GBBall Newman vs. Lake Mills 10

Lake Mills' Laura Knudtson, right, drives to the basket as Newman Catholic's Lily Castle defends during a game last season.

CHRIS ZOELLER, The Globe Gazette


Coach: Michael Ford is in his seventh season.

2016-17 record: 18-5 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Abbey Holmes, soph. Aliyah Buscher, soph. Nicole Smidt, jr. Emma Hjelle, sr. Emily Deal, sr. Baylyn Johnson, jr.

Other contributors: Brooke Fonley, sr. Faith Miller, sr. Ari Prothman, jr. Kate Beenken, jr. Halie Lovstad, jr. Molly McCauley, soph. Kam Etherington, soph. Ashlin Young, soph. Jaclyn Reding, soph. Bennita Geving, soph. Shaylynn Knapp, soph.

Coach’s comments: “We’re hoping to be a deep, athletic and unselfish team as we blend in new players. We will focus on defending and rebounding since we won’t be as tall as most of the teams we play.”


2016-17 record: 5-16 overall.

Key returnees: Haley Berminio, soph.

Other contributors: Hannah Jones, fr. Vanessa Naranjo, fr. Vade Negrete, soph. Madison Barrus, fr. Emma Cox, sr. Jazmyn Gomez, fr. Josie Bloemke, fr. Addison McMurray, fr. Leslie Carlus, soph. Maddie Dougherty, fr. Allison Noland, jr.


Coach: Brandon Schwab is in his seventh season at Garrigan.

2016-17 record: 16-7 overall. regional semifinalist.

Returning letterwinners: Jenna Boelter, sr., G. Grace McGuire, sr., F. Whitney Hovey, sr., G. Caitlin Thilges, sr., F. Alisa Altman, sr., G. Madison Meister, soph., G.

Other contributors: Kaylyn Meyers, fr., G. Katie Noonan, soph., G.

Coach’s comments: “We return four of five starters with some very talented youth coming in. The conference will be as tough as it has ever been and one of the toughest leagues in the entire area.”


2016-17 record: 1-18 overall.

Key returnees: Stephanie Castro, soph. Kassidy State, sr. Jenifer Rameriz, soph. Kyra Miller, soph. Lyah Murray, sr. Erin Heldenbrand, soph.

Other contributors: Tori Ciaramataro, jr. Emil Gage, fr. Delaney Peil, jr. Sora Rodriiguez, soph. Nadia Peinke, soph. Reyna Salazar, soph.


Coach: B.J. Fessler is in his first year.

2016-17 record: 14-9 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Kaylee Parks, sr., G. Morgan Kelley, sr.

Other contributors: Hannah Ausenhus, jr. Anna Dietrich, sr. Jadyn Shonka, sr. Brooke Mueller, sr. Malorie Yezek, sr. Ava Shafer, sr. Madison Dutka, jr. Mackenzie Lohman, jr.

Coach’s comments: “I am very excited to start my coaching career with a talented and fun group of seniors. We have high hopes for the upcoming season and can’t wait to get started.”


2016-17 record: 1-20 overall.

Key returnees: Lynn Hoeft, soph. Mackenzey Bilharz, soph. Peyton Reams, sr. Kara Hoffman, jr. Whitney Martin, jr. Olyvia Zuspan, soph. Troi Mayhorn, jr. Marissa Deeter, sr. Cinnamon Evans, jr. Jodie Sindlinger, jr. Lauren Connell, soph.


Coach: Bart Smith is in his seventh season.

2016-17 record: 21-4 overall. NCC champion. Class 3A state qualifier.

Key returnees: Sara Faber, soph. Julia Merfeld, soph. Chloe Mueller, sr. Gretchen Jones, sr. Lexi Fasbender, soph. Jordyn Barragy, sr. Taylor Krull, soph. Mikayla Vanderploeg, jr. Rowan Fread, jr.

