We have a lot of spots to fill in this year,? head coach Mark Zastrow said. ?All six of our graduated seniors from last year played important roles on the team. We do return a group of talented players, though.?

The return of Schmidt is especially welcomed. The former Packerland player of the year tore her ACL last February. Coach Zastrow says Schmidt will be ready for the season opener.

?Schmidt is cleared to play and ready to go,? he said. ?We?ve been slowly working her back in, and her knee is holding up well.?

Last year Algoma dominated opponents in the first quarter ? and the rest of the quarters for that matter ? with an up-tempo attack. On average the Wolves outscored their opponent by 11 points in the opening eight minutes. This season coach Zastrow anticipates a similar attack.

?We?re an up-tempo team. It?s what we do,? he said. ?We employ the full-court press which gives us a lot of easy baskets at times.?

Algoma faces a challenging slate of games in December. Most challenging will be the two defending state champions the Wolves host ? De Pere (Div. 1) on Dec. 22, and Kewaunee (Div. 3) on Dec. 13.

?Our non-conference schedule is tough, especially early on. It will be a good test for our team?, says coach Zastrow.

Algoma?s first three games are on the road against improved Packerland teams ? Southern Door, Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran, and Oconto. Algoma?s greatest conference challenger will once again be Kewaunee, but Zastrow says as a whole the conference continues to get better.

?The conference has improved a lot since I came here,? he said. ?The Packerland games are exciting, and our conference schedule has become more challenging.?

Without a doubt Algoma is ready for another successful season. In their scrimmage against Mishicot on Monday night, Meg Ryan hit the game-winning shot in the simulated overtime period. It?s just a small sign that this team is ready to step up to any challenge this season.

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Oconto 59, Coleman 26
OCONTO ? Laken James led all scorers with 21 points as Oconto jumped out to a 21-4 first quarter lead and cruised to the victory.

Coleman 4 8 9 6 ? 26
Oconto 21 12 13 13 ? 59

C: Sadowski 12, Schaal 2, Rosner 4, Kerr 2, Bieber 6. FT: 10-19. F: 9.

O: James 21, Shallow 8, Ellman 8, Westphal 2, Meyer 8, Jicha 10, Pointer 2. 3-pt: James 2, Shallow 2. FT: 4-5. F: 14.

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write up from the door county advocate on sturgeon bays games vs new lutheran and wrightstown - http://www.doorcountyadvocate.com/article/20121128/ADV02/311280247/Girls-basketball-Clippers-edge-Blazers-league-opener

Sturgeon Bay survived a close call against a much improved Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran team to win its Packerland Conference high school girls basketball season opener Tuesday night.

The Clippers trailed throughout most of the first half, but slowly fought back to take the lead and then held on to beat the Blazers, 48-42, at Sturgeon Bay.

?It?s a win, and that?s a good thing,? said a relieved Clippers coach Pat Blizel. ?N.E.W.?s not a bad team. They?re going to surprise some people this year. They hit another shot here or there, who knows where this game goes.?

The Clippers clung to a three-point lead, 41-38, with less than 5 minutes remaining. Linnea Schmelzer then hit a jump shot and Caralyn Mickey made two free throws to push the lead to 45-38 with 2:56 left.

The Clippers then iced the game in the final minute, with one free throw by Schmelzer and two by Katrina Boucher. It also helped that the Blazers made just one of nine shots and 2 of 4 free throws in the last three minutes.

Boucher played a key role in Sturgeon Bay?s win. She scored a career-high 18 points, including 13 in the first half to give the Clippers a much-needed boost.

?Katrina Boucher stepped up tonight,? said Blizel. ?That?s awesome for that kid.?

Sturgeon Bay tied the game at 20 on a putback basket by Mickey with 4:30 remaining in the second quarter. Boucher then scored eight straight points, with two three-pointers and a field goal, to close out the first half and give the Clippers a 28-26 lead at intermission.

Schmelzer added 13 points for the Clippers, including seven in a row early in the third quarter to give them a lead they wouldn?t relinquish.

Jaci Mielke scored 13 points, and Jamie Falk and Sadie Nier added 10 each for the Blazers.

