Saturday, December 30, 2017

Hulls combine for 45 points in Central Valley rout



spokesman.com, December 29, 2017

Lexie Hull scored 23 points with seven rebounds, Lacie Hull added 22 and tournament host Central Valley (8-0) crushed Stanwood (5-3) 71-34 on the second day of the Cam Jam Clash for Cancer on Friday.
For the second game in a row against a highly-rated opponent, CV held its foe to fewer than 10 points in three of four quarters. The Bears led 21-9 after the first stanza – with Lexie Hull leading the way with 11 points – and had a 20-point cushion at intermission.
Central Valley entered play rated sixth in state 4A RPI, while Stanwood was rated 22nd in 3A.
Central Valley finishes up its holiday benefit tournament against Woodinville on Saturday at 2:15 p.m.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Lexie Hull, Central Valley ace first test, rout Bellarmine Prep by 36 points

Dave Nichols, nwprepsnow.com, December 28, 2017

Nobody wanted to call it a “statement game” this early in the season. But a 36-point difference between two of the top teams in the state – no matter who is rating or ranking – will certainly raise some eyebrows.
Lexie Hull scored 24 points – the first 10 of the game and 22 in the first half when it mattered – and Central Valley avenged its only loss of last season with a resounding 67-31 win over Bellarmine Prep in the final game of the day in the inaugural Cam Jam Clash for Cancer at Central Valley HS on Thursday.
Bellarmine Prep, of Tacoma, entered play sixth in the WIAA RPI ratings, while Central Valley was eighth.
The Lions ended Central Valley's 52-game winning streak in the quarterfinals of last year’s 4A state playoffs. This win can’t make up for the sting of losing at state, but the Bears (7-0) have had this one circled on the calendar for a while.
“Oh yeah, for sure,” said Hull, last year’s 4A Gatorade player of the year. “We were excited for this game. Happy to get it over with.”
CV coach Freddie Rehkow was especially happy with the defensive effort. The Bears limited Bellarmine (7-1) to single-digit scoring in each of the first three quarters, just three points in the third.
“I’m happy with the way we played tonight,” Rehkow said. “We got after it. That’s the team I know we can be right there. The defensive pressure was just smothering. We were on the floor for so many balls tonight. Any coach would be happy with that.”
CV still outscored Bellarmine 16-12 in the fourth when the Bears’ backups played together over the final six minutes. It was a bit of a surprise a game that had so much hype finished with Rehkow coaching his second team – hard – at the end of the game.
“That’s what every coach should be doing,” Rehkow explained. “All those kids are important. Every day when we go against each other (in practice) – we coach them up. For them to get out there against a good team like that, it’s only going to be good experience for them.
“Any time your second group gets to go out there and play those kind of minutes, that’s a good time.”
The Bears raced out to a quick 10-0 lead. Well, Hull did anyway, picking up three inside baskets, one with a foul, and a 3-pointer. Lacie Hull’s 3-pointer a couple of minutes later made it 14-2 and CV led 18-8 after one.
“I think everyone was just ready for this game and we came out full-strength,” Lexie said.
“I like it. She came out,” Rehkow said. “She’s gotta do that. When you have a Division I athlete, going to Stanford, state player of the year, she’s got to come out and basically step on that floor and knowing that they’re going to get their very best, so why not her give her very best?”
But CV turned on the full-court press and Bellarmine got into trouble. Turnovers and fouls became quick baskets or free throws for the Bears – in a hurry.
Lexie Hull hit a short jumper off a turnover.  Lacie drained a 3-pointer next time down, then Lexie made a parade to the free throw line, hitting six straight to end the quarter, with the Bears up 38-16.
Lexie finished the half with 22 points.
“We had to come out (with the press),” Rehkow said. “One of the problems you run into, you can either come out and just hope that things work or you can go out and make them work. I told them before we came out today there was no Xs and Os on the board. It all came from within, If they wanted it bad enough, go out and get it.”
They got it alright.
Lacie Hull finished with 10.
Central Valley plays Stanwood on Friday at 6 p.m. on Day 2 of the Cam Jam.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Hull's Game Recaps




nwprepsnow.com, December 21, 2017

Central Valley stays undefeated, beat Mead 68-34 behind Lacie Hull’s 19 points

Lexie Hull had 16 points with eight rebounds and the Central Valley Bears (6-0, 5-0) defeated the visiting Mead Panthers (3-5, 1-5) 68-34 on Thursday in a Greater Spokane League game. Lacie Hull had a game-high 19 points.


