The upcoming Post-Crescent girls' basketball all-area team will definitely have a youthful look to it.
Sure, you'll find your top senior players like Brenna Heise of New London and Mackenzie Greisch of Appleton North, but the list of nominees for first team also includes four outstanding sophomores like Kimberly's Frankie Wurtz, Xavier's Peyton Ufi, Little Chute's Abbie Botz and Hilbert's Erica Gehl.
Do those young players have enough credentials to land on the first team? We'll find out when the entire team is released on Tuesday, March 26.
Here is a list (in alphabetical order) of the players vying for the first team:
Abbie Botz, So., Little Chute: Was a first-team all-Eastern Valley pick. Definitely has the basketball bloodline with being the younger sister of Little Chute boys' hoops star Turner Botz.
Erica Gehl, So., Hilbert: Has been a varsity performer since her freshman year and was a first-team all-Olympian selection.
Mackenzie Greisch, Jr., Appleton North: One of top athletes in the area and powered the Lightning to another solid season, including an upset of Kimberly earlier this season.
Jenni Hellwig, Sr., Weyauwega-Fremont: The Indians had a resurgence this season in the Central Wisconsin Conference 8 and this leading rebounder was a big reason why. Was a unanimous first-team all-CWC 8 selection.
Brenna Heise, Sr., New London: Averaged 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, three steals, two assists and 1.5 blocks and was the heart and soul of a Bulldogs team that reached the state tournament for a third consecutive season.
Abby Huntington, Sr., Fox Valley Lutheran: Tough, physical player for the Foxes. A first-team all-Eastern Valley selection who helped her team clinch a share of the conference title.
Michaela Machurick, Sr., Xavier: A complete player on both sides of the ball. Helped the Hawks reach the sectional final level while also helping her team clinch a share of the conference crown.
Kim Runge, Jr., Freedom: A solid performer who was on the Post-Crescent's pre-season Fab 5 team. A first-team all-Eastern Valley selection.
Wrenn Tanck, Sr., Wrightstown: The leading scorer for the Tigers and a first-team all-Olympian selection.
Jenna Thelen, Jr., SMC: One of the top players for the Zephyrs and a first-team all-Olympian selection.
Peyton Ufi, So., Xavier: One of the top defenders in our area with the potential to be a player of the year candidate in the coming years. A unanimous first-team all-Eastern Valley selection and co-player of the year.
Allison vonBrevern, Sr., Seymour: A dependable player on offense and defense for the Thunder. A first-team all-Bay Conference selection.
Morgan Wilson, Jr., Weyauwega-Fremont: Teamed with Hellwig to give the Indians a potent 1-2 punch. Team's leading scorer and a first-team all-CWC 8 selection.
Frankie Wurtz, So., Kimberly: Averaged 15.3 points for the Papermakers, which reached the sectional final level. Made a tremendous leap in her overall game this past summer and was the Fox Valley Association's player of the year.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Post-Crescent all-area boys' basketball team: Monday online after 7 p.m. and in Tuesday's print edition. The first team is unveiled as well as the athlete of the year.
Neenah girls' soccer: Wednesday,
7 p.m. The Rockets duo of Liz Darkow and Kendra Bombinski visit us on the big show to talk about the upcoming soccer season at postcrescent.com.
Tarynn Theilig, Xavier girls' soccer: Thursday's edition in print and online. Tarynn talks about her standing as one of the top keepers in the area and her team's goal of making it to the WIAA state tournament in Milwaukee.
TWEETS OF THE WEEK
"I wish dunk contests were like they used to be back in the dizzle #VCarter #JRichardson #MJ" - Appleton West baseball player Dan Jansen, @D_Jansen31
"That should be us out there ? " New London girls' basketball player Lexi Roland, @lexiroland3 after watching Notre Dame defeat New Berlin Eisenhower in the WIAA Division 2 state title game on Saturday. New London lost to Eisenhower 48-47 in the state semifinals on Friday.
-Ricardo Arguello: 920-993-1000, ext. 558, or firstname.lastname@example.org; On Twitter@PCRicardo