mickjagger
As the season begins, a couple teams start play with key returning players sitting out because of injuries.

SPASH begins the season without last season's Conference Player of the Year, Maddie Negaard. Negaard, a junior, suffered a torn ACL during the off-season. Her return this season is questionable. Negaard led the WVC in scoring last season at 23.1 ppg. She also led the conference free-throw shooting at 84% and was 3rd in assists at 3.1 per game.

Marshfield begins the season without 2-year starting center Hannah Meverden. Meverden, a junior, is out until at least mid-January with a knee injury suffered this summer. Meverden, a 2nd-team all-conference performer as a sophomore, led the WVC in rebounding last season at 9.3 rebounds per game and was 5th in field goal percentage at 47 %.
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mickjagger
at D-2 #4 Hortonville 74
Marshfield 68

Final Score

Hortonville junior guard Shay Frederick, a Valparaiso recruit, converted 9 treys on the night, scoring 33 points to lead the Polar Bears.

Marshfield, playing without their 2-yr starting center, junior Hannah Meverden, was led in scoring by senior forward Ema Ferhenbach with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Junior guard Meg Bryan chipped in 22 points, including 5 treys, for the Tigers.

Both teams struggled taking care of the ball: Marshfield turned the ball over 21 times, Hortonville 17. Missed Free throws were costly for Marshfield, as the Tigers went was 14 of 27 from the line (they lost by 6 points). Hortonville converted 6 of 11 FT attempts.
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mickjagger
Friday, 12/9/16

at Eau Claire North (5-1) 74
Marshfield (1-2) 65

Final Score

The Tigers, still without junior center Hannah Meverden, were led in scoring by Ema Fehrenbach & Jenna Jacoby, each with 16 points. Maddie Nikolai tallied 15 points and Meg Bryan chipped in 14 points on the strength of 4 treys.

The Huskies' 6'3" center, Nikki Kilbotten put up 22 points, stellar guard Brianna Banks tossed in 21 points and Katie Klauk contributed 17 points off the bench.

The Tigers post-defense and rebounding are greatly compromised for the time being with Meverden out of the line-up. It should be interesting, should Marshfield & EC North meet again this season in in a regional or sectional tournament game come late February or early March, how the Huskies fare against the Tigers with a hopefully healthy Hannah Meverden back in the lineup, patrolling the low post for Marshfield.

I don't know if another team in the state has been snake-bitten by major injuries to key players over the past 5 seasons as Marshfield has. In the spring of 2011, all-state guard Taylor Varsho suffered a torn ACL days before a sectional final vs Superior. Varsho misses the first part of the 2011-2012 season recovering from her injury. In 2013, defensive stalwart, rebounder & team captain Tiffany Stargardt's season comes to a premature end a few games into her senior year because of chronic leg issues. Later that season, leading scorer, Ellie Fehenbach blows out her ACL in a sectional semi-final vs Superior. She returns that fall for her senior season (2014-15) only to suffer another season-ending injury to her knee in her 2nd start of the year. Now, this season (2016-2017), with 4 starters returning from a team that won 22 games last season & lost a sectional final to Appleton North by a point last March, the injury bug bites the Tiger girls yet again with Meverden going down. As a supporter of the program, one can't help but feel for Tigers head coach Heidi Michaelis, her staff and players, for occasionally allowing themselves the indulgence of wondering what might have been .....
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blugold94
Before Christmas and only one unbeaten in league play after Wausau West beat DC Everest 58-48 last night. I don't think either team was very sharp except for Maddie Schires for WW and Taylor Petit for DCE. Both guards were very good, Schires scoring 27 and going 14 for 14 at the line while Petit scored 21. A pair of double digit losses in a row for DCE, who missed a whole lot of shots inside four feet. They just seemed off a bit and should be better moving forward. Schires is the real deal....her 27 aren't were you put up shot after shot....had some terrific set ups for teammates as well. Also a huge advantage to have someone late in games who will make their free throws time and time again. West has a number of very good players but I always feel better when Schires has the ball.

Was very impressed as well with SPASH earlier when they took WW to the final possession in the league opener without Maggie Negaard. That team played very well together...run a very nice offense even without one of the best players in the league and should be even more of a handful when Negaard returns.
@ChadHolmesWI
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mickjagger
Marshfield's girls (2-3) come to the realization that playing defense & rebounding contribute greatly to winning ballgames, as they shut down Merrill (4-2) 47-32, in Marshfield, Tuesday night (12/20).

The Tigers face a huge challenge, Thursday night (12/22), as they travel to Bay Port to take on Pirates and their 6'2" all-conference center, Maddie Re. Would be a great time for Tiger junior center Hannah Meverden to make her season debut. One can hope ....
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luv2watchhssports
Only 2-3 games in but it looks like it is Wausau West's Conference to lose. With wins over DCE and SPASH the Warriors are in the driver's seat. SPASH looks like they have the makings of a team who is going to make a fight for the top spot with hopes of getting their top player back giving them the spark to maybe beat West the second time around. The once mighty Tigers and Evergreens seem to have fallen to inconsistent play, poor defense and struggles with fundamentals. A healthy Hannah Meverdan may cure the Tigers woes, but the Evergreens have no savior healing in the wings.

