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By Missy Klatt
GLENWOOD CITY — Glenwood City girls’ basketball head coach Dean Fayerweather, who is beginning his fourth year at the helm, is hoping to improve upon last year’s record of 7-16 but with only 16 high schoolers out for the 2019-20 varsity and junior varsity seasons it may be a difficult task to complete.
Of those graduating last year, Delaney Quinn will be the biggest loss for the Lady Hilltoppers’ team to fill this upcoming season. Quinn, who was a three-year varsity player, scored 578 points in her career and was named to the Dunn-St. Croix’s second team, all-conference squad last year. According to Fayerweather, Quinn was knowledgeable of the offense and hustled all over the court, and was a good team leader.
Fayerweather will be looking to returning players Makiah Schutz, Delanie Fayerweather, Madelyn Oehlke, Yasmin Mendez, and Isabella Rassbach to lead the team this year. Coach Fayerweather will be using senior Makiah Schutz in the post position where he is hoping she will be a big asset. The other four, who are juniors, all saw playing time on varsity last year as sophomores. Delanie Fayerweather was also second on the team in three-point field goals last season.
Joining this group on varsity will be returning letter winners and seniors Bethany Ullom and Kassidi Thompson.
Coach Fayerweather sees post play as a strength for his team this year. But he concedes that his team may have a hard time playing at a high enough level on a consistent basis in every game to win. Still, his goals for this year’s team, besides winning more games than last year, is to be in every game and not quit and to win a second-round WIAA playoff game.
Surely, if he can motivate his team to do the best that they can, it will certainly go a long way in their quest for more wins this season. A year ago, Glenwood City finished sixth in the conference’s final standings with a 5-9 mark.
As for the competition, Fayerweather states that Colfax is returning a lot of talent and he sees them taking the conference title once again. Based on their history with Glenwood City, he also thinks Durand will be vying for the top spot in the conference.
He continued his outlook on the competition by saying, “Mondovi is a team to look out for and Elk Mound will find a way to be there at the end.”
Joining Fayerweather as the assistant coach this season will be Carly Kittilson. Kittilson, who teaches in the elementary, was a part of the Boyceville girls’ basketball team that finished as the Division 3 state runner-up in 2002.
Glenwood City’s season got underway last night, Tuesday, November 19, when it travel to Cumberland to face the Beavers. The Toppers follow that contest with another road game in Prescott on Thursday, November 21. Glenwood City won’t have its home opener until after the Thanksgiving break on Tuesday, December 3rd when they host Ellsworth.
Seniors: Makiah Schutz, Bethany Ullom, Kassidi Thompson, and Mae Buttles
Juniors: Delanie Fayerweather, Yasmin Leandro-Mendez, Madelyn Oehlke, Natasha DeSmith, and Isabella Rassbach
Sophomores: Kendall Schutz and Morgan Johnson
Freshmen: Mali Draxler, Devynn Olson, Aria DeSmith, Eliza Voeltz, and Aubree Logghe