Emily Herzberg (2020 F). The 6’ South Dakota State (D1) commit’s overall floor game has been on full display this season for the 9-0 Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs. On the season Emily is one of 5 Mustangs averaging double figures (10.6ppg), she has secured a team leading 40 defensive rebounds (5.9 rpg), while leading the team in assists (4.2), steals (3.2) and 3 point fg % (31%). Melrose has 3 players that play nearly year-round together (Emily, Calette Lockington and Mesa Byom) and it is showing in the team chemistry and success so far this season. \Melrose has never qualified for the state tournament but with Emily and her teammates taking a huge step forward, from a 24-1 2016/17 campaign, they will have a great opportunity to do so this year. Emily plays her grassroots basketball for Wisconsin Flight Elite. Melrose next plays Alma/Pepin on January 4th.
Teryn Karlstad (2019 F) has demonstrated she is an impact player (16.2ppg and a rebounding machine) for the Eau Claire Regis Ramblers. At 6’ Teryn has shown a range of talents for the 6-2 and Cloverbelt – West leading Ramblers. During a close matchup with Division 2 power Menomonie she showed she has range on her jump shot and can put the ball on the floor and make challenged shots around the basket. She also secured no less than 16 rebounds against a sizeable front line for the Mustangs. Teryn is at her best when she is extending her teams possessions with offensive rebounds and securing defensive rebounds to help start the Rambler fast break. Teryn is physical, a high percentage shooter and a nightmare to opposing offenses with her presence around the basket. She has a high IQ and can hit the occasional 3 point shot. Teryn players her Grassroots basketball for the Wisconsin Playmakers. Eau Claire Regis next plays against D5 power McDonell Central on January 4.
Brooke Olson (2018 F/C). The 6’2” Minnesota Duluth (D2) commit has led the Warriors to a 7-1 start while putting up 20.2 ppg while securing 12.1 rebounds. Brooke helped position her team 2nd in the always tough Big Rivers Conference behind only 6 time defending champion Chippewa Falls. Brooke makes a significant impact on both sides of the ball with her scoring, rebounding and impacting opposing teams shots around the basket. Rice Lake Head Coach Darla Olson says “We have great team chemistry and this is evident in the unselfish play of our team…..Brooke is a 6’2” athletic player that can score inside or stretch the floor with her ability to drive and shoot the 3. Brooke and her Rice Lake teammates could be a team we are talking about in Late February and Early March. Brooke plays her grassroots basketball with Team Wisconsin. Rice Lake next plays New Richmond on December 28th.
Cameron Comets Senior Duo-Maddy Otto and Carli Wanink The Comets may have had one of the state’s biggest wins of this young season with a 54-48 victory over D5 powerhouse Clayton. Being led by Maddy Otto (2018 F – 14.1 ppg & 9.6 rpg) and Carli Wanink (2018 G – 14.6 ppg and 5.7 apg). The Comets victory over Clayton has them sitting atop the Lakeland – Central at 3-0 and 6-1 overall. Coach Kim Weber, Maddy and Carli have helped the Comets holding opponents to 38 ppg, sub 30% shooting and an 18 point average margin of victory. Both Maddy and Carli had their season highs in points against Clayton (21 & 19) showing they are putting up numbers against quality competition. Carli has hit double figure assists twice and Maddy has had double figure rebounds 4 times 1/3 through the season. Cameron has put the Central – Lakeland and opposing D4 Sectional opponents on notice…..Cameron has Resch Center aspirations. With Maddy and Carli playing the best basketball of their careers finishing on the Resch Center floor is a dream that very well could become reality. Maddy and Carli did not play grassroots basketball in the 2017 offseason. Cameron next plays Ladysmith on January 2.
Alysha Stieber (2018 G). Alysha is a 5’4” guard that has helped lead Marathon to a n 8-1 start with their lone setback being against Lakeland. Alysha is leading Marathon in points at 15.6 and assists at 3.1. Few in the state have started with the efficiency of Alysha – 47% from 2, 81% from the line, 47% from 3 (on 5.9 attempts per game). In addition to her offensive efficiency Alysha is averaging 3.4 steals demonstrating she can use her quickness to impact the defensive side of the ball. Wayne Featherston (Wisconsin Xtreme Director and Alysha’s AAU coach) says Alysha “is a great leader, teammate and young lady. She has a high BB IQ and just works so hard to make herself and her teammates better. She has been a great leader and role model for our younger players as she always made time to help them better themselves.” It is clear that Alysha’s hard work in the offseason has paid off with an amazing start. Alysha plays her grassroots basketball at Wisconsin Xtreme. Marathon next plays Colby on January 2.