Here is my video of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Can’t wait to see my nominees do their videos. Video is out on Facebook and Twitter. For every Re-tweet on Twitter my video gets I will donate $1 for each Re-Tweet in the next 24 hours to the ALS Foundation.
If interested in donating please visit ALSA.ORG
Congratulations to Madison Wolf as she recently Verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Madison joins her sister Mackenzie Wolf who Verbally committed in Fall of 2013. Madison had a tremendous summer for the Wisconsin Lakers White team helping lead the team to a 51-8 record. She choose Green Bay over multiple D1 offers that spanned all across the country.
Madison is one of the hardest workers the Lakers have had. Her dedication and commitment to consistently work to get better is truly amazing. Her remarkable work ethic is a big reason why Madison had such a tremendous summer. Playing against many BCS recruits throughout the summer Madison dominated on the offensive end with her versatility to finish with either hand. She has been in the Laker program for 3 years, and was a member of the Laker White team for 2 years. Madison was truly a joy to coach, we will miss her, but are very much looking forward to watching her and her sister at Green Bay next year.
Wisconsin Laker Whites won the Blue Star National tournament in August, GA, played July 27 – 29. The Laker Whites finished off a dominating season winning 8 of the 12 tournaments entered. Undefeated in the state of Wisconsin, the Laker Whites finished with a 51 – 8 record for the season.
The championship at Nationals didn’t come easy as the Lakers had to beat a very good Rivals team from Massachusetts. The Lakers were down 6 with three minutes to go when point guard Emma Meriggioli hit a huge 3 to cut the deficit to 3. Then, SG Taylor Higginbotham stole the ball and scored to cut the lead to 1. The Lakers caught Massachusetts in regulation and defeated them in overtime 68-62. In the semi-finals the Lakers led early 34-20, but with nine minutes to go, the St. Louis Warriors made their run, cutting the lead to one point with 10 seconds left. Forward Green Bay commit, Madison Wolf took a huge charge and point guard Emma Meriggioli made two free throws to seal the win for the Laker by 3 and put them in the finals. In the Championship game the Lakers dominated from start to finish with SG Taylor Higginbotham and point guard Allison Hughes leading the early charge. The Lakers led wire to wire with a double digit lead most of the way before winning by 9. The Laker Whites as always, played in the top division and the top tournaments versus the best teams in the country winning 8 out of 12 tournaments is a tremendous accomplishment for the girls.
Along the way the Lakers defeated the Colorado Rockies and Team Express Black, who also played in this tournament as well. The final two teams in the Windy City USJN Summer Finale were two Wisconsin teams both of which had lost to the Laker Whites. This was truly an exceptional team and showed why that as much as they have tremendous basketball talent, they all put the team first, which is why they achieved such great success. Lakers Whites only played Man 2 Man defense all summer.
Thanks to all of the Laker players and we look forward to continued success and many more NCAA Championships.
Congratulations to Wisconsin Lakers Gold on going 5-0 and winning the Purple Division at the North Tartan Meltdown July 24-26th in Minnesota. This is the second year in a row Lakers Gold has won the Purple Division at the Meltdown. Very proud of this group, they continued to get better all summer. Great group of girls, and Coach Foster did a great job leading them.
In Pool play Lakers Gold defeated NC Heat, Northern Lites, and Purple Aces which advanced them to the Final Four of the Purple Division. First game in playoffs Lakers Gold defeated the Wisconsin Lightning, and in the Final the Lakers defeated ND Pro to take home the Gold ball trophy!
Quote from Coach Jason Foster “Even though we played shorthanded the Lakers Gold overcame adversity to finish first at the North Tartan Meltdown. This was achieved through hard work and perseverance, while each player made pivotal plays to contribute to our teams success. By far the girls played their best defensive and rebounding game of the season in the championship game. I am very proud of them”
Congratulations to Wisconsin Lakers 7th Black coached by Curt Keller who went 3-0 this past weekend winning the Pride Classic. Congratulations girls!
Congratulations to CJ Usadel (Sheboygan North) and Morgan Vukovich (Mukwonago) on making their college decisions on where they will not only get an education, but also play basketball.
CJ Usadel recently committed to play at Lakeland College (Sheboygan) NCAA D3 and will be a Muskie in the Fall. Lakeland plays in the NACC conference. CJ is a huge addition to the program, at Sheboygan North CJ averaged 11 PPG and help the Raiders win the Fox River Classic Conference, and finished with a 24-1 record on the season. CJ has great leadership on and off the court, but in games she is a fiery competitor who is going to make an impact on the outcome of the game. CJ is a natural wing but showed how versatile she is by playing PG for her HS team all season. Her ability to get to the rack, post up, or knock down the 3 is what makes her so tough for opposing defenses. CJ was a member of the Wisconsin Lakers for 2 seasons.
Morgan Vukovich recently committed to play at Carthage College (Kenosha) and will be a Lady Red in the Fall. Carthage plays in the CCIW conference, and finished the season 26-4. Carthage is regularly in the NCAA D3 National tournament and lost in the Sweet 16 this past season. Morgan a 6’1 Post helped Mukwonago make back to back state basketball tournament appearances. Morgan is a very hard worker who continues to get better, has a good back to the basket game with the ability to hit the outside shot, those skills will play well in the Lady Reds style of play. She is also a great teammate who is very supportive of her teammates, and that character is what helps set her apart. Morgan was a member of the Wisconsin Lakers for 4 seasons.
The Wisconsin Lakers 2014 class now has 9 players that will be playing college basketball in the Fall.