Other contributors: Chelsey Holck, fr. Ali Maulsby, fr. Zoey Fasbender, fr.

Coach's comments: "We have experience returning off of a state tourney run from last year which can get you off on the right start to the season. We will have to get more balanced scoring. Last year we had a nearly twenty point per game player in Emily (Snelling) and so we have to have girls step up and contribute to pick up the scoring."


Coach: Dusty Meyn is in his ninth season.

2016-17: 17-7 overall. Top of Iowa Conference West Division champion.

Returning letterwinners: Hannah Anderson, sr., G. Brea Dillavou, sr., P/G. Callie McQuown, sr., P. Becca Seglem, sr. P. Kelsey Koch, jr., G. Noelle Jones, jr., G. Kallista Larson, soph., P.

Other contributors: Kalin Knudtson, jr., P. Natalie Moore, jr., G. Erin Caylor, soph., G. Melissa Wilson, soph., G.

Coach’s comments: “We are returning an experienced group of girls from last year’s team. We accomplished a lot of goals last year and we are looking to expand them this year.”


Coach: Matt Erpelding is in his seventh season.

2016-17 record: 8-14 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Jillian Heitland, sr., G/F. Mara Anderson, jr., F. Maddie Williams, jr., G. Jade Hanson, jr., F. Sadie Oulman, jr., F.

Other contributors: Taylor Boggs, Macey Spilman, Nicole Upmeyer, Jenna Hanson, MyKenzie Darg, Vanessa Olsen, Kelsey Watson, Jayden Frank, Morgan Ryerson, Rachel Hejlik, Allison Blizzard, Lorna Whelan, Jazmin Devora.

Coach’s comments: “We have a huge statistical void to fill from last year. All retruning players will need to take their games to a higher level is we are going to be successful.”


2016-17 record: 11-10 overall.

Key returnees: Dakota Sliter, sr. Patty Teggatz, sr. Halie Dombrowski, sr. Courtney Miller, soph. Maci Arjes, soph. Kaci Arjes, soph. Ally Hanson, sr. Claire Wragge, soph. Brianna Grover, soph. Paige Springer, jr.


Coach: Thad Evans is in fifth season as head coach.

2016-17 record: 14-9 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Laura Knudtson, sr. G. Becca Evans, sr. F. Teah Kesler, sr. G. Jade Gasteiger, sr. G. Audrey Casperson, jr., G. Jessa Gasteiger, soph., G.

Other contributors: Hannah Hanson, jr. F. Faith Cox, jr. G.

Coach’s comments: “We have the potential to compete with anyone on our schedule with a very solid core of returning players. How we can fill the experience we lost from two seniors will determine how good we can be.”


Coach: Curt Klaahsen.

2016-17 record: 11-12 overall.

Key returnees: Megan Meyer, jr. Hannah Faktor, sr. Anna Lensing, jr. Autum Anderson, sr. Ali Rood, soph., Anna Deets, soph. Megan Hollander, jr.p Sami Miller, soph. Meredith McGee, jr. Jaeda Whitner, soph.


Coach: Mike Schutt is in his 12th season.

2016-17 record: 11-12 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Maria Determan, sr., PG. Peyton Olson, sr., SG. Paige Walker, sr., F. McKenzie Sullivan, jr., G. Emma Verstegen, jr., P. Macy Alexander, jr., P. Lily Castle, soph., G. Kailah Thompson, soph., G. Hailey Worman, soph., G. Paige Leininger, soph., F.

Other contributors: Faith Wadle, fr., P. Kealan Curley, fr., W.

Coach’s comments: “We are hoping to build on a strong finish to last season. We have good athletes and good shooters, so we hope to utilize those two things to our advantage.”


2016-17 record: 3-19 overall.

Key returnees: Danessa Bruner, soph. Rachel Schutter, sr. Hannah Main, soph. Kenzy Jensvold, soph. Katelin Adams, soph. Rebekah Jensvold, sr. Samantha Stenersen, soph.

