Local athletes named to girls basketball all-conference teams
By Paul Lecker
Marshfield’s Michaelis named to WVC first team
Marshfield senior Caitlin Michaelis was a unanimous first-team selection for the third-straight season, and teammates Ellie Kummer and McKayla Scheuer were second-team picks to the 2014-15 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Basketball Team, as voted on by the conference coaches.
Michaelis, who will play collegiately at NCAA Division II Minnesota-Crookston, led Marshfield in scoring at 13.7 points per game, which was tied for fifth in the Valley. She had a league-high 27 3-pointers and led the Tigers in rebounds and assists this season. Her 42 assists were second-best in the conference.
“Caitlin did so much for this team this year, leading in every category,” said Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis, who is Caitlin’s mother. “She is an ultimate competitor and just always cared about one thing, and that was winning games. She was a tremendous leader for us this year. As her mother and coach, I can honestly say I so enjoyed this whole experience.”
Scheuer, a junior, tied for seventh in scoring (11.8 ppg) and led the Valley in 3-point shooting percentage (43.1), making 25 of 58 shots from long-range.
Kummer, a senior who has signed to play for NAIA Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee next season, was ninth in scoring at 11.4 points per game and third in free-throw percentage (79.3 percent).
“Ellie had a tremendous year and proved, especially down the stretch, she could score in bunches,” Heidi Michaelis said. “She competes and works so hard every day and was the best player I’ve ever had at beating kids to a spot to draw charges.
“Makayla shot such a high percentage from deep and (I) always was telling her to shoot more. She was highly respected from the outside but was also a player who could finish in the lane with either her right or left hand. I will look for her next year to lead for us, and she’s ready for that challenge as well.”
D.C. Everest’s Taylor Hodell, Wausau West’s Jasmin Samz, and Wisconsin Rapids’ Victoria Hansen were unanimous first-team selections. Sarah Werner of Stevens Point also was chosen to the first team. All five first-team selections are seniors.
Samz, who led the conference in scoring at 26.8 points per game, was named Player of the Year.
Columbus Catholic’s Trad earns All-Cloverbelt East honor
Marshfield Columbus Catholic junior Jess Trad was among the six first-team selections to the 2014-15 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball team.
Trad, a second-team pick last year as a sophomore, led the Dons in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game.
Abby Baierl, a junior for the Dons, was a second-team selection after setting a school-record for made 3-pointers in a season.
“Jess is a very dynamic offensive player and has the ability to knock down 3-pointers as well as take the ball to the basket,” Columbus Catholic coach Bryan DeVries said. “Abby is a very complete player who contributes significantly in our press and zone defense as well as being an exceptional shooter.”
Owen-Withee senior Stephany Heggemeier was named Player of the Year. She was joined on the first team by Trad; teammate Whitney Baehr, a junior; Loyal senior Missy Benz and sophomore Karsyn Rueth; and Neillsville junior Dani Pfeiffer.
Spencer junior Nadia King was an honorable mention choice, the only all-conference pick for the Rockets.
Auburndale, Stratford nab All-Marawood South selections
All five Auburndale starters and three players from Stratford were among those named to the 2014-15 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team.
Auburndale junior Taylor Gotz was a first-team selection, while teammates Shannon Yahnke and Paiton Richardson were named to the second team. Allison Linzmeier and Cheyenne Karl earned honorable mention accolades.
Gotz and Yahnke each averaged 12 points per game, and Gotz was second in the conference in rebounding at 6.6 per contest.
“Taylor always gives great effort with relentless energy and has a great mindset,” Auburndale coach Scott Meidl said. “Shannon was a dominant force inside who has improved throughout her four years on varsity. She has a great attitude and is a leader on and off the court. Paiton’s ability to come off the bench and play like a starter allowed us to continue to be dominant inside throughout the game.”
Stratford junior Macie Frueh was a second-team pick, and fellow juniors Tianna Hughes and Savannah Schillinger were honorable mention choices. Frueh was third in the conference in scoring at 13.3 points per game.
Marathon’s Emily Kind and Morgan Rachu and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption’s Gena Grundhoffer and Macie Zurfluh were also chosen to the first team. Grundhoffer was named Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring at 20.6 points per game.
2014-15 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Basketball Team
First team: *Taylor Hodell, sr., D.C. Everest; *Caitlin Michaelis, sr., Marshfield; *Jasmin Samz, sr., Wausau West; *Victoria Hansen, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Sarah Warner, sr., Stevens Point. (*Unanimous selection)
Second team: Ellie Kummer, sr., Marshfield; Maggie Negaard, fr., Stevens Point; McKayla Scheuer, jr., Marshfield; Mackenzie Mathies, sr., D.C. Everest; Haley Kroll, sr., D.C. Everest; Taylor Petit, fr., D.C. Everest; Abby Bohanski, sr., Stevens Point.
Honorable mention: Makayla Pagel, sr., D.C. Everest; Hannah Tipple, sr., D.C. Everest; Mariah Turenne, sr., Merrill; Kendra Lysne, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Hannah Euting, sr., Wausau East; Jessyka Wiskofske, sr., Wausau West.
Player of the Year: Jasmin Samz, Wausau West.
2014-15 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Girls Basketball Team
First team: Jess Trad, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Missy Benz, sr., Loyal; Karsyn Rueth, so., Loyal; Dani Pfeiffer, jr., Neillsville; Stephany Heggemeier, sr., Owen-Withee; Whitney Baehr, jr., Owen-Withee.
Second team: Samantha Hayes, jr., Colby; Abby Baierl, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Devyn Schoonover, jr., Loyal; Taylor Henchen, sr., Neillsville; Chelsea Opelt, sr., Neillsville; Hayley Bunnell, sr., Owen-Withee.
Honorable mention: Jenna Jicinsky, jr., Colby; Haylee Geiger, jr., Colby; Makaylen Skabroud, sr., Gilman; Alanna Dix, sr., Granton; Morgan Reinwand, so., Loyal; Jaylen Young, sr., Loyal; Sydney Miller, sr., Neillsville; Nadia King, jr., Spencer.
2014-15 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team
First team: *Gena Grundhoffer, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; *Macie Zurfluh, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Taylor Gotz, jr., Auburndale; *Emily Kind, sr., Marathon; Morgan Rachu, jr., Marathon. (*unanimous selection)
Second team: Shannon Yahnke, sr., Auburndale; Paiton Richardson, jr., Auburndale; Natasha Hanke, jr., Marathon; Caitlin Deaton, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Macie Frueh, jr., Stratford.
Honorable mention: Autumn Linzmeier, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Olivia Skibba, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Cheyenne Karl, sr., Auburndale; Allison Linzmeier, jr., Auburndale; Julia Anderson, jr., Marathon; Olivia Meurette, jr., Marathon; Lauren Fech, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Laura Beilke, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Hannah Kloehn, jr., Northland Lutheran; Rebeka Edelburg, jr., Northland Lutheran; Jenna Hughes, jr., Pittsville; Kari Beckman, sr., Pittsville; Tianna Hughes, jr., Stratford; Savannah Schillinger, jr., Stratford.
Player of the Year: Gena Grundhoffer, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.
Coach of the Year: Jeff Schneider, Marathon.