Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Will the Hilltoppers Prove Untop-able: A Preview of Girls Division Four Sectional Four

We conclude our girls D4 previews with a look at what many would argue is the most talented sectional of the bunch. It does, after all, feature two NCAA D1 recruits in first-team all-state middle Carol Henney of Catholic Central (Marquette) and second-team all-state middle Elizabeth Egerer of Sheboygan County Christian (Michigan State). And that's just the beginning. Here's how the rest of the sectional shapes up.


Contenders: Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah, Gibraltar, Green Bay NEW Lutheran, Hilbert, Kohler, Sheboygan County Christian, Stockbridge and Valley Christian

Top Finisher Last Year: Green Bay NEW Lutheran lost to Catholic Central in the state semifinal.

Random Notes: The Green Bay NEW Lutheran Blazers will return plenty of senior leadership, including libero Kalin Zimmerman, right side Bethany Froelich and middle Meghan Prost. Sophomore Valerie Mielke could take over some of the setting duties. Sheboygan County Christian will counter with the aforementioned Liz Egerer (4.5 kills per game in '07) and junior setter Ellie DeMaster who put up 448 assists last year. Another team that could contend is Valley Christian with junior Alyssa Frees (90 blocks in '97), senior Courtney Jonas (another 64 blocks) and senior setter Carolyn Bauknecht (553 assists).


Contenders: Central Wisconsin Christian, Hustisford, Lake Country Lutheran, Living Word Lutheran, Parkway Christian Academy, Randolph, University Lake School

Top Finisher Last Year: Randolph lost to Sheboygan Christian in a sectional semifinal.

Random Notes: Hustisford senior Shyla Kuehl had 128 kills last year. Central Wisconsin Christian junior Jamie Kok had 110 kills in '07. Lake Country Lutheran features senior setter Carly Mohr and her 530 assists, as well as senior libero Ali Sonderman.


Contenders: Abundant Life Christian, Cambria-Friesland, Fall River, Green Lake, Johnson Creek, Princeton, Rio

Top Finisher Last Year: Cambria-Friesland lost to Randolph in a regional final.

Random Notes: Senior Brittany Bylsma of Cambria-Friesland had 48 blocks last year and sophomore Arianna Wiersma had 227 kills, making them a potential front-runner in this regional. Johnson Creek graduated the powerful one-two combo of Kiara Lemminger and current UW-Whitewater freshman Stacy Draeger, but junior Ashley Rome and her 204 kills are back for another season.


Contenders: Albany, Black Hawk, Catholic Central, Faith Christian, Juda, Monticello and
Williams Bay

Top Finisher Last Year: Catholic Central won the state championship.

Random Notes: It will likely come down to Williams Bay and Catholic Central (and then just Catholic Central). In addition to Henney, the Hilltoppers will have all-state middle Samantha Oldenburg racking up kills. Outside senior Michelle Smith and outside junior Kelli Smith will also get plenty of swings. Senior Keena Schneider returns to set again in '08. She had more than 1,000 assists last year.

Our prediction: Catholic Central over Sheboygan County Christian in four.

Tomorrow: Girls Division Three Sectional One

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