Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Will the Ships Sail All the Way to the Resch: A Preview of Division One Sectional Two

Moving now to the second sectional in division one, we'll start with an apology: It's well past midnight so we're almost certain we've made a flaw or two (or three or four or five) in this preview. But enough about our ineptitude. On with the preview. There are 15 teams vying for one coveted spot at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. That's right, Ashwaubenon. Since we're covering the Green Bay area, we thought it only appropriate to be precise with the location of the Resch. So which team will be Ashwaubenon-bound?

Contenders: Appleton East, Appleton North, Appleton West, Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, De Pere, Green Bay East, Green Bay Preble, Green Bay Southwest, Green Bay West, Kaukauna, Kimberly, Manitowoc Lincoln, Pulaski and Shawano Community.

Top Finishers Last Year: Kaukauna defeated Shawano in the sectional final. Both Manitowoc Lincoln and De Pere reached sectional semifinals.

Random Notes: Kaukauna graduated all four of the players last year who had triple-digit kills, including Holly Wall's 404. Both setters, however, return: Sophomore McKinzie Freimuth had 530 assists last year and junior Leah Van Zeeland had 351. Junior middles Cami Schneider and Kayla Schuh should get plenty of swings.

Unlike Kaukauna, Kimberly had only one '08 on last year's roster. This fall, senior setter/middle Megan Meier will lead a much more experienced team, which should get key contributions from senior middle Taylor Schaefer and junior outside Carly Christians, as well as others.

Manitowoc Lincoln will be led by junior Courtney Mrotek who was honorable mention all-state in 2007. Stephanie Decker and Genna McLaughlin should also contribute for the Ships in their senior year.

De Pere will be led by senior middle Adrian Ritchie, who has apparently verbaled for basketball to UW-Green Bay.

Our Prediction: Manitowoc Lincoln over Kimberly in five.

Next Up: Girls Division One Sectional Three

1 comment:

VBuberalles said...

We received a comment to this post that we've decided not to publish. Basically, the commenter disagreed with our selection of Kimberly as a sectional finalist. Only time will tell. Needless to say, if the commenter does prove to be correct, we're guessing it won't be the only sectional in the state that we've guessed wrong.