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Five starters boost MMC girls' spirits

Friday, December 8, 2006

Members of the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 2006-2007 girls basketball team are, front row, left to right, Whitney Walton, Anna Klingenberg, Samantha Taylor. Middle, Brittney Pierce, Kaylee Dreckman, Jena Mittelstadt, Rachel McDermott. Back, Jill Bird, Jessica Zubrod, Andrea Doeden, Catilin Johnson, Jasmine Borngraeber.
MARCUS - First-year coach Shane Williams looks to improve on the 5-17 record the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls basketball team posted last year, with that squad hampered throughout by lack of numbers, inexperience, and a rugged War Eagle Conference schedule.

The bright side this campaign in the fact the Eagles return all five starters among seven returning letter winners that are sure to bolster the MMC cause and make a noise in the WEC play.

Senior captains Anna Klingenberg and Caitlin Johnson head that talented nucleus, along with juniors Kaylee Dreckman, Andrea Doeden, and Samantha Taylor. Juniors Jill Bird and Jessica Zubrod also earned varsity letters last season and will impact this year's squad.

Among the promising newcomers this year are juniors Brittney Pierce and Whit Walton, freshmen Rachel McDermott (keep an eye on her!) and Jenna Mittelstadt, and senior foreign exchange student Jasmina Borngraeber from Germany.

Klingenberg was a WEC honorable mention pick last season.

Learning an all-new system is among the team shortcomings this year, according to Williams. Major team strengths include five returning starters and increased numbers (18 high school girls out this season compared to eight last year).

"It will take time for us to learn the new system and gel as a team," noted Williams. "The positive is that we have starting experience to get us through that learning curve. We have to learn how to win and to overcome the issues that led to the 5-17 record. Our main goal is to go out each and every game and give our best team effort and compete no matter who the competition is."

Veteran Eagle coach Ric Collins is assisting Williams this season.

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