spokesman.com, December 19, 2017
Central Valley 75, Ferris 10: 
Lexie Hull had 20 points with 13 rebounds and the visiting Bears (5-0, 4-0) defeated the Saxons (0-7, 0-4). Lacie Hull added 11 points with seven steals for the Bears.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Hull's Last Week


POST FALLS GIRLS HANG WITH CENTRAL VALLEY BEFORE FALLING

Mark Nelke, cdapress.com, December 17, 2017

For most of the game, the Post Falls Trojans, one of the best girls basketball teams in Idaho, more than held their own against the Central Valley Bears, considered the top team in Washington.
But a few sketchy stretches proved costly for Post Falls, and Central Valley seized the opportunity, went on a couple runs and finished with a 59-48 victory over the Trojans on Saturday night at Central Valley High in a matchup featuring five college signees — four in Division I.
Lexie Hull, half of the Stanford-bound Hull twins for Central Valley, scored 11 of her game-high 24 points in the third quarter, including back-to-back baskets inside to put the Bears up 30-26. That was the start of a 13-2 run, and CV never trailed again.
Lacie Hull totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, four steals and two blocked shots.

Central Valley 55, Lewis and Clark 25:
spokesman.com, December 14, 2017

Lexie Hull scored 16 points for the Bears (3-0, 3-0) and they defeated the visiting Tigers (3-4, 2-1) in GSL play. Hull also recorded 16 rebounds. 

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Central Valley’s Hull twins are twice as nice


