Thursday, August 21, 2008

Will the Crusaders Edge Out the Blue Devils: A Preview of Division Two Sectional Three

There will be at least one team at the Resch in '08 that wasn't there last fall. And it will be from this sectional. That's because Waupun, last's year's representative, has moved on to sectional two. So who will take their place in Green Bay? Edgewood and Greendale should be strong contenders, but one of those two won't even make the sectional finals. How about Lodi? Or Edgewood? This is clearly one of the more fascinating regionals to ponder. So let's start pondering.


Contenders: Lodi, Portage, Prairie du Chien, Reedsburg Area, Richland Center, River Valley and Wisconsin Dells.

Top Finisher Last Year: Richland Center lost to Waupun in a sectional semifinal.

Random Notes: River Valley senior outside Jordana Stuntebeck is no stranger to the Resch, having played in the state tournament as a freshman. Lodi features senior outside hitter and SIU-Edwardsville recruit Danielle Cushley, as well as senior defensive standouts Brooke Nichols and Maddie Reed. Junior right side Marla Mulcahy will also be a force for Lodi. Reedsburg will feature senior setter Katy Schulenberg and first team Badger North performer TeAnn Harms.


Contenders: Brodhead, Dodgeville, Edgerton, Evansville, Monroe, Mount Horeb and Platteville.

Top Finisher Last Year: Brodhead lost to Lodi in a regional final.

Random Notes: Senior setter Kaitlyn Hinrichs will run Moun Horeb's offense. Monroe has 6'2" junior middle Jamie Armstrong.
Contenders: Columbus, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Lake Mills, Lakeside Lutheran, Madison Edgewood and McFarland

Top Finisher Last Year: Edgewood lost to Waupun in the sectional final.

Random Notes: Lakeside Lutheran will turn to junior Jenna Luisier and seniors Jennifer Draeger and Mackenzie Krentz. Madison Edgewood will counter with several talented sophomores, including setter Olivia Dittmann, and outsides Paige Kuypers and Ashley Ring. Another Ring in the mix is senior outside hitter and Northern Michigan recruit Andree Ring.


Contenders: Big Foot, Delavan-Darien, East Troy, Greendale, Union Grove, Whitewater
and Whitnall

Top Finisher Last Year: Big Foot and Greendale advanced to sectional semifinals.

Random Notes: Greendale will make its run at the Resch behind the leadership of senior Morgan Mutranowski and junior Zoe Blankenmeyer. Don't count out Delavan-Darien, which features senior middle and Colorado State recruit Lisa Parlich. Mary Neuendorf will be a key performer for Whitnall.

Our Prediction: Madison Edgewood over Lodi in four.

Next Up: Girls Division Two Sectional Four


Anonymous said...

iiMorgan Kuhn is from Dodgeland H.S. (D3, Sectional 3) not Dodgeville.

VBuberalles said...

Yeah, we knew that. It was 12:30 a.m. The US men were in a terrific semifinal battle with Russia on TV. The sun was in our eyes, etc., etc. Thanks for the copy editing help. We'll change accordingly.

Anonymous said...

I think Fort Atkinson could be a sleeper in this sectional. They started 4 soph and 1 freshman last year. The move to the Badger south Conference this year will only help. Their setter I believe her name is Cassidy Lyons is very good. They also have a very good OH.

VBuberalles said...

We were e-mailed the comment below regarding McFarland:

"McFarland might surprise a few people in the new conference with Youngstown state recruit setter Angie Roidt, OH Cassie Shanks from WI Select 18 and a freshman setter Wi Select 14 along with RS Melissa Wilcosz from Wi Select 16."

Thanks for the e-mail. Sorry we overlooked McFarland. We'll update the post above with this information ASAP. (Side Note: This is another example of why you should never try to write posts during an Olympic semifinal match at 12:30 in the morning.)