Predicted Finish:
West
SPASH
Marshfield
Everest
Merrill
Rapids
East

Happy New Year Everyone
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Wausau West (5-0 in WVC, #10 D-1) @ Marshfield (3-1 WVC) Friday night. A WW win would put them 2 games up in the loss column heading down the stretch. Chance for the Warriors to make it a one-team race and see if the recent Marshfield uptick is for real. 7 p.m. on 1230 WXCO, 1230wxco.com and Tune In App.
@ChadHolmesWI
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mickjagger
blugold94 wrote:
Wausau West (5-0 in WVC, #10 D-1) @ Marshfield (3-1 WVC) Friday night. A WW win would put them 2 games up in the loss column heading down the stretch. Chance for the Warriors to make it a one-team race and see if the recent Marshfield uptick is for real. 7 p.m. on 1230 WXCO, 1230wxco.com and Tune In App.

With Hannah Meverden back in the line-up, the Tigers were really looking forward one more tune-up game (in the form of Wausau East), before taking on Wausau West. However, the weather did not cooperate & the East game, originally scheduled for Tuesday, 1/10, was postponed.

West's experience, size, talent and scoring power & distribution will present challenges for Marshfield.
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blugold94
Wausau West 66 @ Marshfield 70.

Caitlin Deaton 19 pts, Kadie Deaton 12, Maddie Schires 10, Tess Hauer 10 for West (10-3 overall, 5-1 WVC)

Jenna Jakobi 21 pts, Ema Fehrenbach 16, Meg Bryan 16 for Marshfield (5-6 overall, 4-1 WVC)

Big second half 3 pters for Bryan lifts Marshfield, who played without Hannah Meverden. WVC title race could go down to final game w/ Marshfield at Wausau West on Feb. 16.
@ChadHolmesWI
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mickjagger
blugold94 wrote:
Wausau West 66 @ Marshfield 70.

Caitlin Deaton 19 pts, Kadie Deaton 12, Maddie Schires 10, Tess Hauer 10 for West (10-3 overall, 5-1 WVC)

Jenna Jakobi 21 pts, Ema Fehrenbach 16, Meg Bryan 16 for Marshfield (5-6 overall, 4-1 WVC)

Big second half 3 pters for Bryan lifts Marshfield, who played without Hannah Meverden. WVC title race could go down to final game w/ Marshfield at Wausau West on Feb. 16.

Huge win for the Marshfield girls ... especially playing without Hannah Meverden.

[h]Any word, Chad, as to why Meverden was withheld from the game ?[/h] The only thing I know for sure is that the decision for her not to play was made just before the game started.

Girls Game Recap & Box Score:
http://www.marshfieldareasports.com/site/?p=51536

Also, in the Boys' contest at Wausau West this evening:

Marshfield (6-6, 3-2) 52
Wausau West (6-5, 3-2) 49

Final Score
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blugold94
I do not know why Meverden didn't play.
@ChadHolmesWI
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hawk23
Don't sleep on Wausau West for the second half of the season. Watch out for Maddie Schires. A very talented guard who will step it up big time. Solid scorer and good ball handling skills. Very proud of what she has accomplished thus far.

Go West,

Uncle in Milwaukee
Hawk
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mickjagger
Marshfield blew an 11-pt lead with approx. 6 minutes to play, allowing SPASH to tie the game at 55-all with 1:09 remaining. Both teams missed clutch FT's in the final minute, save for Marshfield's Corrianne Johnson hitting 1 of 2 charity shots with :39 remaining. SPASH's leading scorer on the season, freshman Leah Earnest, missed 2 FT's with 3 seconds remaining, allowing the Tigers to hang on for the 1-pt win.

Marshfield has now won 5 games in a row since regaining the services of junior center Hannah Meverden who missed the Tigers' first 8 games of the season (2-6) with a knee injury suffered last April.

Marshfield hosts WI Rapids Friday night before traveling to Appleton on Saturday to take on D-1 #1-ranked Appleton North in a rematch of last season's D-1 sectional final won by North 56-54.

Marshfield (7-6 overall, 5-1 WI Valley Conf) 56
at SPASH (6-9, 4-3) 55

Final Score

Game Recap & Box Score:
http://www.marshfieldareasports.com/site/?p=51792
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mickjagger
at Marshfield (8-6 Overall, 6-1 WVC) 67
WI Rapids (5-9, 2-6) 47

Final Score

WI Rapids was led in scoring by Maddie Paitel with 13 points and Chani Pulchinski with 8.

The Tigers were led by Ema Fehrenbach with 17 pts, Maddie Nikolai with 15 and Meg Bryan with 12 pts, on the strength of 4 treys.

Next up for Marshfield, a trip to Appleton on Saturday, 1/28, to take on D-1 #1-ranked Appleton North (16-0) in a rematch of last season's D-1 sectional final won by North 56-54.

Game Recap & Box Score:
http://www.marshfieldareasports.com/site/?p=51889
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luv2watchhssports
Congrats to the Everest girls. Third title in the last four years. After a 1-2 start and headed for a third or fourth place finish they rattled off 9 straight conference wins to earn the title outright. They earned it too, they were the only team in the conference to face Meverden and Negaard in both their conference match ups with Marshfield and Point respectively.

Post season time now!!!! Throw the regular season out the window, time to get serious, now the fun really begins. Boy did Marshfield get hosed at the seeding meeting, how do the coaches put them 5th and Chippewa 4th after Marshfield just beat them 4 days earlier in Chippewa. If the coaches don't understand how to seed properly maybe that process should be taken away from them!!!!!!!
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