Young Resorters have promising future

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – A very young Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah girls basketball team had a rough 2012-13 campaign, record-wise, but gained valuable experience to build on for next season.

The Resorters, who had four freshmen and only two seniors on their roster, finished only 5-18 overall (3-13 in the Central Lakeshore Conference) but were competitive in several games. Elkhart, which had just one starter back from last year, lost eight games by only six or less points.

“We did show improvement this year and gained valuable experience for the future. Most of the games were very competitive,” said Resorter head coach Donny Kulow.

“They brought energy to practice and during games. We built a foundation to work from.

“You bring young players up to fill spots or a need at a position, and because of our numbers they were put to the test from the first practice to the first game. You try and get them the experience that first year. We did that and were competitive,” Kulow said.

He pointed out bright spots from the past season and areas that need improvement.

“They have a great upside to them. We have guard play and players in the post. We need to get better at parts of our game [shooting, defense, rebounding],” said Kulow.

“We need to keep getting better and improve but it is a nice start. We need to find more depth. We did have our challenges this season – our ups and downs.

“We are looking for leadership, and someone or individuals to lean on and take us to that next level. I hope someone will step up this offseason,” the coach said.

Kulow commended several players for their performances this past season.

“All the players showed improvement. Some it took a little more time to get used to the varsity game and style,” he said.

“Rachael Flora, as a freshman, got to go up against two great post players in the area [Abby Van Stelle of Oostburg and Hayley Rickmeier, Howards Grove] and learned how to play physical.

“Emily Holzmann [guard] showed signs and learned that the speed of the varsity game is a lot quicker than middle school. She has a very good work ethic and will keep getting better,” Kulow observed.

“Mariah Ausloos [guard-forward] is that one player every coach loves to have. She plays hard, is physical, is versatile and is a gym rat.

“Ashley Pfeifer [guard] will be asked to lead this team [next season]. This could be that year she puts it all together. She is very capable of doing that.

“Emma Feldmann [guard-forward] has all the natural ability and size to be an excellent basketball player. She needs to find that drive and feed off that. She could take over a game, if she puts her mind to it,” said the coach.

The Resorters earned an upset win, 65-62, in double-overtime at Sheboygan Lutheran in a Division 5 regional first-round game. The victory gave Elkhart a huge boost.

“We had so many opportunities to win games this year and just came up short. Going on the road and getting a win shows that they can get the job done. It should motivate them. I think it could be a special group,” Kulow said.

Elkhart lost to Oneida Nation in the regional semifinals.

Kulow thanked his coaching staff for their hard work, and the team managers, school and parents for their support this past season. The coaches included Keith Knepfel (junior varsity coach), Barry Feldmann (JV/varsity assistant coach) and former Resorters Stephanie Knepfel and Becca Hembel (varsity assistant coaches).

Looking ahead to next season, Kulow emphasized the need to work hard in the off-season to improve.

“We have room for improvement. We just have to work harder than the rest and keep moving forward to reach our goals,” said Kulow.

“All the top players are back. We need to find a couple of players to fill certain roles on the team. You can always use depth, that makes practices more intense.

“They will need to make a commitment on getting better and stronger. The talent is there, they just need to put in the time and play as a team. We need to build off the positives from this season,” he said.

AWARDS, FINAL STATS

Ausloos, an All-CLC secondteam pick, led the Resorters in scoring with a 9.7 points-per-game average; three-point goals, 17; and rebounding, 7.2 average.

Pfeifer, an All-CLC honorablemention selection, paced Elkhart in assists and steals with averages of 2.3 and 3.6 per contest, respectively. Feldmann led in blocked shots with 40 (1.7 average).

The Resorters’ varsity letter winners include senior captains Emily Grunewald and Mikayla Scholten, senior manager Emma Gross, juniors Pfeifer, Aryanna Klemme, Kelly Theel and manager Miranda Sippel, sophomore Ausloos and freshmen Holzmann, Feldmann and Flora.

FINAL ELKHART LAKE-GLENBEULAH
GIRLS BASKETBALL STATISTICS
Scoring Leaders

Pts. Avg.
Mariah Ausloos………....….214 9.7
Ashley Pfeifer……...............170 7.4
Rebounding Leaders
No. Avg.
Ausloos……………...............159 7.2
Rachael Flora……....….........116 5.0
Steal Leaders
No. Avg.
Pfeifer…………..............….....83 3.6
Ausloos……...….....................70 3.2
Assist Leaders
No. Avg.
Pfeifer……….…….............….52 2.3
Emily Holzmann………..........42 1.8
Blocked-Shot Leaders
No. Avg.
Emma Feldmann………....….40 1.7
Ausloos….………………........26 1.2


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