Panthers’ Cecka repeats on All-EWC first team

¦ Three Panthers voted to second team all-EWC
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

Senior Rachael Cecka of Plymouth was voted unanimously to the All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball first team by the league coaches for the second straight season.

Also earning All-EWC honors for the Panthers are seniors Rachel Holzhaeuser and Marissa Grapentine and junior Kaily Moegenburg. Grapentine was honorable mention last year. PHS, which finished second in the conference, has a league-high four All-EWC players.

Cecka, a 6-foot forward, was strong all-around in league play. She ranked second in the EWC in rebounding with a 9.3 average per game and tied for fourth in scoring with a 12.1 points-per-game average. She tied for third in steals at 2.6 per contest.

Cecka averaged 1.6 assists per game and shot 35.8 percent overall from the field.

“Rachael had a great year and was very deserving of first-team allconference. She lead us in scoring, boards, steals and assists [for the overall season],” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Rachael is one of the top two or three players in the conference. She was one of the most athletic players I’ve seen in the conference during her four years on the varsity.

“She’s a tough matchup [for opposing defenses]. She can beat you off the dribble and in the post. She is a very good overall player,” Shutter pointed out.

Moegenburg, a 5-11 guard-forward, was sixth in scoring with a 10.5 average. She ranked fourth in field-goal shooting at 51.7 percent, threepoint goals with 14 and three-point accuracy with 37.8 percent.

Moegenburg finished seventh in steals at 2.1 per contest. She averaged 6.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists, and hit 72.2 percent at the free-throw line.

“Kaily received the most votes of anyone on the second team. In my opinion, she was a first teamer. She was second on the team in boards and third in assists,” Shutter.

Holzhaeuser, a 5-8 guard, shared third in the EWC in steals with a 2.6 average. She averaged 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. Holzhaeuser sank seven three-pointers.

“Rachel was third on our team in scoring [overall] at 8.2 points per game. She was our best defender and was a matchup problem for a lot of teams because she could beat you off the dribble or knock in the threepoint shot.

“She had double figures in scoring vs Waupun, Kewaskum, New Holstein and Two Rivers,” Shutter pointed out.

Grapentine tied for third in the EWC in three-point goals with 16, was sixth in three-point shooting at 34.0 percent (16-for-47) and shared sixth in steals with a 2.2 average per game.

She averaged 7.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. Grapentine was a 71.4-percent foul shooter.

“Marissa stepped up and played like a true senior this season. Even though she was not a captain, she really was a leader for us on the court,” said noted Shutter.

“She lead our team in three-pointers made at 22 [for the overall season].”

Shutter was disappointed that Panther senior guard Sophia Kiela didn’t make all-conference.

“Sophia may not have had the stats as some of the other girls in the conference but the things she did for our team this year are invaluable,” he said.

“She is a true leader in every sense of the word and it is a shame the other coaches did not recognize that.”

Kiela led the EWC in free-throw shooting with an impressive 82.1 percent and was second in three-point accuracy at 43.8 (7-for-16). She tied for fifth in steals at 2.4 per game and finished eighth in assists with a 2.1 average.

Senior guard-forward Staci Hasler of conference champion Sheboygan Falls was voted the EWC’s Player of the Year. Hasler, a unanimous first-team selection, led the league in assists at 3.5 per contest and steals with a 3.2 average.

Hasler is on the first team for the second straight year. She ranked third in scoring with a 13.1 average and fourth in rebounding at 8.2 per game, and had 18 blocked shots. Hasler was a second-team pick as a sophomore.

Hasler and Cecka are the only first-team repeaters. Junior post player Mackenzie Walsh of Two Rivers is the other unanimous first-team choice.

Leroy Hamilton, who guided Falls to a 14-0 record, and Two Rivers’ Mike Schultz were voted the league’s Co-Coaches of the Year. Two Rivers went from last place in the EWC a year ago to third this past season.

FINAL EWC STATS

Walesh ranked No. 1 in scoring with a 15.9 average per game and field-goal shooting with an outstanding 70.8 percent.

Paige Birschbach of Campbellsport led in three-point goals with 21.

Marisa Stahl was first in three- point shooting with an excellent 47.4 percent (9-for-19).

All-EWC
Girls Basketball

FIRST TEAM
Staci Hasler, Sheboygan Falls…......Sr.
Mackenzie Walesh, Two Rivers.........Jr.
Rachael Cecka, Plymouth…..........Sr.
Brooke Goehring, Kiel…..……..…....Sr.
Nicole Fenner, Sheboygan Falls…...Sr.
SECOND TEAM
Kaily Moegenburg, Plymouth........Jr.
Alexi Walesh, Two Rivers..................Fr.
Paige Birschbach, Campbellsport….Sr.
Rachel Holzhaeuser, Plymouth.....Sr.
Marissa Grapentine, Plymouth…..Sr.
HONORABLE MENTION
Alexis Lucas, Kiel…..……..…...........Sr.
Kaley Feucht, Campbellsport............Jr.
Tara Zipperer, New Holstein…..........Sr.

Erica Duda, Sheboygan Falls…........Sr.
Kelsey Thompson, Waupun..............Jr.
Mal Kreis, Kewaskum.......................Sr.
Cassie Schweitzer, Kiel…..…...........Fr.
Kayla Bonack, Waupun...................So.
Shannon Miller, Kewaskum…..........Sr.
Tori Zipperer, New Holstein…..........So.
Amber Flasch, Kewaskum…............Sr.
EWC GIRLS BASKETBALL
Final Standings
W L
Sheboygan Falls……….........….14 0
Plymouth………..……...............12 2
Two Rivers..………..….………......9 5
Kiel…………………..............……..8 6
Waupun………………..........….….6 8
Campbellsport…………..…….…..4 10
Kewaskum…………………...........3 11
New Holstein…….………..............0 14


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