Record-setting Koss making her point
DELAVAN -- Kori Koss didn't have any idea what was happening when officials stopped last year's late-season game and Athletic Director Matthew Eby addressed the crowd.
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It turns out the junior point guard had established a single-season school record for total points, helping Wisconsin School for the Deaf to a 72-54 victory and besting Tanya Perry's mark of 359 set in 1993-'94.
“I was shocked,” Koss said recently through sign language interpreter Paola Lopez. “I didn't know. It was in the first quarter and they stopped the game and everybody was looking at me.”
Plenty of fans will keep an eye on Koss during her senior season at WSD after she earned honorable mention status on the annual all-Walworth County girls basketball team and made the Indian Trails Conference first unit.
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Whitewater team to watch this season
The Trojans finished 26-2 and advanced to the D-3 state championship contest. It was the Trojans' second consecutive trip to state, having lost in the semifinals in 2012.
That nice run featured the likes of Breanna Gaspervich, Alicia Oleson, Andrea Olsen and Rachel Atchison, who combined to average almost 54 ppg last season. Gaspervich has moved onto Northern Michigan after surpassing the 1,000-point mark.
Sophomore Katrina Santos (3.6) is the top returning scorer.
The Whippets return their two best players after finishing second in the Rock Valley North with a 13-3 record, winding up 20-4 overall.
Senior Brooke Trewyn made the first team after leading the conference in scoring (20.7) and rebounding (10.4), while junior Sarah Schumacher (9.6), junior Kailey Reynolds (9.3) and senior Dani Dolan (5.7), honorable mention picks, also return.
The Panthers were 4-12 in RVC South play and 9-14 overall, but they lost their top player, first-teamer Sam Morateck (12.3), to graduation, as well as honorable mention selections Caitlyn Rautsaw (6.0) and Kristine Watts (4.0).
Badger must replace three key cogs from its 16-8 squad: first-team pick Karina Reeves (12.8), second-team choice Tristan Sproul (7.0) and honorable mention selection Stephanie Espinosa (4.3).
Senior Kortlyn Freeman (2.5) and junior Lilly Quinn (5.4) return.
The Comets return senior second-teamer Kylie Collins (13.6), although they must replace honorable mention pick Amanda McLernon (7.5).
To better their 1-13 league and 3-20 overall showings, DDHS needs sophomore Jennah Speth (3.8) and seniors Avery Hembrook (2.6) and Megan Butke (2.4) to pick up the slack.
The Elks will rely heavily on senior Erin Schahczinski, who made the first team after averaging 12.1 ppg. However, honorable mention selection Jessica Hauser (9.9) has graduated.
Elkhorn finished 7-7 in league play and 11-13 overall and could move up if it turns around five games that it lost by six or fewer points.
The Elks also will need junior Abbie Kolacke (5.4) to carry more of the load.
The Bay tied for last place in the Trailways South at 1-13, going 5-17 overall with a lineup that included honorable mention selections Josie Bauscher (8.3) and Claire Canda (9.3).
Williams Bay's top returnees include junior EmmaLynn Meyers (7.6) and senior Kameron Brown (3.1).
The Eagles took second place in the Indian Trails (Blue) at 5-3, but they settled for an 8-12 overall record.
Faith's top nine scorers return. That includes senior Alida Knudtson (11.6), junior Maisy Alldredge (6.8), senior McKenzie Skrede (4.1) and junior Hannah Thomas (3.4).