Wildcats recognize 40-for-40 team

Forty players representing 40 years of Waconia girls’ basketball were recognized and honored during halftime of the Wildcats’ Dec. 28 game against Waseca.

Forty players representing 40 years of Waconia girls’ basketball were recognized and honored during halftime of the Wildcats’ Dec. 28 game against Waseca.

The Waconia girls’ basketball program celebrated its 40th season on Dec. 28, by recognizing the 40-for-40 team during halftime of the Wildcats’ 99-59 win over Waseca.

The 40-for-40 team, chosen earlier this fall by public nominations and a panel of Wildcat basketball historians, represents a sampling of the talented individuals who have helped bring the WHS program to where it is today.

In its 40 years, the program has tallied eight conference championships: 1979, 1982, 1989, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013, and the 2013-14 Wildcats are pursuing a ninth title this season with a 4-6 record so far.

The program has a 518-372 record as of Dec. 28, and has had 24 winning seasons since its inception the winter of 1974-75.

The 2012-13 team holds the record for the most points scored in a season (1,777), while this year’s team busted the record for most points scored in a game, now at 114 from the Big Lake game earlier this year.

The 1989 team held records for both the largest margin of victory and the fewest points allowed in a game, defeating Rockford 76-28 and then holding the same team to 10 points again that season. The 2013-14 team reset the largest margin of victory to 53 points this season, also at Big Lake.

Ali Dunkelberger (Class of 2010) receives a certificate from senior Kaylee Vanderhoff.

Ali Dunkelberger (Class of 2010) receives a certificate from senior Kaylee Vanderhoff.

In both 1989 and 2010, Waconia teams tallied 22 wins, the most in a season.

Jenny Van Kirk (2006) holds the WHS record for most points scored in a career with 1,238. She is followed by Tracy Johnson (1988) at 1,134; Scotti Moats (2009) at 1,089); Ali Dunkelberger (2010) at 1,072; and Cyndi Buetow (1990) at 1,000 points.

The top all-time rebounders for the WHS girls’ program include Lauren Deadrick (Class of 2012, 774 career rebounds), Mary Sauter (1978, 765), Cyndi Buetow (1990, 750), and Chelsea Honebrink (2006, 700).

Coached by Carl Pierson since the 2011-12 season, the winningest coaches for the Waconia girls’ basketball team include Tom Doyscher, who coached from 1997-2011 and held a career record of 193-151; Mel Anderson, who led the team from 1977-1986 with a record of 121-91; and Jim Tisel, who coached from 1986-1990 and held a 64-32 record.

 

The 40-for-40 team included (alpha order, first name):

Ali Dunkelberger (Class of 2010)

Ali Peters (1995)

Amanda Iverson (2009)

Amy Erickson (2010)

Andrea Drapcho (2000)

Ann Johnson (1990)

Anne Wiebe (1992)

Barb Burandt (1978)

Britta Rinke (2010)

Cathy Kirsch (1987)

Char Schuler (1979)

Chelsea Honebrink (2006)

Courtney Sletten (1998)

Cyndi Buetow (1990)

Emily Van Kirk (2003)

Holly Olson (2001)

Jenny Van Kirk (2006)

Jessica Drapcho (1997)

Karen Ohlsen (1984)

Kathy Ebert (1986)

Kris Paul (1979)

Lacy Skoog (2001)

Laura Schmitt (2012)

Lauren Deadrick (2012)

Leah Christensen (2010)

Lisa Jacobsen (1981)

Mary Sauter (1978)

Megan Doyscher (2001)

Morgan Iverson (2013)

Robin Goetz (1982)

Rochelle Goetz (1984)

Roxy Wagener (1991)

Sarah Doyscher (1998)

Scotti Moats (2009)

Steph Dressen (2013)

Sue Koppi (1980)

Terri Honebrink (1981)

Terri Schneider (1997)

Tracy Johnson (1988)

Vicki Litfin (1979)

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 
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