Other contributors: Mia Blodgett, soph. Ester Shortenhaus, soph. Harlie Lawson, soph. Hannah Boekelman, fr. Ella Hughes, soph.


Coach: Daryl Love is in his 16th season.

2016-17 record: 10-13 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Dusti Bratrud, sr., F. Laura Hopperstad, jr., G. Josie Einertson, jr., G.

Other contributors: Paige Oleson, sr. Morgan Johnson, sr. Brianna Hepperly, sr. Hailey Hepperly, sr. Julia Quisley, jr. Alli Carman, jr. Ciara Davidson, soph. Jaela Parks, soph. Lindsey Davidson, soph.

Coach’s comments: “The girls are working hard and have a great attitude so far in practice. I know they will give their best night and night out to make us a more competitive team.”


Coach: Chad Erickson is in his 16th season.

2016-17 record: 17-5 overall. Top of Iowa Conference East Division co-champion.

Returning letterwinners: Brenna Jacobs, sr., G. Madi Johnson, sr., P. Gabby Schwarting, sr., G. Jacy Hovde, sr., G. Rylie Olson, jr., G. Jenna Plotzke, jr., P. Mia Knudsen, soph., G. Melanie Bye, soph., G. Sidney Brandau, soph., P.

Other contributors: Libby Schwamman, soph., P. Dani Johnson, fr., G. Sydney Midlang, jr., P.

Coach’s comments: “We bring back a lot of experience from a year ago. Most of our scoring from last year returns. We expect to compete for a conference championship and to go back to the state tournament.”


Coach: Darcy Fair and Kelly Houser.

2016-17 record: 6-17 overall.

Returning letterwinners: Sarah Harken, sr. Julila Klaes, jr. Aby Adams, jr.

Other contributors: Abby Marr, Brynn Hemann, Allie Bigley, Kaelea Lewis, Josie Gansen.

Coach’s comments: “2017-18 will be a building year for us. We only have four upperclass players and two sophomores. Our roster will be rounded out with 10 freshmen.”


Coach: Blake Hansen is in his ninth season.

2016-17 record: 20-4 overall. Top of Iowa Conference East Division co-champion. regional finalist.

Returning letterwinner: Morgan Thieman, jr.

Others expected to contribute: Jenna Paulus, jr. Jamie Schuster, jr. Jayden Jorgensen, jr. Olivia Harden, sr. Colbie Schmitt, sr. Kayla Carroll, soph., Sierra Kuhlers, soph., Amber Reams, soph., Olivia Staudt, soph.

Coach’s comments: “We are inexperienced and will need to get up to speed quickly. We will have to limit the mistakes and be mentally tough.”


2016-17 record: 4-18 overall.

Key returnees: Hannah Patterson, so. Jadyn Anderson, jr. Sam Hemann, jr. Tanyon Schutjer, jr., Molly Jenkins, jr. Elizabeth Jenkins, jr.


2016-17 record: 16-7 overall.

Key returnees: Alli Arndt, sr. McKenna Weaver, jr. Kennedy Maske, sr. Rachael Jones, jr. Alyssa Barkema, jr. Morgan Meier, jr. Lexi Jones, sr. Payton Kuhlmeier, sr. Jacqlyn Caspers, sr. Sammie Washington, jr. Emily Caspers, soph. Lauren Trewin, jr.


2016-17 record: 19-4 overall.

Key returnees: Madison Eisenman, soph. Mahayla Faust, soph. Riley Hiscocks, soph. Sydney Burgardt, sr. Kelly Leerar, sr. Sydney Hudspeth, sr. Gabby Bell, jr. Amanda Chizek, soph.

Other contributors: Carlee Bruns, fr. Emmaly Fields, fr. Autumn Hildebrand, fr. Ann Horstman, fr. Aileen Lechuga, fr. Shae Smith, fr. Marissa Eekhoff, soph. Rachel Leerar, fr.


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