PHS, EL-G perform well at indoor meets Teamwork crucial to PHS JV’s standout season


THE PLYMOUTH JUNIOR VARSITY girls basketball team had an outstanding 2014-15 season. The Panthers were the EWC champions with a 14-0 record and finished 21-1 overall. The team includes (front row, left to right) Brooklin Willoughby, Gwen Nytes, Cassandra Nicholson, Carlee Olsen, Brooke Frederickson, (back row) Skyler Gosse, Abi Smrz, Emma Grapentine, Megan Goeser, Sophie Albert, Lexi Lautenschlaeger and coach Mike Gumm. – Photo by Fahrenholz Photography THE PLYMOUTH JUNIOR VARSITY girls basketball team had an outstanding 2014-15 season. The Panthers were the EWC champions with a 14-0 record and finished 21-1 overall. The team includes (front row, left to right) Brooklin Willoughby, Gwen Nytes, Cassandra Nicholson, Carlee Olsen, Brooke Frederickson, (back row) Skyler Gosse, Abi Smrz, Emma Grapentine, Megan Goeser, Sophie Albert, Lexi Lautenschlaeger and coach Mike Gumm. – Photo by Fahrenholz Photography SHEBOYGAN – Plymouth and Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah had positive showings in the Sheboygan North Invitational boys and girls indoor meets last weekend.

The boys meet was held Saturday and the girls event was Friday. Junior Jake Schneider and sophomore Cody Kuhn led the PHS Panthers in the boys competition with second places in the 200-meter dash and long jump, respectively.

Kuhn’s best jump was 19-6½. His teammate Gavin Falk took fourth in the long jump at 18-10½. Schneider was clocked in 25.43 seconds.

The Elkhart Resorters’ top finisher in the boys meet was senior Logan Knepfel who captured fourth in the 55 high hurdles in 8.41, followed by Plymouth’s Zach Albers at 8.74.

Oak Creek won the 14-team boys meet with 97.5 points. PHS placed eighth with 40 and EL-G was 13th at 11.

Sophomore Sonia Schubert of Elkhart won the long jump in the girls meet with a 16-5¾ effort. She also placed third in the 55 dash in 7.77. Also placing in the top three for EL-G was Camrie Schmitz, third in the 200 in 28.52.

The Panthers were led by junior Kyra Kronberg who earned second in the shot put with a 34-9 heave and the 1,600 relay which took second in 4 minutes, 45.43 seconds. The relay included senior Mary Albert, junior Kayla Lentz and sophomores Sophie Albert and Margeaux Suttner.

Slinger was the girls champion with 96 points. PHS took ninth with 35 and EL-G was 11th at 26 in the 15-team meet.

“It was a good opening meet for our girls team. It was a good opportunity for our field event athletes to compete in their events and for our runners to race,” said PHS head coach Jay Grosshuesch.

“The athletes posted some decent opening performances but we have a long ways to go yet. We hope that with continued focus effort we can all improve from this meet. Kyra Kronberg had a nice shot-put effort and our 1,600 relay team ran some consistent and quality splits.”

“The boys competed well. We got a real nice meet out of our sprinters and jumpers. Jake Schneider ran a real strong 200 and a relay leg. Cody and Gavin jumped real well,” said Grosshuesch.

“Sonia started where she left off in the long jump last year which is impressive. Camrie’s performance in the 200 demonstrates she can be a major contributor this year,” said Resorter head coach Chris Petrie.

“The boys did a nice job. Many kids improved times from this point last year.”

PLYMOUTH – “I’m proud of how hard the girls worked and I enjoyed being part of their success,” said coach Mike Gumm, reflecting on his Plymouth junior varsity girls basketball team’s impressive 2014-15 season.

“The squad’s successful season was mainly due to the players team-first attitude. Each player had a significant role and contributed to the team in practice, games, and on and off the court.”

The Panthers won the Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship with a 14-0 record and finished 21-1 overall. PHS closed out the season with a 14- game winning streak.

The Panthers’ strong man-toman and pressing defenses were keys to allowing the players to play an up-tempo style which created many scoring opportunities. PHS forced an outstanding 601 turnovers for the season (27 average per game) and converted many of them into transition points.

PHS had an impressive 387 steals and 286 assists.

“The girls displayed tremendous court awareness by consistently finding the open teammate,” Gumm pointed out.

Skyler Gosse led the Panthers in scoring with 231 points (10.5 average per game), followed by Brooke Frederickson at 187 (8.5 average). Frederickson and Sophie Albert were the top rebounders with 109 and 105, respectively.

Other statistical leaders included: field-goal shooting – Albert and Frederickson, both 49 percent; free-throw accuracy – Abi Smrz, 71 percent; threepoint shooting, Frederickson, 50 percent; steals – Gosse, 81 and Albert, 71; assists – Albert and Gosse, 65 each; and charges taken – Lexi Lautenschlaeger, four.

“Our team captains, Sophie and Abi, did an excellent job building team chemistry with the team,” observed Gumm. “They both took on a lot of responsibility for the team. They were great captains.”

Smrz missed six games during the season because of two concussions. Gumm said he appreciated her hard work while coping with the injuries and for being a good leader. On behalf of the team, Gumm expressed his best wishes to Smrz on her recovery from the injuries.

The coach thanked the team for all of its hard work, the parents for their support and coaches Elliot Friedel (freshman coach) and Brad Shutter [varsity head coach) for their help.

“A special thanks to Joe Ule for doing his awesome stats booklets for the girls,” said Gumm.


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