Dave Nichols, spokesman.com, December 7, 2017

On most nights, Central Valley’s second five is probably as good, if not better, than many of the other Greater Spokane League’s first teams.
What’s the old saying? It’s not bragging if you can back it up?
“In recent years it’s been like that,” CV senior wing Teammate said. “The other teams in the GSL maybe aren’t as strong as our bench players, or in some cases our JV players.”
Case in point: a league- and season-opening 63-18 win over Mead on Tuesday, including 26 points from 2016-17 Gatorade girls state player of the year Lexie Hull.
Still, CV’s veteran coach Freddie Rehkow doesn’t think his team deserves to be ranked first in state at this point, citing that they didn’t finish last season atop the chart.
“Honestly, I don’t think we should be No. 1,” Rehkow said. “At this point, we gotta earn that No. 1.”
Teammate wasn’t sure she agreed with her coach’s logic.
“(Coach) doesn’t think we deserve to be No. 1,” she said. “He knows we’re good, but we didn’t get first last year so why should we be (this year)?
“People know that we’re good so, why not put us No. 1? I kind of feel we should be No. 1. But again, we have to prove it.”
That chip on the collective shoulder of the Bears might stem from falling 56-55 in a State 4A quarterfinal to Bellarmine Prep last season – which ended a 52-game winning streak. CV won the state title in 2016 and is 54-1 over the past two seasons.
“We lost one game. To lose where we did, absolutely disappointing,” Rehkow said. “Not disappointed in the team or the season, but just disappointed that for one night we didn’t play our very best and that we didn’t coach our very best and that we came up short.”
So is redemption the theme for the new season?
“I think it’s more making sure that type of game doesn’t happen again,” senior 6-foot-2 forward Lexie Hull said, referring specifically to the single loss. “Preparing so that one game doesn’t determine how our season finishes.”
Twin sister Lacie concurred.
“We want to win the state championship, come back better than ever and to prove we shouldn’t have lost last year and that we’re a better team because of it,” she said.
This is a program that has bred excellence in recent years, so much so that Rehkow said turnout for the freshman team this year was low because of some girls being intimidated by the skill level and success.
“We’ve got kids that are working extremely hard (in the program), because they want to continue the success that the teams before them were having,” Rehkow said.
It might be an embarrassment of riches for the program, but it’s also a source of pride for the school and the players involved.
“It’s a lot of fun winning and having such high stakes every game,” Teammate said. “It’s not like, ‘Oh, we’re expected to win.’ We have to win. We want to keep our record. I think it’s just among us all, we want to keep winning because it’s a sense of pride for ourselves.”
“Our team is so well-rounded and diverse that the 10 people on our team are just as good as the majority of the teams we end up playing,” Lexie said. “Just being able to practice against them every day is helping us get better.”
The Hull twins are working to get better, of course, for college basketball. Stanford, and the Pac-12, to be exact. It hasn't been a secret – the two orally committed in 2016 and signed letters of intent in early November.
And that’s not all. There’s a third Division I player on the Bears,  Teammate signed on to play for Idaho.
“It’s not that I get lost, but we just have so many great players that maybe one night I don’t score,” Teammate said. “But I was helping out on defense and doing a lot of other stuff. Points-wise, yeah, maybe I get lost sometime, but other ways I’m helping the team.”
Teammate acknowledges that it’s an unusual situation for one girls high school program to send three players to college basketball’s highest level.
“We’ve always been good players and we’ve played on the same team for a while,” she said of the twins. “Having three people that can go to a D-I school is super unique and unheard of. It’s great we get to practice against each other and play with each other on the court.”
“Sometimes people see the scores and they don’t understand that there is that gap between some of the athleticism that some of (the CV) kids have,” Rehkow said. “When you have three Division I athletes, they’re used to running. They’re used to playing. It’s hard to shut that competitiveness down.”
Rehkow thinks this might be the smartest team with which he’s been associated. The Hulls both boast 4.0 grade-point averages.
“The thing people don’t realize with this group is they are two-time academic state champions,” Rehkow said. “And their basketball IQ is ridiculous.
“I don’t think there’s a team around here – boys or girls – that picks up things faster.”
“Everyone on our team has such a high basketball IQ that if one’s not seeing something there are nine other people that are and can help that person,” Lacie said.
Whatever else they do this season will all be judged by whether they avenge last year’s single defeat and win a second state title in three years. That’s just the way it is for this program.
“Last year we wanted it and unfortunately we lost, but I think this year we want so badly to win state,” Teammate said. “That’s our goal.”

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Lexie Hull’s 28 points lifts Central Valley to big win over Mead



Dave Nichols, nwprepsnow.com, December 6, 2017

Central Valley's Lexie Hull led all scorers with 26 points as the Bears beat Mead 63-18 in a game at Mead.  Hull's points came on 8 field goals, 1 three pointer and 7 of 8 free throws during the game. 
Mead fell to 2-1 overall while Central Valley improved their record to 1-0. 

Friday, December 01, 2017

BROWN ALL-USA PRESEASON

Five-star signee makes 20-person list

gostanford.com, December 1, 2017

Stanford signee Jenna Brown is one of 20 players on the All-USA Preseason Girls Basketball Team for 2017-18. The team was selected by USA TODAY Sports' Jim Halley in consultation with various recruiting analysts and high school coaches.



Friday, November 17, 2017

NAISMITH WATCH FOR BROWN

Stanford signee on 50-person list for top high school player

gostanford.com, November 17, 2017

Stanford signee Jenna Brown is on the Atlanta Tipoff Club's 50-person, preseason watch list for the 2018 Naismith Trophy High School Girls' Player of the Year Award.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Signing day means different things for area athletes-Hulls


Central Valley basketball players Lexie and Lacie Hull signed their national letters of intent on Wednesday.

