MAC GIRLS BASKETBALL PREVIEW

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After 24 seasons at the helm of the Delphos St. John’s Blue Jays, coach Dan J. Grothouse has had teams at both ends of the spectrum. Last season’s 9-15 record and 1-8 in the Midwest Conference is not the end of the spectrum the Blue Jays are accustomed.


The good news for the Blue Jays is the return of seven letterwinners including four seniors. Amanda Boberg (5-foot-7), Erica Saine (5-9), Brooke Zuber (5-6) and Emilie Fischbach (5-4) look to turn around the fortunes of St. John’s. Saine and Fischbach are two-year letterwinners.


Juniors Rebekah Fischer and Tara Vorst lettered last season. Sophomore Sydney Fischbach was a varsity player last season while classmates Lexi Hays and Rachel Pohlman will make the jump from JV to varsity this season. Freshman Jessica Geise is expected to contribute as well.


The Blue Jays will play a motion offense and a man-to-man defense. The key for the Blue Jays will be consistency.


“Consistency on offense with scoring opportunities,” Grothouse said. “Consistency playing with the competitiveness and confidence you need every time you step on the court.”


In addition to the rugged MAC schedule, the Blue Jays face perennial powers Ottoville, Crestview, Ottawa-Glandorf, Bath, Kalida and Lima Central Catholic in non-league action.


NOTE: All capsule information was supplied by the coaches. Any team not listed did not supply its information by the deadline.


ST. HENRY


Coach: Kurt Huelsman


Years, record at school: 1, 10-13


Last year’s record: 10-13, 3-6 MAC


Division: IV


Letterwinners: Ally Mikesell (5-8, Sr., forward), Taylor Koesters (5-7, Sr., guard), Olivia Stahl (5-10, Jr., forward), Taylor Siegrist (5-8, Jr., forward)


Top newcomers: Alyssa Mescher (5-10, Jr., center/forward), Megan Post (5-11, Jr., center/forward), Carli Rindler (5-7, Jr., forward), Liz Uhlenhake (5-7, Jr., guard), Cara Brockman (5-5, So., guard)


Season outlook: If the backcourt can handle the pressure, limit turnovers and get the ball to the post players, the Redskins have a chance to get above .500. According to Huelsman: “We had two experienced seniors (Mikesell and Koesters) that played a lot of minutes last year. We also have great underclassmen that compete and push each other every day.”


MARION LOCAL


Coach: Treva Fortkamp


Years: 16


Last year’s record: 18-7


Division: IV


Letterwinners: Brooke Winner (5-10, Sr., forward/center), Kristi Moorman (5-8, Sr., guard/forward), Allie Thobe (5-6, Jr., guard), Caduce Jacobs (5-10, Jr., guard/forward), Emily Bombaot (5-7, Jr., guard)


Top newcomers: Rachel Rohr (5-7, Jr., guard), Emily Mescher (6-0, So., center), Meredith Moeller (5-7, Jr., forward), Rose Beining (5-8, So., guard), Allie Pruetu (5-7, So., guard), Lexi Wilker (5-7, Jr., guard)


Season outlook: After making it to the regional tournament last season the Flyers hope to take the next step this season. With a motion offense and man-to-man defense Marion Local will need the newcomers to step up and fill in the voids left from last season.


PARKWAY


Coach: Lynn Hughes


Years: 2


Last year’s record: 3-20, 0-9 MAC


Division: III


Letterwinners: Cami Hellwarth (5-11, Sr., guard), Sierra Fent (5-11, Sr., center), Terra Walls (5-7, Jr., center/forward), Raegen Bransteter (5-8, Sr., guard), Lydia Heindel (5-8, Jr., forward), Kayla Walls (5-3, Jr., guard)


Top newcomers: Sarah Gehron (5-5, Fr., Guard), Kaylee Heckler (5-6, Jr., Guard/Forward)


Season outlook: The Panthers will look to get better behind the return four starters and six letterwinners. “We will look to run with basketball this year and get easy baskets,” Hughes said. “Our league will be very tough again this year. We need to work hard on getting defensive stops and be a strong rebounding team.”


