WIAA D5 girls state preview: Gustafson sisters lead tourney-favorite South Shore

Mar. 12, 2013


At Resch Center, Ashwaubenon
Thursday’s semifinals
Division 5
1:35 p.m. — Wausau Newman (20-7) vs. Wisconsin Rapids Assumption (26-1)
South Shore (26-0) vs. Barneveld (26-1), 25 minutes after first game ends
Division 4
6:35 p.m. — Algoma (24-2) vs. Cuba City (24-1)
Colfax (25-1) vs. Racine Prairie (23-2), 25 minutes after first game ends
Friday’s semifinals
Division 3
9:05 a.m. — Kewaunee (25-1) vs. Lodi (24-2)
Neillsville (26-0) vs. East Troy (25-1), 25 minutes after first game ends
Division 2
1:35 p.m. — Green Bay Notre Dame (20-6) vs. Milton (19-7)
New London (26-0) vs. New Berlin Eisenhower (24-2), 25 minutes after first game ends
Division 1
6:35 p.m. — Hartland Arrowhead (18-8) vs. Mukwonago (24-2)
Superior (23-3) vs. Milwaukee Riverside (22-4), 25 minutes after first game ends
Saturday’s championship games
11:05 a.m. — Division 5, 4, 3


Just a sophomore, South Shore’s Megan Gustafson is already grabbing the attention of the entire state of Wisconsin with her scoring prowess.

The 6-foot-3 center currently leads the state in scoring at 31.1 points per game, and already has a scholarship offer from Marquette. She, as well as her sister Emily who stands 6-2 and leads the state in rebounding at 18.3 per game, have formed a dominant low post presence unlike anything seen at the Division 5 level, and make the Cardinals the D5 favorite heading into the WIAA state tournament Thursday.

South Shore also has a talented junior in Janice Anderson, who rounds out most of the Cardinals scoring with 16.7 points per game. South Shore averages just under 74 points per game, the highest of any D5 participant.

The Cardinals will be opposed by Barneveld, who perhaps did the entire field a favor by knocking off the 2012 champion and top ranked Heritage Christian 49-46 in the sectional final to advance to Green Bay. Coach Tim Myers knew it was going to take a team effort, and that’s exactly what he got out of them.

“The biggest thing for us was we had 11 girls out there that we knew could get it done,” Myers said. “Everyone that went out there did something positive for us.”

Sophomore Rachel Slaney and freshmen Hannah Whitish lead Barneveld with Slaney averaging 15 points and nine rebounds per game, while Whitish averages 14.6 points per game. Whitish, the point guard, dishes out over four assists per game and is also the team’s biggest threat from the perimeter, connecting on 48 percent of her three-point attempts. Barneveld is making its eighth trip to state and its first since 2007.

The other side of the bracket brings a lot of familiarity, not only to the state tournament, but for the opposing teams.

Wausau Newman is making its fourth straight trip to the state tournament, and this time will be facing fellow Marawood South Division rival Wisconsin Rapids Assumption. Newman enters the tournament as the only team in the D5 field with more than one loss, but has turned its season around since a lackluster start.

The Fighting Cardinals only have one player scoring in double figures in senior Kimberley Steif at 13.3 but has eight players that average six points or more. They come into the tournament having won 12 of 13 games, including an eight-point victory over Assumption, its Thursday opponent.

“We’ve gone toe to toe a number of times and any time we get together it’s a great battle,” said Newman coach Tom Weinkauf. “They took it to us at their place and we were able to come away with a win at our place, so being at a neutral site it could be very interesting.”

Youth is the word for Wisconsin Rapids Assumption, which is led by a pair of freshmen in Mary Sigler and Gena Grundhoffer. Sigler leads the team in scoring at 17.6 per game and Grundhoffer is the leading rebounder. They also have a pair of victories over D5 state participants, splitting with Wausau Newman as well as defeating Barneveld 44-41 earlier in the season.

Wausau Newman

Nickname: Fighting Cardinals

Head coach: Tom Weinkauf (320-54, 15th season)

Enrollment: 156

Miles from Resch: 97

Season Record: 20-7 (10-4 Marawood Conference, third place)

State appearance: 10th

Last time at state: 2012


After a slow start to the season, Wausau Newman has won 12 of its last 13 games, including eight straight coming into its State semifinal matchup with fellow Marawood Conference South Division foe Assumption. Newman Catholic and Assumption split the season series, each winning on its own home court. The Fighting Cardinals are quite balanced on offense, with six players averaging 6.5 points or more, led by senior guard Kimberley Steif. Steif averages 13.3 ppg and is the only player averaging double figures for the Fighting Cardinals. This is Wausau Newman’s fourth straight State appearance and 10th overall , winning the Division 4 title in 2010 and the Division 5 championship in 2011. The Cardinals earned this trip to State by defeating Phelps in the Sectional semifinal before defeating Hilbert 60-32 in the Waupaca Sectional championship. Wausau Newman is the only team in the field unranked, as Assumption, Barneveld and South Shore are ranked 2, 3, and 4, respectively in the latest Division 5 rankings.

