Winter Sports Profile: Bluejay Girls looks to be conference contenders
Head Coach: Joelene Weix, 2nd year
Assistant Coaches: Charlie Johnson-10yrs, Bruce English-10yrs, Jill Fry-10yrs, Matt Schult-first year.
2016/17 Record: 12-10
2016/17 Post Season: Beat Medford 43-34 Regional Semi Final; Lost Hortonville 56-53 Regional Final.
Returning All Conference: Patience Pyan (2nd Team), Maddix Bonnell (HM).
Key Returners: Patience Pyan SR-G, Maddix Bonnell SR-G, Lindsey Casper SR-G, Kate Peterson SR-G, Elizabeth Iribarren JR-P.
Key Losses: Allison Winter-Reed-P, Chelsey LaMonica-W/P, Trista Rathke-P, Allie Turenne G, Bri Grosskurth-G, Steph Schroder-P.
Key Newcomers: Madi Weix SR-G, Molly Weix SR-W, Rylee Mrachek JR-P, Reese Mrachek SO-G, Autumn Schenzel SR-G, Ally Tabor JR-G.
2016/17 Recap: “The season had some inconsistencies,” coach Weix notes. “We played very well with our Non Conference Schedule – Undefeated regular season and our Conference schedule was 4-8, which we would have liked to improve on.”
2017/18 Outlook: “We have a great deal of varsity experience coming back this season,” Weix says. “Our perimeter play will be a big key this year. We have high skilled girls at the guard position that can create a shot and hit the three if needed. They feed well off each other and play unselfishly. Our posts will be tested and I am looking forward to seeing how well they compete. Liz and Rylee will be our big bangers inside and I have full confidence in them.”
Final Words: “The conference is very strong and many teams including us can be contenders for the top spot. We are at our best when we move the ball and our guards take the open shots. We are quick and can run well. Playing smart and taking care of the ball will be very important. Our inside game will be crucial in getting the easy points underneath and rebounding. Our team defense is versatile and expect us to generate easy points off of turnovers. We are looking forward to a competitive season and hope to see you all there!”
Merrill Girls Basketball Schedule 2017-18
Thrusday, Nov 16, 2017 – @ Medford, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, Nov 28, 2017 – @ Shawano, 7:15 pm
Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 – vs. La Crosse Logan, 2:45 pm
Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017 – @ Antigo, 7:15 pm
Friday, Dec 8, 2017 – @ D.C, Everest, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017 – vs. Wausau East, 7:45 pm
Friday, Dec 15, 2017 – vs. Wausau West, 6 pm
Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017 – vs. Marshfield, 7:15 pm
Friday, Dec 22, 2017 – vs. Mosinee, 7:15 pm
Thursday, Dec 28, 2017 – @ Lakeland High School, TBD
Friday, Dec 29, 2017 – @ Lakeland High School, TBD
Friday, Jan 5, 2018 – @ SPASH, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, Jan 9, 2018, vs. Winsconsin Rapids, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018 – @ Rhinelander, 7:15 pm
Friday, Jan 19, 2018 – vs. D.C. Everest, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, Jan 23, 2018 – @ Wausau East, 6 pm
Friday, Jan 26, 2018 – @ Wausau West, 6 pm
Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018 – @ Marshfield, 7:15 pm
Thursday, Feb 1, 2018 – vs. SPASH, 7:15 pm
Tuesday, Feb 6, 2018 – vs. Northland Pines, 7:15 pm
Friday, Feb 9, 2018 – @ Wisconsin Rapids, 7:15 pm