Depth crucial for experienced Elkhart team

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE – Staying healthy and improving their depth will be crucial for the Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah Resorters which is eyeing a successful girls basketball season.

The Resorters have good experience with three starters among seven returning letter winners as they look to improve on last season’s 8-14 record.

“It’s a new season and new challenges. All I can ask is that they play hard and give their best effort every day,” said Donny Kulow who’s in his 23rd season as the Resorters’ head coach.

“I like what I have been seeing so far. I like the attitude – its positive. It is my job to put them in positions to be successful.”

The returning starters are senior guard/forward Emma Feldmann, senior forward Rachael Flora and junior guard Sonia Schubert. Schubert was named to the All- Central Lakeshore Conference honorable-mention team last season. The Resorters will compete in the new Big East Conference this season.

Schubert led EL-G in assists and steals last season with averages of 2.2 and 4.1, respectively. Schubert is the team’s top returning scorer, ranking second as a sophomore with a 7.9 points-pergame average.

The other letter winners are junior guards Camrie Schmitz, Claire Feldmann and Paige Nelson and junior forward Raechel Grunewald.

“We have a pretty solid starting five with experience. We need to find depth at all positions and that could be filled by the younger players,” Kulow pointed out.

His keys for the team having success include health, staying focused for four-plus months, playing smart and staying out of foul trouble.

Kulow mentioned the players he expects to lead the team.

“My two seniors, Rachael Flora and Emma Feldmann, will need to lead the this team. This will be their fourth year on the varsity and they have the experience. Sonia Schubert and Camrie Schmitz are two of the quickest guards around,” he noted.

Among the younger players, the coach has been impressed with are Grunewald, Nelson and sophomore forward Kianna Bahr.

“Our strengths are team chemistry, team speed and experience at key spots [point guard and forward]. The weaknesses are depth and consistent scoring,” said Kulow.

The Resorters averaged only 43.4 points per game on offense last season while allowing just 46.4 per contest on defense.

The Resorters will try to take advantage of their speed and quickness on offense and defense.

“We are always looking to score in transition. On defense we might have to change things up a little. With the two 18-minute halves [new format this season over the previous eight-minute quarters], we will have to pick our spots until we can find some depth,” said Kulow.

The veteran coach pointed out his top goals for the season.

“We need to improve in every practice and every game. We would like to finish in the top half of the conference and be playing our best ball at tourney [postseason] time,” said Kulow.

Kulow surveyed the Big East race.

“I think the top teams are Sheboygan Christian and Howards Grove, and there are some good teams that came down from the Olympian Conference that we played as nonconference games in the past,” he said.

The CLC and Olympian conferences combined to form the new Big East Conference. Christian and HGHS finished 1-2, respectively, in the CLC last season, and return key players.

“The conference is going to be strong and challenging,” Kulow said.

“I have a good group to work with that plays hard and is fun to be around. We, as a team, will do what we can to make it an enjoyable season.”

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