Quote: “We’ve never had a game at the Resch Center so I really don’t kow what to expect there. But you know, once 1:35 p.m. on Thursday rolls around it’s still a basketball game and we’ll just have to play good basketball.” Coach Weinkauf on playing at the Resch Center at State for the first time.

Season results
Northland Lutheran 63-32 W
Rib Lake 84-28 W
Wausau East 51-44 W
Auburndale 38-44 L
Stratford 50-37 W
Edgar 56-51 W
Oshkosh West 59-55 W
Marshfield 50-66 L
Wausau West 52-66 L
Marathon 44-54 L
Phillips 81-43 W
Amherst 55-58 L
Northland Lutheran 73-29 W
Auburndale 37-44 L
Stratford 68-48 W
Pittsville 71-23 W
Edgar 84-46 W
Assumption 45-60 L
Marathon 56-42 W
Pittsville 69-43 W
Assumption 67-59 W
Phillips 58-44 W
Gresham 79-19 W
Northland Lutheran 76-44 W
Goodman/Pembine 53-33 W
Phelps 48-30 W
Hilbert 60-32 W


No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht.
10 Brianna Jankowski G Sr. 5-7
12 Kimberley Steif G Sr. 5-6
14 Hadleigh Baumann F So. 5-8
20 Chloe Chapman F Jr. 5-11
22 Lauren LaPree F Jr. 5-9
24 Abigail Connolly G Jr. 5-4
30 Christina Grunow F Sr. 5-7
32 Abbey Fox G Fr. 5-6
34 Anna McCarty F Jr. 5-7
40 Madison Tubbs G Jr. 5-8
42 Kaley Fech G So. 5-6
44 Brogan Kimball F Fr. 5-8
52 Laura Beilke G So. 5-5

Wisconsin Rapids Assumption

Nickname: Royals

Coach: Joe Birkhauser (285-115, 17th season)

Enrollment: 154

Miles from Resch: 110

Season record: 26-1 (13-1 Marawood Conference, first place)

State appeareance: second

Last time at state: 2005

Notes: Wisconsin Rapids Assumption comes into the tournament bolstering wins over State participant Barneveld as well as a split against fellow Marawood Conference rival Newman Catholic. The loss to the Fighting Cardinals is Assumption’s only blemish on the year. The Royals advanced to state by defeating Seneca 49-31 in the La Crosse Lorgan Sectional. Assumption is led by a pair of freshmen in Mary Sigler and Gena Grundhoffer. Sigler averages 17.6 points per game on 52 percent shooting from the field, and 81 percent from the free throw line. She also averages just under five steals per game defensively. Grundhoffer averages 11.6 points per game and also leads the team in rebounding with 4.6 per game. The freshmen tandem are the only two Royals averaging more than six points per game. Assumption averages 58.6 points per game, the lowest of the four teams at the State tournament this year.

Quote: "We’re still a very young team, only one senior and a few juniors that play and then a couple freshmen that come off the bench. We really have a nice nucleus right now and we’ve had great leadership all season long and that’s been a key to our success." Coach Joe Birkhauser on his team being at the State tournament.

Season results
Columbus Catholic 46-26 W
Waupaca 57-25 W
Pittsville 70-23 W
Abbotsford 71-31 W
Northland Lutheran 81-20 W
Marathon 70-45 W
Stratford 52-33 W
Edgar 54-39 W
Richland Center 60-45 W
Barneveld 44-41 W
Pittsville 55-16 W
Pacelli 61-29 W
Auburndale 41-32 W
Northland Lutheran 68-31 W
Amherst 48-44 W
Marathon 38-33 W
Stratford 63-39 W
Wausau Newman 60-45 W
Edgar 60-39 W
Auburndale 45-41 W
Wausau Newman 59-67 L
Abbotsford 66-43 W
Granton 79-3 W
Lincoln 62-37 W
Loyal 54-31 W
Plum City 65-50 W
Seneca 49-31 W

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht.
10 Jenny Wanta G Jr. 5-6
12 Maddi Hohl G Jr. 5-0
14 Macyn Krings G Fr. 5-6
20 Autumn Linzmeier G Fr. 5-7
22 Mary Sigler G Fr. 5-9
24 Macie Zurfluh G Fr. 5-6
32 Gena Grundhoffer F Fr. 6-1
34 Brittney Birkhauser G Jr. 5-8
40 Jane Newman F Jr. 5-9
42 Sadie Zurfluh F Jr. 5-7
44 Hannah Skibba F Sr. 5-9
50 Joelynn Frisch F Fr. 5-8
54 Olivia Skibba F Fr. 6-0

South Shore

Nickname: Cardinals

Coach: Clendon Gustafson (223-94, 14th season)

Enrollment: 42

Miles from Resch: 298

Record: 26-0 (16-0 Indianhead Conference, first place)

