While Heather Bowe is your player of the year....another Cloverbelt team, Neillsville, enjoyed one of the finest seasons this area has ever seen, on their way to a Division 4 Girl's Basketball State Title...SportScene 13's Jenn Chapman has more in our Gordy's Athlete of the Week...
Fresh off their championship run, we recognize not one but fifteen athletes this week…
"We are Neillsville's state champions!"
The undefeated, 28-0, Lady Warriors, who captured the school's first girl's basketball state championship was led by 6 seniors who understood the road to perfection wasn't about personal playing time.
Coach John Gaier: "As far as leaders in practice and leaders about attitude and being winners, those kids were just great role models."
Alyssa Anding/Neillsville Senior:"Even though some of them didn't play as much they still pushed us in practice, even the JV and Freshman. They really helped us to get to where we are now."
The selfless and team oriented group credits their winning attitude to a coach that asked one thing of them, to come every day, ready to work.
Coach John Gaier: " To me that's the only way that you can accomplish being undefeated, and that is you don't think about the past and you don't think way into the future. You just deal with what's in front of you that day and I think our kids have done a great job of that."
Corina Craigs/Neillsville Senior: "We learn not only basketball from him but we learn life lessons that we can take on forever, in college and once we get out in the world."
The team found confidence from their coaching staff, one another, and the community. They say it was as if the whole town of Neillsville, population of less than 3000, was supporting them the entire way.
Katelyn Crothers/Neillsville Sophomore: "During the championship game, I would definitely say if anyone tried to find anyone in Neillsville, there probably would be no one left because everyone was there at the championship game, so it was amazing to have that much support."
Arguably the number one contributing factor to the Warrior's success comes form a 15 player roster with so much depth that collectively they put up over 1500 points on the season.
Katelyn Crothers/Neillsville Sophomore: "We outscored the other bench players and that's what you need in a great team, so I can see us winning two more at least."
For athlete of the week, Jenn Chapman, SportScene13.