NEW KNOXVILLE


Coach: Tim Hegemier


Years, record at school: 8, 127-58


Last year’s record: 19-4, 8-1 MAC


Division: IV


Letterwinners: Haley Horstman (5-8, Sr., point guard), Paige Lehman (5-10, Sr., center), Kalyn Schroer (5-3, Jr., guard), Cailin Magoto (5-3, Jr., guard), Meg Reineke (5-9, Jr., forward), Madison Lammers (5-9, So., center), Abi Lageman (5-6, So., forward)


Top newcomers: Kenzie Schroer (5-8, Fr., point guard)


Season outlook: Eight returning letterwinners and all starters return from last season’s 19-4 team that won a share of the MAC. The Rangers will play a solid defense and will run the floor. According to Hegemier: “(We are) looking to better our record from last season and to compete for the league championship.”


NEW BREMEN


Coach: Chris Burden


Years, record at school: 2, 11-12


Last year’s record: 11-12, 3-6 MAC


Division: IV


Letterwinners: Melissa Thieman (5-11, Sr., forward) Karli Jones (5-7, Sr., guard/forward), Janelle Elking (5-8, Sr., guard)


Top newcomers: Kim Brown (5-10, Sr., center), Debbie Paul (5-8, So., forward), Alyse Clune (5-6, So., guard), Rosie Westerbeck (5-8, Fr., guard/forward)


Season outlook: The Cardinals do not have a lot of experience returning so getting used to the fast paced of varsity basketball will be important if they are to get north of .500. “New Bremen will play mainly man to man defense and look to create turnovers and turn them into easy buckets,” Burden said. “It is key to get off to a good start with a lot of young players playing.”


MINSTER


Coach: Nann Stechschulte


Years, record at school: 24, 380-177


Last year’s record: 17-8, 7-2 MAC


Division: IV


Letterwinners: Hannah Sherman (5-11 Sr., post), Kathy Prenger (5-8, Sr., forward), Alexis Wuebker (5-7, Jr., guard/forward), Logan Arnold (5-8, Jr., guard/forward), Taylor Trego (5-2, Jr., guard), Claire Fischer (5-7, Sr., guard), Kayla Richard (5-6, Sr., guard)


Top newcomers: Lauren Roetgerman (5-9, Jr., Guard/forward), Alicia Arling (5-10, Jr., post), Mariah McKenzie (5-6, Jr., guard), Marissa Luthman (5-10, Jr., post)


Season outlook: The Wildcats have a strong nucleus and newcomers that went 19-2 as a JV team last season. Getting better in every aspect of the game is what Stechschulte wants from her team. Offensively Minter will be up tempo and on the defensive side expect a high pressure man-to-man attack.


COLDWATER


Coach: Nick Fisher


Years, record at school: 11


Last year’s record: 13-10, 4-5 MAC


Division: III


Letterwinners: Ali Dues (6-0, Sr., forward), Joelle Hemmelgarn (5-7, Sr., guard), Meg Klosterman (5-6, Sr., guard), Karla Borgerding (5-8, Sr., guard), Sarah Kanney (5-7, Jr., guard), Brooke Welsch (5-9, Jr., guard/forward), Hannah Bruns (5-10, Jr., forward)


Top newcomers: Lauren Leugers (5-9, Jr., guard/forward), Denise Schwieterman (6-2, So., forward), Erica Sudhoff (5-7, Jr., guard)


Season outlook: The Cavaliers return seven starters including their top three scorers from last season. “We will look to play solid defense and try and use our size to our advantage,” Fisher said. “We need to work on handling the ball and taking care of offensive possessions.”


Delphos St. John’s


Coach: Dan J. Grothouse


Years, record at school: 24, 353-197


Last year’s record: 9-15, 1-8


Division: IV


Letterwinners: Amanda Boberg (5-7, Sr.), Erica Saine (5-9, Sr.), Brooke Zuber (5-6, Sr.), Emilie Fischbach (5-4, Sr.), Rebekah Fischer (5-5, Jr.), Tara Vorst (5-7, Jr.), Sydney Fischbach (5-11, So.)


Top newcomers: Lexi Hays (5-9, So.), Rachel Pohlman (5-5, So.), Jessica Geise (5-9, Fr.)


Season outlook: The key for the Blue Jays will be consistency. If they have it they will compete in the very difficult Midwest Athletic Conference. If they struggle to find consistency they will likely struggle in the MAC.

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