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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 17:21

Graduation losses open door for new standouts on CG-Belgium basketball team


What’s a basketball coach to do when his team loses 70% of its scoring and rebounding to graduation?

If you’re Cedar Grove-Belgium’s Josh Ketterhagen, you turn to a youth movement with an eye on continued improvement.AMONG THE varsity veterans who will help lead the Cedar Grove-Belgium girls’ basketball team this season are (from left) Danielle De Haai, Alyssa Schmitt, Ashley Weavers and Alyssa Sauer.           Photo by Sam Arendt

“We’ll be a small, inexperienced team, but we’re going to get better. I think this is an enthusiastic group that works hard.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s biggest graduation losses were all-conference players Abi von Heimburg and Steph Ruppel, who received first and second-team honors, respectively, last season. They combined to score nearly 25 points per game.

That’s not to say the revamped Rockets are without talent. They still have veteran players such as senior Briana Weavers and  juniors Alyssa Sauer, Alyssa Schmitt and
Ashley Weavers.

Briana Weavers, a 5-foot-8 forward, averaged four points per game last season and “will give us good post experience,” Ketterhagen said. 

The 5-4 Sauer, who averaged 6.5 points last season, is being counted on to handle the point position. Schmitt (5-6) will contribute as a swing player, and Ashley Weavers (5-8) is a good shooter who will bolster the front line.

Ketterhagen believes Sauer has the skills to be a solid floor general.

“She knows the offense well and can shoot and pass,” he said. “What we’re looking for her to do is step up and be more of a vocal leader.”

Schmitt “is a strong player who has a good shot and can also play inside,” according to Ketterhagen.

Cedar Grove-Belgium has two other seniors with limited experience — Danielle De Haai and Aylin Birlik.

The rest of the Rockets’ roster includes players making their varsity debuts. Among them is 5-6 freshman Ashley von Heimburg, Abi’s sister, who Ketterhagen said should get regular minutes.

Ketterhagen respects his team’s work ethic but realizes the Rockets will often be the underdogs when they take the court.

“We will be young and vertically challenged,” he said. “But this a group of girls who are learning fast.”

Ketterhagen sees defending champion Oostburg as the team to beat again in this year’s CLC race, with Howards Grove a close second.

He expects his team to fight for one of the next three spots in the standings along with Sheboygan Lutheran, Random Lake and Elkhart Lake.

Cedar Grove-Belgium opened the season this week with a nonconference game against University School on Tuesday.

The Rockets will start CLC play with 7:30 p.m. games Thursday at Sheboygan Christian and Dec. 6 at home against Random Lake.

 
Conference kudos for heavy hitters PDF Print E-mail
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Written by STEVE OSTERMANN   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 18:03

After dominating CLC, Giles-led Rockets clean up in coaches’ all-league voting


On the way to their third Central Lakeshore Conference football title in the last four years, the Cedar Grove-Belgium Rockets dominated opponents week after week this fall.

Not surprisingly, they also dominated the all-conference awards.Alex Giles

Coach Chris Zablocki’s squad had 10 players receive first-team honors in the coaches’ voting, five each on offensive and defensive units.

The sharpest gear in the Rockets’ high-powered machine was tailback Alex Giles, the only junior named to the first-team offense. Overall, he rushed for a school-record 2,221 yards (9.6 per carry) and 36 touchdowns on a 12-1 team that reached the WIAA Division 5 state semifinals.

In conference play, the 5-foot-9-inch, 175-pound Giles had 1,119 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, averaging 12 yards per carry. He also caught two touchdown passes.

Giles was one of seven unanimous selections in the All-CLC balloting.

“Alex had a great year, and what’s really great is that he is also very unselfish,” Zablocki said.

“He’s not tall, but he’s very strong, very thick for 175 pounds. With his quickness, people couldn’t get a clean shot at him.”

Cedar Grove-Belgium’s other first-team honorees on offense include interior linemen Brandon Miles, Robby Loose and Zach Feind and place-kicker Josh Ruppel.

The linemen were the workhorses of the Rockets’ relentless ground attack, each excelling as blockers. Seniors Miles (6-1, 190), Loose (5-10, 210) and Feind (5-9, 275) formed the core of a reliable battering ram that allowed their team to control the clock as well as the scoreboard.

Miles staked his claim as one of the area’s top offensive lineman before sustaining a season-ending injury late in the year.

“We have been fortunate to have some great offensive lines here, and this one was one of our best,” Zablocki said. “All three of them worked very hard in the off-season to get stronger and faster.”

Matching Giles’ prolific conference rushing numbers was Ozaukee back Devon Linzenmeyer, another unanimous first-team choice.

The senior led the league with 1,281 rushing yards and had 16 touchdowns. His overall numbers were 2,188 yards on the ground and 30 touchdowns, including a 447-yard effort against North Fond du Lac on Sept. 9.

Linzenmeyer finished his three-year career with 4,146 rushing yards and 57 touchdowns, both school records. This season, he also handled quarterback duties at times in the Warriors’ option offense.

“Devon was such a leader all year for us, but the real thing about him wasn’t told in the statistics,” Ozaukee coach Jim Lippe said.

“He worked hard all the time. Whenever we ran sprints in practice, he always finished first.”

 
Warriors set for a shot at the top PDF Print E-mail
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Written by DEBBIE HAMM   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 18:00

With solid nucleus back from 2nd-place team, OHS boys have high hopes again


Ozaukee boys’ basketball coach Isaiah Ketterhagen had good reason to smile when his team opened practice this fall.Caption TextCOMING OFF A second-place finish in the Central Lakeshore Conference, the Ozaukee boys’ basketball team is poised for another title run this season. The Warriors’ letterwinners include (from left) Colton Susen, Seve Street, Eric Hartnett, Patrick Kroening and Doug Grimm.                     Photo by Sam Arendt

Although the Warriors lost standout point guard Alex Janke and several other players from last season’s team to graduation, they have a solid nucleus back, including three starters.

Leading the front line from a squad that went 19-6 overall are a pair of 6-foot-6 players, senior Eric Hartnett and junior Steve Street. As Ozaukee’s twin towers, Hartnett and Street bring a balanced presence to the court.

Last season, Hartnett averaged 12 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots per game on his way to All-Central Lakeshore Conference second-team honors.

Street averaged 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, three steals and two blocks per game and received honorable mention in the coaches’ voting.

Ozaukee’s third returning starter is Patrick Kroening, a 6-2 guard who contributed 12 points and three assists per contest. He was also named to the All-CLC second team.

Although the Warriors have proven talent, the absence of Janke — an all-league first-team player who averaged 16 points per game — raises backcourt questions.

“Guard play is a huge concern because we are going to miss Alex Janke a bunch,” Ketterhagen said. “Our other concerns are poise, scoring consistency and depth.”

Janke was one of four seniors on a team that finished second in the league at 14-4.

 
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