By Cara L. Dempski
WISCONSIN DELLS — While most recent graduates were out celebrating their final summer before college or working to save up money, Colfax’s Ally Heidorn had other things on her mind.
She was mostly concerned about where her basketball shoes were, and what her new teammates would be like.
[emember_protected] Heidorn represented the Lady Vikings as a member of the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association’s Division 4 North girls’ all-star team at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells June 16. The former Colfax student was glad for the opportunity to play with some of the best D4 high school players in the state.
“The game was definitely the highlight of the week,” Heidorn explained. “It was different to play with girls who weren’t my Colfax teammates, but I really enjoyed getting to meet and pay with some of D4’s best players.”
The former Viking also said she was honored to play for Coaches Lionel Jones and Curtiss Stark from Durand, and Kim Weber from Cameron.
The WBCA treated the all-star teams well the entire week, according to Heidorn.
The group met for its first practice at 7 p.m., Monday June 12 at Durand High School. Many team members spent the night at the home of Ambree Schlosser before heading out to Oakwood Mall in Eau Claire the following morning for shopping and team caricatures. After a few more hours of fun at Chaos water park, the team trooped back to Jones’ home, where they were treated to a team dinner.
They moved on to the high school for another team practice before going to bed that evening.
Everyone packed up and headed to Wisconsin Dells the morning of June 14, where they arrived in time to attend a player meeting, take a team photograph, and receive their uniforms. The D4 North team ate lunch at Buffalo Phil’s before heading to a Tommy Bartlett water show.
The ladies played the first time as a team in an evening scrimmage, testing their mettle against girls in other divisions before heading to bed.
Thursday opened with a speaker from the Midwest Athletes Children’s Cancer Fund. All girls’ and boys’ all-star game participants raised money for the MACC Fund as part of their participation in the events. Heidorn said the 2017 athletes raised over $400,000 for the organization.
The North team met for a practice on the court at JustAgame after hearing from the speaker, and then went for lunch and a jet boat ride before heading back to get in some fun and relaxation in their hotel water park.
The WBCA girls’ and boys’ teams gathered for a player recognition banquet that evening at Chula Vista resort before calling it a night.
Friday was game day, and the ladies were treated to a limo ride from their hotel to the JustAgame center. Teams were given true all-star treatment with a fog machine and spotlights adding drama to their entrance to the court for the 10:45 a.m. game.
The recent Colfax graduate spent 21 minutes on the floor for the game, sinking five field goals for 10 points, reeling in an offensive rebound, and providing a pair of assists. She tied with Schlosser in scoring, but the team was led offensively by Iola-Scandinavia’s Leighton Fischer, who picked up 13 points.
While the D4 North team succumbed to their southern opponents 82-66, Heidorn did not express feeling disappointed.
“I am extremely grateful that I was selected to play in the all-star game,” she said. “The basketball aspect was incredible, of course, and the entire week was an amazing experience.”
Heidorn’s former high school coach, Joe Doucette, was proud to see her earn a spot on the all-star team.
“Ally did a great job and had a great time,” he said. “She represented Colfax like she always does, with class and effort.” [/emember_protected]