It's a tradition that is unmatched in the state of wisconsin. For the 48th consecutive year it's time to announce the NewsChannel 7 Basketball All-Stars.
As in the previous 47 years, the NewsChannel 7 Girls Basketball All-Stars were voted on by coaches from across northcentral Wisconsin.
Lets start with the large school division. DC Everest senior Sam Barber is no stranger to the all-stars. This is her third time voted in. Sam averaged more than 16 points and 8 rebounds her senior season, leading the Evergreens to another regional title. She also surpassed the 1,000-point plateau for her career this year. She's headed to division 2 Winona State.
Sam's roommate-to-be at Winona State is Marshfield's Katie Wolff, another repeat performer. The senior guard had 12 points, 3 steals and 5 assists per outing, while hitting an astounding 55% of her three pointers.
Joining Wolff is her Tiger teammate Danielle Carlson. The 6-2 senior put up 15 points and 6 rebounds per game, hitting 55% of her field goals. She's headed to Marquette on a volleyball scholarship. Wolff and Carlson have the Tigers headed to state for a 2nd straight year.
Next up is Wausau East senior Angela Pepowski. Angela scored 16 points per game, and led the Wisconsin Valley Conference in rebounding. She also led the Lumberjacks in steals and deflections, and according to her coach, is a threat from inside out.
Rounding out the large school squad is Jessica Waldvogel of Wausau West. The 5-9 junior guard averaged better than 16 points, 5 rebounds and one-and-a-half steals and assists per game. Jessica's coach says she had to be the team's main ballhandler this season, while being guarded by the opponents' best defender, if not double-teamed.
To the small schools now, and three familiar faces. We'll start in Amherst, where Kate Glodowski was too much for opponents. The Michigan Tech recruit averaged 18 points, 8 rebounds, 6 steals, 4 assists and 2 blocks, not to mention she's 2nd in her graduating class, and surpassed 1,000 career points. P.s., her Falcons are headed to state for a 4th straight year.
Next is Edgar's Connie Urmanski. The senior did it all for her Wildcats, 15 points, 4 assists, 3 steals 81 percent free throw. According to her coach, Connie was the team quarterback, tremendous ballhandler, tenacious defender, hard-nosed, unselfish team player.
Our third repeat performer is sheila opelt. The senior averaged 11 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, hitting 50-percent of her field goals while only playing less than 3 quarters per game most nights. The Warriors won at least 21 games per season in her prep career.
Making the team for the first time is Newman sophomore Taylor Thomas. Taylor's numbers were 16 points, 7 rebounds, 3 steals on a Cardinals squad that led the marawood south in scoring.
Finally, Wittenberg-Birnamwood senior Kelsey Resch. Her coach says she's the heart and soul of the team. The senior Charger was good for 14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and a block per game. She's the school's all-time leading rebounder, surpassed 1,000 career points, and helped lead the Chargers to the schools first regional championship.
Congratulations to our 2009 NewsChannel 7 Basketball All-Stars, from all of us at NewsChannel 7.