A collection of the top high school girls basketball players from Western Wisconsin are spending their summer fine-tuning their skills and facing some top notch competition along the way. In Wednesday's Gordy's Athlete of the Week segment, SportScene 13's Bob Gallaher introduces us to the Wisconsin Fury.
John Wittwer, one of several coaches for the Fury says, "It's an opportunity for the kids to see what's out there outside of Western Wisconsin as far as skill goes, certainly gives them the opportunity to up their games by playing against premiere, quality basketball players."
The 17-and-under Wisconsin Fury AAU girls basketball squad is enjoying a busy summer, criss-crossing the country, competing against some of the top high school players in the nation, with the hope that they can catch the eye of Division 1 and 2 college coaches.
Tayler Kuehndorf, who will be a senior at Barron High School next year says, "Everyone wants to get better competing against each other, making us better during the off-season with AAU because we play a lot better competition around the country."
Fall Creek's Jonalyn Wittwer adds "We're definitely one of the smallest teams in the nation, their going to be 6-foot plus and over who we'll play, we're going to be small, use speed and quickness, use our smarts, ability to play, stick with them and see what we can do."
Under the direction of head coach Mike Harris, the Fury will compete in a tournament in Cincinnati later this week, and have trips to Chicago, Tennessee, and Kansas planned in the coming weeks. The girls say while they are building new friendships on the court this summer, they look forward to squaring off against each other when they return to their respective high school teams next year.
Rice Lake's Rachel Goettl says, "It's really fun when we play someone from Fury during the school season because there's always a little bit of competition that you're excited to play them and you kind of know their moves and everything."
Boyceville's Abbey Bird adds, "I love these girls, but I'll be honest with you, I hated some of them before I got to know them, they're my best friends now, it's fun, learn new stuff and even if you lose it's not a big deal in summer ball, it's just about getting better."