New Berlin West girl kickers to return 15 players
Earn three first-team all-conference places
The New Berlin West girls season was an up-and-down ride, as injuries and poor weather messed with the Vikings.
The most serious injury was to freshman defender Michele Norris, who was lost to a torn ACL and meniscus and was out for the season.
Most of the girls were banged up due to the nature of the schedule with makeup games caused by all the rain. At one point West played 10 games in 13 days.
"We preached all season that there are no excuses and we simply need to play with our best effort every game," coach Pete Knebel said.
West finished with an overall record of 11-6, but the Vikings were 8-3 in conference play, putting them in fourth place in the Woodland Conference.
"We improved by one position over last year in conference with a key, and long overdue win against New Berlin Eisenhower in an epic game," Knebel said. "As a whole, we beat the teams we should have and struggled with the tougher teams in our schedule."
West will be returning 15 girls to the varsity next season, including 10 seniors.
"Head coach Hansi Herzog is building a program here and each season we keep making positive strides forward and improving the strength of our program," Knebel said.
West had three first-team all conference selections in Lexi Porter, Lizzie Kuhl and Jenna Brzeski as well as three honorable mentions in Kat Daigle, Rachel Butler and Tina Bedwell.
West graduated three seniors: Abbie Loeper (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh), Logan Ormeroid (Carroll University) and Kuhl (UW-La Crosse).
"We have a special group of girls here at West and with continued dedication to fitness and first touch, we are excited about our continued growth as a program for next season in Division 2," Knebel said.
— Tom "Sky" Skibosh
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