Coach proud of Resorters’ hustle, effort

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

ELKHART LAKE — The Elkhart Lake-Glenbeulah girls basketball team didn’t have as successful of a season as it had hoped but head coach Donny Kulow was pleased with the Resorters’ effort.

“You always want to be competitive in every game and for the most part we were. We did not get as many wins or go as far [in the playoffs] as we would have liked but it wasn’t for the lack of effort,” said Kulow.

“We hustled and played extremely hard until the end. I am proud of that and there was no quit in the girls.”

The Resorters finished 5-8 in the Big East Conference regular season and 8-15 overall. Elkhart lost to Oakfield in the first round of Division 4 regional play.

“We were in a lot of close games that did not go our way. A stop here, a made basket there and things might have been different. We lacked consistency on both offense and defense. I wish I could have done more,” said Kulow.

The highlight of the season, said Kulow, was defeating Sheboygan Lutheran in the BEC Tournament which gave Elkhart 11th place.

“We lost two close games to St. Mary Catholic (Neenah) and Random Lake [in the BEC Tourney], so to get a win was huge for the team,” the veteran coach recalled.

He commended his seniors, Emma Feldmann and Rachael Flora, for their contributions to the Resorter program.

“I want to Rachael and Emma for their hard work and dedication to the basketball program. They have been on the varsity for four years and I have seen them grow over the years, not just as basketball players but as individuals and leaders,” said Kulow.

The coach expressed his appreciation to his assistant coaches, Keith Knepfel and Barry Feldmann, for their hard work and support this past season, and to all others who helped work with the players, and those who offered some coaching assistance.

Kulow pointed out what he will remember the most about the season.

“We had a great group to work with this year, both junior varsity and varsity. They were a fun group to be around. They worked hard, were willing to learn and had great attitudes. We also had great leadership from our seniors,” he said.

“I guess you are judged on wins and losses but at the end of your high school playing days if you can take something with you that can make you a better person or you can use in life, then I have done my job as their coach.”

Kulow is looking for a strong commitment in the off-season from next season’s players.

“It’s going to take some dedication this summer to improve and become a better overall player and team. If we really want to get better, it’s going to take a big commitment by all of us,” he stressed.

“We have a solid group to build around. We are going to have to find some help inside with the departures of Rachael Flora and Emma Feldmann.”

FINAL STATS, AWARDS

Junior point guard Sonia Schubert, led the Resorters in scoring with an 11.7 points-per-game average, three-point goals with 18, assists at 2.2 per game and steals with a 4.3 average. Schubert was named to the All-BEC second team.

Flora, an All-BEC honorable-mention forward, was Elkhart’s top rebounder with a 6.5 average. Feldmann, a forward, paced the Resorters in blocked shots at 1.7 per game.

The Resorters’ varsity letter winners include: seniors – Emma Feldmann (captain), Rachael Flora (captain) and manager Becca Diestler; juniors – Schubert, Camrie Schmitz, Claire Feldmann, Paige Nelson and Raechel Grunewald; and sophomores – Kianna Bahr, Aryka Klemme, Maddie Schneider and manager Bella Cain.


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