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Kitzinger/Walker are NEC First Team Selections
Issue Date: March 25, 2020
After returning to state in cross country, Marinette senior Katelyn Kitzinger added another feather to the cap that is her high school career with a North Eastern Conference basketball first-team all conference spot.
Kitzinger filled the stat sheet this season, finishing her senior year averaging 17.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists and a dazzling 4.6 steals per game.
Among the moments in Kitzinger's season that stand out were the night she dumped in a school record 51 points in an 86-80 win over Luxemburg-Casco and passing 1,000 points in a game against Freedom. She finished her career with 1,145 points.
Points are great and Kitzinger excelled on the offensive end of the floor, but Kitzinger's prowess on the defensive end of the floor sticks out. She earned first-team all defensive honors in the NEC and was selected for the Division 2 All-Star Game.
"Defensively she allowed us to play many different defenses depending on our opposition and what the team needed," Marinette coach Zac Barker said. "For instance, against several opponents she played man defense against the opponent's best player and other games, she played the top of our 1-3-1 zone applying full court pressure to the opposition."
For Kitzinger, there were three parts of her game: offense, defense and her work off the court with her teammates.
"Besides the on-court contributions, Katelyn is a tremendous leader and helped set the foundation for Marinette Girls Basketball for years to come," Barker said. "I am grateful to have been able to coach Katelyn this past year and truly enjoyed watching her play the game of basketball."
For the Marines boys' basketball team, Asaia Polazzo capped his junior year with an honorable mention spot after leading the Marines in scoring and rebounding.
He finished the year with 17.6 points per game, fifth-best in the conference.
"He was great at getting to the basket and his outside shot became a weapon as the season went on," Marines coach Matt Joost said. "I am looking forward to seeing him develop even more into his senior season."
The Marines also put sophomore wrestler Isaiah Walker on the first team, while Johnny Bieber earned an honorable mention spot.
Walker finished the year at 32-4, going 8-1 in conference.
"He had a great season and was a very hard worker in the practice room," coach Jason Champagne said. "He went 8-1 in the conference and competed with some of the best kids in the state. He will be back hungry next year and ready to compete at the highest level."
Bieber went 23-13 as a sophomore, qualifying for sectionals for the second year in a row.
He finished 7-2 in conference matches, posing matchup problems for a lot of wrestlers, Champagne said. He's another one the coaching staff will be looking for a step forward from next year as the Marines look to get some representation at state once again.
For Oconto Falls, senior Kari Albrecht made the second team in girls' basketball, while junior McKayla Goebel, senior Natalie Brauer and sophomore Alexis Euclide made honorable mention.
Senior Mitchell Manns made the second team for the Panthers' boys' basketball team.
For the Oconto Falls wrestling team, three wrestlers earned some all-conference honors: state champion Clayton Whiting was a unanimous selection on the first team as a sophomore, state qualifier Brendan Konitzer made the second team as a senior and junior Elijah Zielinski was an honorable mention.