Meanwhile, Wrightstown beat Sturgeon Bay, 48-20, in a nonconference game Saturday night.

Kayla Chosa scored 15 points and Wrenn Tanck added 12 to lead the Tigers.

?Wrightstown is extremely talented,? said Blizel. ?I would put them right up there with the best teams in the Packerland. They have some strong inside post players. They pounded us inside and we didn?t have an answer.?

N.E.W. Lutheran 16 10 6 10-42

Sturgeon Bay 13 15 10 10-48

N.E.W. Lutheran: Jamie Falk 10, Abby Benz 9, Sadie Nier 10, Jaci Mielke 13. Three-pointers: Mielke 2. Free throws: 12-14. Fouls: 16.

Sturgeon Bay: Rachel Haight 4, Katrina Boucher 18, Natalie Rose 3, Caralyn Mickey 8, Linnea Schmelzer 13, Caroline Miller 2. Three-pointers: Boucher 3, Schmelzer. Free throws: 14-18. Fouls: 11.

Sturgeon Bay 8 2 8 2-20

Wrightstown 18 17 8 5-48

Sturgeon Bay: Haight 4, Mandy LaLuzerne 2, Rose 6, Mickey 2, Kelsey Smith 2, Schmelzer 2, Miller 2. Free throws: 0-0. Fouls: 14.

Wrightstown: Brianna Linzmeier 5, Rachel Hand 4, Linzy Neinas 1, Courtney Klister 1, Kayla Chosa 15, Wrenn Tanck 12, Courtney Gussert 1, Megan Hansen 9. Three-pointers: Hansen. Free throws: 13-17. Fouls: 6.
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11/28 GB Press Gazette:

Sturgeon Bay 48, N.E.W. Luth. 42
STURGEON BAY ? The Clippers made six of its eight free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter to hold off the Blazers.

Katrina Boucher had 18 points to lead Sturgeon Bay (2-1, 1-0).

N.E.W. Lutheran 16 10 6 10 ? 42
Sturgeon Bay 13 15 10 10 ? 48

N.E.W. Lutheran: Falk 10, Benz 9, Nier 10, Mielke 13. 3pt: Mielke 2. FT: 12-14. Fouls: 16.

Sturgeon Bay: Haight 4, Boucher 18, Rose 3, Mickey 8, Smelzer 13, Miller 2. 3pt: Boucher 3, Smelzer. FT: 14-18. Fouls: 11

Algoma 68, Southern Door 25
BRUSSELS ? Taylor Schmidt scored 19 points for Algoma.

Algoma 19 21 17 11 ? 68
Southern Door 9 3 5 8 ? 25

A: Schmidt 19, Mueller 14, Delaet 2, Koss 1, Ryan 10, Feurstein 2, Decora 4, Demin 2, Blahnik 7, Bluett 6, Dier 1. 3-pt: Schmidt 5, Mueller 2, Ryan 2. FT: 9-12. F: 17.

SD: McFarlin 13, Baudhuin 1, Andres 5, Bagnow 1, Hawkey 5. 3-pt: McFarlin 3, Andres 1, Hawkey 1. FT: 8-13. F: 10.

Oconto 53, Gibraltar 28
FISH CREEK ? Laken James poured in a game-high 20 points as Oconto (2-0) built a comfortable halftime lead and cruised to the victory.

Oconto 12 11 15 15 ? 53
Gibraltar 2 7 4 15 ? 28

Oconto: Cisar 3, James 20, Ellman 7, Westfall 4, Meyer 3, Jicha 14, Pointer 2. 3pt: Cisar, James. FT: 15-22. Fouls: 12.

Gibraltar: Jacobs 4, Haslep 2, Hecht 4, Jauregui 3, Swain 2, Bauldry 2, Ash 8, Kita 3. 3pt: Kita. FT: 1-4. Fouls: 13.

Kewaunee 55, Sevastopol 13
INSTITUTE ? Jill Kleiman scored a game-high 13 points and Alex Richard added 10 to lead Kewaunee (1-0).

