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Blue Water Area girls basketball 2022-23 season preview

Updated: Dec 1, 2022

We’re less than a week away from tipoff of the 2022-23 girls basketball season. Games can officially begin on Monday, Nov. 28, and this year, teams are allowed to play 22 games, giving fans two extra opportunities to watch and cheer for their hometown favorites.

Marysville and Imlay City return as conference and district champions, Port Huron High and Port Huron Northern will introduce new coaches, and the battle for a BWAC title ought to be a close one as some of last year’s top teams return large portions of their lineups.

Let’s take a closer look at the season to come:


Imlay City

2021-22 season: 19-4 overall, 14-0 BWAC. Conference and District champions.

Coach: Bill Lengemann, entering his first year as head coach, spent 5 years as assistant

Key returners: Lily Lengemann and Lexa Forti

Losses to graduation: Mary Lengemann, Ana Lengemann, and Jaya Forti

Coach’s comment: We lost 80% of our scoring from last year, but I am very excited to see what some of our young players can do.

First game: Thursday, Dec. 1 v. Clio (7 p.m.)


2021-22 Season: 14-8 overall, 11-3 in the BWAC (2nd)

Coach: Bryan Goulding, entering his sixth season

Key returners: Abbi Dykstra, Gracie Ostrander, and Alyssa Barr

Losses to graduation: Jenna Griffith and Natalie Long

Coach’s comment: Our team had a good year last year placing second, and we return four out of five starters so we should be competing for a league title.

First game: Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Port Huron Northern (7 p.m.)


2021-22 Season: 14-8 overall, 10-4 in the BWAC (3rd)

Coach: John Baerwolf, entering his eighth season

Key returners: Meya Drob, Ella Sutton, Brooklyn Pratt, and Ashlyn Upton

Losses to graduation: Emma Cleland and Hailey Schramm

Coach’s comment: We’re looking to stay healthy and work on competing against the teams in our league and using our non-league games to get better.

First game: Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Deckerville (7:30 p.m.)

North Branch

2021-22 season: 13-9 overall, 8-6 in the BWAC (4th)

Coach: Tim Gormley, entering his 13th season

Key returners: Bailey Gormley, Natasha Bickel, Maci Kaake, and Tracey Ludescher

Losses to graduation: None

Comment: Looking for a strong season and to be very competitive in the league. I believe this group of girls has the ability to win the league.

First game: Tuesday, Nov. 29 v. Marysville (7:30 p.m.)


2021-22 Season: 10-11 overall, 6-8 in the BWAC (5th)

Coach: Dan Matzka, entering his 14th season

Key returners: Ella Stephenson, Jaycee Reams, Danielle Rowland, and Deanna DeLange

Losses to graduation: We lost five seniors that were with the program for four years.

Coach's comment: We returned four players with a good amount of experience. Our numbers are low, so we will need to mix less experienced players in with our returners as the season progresses we should get better and better.

First game: Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Marine City (7 p.m.)


2021-22 Season: 7-14 overall, 4-10 in the BWAC (6th)

Coach: Erik Johnson, entering his seventh season

Key returners: Kendall Roszczewski, Grace Koenig, Lydia LaCavera, Brandi Zimmer, and Ava Panduren.

Losses to graduation: Grace Johnson, Lizzy Brandt, and Sarah Hall

Coach’s comment: We’re excited to see what we can bring to the table every night. We have a good core returning and some younger athleticism to join us.

First game: Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Brandon (6 p.m.)


2021-22 Season: 3-19 overall, 2-12 in the BWAC (7th)

Coach: Katelyn Noll, entering her second season

Key returners: Isabella Edwards, Emma Noll, Savannah Krampits, Aubrey Connelly, Brooklyn Schultz, Melody Persig, and Mackenzy Dennison

Losses to graduation: Olivia Brunk, Ava Vitale, and Brooklyn Miller

Coach’s comment: We are a young team and have some key returning girls. We also have a couple of seniors who took a year off who will benefit us this season. The girls put hard work in this summer and we are excited to get out on the court.

First game: Thursday, Dec. 1 v. Deckerville (7:30)


2021-22 season: 4-16 overall, 1-13 in the BWAC (8th)

Coach: Bryan Schorman, entering his second year

Key returners: Kosette Bartels, Lauren Teltow, and Liz Kocher

Losses to graduation: Ashley Halligan

Coach’s comment: We are young and inexperienced at some positions, but I am looking forward to seeing some of the talented underclassmen compete and finish games. We struggled last year finishing some games and I hope we can overcome some of the mental obstacles that prevented us from pulling out of some of those games with a “W”.

First game: Monday, Nov. 28 at Fraser (5:30 p.m.)



2021-22 Season: 22-3 overall, 10-0 in the MAC-Gold. League, MAC Tournament, District, and Regional champions

League: MAC-Blue

Coach: Ryan Rathje, entering his 21st season

Key returners: Kara Miller, Meghan Winston, Avery Wolters, Ava Grant, Allison Fraley, Ryan Quain, and Addison Mynsberge

Losses to graduation: Kaitlyn Cain, Anna Oles, Madelyn Smith, Lauren Wilson, Sydney Hilgendorf, Gracie Fogarty, Addison Wallace, and Rae Pirie

Coach’s comment: We have moved up to a new league this year and we have a very tough schedule in store. Defense, rebounding, and timely shooting will be keys to our success.

First game: Tuesday, Nov. 29 at North Branch (7:30 p.m.)

Marine City

2021-22 Season: 16-5 overall, 8-2 in the MAC-Gold (2nd)

League: MAC-Gold

Coach: Jeff Austin, entering his 11th season

Key returners: Jade Blanchard, Josalyn Dietlin, Olivia Volkman, and Sydney Smith

Losses to graduation: Khloe Austin, Janie Ferrone, and Isabella Volkman

Coach’s comment: We only have two seniors, but a seasoned junior class so we should be very competitive.

First game: Wednesday, Nov. 30 v. Algonac (7 p.m.)

Port Huron

2021-22 Season: 14-8 overall, 6-4 in the MAC-Red (3rd)

League: MAC-Red

Coach: Stacie Maier, entering her first season

Key returners: Illiana Williams, Mashyla Hughes, Daija Brown, and Izzy Trombly

Losses to graduation: Julia Gilbert and Mia Jacobs

Coach’s comment: We are a young team with a lot of heart. I am excited to see how the girls come together and build for team success.

First game: Friday, Dec. 2 v. Chippewa Valley (7 p.m.)

Port Huron Northern

2021-22 Season: 6-15 overall, 1-9 in the MAC-Red (5th)

League: MAC-White

Coach: Ryan Rossi, entering his first season

Key returners: Kate Nichol, Shannon Fealko, and Charlotte Eastman

Losses to graduation: Jersey Mcgregor

Coach’s comment: We will be a young team but we are looking to compete and improve every day. They’re a great group of kids and all really excited about the upcoming season.

First game: Wednesday, Nov. 30 v. Yale (7 p.m.)

St. Clair

2021-22 Season: 12-9 overall, 6-4 in the MAC-Gold (3rd)

League: MAC-White

Coach: Darren Pietrykowski, entering his fourth season

Key returners: Erin Seros, Peyton Malcolm, and Ashlyn Zimmer

Losses to graduation: Skye Gottler and Paris Henderson

Coach’s comment: We will have depth. I have high expectations for this group of girls.

First game: Friday, Dec. 2 at New Haven (5 p.m.)

Who's your favorite to go all the way this season?

  • Algonac

  • Almont

  • Armada

  • Cros-Lex


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