The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

High School Sports

March 19, 2014

Atkinson first-team East


“I think she is the kind of kid you would love to coach,” Kettman said of Meier. “She looked like she knew how to play the game; I think Lizzie is well deserving of a first-team honor.”

The second-team representatives from Prince of Peace are seniors Lauren Pittman and Andrea Aquilani.

“Lauren had the most varsity experience going into this year having played the last three years at the varsity level,” Maddasion said. “She’s been there, done that. She stepped up and she hit the ground running with our point guard position when we didn’t have a true point guard.”

Pittman was second to Atkinson in steals with 34.

Aquilani was the Irish’s deep shooter as she made 38 of the team’s 50 3-pointers this season.

“She was our spark,” Maddasion says of Aquilani. “One thing that she really wasn’t known for is that she was a great ball handler. She helped Lauren get the ball up the floor, and that was overlooked, because it wasn’t necessarily anything flashy, but she was a tremendous help in that regard.”

Jackie Kokjohn received honorable mention status while Marquette’s Anne Nolting did as well.

Calamus-Wheatland had three girls receive honors — Rebecca Vanderheiden (first), senior McKenna Luepker (second), and sophomore Nina Cray as honorable mention.




First Team

Shelby Hembera, jr., Cedar Valley Christian; Lizzie Meier, sr., Easton Valley; Rebecca Vanderheiden, jr., Calamus-Wheatland; Nicole Blum, jr., Marquette Catholic; Brianna Schurbon, sr., Midland; Alaina Martensen, sr., Midland; Karli Atkinson, sr., Prince of Peace; Blake Banowetz, jr., Marquette Catholic.

Second Team

Morgan Peterson, jr., Midland; Gabby Vasconcelos, sr., Easton Valley; Grace Sieverding, sr., Marquette Catholic; Andrea Aquilani, sr., Prince of Peace; Lauren Pittman, sr., Prince of Peace; McKenna Luepker, sr., Calamus-Wheatland.

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