Kewaunee 19 17 10 9 ? 55
Sevastopol 3 2 3 5 ? 13

Kewaunee: Heim 5, Kudick 4, Kleiman 13, D. Schneider 3, Bultman 4, Stangel 8, Van Goethem 2, Richard 10, Wiley 2, Dax 2, Miller 2. 3-pt: Kleiman 2, Heim 1, Schneider 1. FT: 3-9. F: 14.

Sevastopol: Giblin 2, Wagner 6, LaPlant 1, Hernandez 2,Bley 2. 3-pt: Wagner 1. FT: 6-12. F: 15.

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11/27 Door County Advocate

Girls basketball: County teams struggle in season openers

Door County high school girls basketball teams got their seasons off to a rough start in Packerland Conference games Tuesday night.

Algoma defeated Southern Door, 68-25; Gibraltar lost to Oconto, 53-28; and Kewaunee beat Sevastopol, 55-13.

? AT SOUTHERN DOOR: The Eagles opened with a three-point basket from Cheyanne McFarlin but went through a particularly ice-cold stretch in the middle of the game.

Trailing 19-9 after one period, Southern Door was outscored 21-3 in the second and 17-5 in the third. It made just one field goal in those two quarters, a three by Rachel Andres in the third, and didn?t make a two-point shot, its only one of the game, until about two and a half minutes were left to play.

?Algoma played a pressure defense, and we had enough turnovers trying to break the press,? coach Brandon Wautier said. ?The shots just weren?t falling, and we didn?t get to the basket much.?

Wautier admitted the Wolves were a tough matchup for his smaller team, which played tight inside in an attempt to keep Algoma post player Kennedy Blahnik and others from wreaking too much havoc. But Algoma had some hot outside shooting, with Taylor Schmidt nailing five of the team?s nine threes on her way to a game-high 19 points.

?We were set in a zone defense, and they hit their shots early. I think they made four threes in the first quarter,? Wautier said. ?We were kinda picking our poison.?

McFarlin led the Eagles with 13 points, including three of their five three-pointers.

? AT SEVASTOPOL: Kewaunee may have lost a few key players from last season?s WIAA Division 3 state championship team to graduation, but Sevastopol still ran into a buzzsaw.

?They?re just a good basketball team,? Pioneers coach David Wheat said. ?They?re physical, got some shooters outside, and we?re just not there yet. We?re still a work in progress.?

Jessica Wagner made Sevastopol?s lone three-point basket and led the Pioneers with six points.

?We could not get into the flow on offense,? Wheat said. ?They took us out of everything we tried to do.?

Jill Kleiman scored 13 and Alex Richard added 10 to lead the Storm.

Sevastopol?s next game is at home Thursday against Green Bay West, then Saturday at Washington Island.

? AT GIBRALTAR: The Vikings played well defensively to start the game, trailing by just 6-2 with about two minutes to go in the first quarter, but their offensive woes saw Oconto pull away to a 23-9 halftime lead.

?Offensively, we really struggled,? coach Josh Kropuenske said. ?They did a good job taking away Makenna Ash (Gibraltar?s top inside player), and we had a hard time recognizing it, finding other players ? We struggled with turnovers tonight.?

As with most other teams in the Packerland, the Vikings also struggled with Oconto?s Laken James, the conference player of the year in 2011-12, who poured in 20 points to lead all scorers.

?Their offense is really all about Laken,? Kropuenske said. ?She?s so good at putting pressure on defenses, finding open players. She had just seven points at halftime, but in the third quarter, she was really aggressive in driving to the basket.?

The aggressiveness showed in the free-throw statistics, where Oconto went to the line 22 times, making 15, while Gibraltar got just four attempts.

?They attacked the basket a lot harder than we did,? Kropuenske said.

Ash led the Vikings with eight points.

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Kewaunee ready to defend Div. 3 state girls basketball title
Written by Andrew Pekarek

KEWAUNEE ? Coming off its first state title and second straight state appearance, the cupboard is far from bare for the Kewaunee girls basketball team.

Although the Storm graduated five players off of last season?s WIAA Division 3 state championship squad, it returns five of its top eight scorers for 2012-13 and boasts six seniors overall.