State appearance: third

Last time at state: 2004

Notes: South Shore is unblemished at 26-0 and making its first trip to State since being runner-up in 2004. This is coach Gustafson’s 14th season as a head coach, but his first season coaching girls basketball. Gustafson coached 13 different seasons for the South Shore varsity boys basketball team from 1990-2005. Leading the way for the South Shore Cardinals is coach Gustafson’s daughters Megan and Emily Gustafson. Sophomore Megan Gustafson leads the state in scoring at 31.1 points-per-game and grabs 12.7 rebounds-per-game, while senior Emily Gustafson adds 18 points-per-game and she leads the state in rebounding at 17.7 per-game. Janice Anderson chips in with 16.7 points-per-game, as no other South Shore player averages more than 3.5 points-per-game. The Cardinals advanced to the Division 5 State semifinal by defeating perennial power Owen-Withee 61-53 in the Spooner Sectional final. They are the champions of the West Division of the Indianhead Conference. South Shore leads the Division 5 finalists with 73.7 points-per game while shooting 53.9 percent from the field.

Quote: "It’s been a dream season, and getting a chance to coach my daughters has been fantastic." Coach Gustafson on coaching his daughters Emily and Morgan Gustafson.

Season results
Chequamegon 62-34 W
Washburn 63-26 W
Solon Springs 90-47 W
Butternut 83-18 W
Drummond 51-29 W
Butternut 80-16 W
Phelps 59-44 W
Bayfield 74-43 W
Mercer 93-33 W
Hurley 73-61 W
Northwood 53-44 W
Cromwell (MI) 83-49 W
Ironwood (MI) 71-20 W
Wakefield-Marenisco (MI) 94-17 W
Mellen 81-41 W
Washburn 47-19 W
Solon Springs 96-41 W
Drummond 63-43 W
Butternut 97-13 W
Bayfield 93-23 W
Chequamegon 61-41 W
Bessemer (MI) 78-23 W
Shell Lake 83-59 W
Luck 64-39 W
Northwood 57-48 W
Owen-Withee 61-53 W

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht.
3 Tristin Koehler G So. 5-1
5 Morgan Sorenson F Fr. 5-8
10 Megan Gustafson F So. 6-3
11 Alyssa Kavajecz G Fr. 5-7
13 Megan Smith G So. 5-5
20 Taylor Koehler F Sr. 5-1
21 Jenna Sorenson F Jr. 5-6
23 Emily Gustafson F Sr. 6-2
25 Kellie Rock G Fr. 5-3
33 Janice Anderson G Jr. 5-4


Nickname: Golden Eagles

Coach: Jim Myers (641-136, 36th season)

Enrollment: 111

Miles from Resch: 170

Record: 26-1 (12-0 Six Rivers Conference, first place)

State appearance: eighth

Last time at state: 2007

Notes: The champions of the Six Rivers Conference, Barneveld is perhaps the biggest surprise of the Division 5 field after upsetting the reigning State champion and top ranked Heritage Christian 49-46 in the Watertown Sectional final. Head coach Tim Myers is in his 37th season with the Golden Eagles, as Barneveld is making its 8th trip to State and looking for its first title since 2005. Barneveld also captured State titles in 1995, 1998 and 1999. Barneveld is the deepest team in the Division 5 field, playing all 11 players on its roster in all but one game this season. Sophomore Rachel Slaney and freshman Hannah Whitish lead the way for the Golden Eagles, scoring 15.1 and 14.6 points-per-game, respectively. Madi Laube, the lone senior on a roster complete with seven juniors, two sophomores and a freshman, also adds 11.6 points-per-game. Barneveld has won its last 15 games since losing to fellow State participant Assumption 41-44 for the Golden Eagle’s only loss this season.

Quote: "The WIAA has worked really hard with Green Bay and I think they are going to put on a real show for us.” Head coach Jim Myers on moving the State tournament to the Resch Center.

Sesason results
Waukesha North 67-49 W
Mount Horeb 60-42 W
Mineral Point 76-36 W
Pecatonica 67-35 W
Black Hawk 73-28 W
Argyle 68-22 W
Belleville 63-26 W
Platteville 72-36 W
Monticello 62-43 W
Lancaster 66-30 W
Juda 84-30 W
Assumption 41-44 L
Evansville 62-32 W
Monticello 48-24 W
Potosi 58-37 W
Pecatonica 59-39 W
Albany 75-14 W
Black Hawk 69-33 W
Argyle 41-30 W
Albany 88-30 W
Prairie du Chien 62-35 W
Juda 83-21 W
Faith Christian 70-8 W
Catholic Central 83-27 W
Black Hawk 55-38 W
Benton/Shullsburg 44-29 W
Heritage Christian 49-46 W

No. Name Pos. Yr. Ht.
5 Kristen Udelhofen G Jr. 5-5
10 Mckenzie Sporle F Jr. 5-7
12 Danielle Straubhaar G Jr. 5-7
20 Hailey Kleppe G Jr. 5-5
22 Kaitlyn Walker G Jr. 5-5
24 Hannah Whitish G Fr. 5-8
30 Madi Laube G Sr. 5-9
40 Samantha Evans C Jr. 6-0
44 Rachel Slaney F So. 5-10
54 Cayla Carden F Jr. 5-8
55 Maggie Oimoen C So. 6-0

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