Marquette girls will have size and quickness
Marquette High School girls Basketball Coach Jim Kettmann and his assistants Courtney Kueter and Miranda Heiar started practice with a solid nucleus of returning letter-winners to improve on last years 17-8 record.
Heading the group will be 5’8” senior 4-yr. starter Teona Richman.
Richman, an All-Conference, All-District athlete, averages near a double-double, scoring 11 ppg, 9 rpg, and 2 spg in her junior season.
Another player, Junior Tori Michel a 6’ starter avg. 7 ppg, 9 rpg and 2 spg. Michel was an honorable mention All-Conference performer.
Other letter-winners in the mix include senior guards Macey Kremer 5’6”, and Lizzy Parker 5’4” and Miranda Peters a 5’10” junior forward that give the Mohawks size in the front court.
Newcomers to watch include: Kelsey Gerlach, a 5’8” forward, Halle Kilburg a 5’3” junior guard and sophomores Delaney Banowetz, Emma Callaghan, Beatrice Kemp, forwards Holly Kremer and Ellie O’Brien.
The Mohawks will have size and quickness and above average defense. The second five will lack experience but will be able to contribute.
“We lost seven seniors, so we need some players to step up and fill leadership roles we lost to graduation,” commented Coach Jim Kettmann.
Bellevue girls to return four starters to floor
Bellevue girls basketball Coach Rick Reeg and assistants Matt Wedeking, Josh Kueter and T.J. Michels have a big number of girls to form their high school teams from. Playing in the tough River Valley Conference, the Comets will have to be at their best every game to match last season’s 19-6 record.
The team does return three starters headed up by 4-year starters; 1st Team All-Conference performer Giana Michels who averages 12 ppg as a junior. Her running mate the other 4-yr starter Kailey Miller leads the defense.
Senior Alyssa Rubel (LW) gives the Comets a fine shooting ability from the perimeter.
The third returning starter is Teresa Paulsen a powerful post player that can score and rebound.
Junior Lindsey Banowetz (athletic player- LW) will give the Comets a solid one-two scoring punch (8ppg).
Newcomers seeking playing time include junior guard Brianna Laughlin and sophomore guards Maddie Schmidt and Juliana Penniston.
“We look to improve on last years success. We have reached the regional finals the last two seasons. It will be tough, but we look to break through for a state berth,” commented Coach Rick Reeg.