Experience boosts Resorters’ hopes

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – An experienced Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah girls basketball squad will be striving to improve on last season and finish high in the Central Lakeshore Conference.

The Resorters are coming off a 7-14 season which included a tie for sixth place in the Central Lakeshore Conference race at 5-9. Head coach Donny Kulow is confident the team can contend for an upper-half finish in the CLC.

“We would like to think we could challenge to be in the mix near the top of the conference. If we stay focused and do the little things every day at practice, we should be there,” said Kulow who is in his 22nd season at the helm.

“We also need to find that spark and fire when things are not going well. It will come down to how hard we want to work to take that next step. It will not be easy, but we are up for the challenge.”

The Resorters return six letter winners, including three starters. The starters are headed by junior forward Rachael Flora who earned All-CLC second-team honors last season. Flora led Elkhart regulars in scoring with an 8.3 points-per-game average and rebounding at 6.3 per contest as a sophomore.

The other starters back are junior guard Emily Holzmann and junior forward Emma Feldmann. Holzmann was an All-CLC honorablemention pick as a sophomore. The other letter winners are senior forward Mariah Ausloos, sophomore point guard Sonia Schubert and sophomore guard/forward Camrie Schmitz.

Holzmann paced the Resorters in three-point goals with 12. Feldmann had a team-high 31 blocked shots.

Kulow noted the Resorters’ strengths:

“We have experience back at key positions, most of the scoring returns from last year and the [good] team chemistry,” he said.

“We need to be better defensively and a better rebounding team if we want to contend this year.

“Offensively, we need to find ways to score consistently. Depth is also a concern but could be a strength as the season moves forward,” said the veteran coach.

Kulow expects Ausloos, Flora, Holzmann and Emma Feldmann, who are all entering their varsity third seasons, to be the team’s leaders.

“They have been there and know what it takes. I am also looking at sophomore guard Sonia Schubert to make big strides and run the offense,” said Kulow.

“Mariah looks to bounce back and have a great senior year. We need to find depth at all positions, and opportunities are there.”

Ausloos played only eight games last season due to an injury but averaged 10.2 points.

Kulow said sophomores Claire Feldmann, Lauren Boos and Mandy McLaughlin are competing for minutes and show some promise.

The coach pointed out the keys for the Resorters to have success:

“Stay healthy and eligible. We must find depth, play as a team, keep all distractions off the court and stay focused,” he said.

Kulow surveyed the CLC race.

“I am looking at Sheboygan Christian and Oostburg to battle near the top. Howards Grove has some good young talent and could make things interesting. The conference looks to be very competitive from the top to bottom,” he said.

Oostburg won the CLC championship last season with a 13-1 record. The Lady Dutch have won or shared the league crown each of the last five seasons. Christian placed second last season with a 10-4 mark and returns two All-CLC first-team players in juniors Hannah Modahl and Carissa Wisse.

Kulow’s top goals include:

“Improve in every practice and every game, challenge to finish in the top half of the conference and play our best ball at [regional] tourney time,” he said.

Varsity & JV
Nov. 18 – Laconia, here
Nov. 21 – Ozaukee, here
Nov. 25 – @ Howards Grove
Dec. 4 – Oostburg, here
Dec. 6 – Kohler (JV), here
Dec. 9 – @ Sheboygan Christian
Dec. 12 – Random Lake, here
Dec. 13 – Hilbert, here
Dec. 18 – @ Sheboygan Lutheran
Dec. 30 – @ Kiel
Jan. 9 – @ Cedar Grove
Jan. 13 – Living Word Lutheran, here
Jan. 15 – Stockbridge, here
Jan. 20 – @ Ozaukee
Jan. 23 – Howards Grove, here
Jan. 29 – @ Oostburg

Jan. 31 – Sheboygan Christian, here
Feb. 3 – @ Random Lake
Feb. 6 – Sheboygan Lutheran, here
Feb. 10 – @ Reedsville
Feb. 17 – Cedar Grove, here
Name Gr. Ht. Pos.
Mariah Ausloos 12 5-8 F
Emily Holzmann 11 5-4 G
Emma Feldmann 11 5-9 F
Rachael Flora 11 5-10 F
Sonia Schubert 10 5-3 G
Camrie Schmitz 10 5-6 G/F
Claire Feldmann 10 5-6 G
Lauren Boos 10 5-8 F
Raechel Grunewald 10 5-6 F
Mandy McLaughlin 10 5-4 G
Paige Nelson 10 5-4 G

The Most Valuable Pitcher is All-Division pick Jordan Clark of Grafton. Clark led the North in ERA with an impressive 1.51 and posted a 5-2 record.

Eric Heidenreiter, center fielder for the Flames, and Callahan earned Gold Gloves for their respective teams because of their defensive prowess.

The other major individual award-winners include: Thiensville Mequon outfielder Colten Poellinger, Rookie Player of the Year; Port Washington’s Aaron Brockman, Rookie Pitcher of the Year; Cedarburg’s Joe Glynn, Manager of the Year; Dustin Kesner, Home Run Champion with six; and Kesner, the North’s Most Valuable Player in the LOL All- Star Game.

Cedarburg received the Jake Oelhafen Championship Trophy for winning the regular-season title. The Mercs also won the overall North title which advanced them to the grand championship playoffs.

The Flames earned the divisional playoff championship award. For the regular season, the secondplace team award went to Port Washington, and the third-place award was shared by Plymouth and Saukville.

Fan Appreciation Awards were presented to each team. Jeff Rhude was the Flames’ award-winner and Robert Callahan was the Riverdogs’ honoree.

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