Area High School Sports Previews - MMC
MMC Boys Hope to Improve on last season
MARCUS - Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Coach Mark Fisher welcomed six returning lettermen in this, his second season at the helm of the Eagles' varsity boys' basketball program.
Senior Dylan Spieler, a four-year varsity starter who earned 1st team All-War Eagle Conference honors and also received mention for state-wide honors, is expected to lead the team again this winter, and he will be joined by lettermen Ben Specht, Isaiah Petersen, Jacob Spieler, Reece Jackson and Zach Reuter as the team hopes to improve on last season's record of 14-9 overall and 5-5 in War Eagle Conference play.
Fisher looks for junior Conner Hanson, sophomores Sam Hueser, Jake Hunter and Mitch Galles, and freshmen Devin Lux, Cameron Schueder and Jerome Holmes to compete for the final spots on the roster and impact the varsity lineup as the season progresses.
Coach Fisher sees "athletic size, versatility and some late -season experience from last year" as his team's strengths.
Fisher will be assisted by former Eagle stalwart Don Cave this season.
MMC girls need more scorers to step up this season
MARCUS - A blend of seniors, juniors, and sophomores must fit the bill for this year's Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn girls basketball team, with a couple from each class gaining varsity experience last season as the Eagles competed in the rugged War Eagle Conference.
Among the senior class that must provide leadership and continuity for coach Tim Dreckman's team are Nicki Schwarz, Sydney Roberts, Amber Neisius, and Heather Hoefling, while juniors Alison Meehan, Jasi Vasher, and Angeleah Hoefling also must step to the fore to help guide the Eagles through another tought WEC campaign.
Four talented sophomores who saw considerable action last season as freshmen include Sarah Dreckman, Ashley Hurd, Brooklyn Treinen, Maddie Phillips, and Louisa Hansen.
MMC will have to work hard inside due to a lack of height over all, but will hustle and play good defense - a coach Dreckman requirement at all times.
"We need to find some shooters to step up and help take the pressure off the girls who have shown in the past they can score the ball," said coach Dreckman, "otherwise our scorers will be double and triple teamed and then where do we go from there?"
Coach Dreckman will again be assisted by Mark Hurd.
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