After seeing last season end without ever getting the chance to defend their three straight WIAA Division 2 state championships because of coronavirus, the Beaver Dam girls basketball team got back on the practice floor Monday.
Tim Chase’s squad returns six players from last year’s squad that went 23-3 and qualified for the WIAA Division Two State Basketball Tournament. Three of those players recently signed National Letters of Intent to play either NCAA Division One or Division Two college basketball.
Senior Maty Wilke, the state’s #1 ranked player in the class of 2021 according to wissports.net, is heading to the University of Wisconsin. Senior forward Paige Hodgson has committed to NCAA D1 Northern Kentucky and guard Natalie Jens will play for D2 Minnesota State-Moorhead. Other returners for the Golden Beavers who saw significant playing time last year include; seniors Avery Stonewall (6ppg) and Paige Yagodinski (4ppg) and sophomore Kyle Wittnebel (5ppg).
The Golden Beavers have six newcomers joining the varsity squad this season, including three sophomore and three freshmen. The sophomores include; Maddie Kuenzi, Carlee Lapen, Bella Oestreicher.
The freshman on the varsity this year include; Gabby Wilke, who is the younger sister of senior Maty, who already holds an NCAA Division One Scholarship offer from Milwaukee. Other freshmen on the varsity include Riley Czcarnecki and Anni Salettel.
One of the things that people may notice about this year’s team is their size. “We love our length, we love our athleticism, we love our enthusiasm, we love our competitiveness. (There’s) a lot of good things with this group we are looking at with this group right now.” Chase said “But our length is something that is a unique experience for me as a coach. When I have every kid on the team except for one that is taller than me, I think that says a lot about the kind of length we have this year. “
Chase says his squad will have to get better defensively with the graduation of one of the best defenders in the state in Jada Donaldson who is playing at NCAA Division One Milwaukee.
The Beaver Dam girls are scheduled to open up the 2020-21 season on Tuesday, November 24th at Portage, but the schedule seems to change from day to day. Chase told DailyDodge.com that they lost five games on their schedule for various reasons since last Friday. Filling a 24-game schedule has not been easy this season with not all the Badger Conference schools playing sports this winter or only running a partial schedule. Teams have a shorter time frame to schedule games because the playoffs have been moved up into February to fit in the alternate Spring season for the school district’s that moved their Fall sports to spring.
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