Wolverines have size, speed, shooters
The Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines will be able to put a nice combination of size, speed and shooting on the court this winter as they play their second full season under Head Coach Keith Ferris.
The Wolverines won 20 of their 26 games last year - an immense improvement over their 10-15 season in 2009-2010.
The price tag for the big turnabout was the loss of senior standouts Kelsi Crawford, Courtney Volkmann and Rachel Craig to graduation.
Ferris enters the 2011-2012 season with just one senior on his club. Avery Jackson recently signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles. Jackson's defensive abilities make her an unpopular player with the competition.
"Other coaches tell me that their players hate playing against Avery," Ferris said. "She's our shutdown person."
The Wolverines have six sophomores in the fold led by 6-2 post Emily Miron.
"She's tall but she's very athletic," Ferris said. "She's probably one of the most athletics posts in our section."
Ferris will usually see double figure scoring and rebounding from Miron but what he really appreciates is her unselfish play.
"She knows when to take it to the hoop and when to dish it off for the better look," Ferris said.
Posting up with Miron will be 6-0 Melissa Moenkedick. Like Miron, Moenkedick sees the court well and knows where to be on defense.
Courtney Dumpprope gives the Wolverines a post player that can rotate in with Moenkedick or Miron. The former Parkers Prairie player, who can be a double figure scorer, is expected to log more varsity minutes this season.
The Wolverines have Macy Hartman slated for a utility role. Hartman had knee surgery after the 2010-2011 season and has been testing herself in practice.
Sarah Craig will be the Wolverines good depth in the post. Craig improved steadily over the course of the 2010-2011 season according to Ferris.
Caitlin Volkmann returns to play a point guard role for the Wolverines. Volkmann is a good shooter and has the long arms needed to break up passes on defense.
Sophomore Hope Theisen will give the Wolverines another point guard option. Theisen is very athletic and a good ball-handler.
"She is going full speed all of the time," Ferris said. "She can dribble right around people."
Heather Theisen will handle a wing and the back problem that gave her issues last year was not in evidence during the first week of practice.
Sydney Schissel is expected to play an important defensive role off the bench for WDC.
"She's very quick and she can steal the ball," Ferris said.
The Wolverines have a tough conference and section to contend with this season. Mattie Lueck is back for Pequot Lakes. Detroit Lakes and Staples-Motley will also be contenders.
Pelican Rapids and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton are both expected to be factors in the Section 8 playoffs. The Wolverines eliminated Pelican in the first round of section play last year but the Vikings only lost one senior off a team that went 19-8.