Tara Stauffacher, Sr., Beaver Dam
The 5-foot-11 senior is good enough to score 25 points a game but doesn’t have to because of how much talent she has around her. The future University of Wisconsin player can also score from anywhere on the floor and enters this year as Beaver Dam’s all-time leader in 3-pointers with 129 — already 15 more than the next best in Golden Beavers history.
Maty Wilke, Soph., Beaver Dam
Perhaps the most interesting storyline for the Golden Beavers this year is waiting to see how much better Wilke will get. She was the team’s leading scorer and rebounder last season — and she was only a freshman. The sky’s the limit for the 5-10 guard, who was offered a scholarship from NCAA DI North Dakota before she entered eighth grade and will no doubt get many more DI offers in the months to come.
Ava Douglas, Sr., Reedsburg
Douglas earned first-team all-conference accolades last season as the starting point guard averaged 15.2 points per game. The 5-foot-7 Douglas is a strong, aggressive and scrappy player who is all-around good shooter and is adept at driving the lane and attacking the rim.
Paige Schumann, Sr., Beaver Dam
With so many scorers on the floor for the Golden Beavers, someone has to be the one to dole out the ball, and that job falls primarily on Schumann’s shoulders. She’s 172 assists away from equaling the program’s career mark, and assuming Beaver Dam wins two or three games in the playoffs, she’ll need to average about seven assists per game to get there. She’s also a terrific defender and is more than capable of scoring herself.
Aleah Grundahl, Sr., DeForest
Grundahl garnered first team All-Badger North honors for a second-straight year last season and for good reason. The 6-foot-forward averaged 13.2 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, giving opposing teams fits on both ends of the court.
Jada Donaldson, Sr., Beaver Dam
Those of you old enough to remember UWGB’s Gary Grzesk and Wisconsin’s Mike Kelley know exactly how big of an impact a lockdown defender can have for a championship-minded team. For the Golden Beavers, that’s Donaldson, who is a capable scorer but is most valuable for the points she keeps off the board, not the ones she puts on it.
Maddie Farnsworth, Sr., Waunakee
Farnsworth is the straw that stirs the Warriors’ drink so to speak after earning first team All-Badger North honors last season. The 5-8 shooting guard averaged 11.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.
MacKenzie Roth, Sr., Portage
Roth enters her fourth varsity season with the Warriors coming off an all-conference junior season. The 5-6 guard earned honorable mention status averaging 11.5 points per game, using a strong outside shooting stroke, while also hurting teams by driving to the bucket.
Haley Hannagan, Sr., Baraboo
Hannagan established herself as a player to watch last season, scoring 11.6 points per game on a team that averaged just 44.4 points per game. The 5-foot-8 forward attacked the basket all season, earned honorable mention All-Badger North honors and left an impression with a 23-point game in a 67-42 Division 2 regional loss at DeForest.
Riley Breunig, Sr., Sauk Prairie
Riley Breunig returns after scoring a team-high 9.8 points per game on the way to earning honorable mention All-Badger North Conference recognition last season. The 5-foot-7 senior does a bit of everything for the Eagles, serving as a primary ball-handler while making a team-high 23 3-pointers and grabbing 5 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.4 assists per game.
— CAPITAL NEWSPAPERS STAFF