The senior class won back-to-back youth state titles in middle school, but in order to duplicate the feat at the high school level, Kewaunee will need to reload its bench, where junior Amanda Bultman is the only underclassmen that saw significant minutes a year ago.

Playing in a tough Packerland Conference should help do that. The league saw three teams win regional titles last year and returns Oconto junior Laken James as the player of the year in addition to co-champion Algoma getting senior Taylor Schmidt ? the 2011 player of the year ? back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

With that being said, here?s a closer look at the Storm and its players that star in this week?s episode of Prep View.

Last season: 24-4 overall, 13-1 Packerland co-champion.

Coach: Lynn Geier, fifth year of second tenure, 10th overall (153-59).


Kiley Heim: 5-6 guard 2.8 points 2.5. rebounds

Heim was a solid defender off the bench and a capable scorer when asked last season, finishing third on the team with 11 treys. She?ll have an expanded role with the graduation of point guard Nicole Geier.

Jill Kleiman: 5-6 guard 9.7 points 3.2 steals 2.6 assists

The four-year starter recorded a team-high 49 3-pointers last season, including one that may have been the most important to the Storm?s tournament run. After trailing to Denmark by a double-digit defecit, Kleiman?s trey from halfcourt at the buzzer before halftime not only turned the momentum in helping the the Storm pull out a 50-41 regional final victory, but sparked it for the remainder of the postseason.

Amanda Kudick: 5-7 guard/forward 2.7 points 2.5 rebounds

A defensive stopper, Kudick plays bigger than her height, allowing her to play inside and outside. She came off the bench to score seven points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals in a sectional semifinal victory against Brillion while helping to defend Michigan Tech. recruit Kylie Moxley.

Courtney Miller: 5-5 guard 0.6 points 0.5 rebounds

A first team all-conference player on the softball diamond, Miller will see an expanded role in the backcourt after playing in 10 games last season.

Alex Richard: 6-0 center 9.4 points 5.6 rebounds

With the graduation of Algoma?s Karissa LeCaptain, Richard has the potential to be the best post player in the Packerland. She?s also the only returning player on the team that is listed as at least 5-foot-10 following the graduation of three players who were at least that height, including leading scorer Marissa Selner.

Kelsey Stangel: 5-9 forward 5.0 points 5.3 rebounds

After leading the Packerland Conference in scoring in 2010-11, a knee injury sustained in the first contest last season limited her to nine regular-season games before she returned for the playoffs, where she grabbed 14 rebounds in the D3 championship game.

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20121129/GPG020503/311290423?nclick_check=1 (Link also contains video interview with Alex Richard and Kelsey Stangel
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11/29 GB Press Gazette:

Girls basketball roundup: Norback leads Green Bay West past Sevastopol

INSTITUTE ? Sam Norback scored 21 points and Kanijah Maze added eight points and 11 rebounds to lead Green Bay West to a 42-37 victory over Sevastopol in a nonconference girls basketball game on Thursday night.

Green Bay West .....17 6 7 12 ? 42
Sevastopol ................14 6 8 9 ? 37

GBW: Teeger 2, Solways 1, Norback 21, Dollhopf 10, Maze 8. 3-pt: Norback 3. FT: 7-14. F: 11.

S: Giblin 4, Wagner 10, LaPlant 9, Hernandez 2, Bley 12. 3-pt: Bley 1. FT: 7-15. F: 15. Fouled out: Wagner.

N.E.W. Lutheran 58, Sheb. Lutheran 42

Jaci Mielke scored 15 points and Sadie Nier added 12 points to lead host N.E.W. Lutheran.

Sheboygan Luth. ...... 9 12 7 14 ? 42
N.E.W. Luth. ..........16 14 13 15 ? 58

SL: Byrum 13, Scheele 15, Sass 2, Albert 2, Frank 2, Quam 8. 3-pt: Byrum 3. FT: 11-19. F: 16.

NEW: Falk 4, Benz 8, Nier 12, Mielke 15, Zimmerman 9, Keen 10. 3-pt: Mielke 1. FT: 9-23. F: 17. Fouled out: Falk.

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