Kim Turner dribbles the ball in practice as Cassidy Mader defends.
Kim Turner dribbles the ball in practice as Cassidy Mader defends.

   After graduating five players from last season and losing two more who decided not to come out, Jesse Nodolf knew he would need some new players to step up.

   Just a week into practice, the Ripon Tiger head girls’ basketball coach likes what he has seen.

   “Throughout the summer, you see who’s in the gym on their own time, who comes to the WIAA-approved events,” Jesse Nodolf said. “Actually, the first couple days, there were a couple sophomores, freshman, couple juniors where it was pleasantly surprising to see how they’ve just improved.”

   Among the players who have impressed Jesse Nodolf are juniors Cassidy Mader and Avery Downs, sophomores Lucy Beuthin and Celina Lopez, and freshman Bella Miller.

   Beuthin and Lopez are the only two of the bunch who have varsity experience as they played sparingly as freshman last year. Jesse Nodolf noted both of them put in a lot of work in the offseason and it shows.

   They will pencil into the starting spots vacated by Maria Meincke and Lexi Miller. Meincke graduated after four years on varsity, while Lexi Miller elected to not come out for her junior season.

   Joining Beuthin and Lopez in the starting lineup will be seniors Kerstin Sauerbrei and Elle Lewis and junior McKenzie Nodolf.

Read the full story, which includes information on areas of strengths and weaknesses, in the Nov. 21, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.