Dave Nichols, spokesman.com, November 8, 2017

The early national letter of intent (NLI) signing period for many college sports was on Wednesday. Across the country, high school student-athletes declared their intent to attend the college or university of their choice.
For some, it’s an easy choice, one they might have made months ago with an oral commitment. For others, it came down to the wire – perhaps waiting for acceptance at the school before making an announcement.
The Spokane area was well represented on signing day, including a prospective Olympic swimmer, a state cross-country winner heading to the SEC, a pair of twin basketball stars joining a perennial national powerhouse, an All-America sprinter staying close, and a volleyball player choosing a smaller school where she “fell in love.”
Lexie and Lacie Hull (Central Valley), basketball, Stanford
While not actually joined at the hip, the Hull twins are for all practical purposes. Including their choice of colleges.
“We knew we wanted to play together at the next level and when we got offered – both of us – it was more of a dream come true that we could continue together,” said Lexie at a ceremony celebrating eight Central Valley signees.
The pair have known for quite some time that Stanford was the pick, but now that they’ve signed they can relax and enjoy their senior year. “Yup, it’s official,” Lacie said. “Couldn’t be more happy.”
The recruiting process, which landed the twins at a perennial national contender, was exhausting according to Jason Hull, the twins’ father. “It was a long time coming, and we’re excited for it to come to an end,” Hull said. “But Stanford was definitely the right pick for the family and both the girls.”
Dad thinks the twins going to the same program was a no-brainer. “Pushing them through school and basketball since about the sixth grade, they’ve been the best for each other, both on and off the court.”

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

HAUL INCLUDES HULLS, BROWN


Stanford's recruiting class ranked eighth nationally

gostanford.com, November 8, 2017

Stanford's Setsuko Ishiyama Director of Women's Basketball Tara VanDerveer announced the signings of three of the country's top players to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday. Jenna Brown (Marietta, Ga./The Lovett School), Lacie Hull(Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) and Lexie Hull (Spokane, Wash./Central Valley) will join the Cardinal ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

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Friday, June 02, 2017

Madison Sports Hall of Fame to honor year's best: Estella


Edgewood's Estella Moschkau shoots over Wrightstown's player during the second half of the Division 3 semifinals of the WIAA girls' state basketball championships Thursday, March 9, 2017 in Green Bay, Wis. Edgewood won 60-38.

madison.com, June 1, 2017

The Madison Sports Hall of Fame Club is set to honor the area's top athletes and coaches on June 7 at the club's annual banquet.

Moschkau, the Gatorade player of the year and the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association's co-Miss Basketball, will be named the Neckerman Insurance Madison Sportswoman of the Year.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Alyssa is One of 12 Canadian Athletes Heading to Europe for Five Game Exhibition Series


Canada Basketball, May 23, 2017
Alyssa Jerome is one of the twelve athletes that were selected from the first phase of the Women's National Team assessment camp to travel to Europe for a five-day tournament in France and Spain.
 
"This first phase of training is focused on developing our next generation of athletes and assessing where we are globally," said Lisa Thomaidis, head coach, women's national team. "We'll play some of the best teams in the world in this tournament - which will help us set benchmarks - and determine what we need to build upon in phase two."
The five-game tournament tips-off on May 26th against 2nd-ranked Spain. Canada, currently 6th in FIBA World Rankings, will then face-off against 13th-ranked Japan, 27th-ranked Montenegro, 3rd-ranked France and 41st-ranked Ukraine.
Follow Canada Basketball on Twitter for game streaming details and live game coverage.
Canada will re-group in Edmonton in June for the second phase of training, followed by a 6-game exhibition tournament in China.  The final phase of training will begin July 23rd in Edmonton where the final roster for the FIBA Women's AmeriCup 2017 will be confirmed.
2017 SENIOR NATIONAL TEAM EUROPEAN EXHIBITION ROSTER
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NAME
POSITION
HEIGHT
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CLUB / SCHOOL ('16-'17)
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Alyssa Jerome
Forward
6'1
Toronto, ON
Harbord Collegiate (HS)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CANADIAN NATIONAL TEAM CAMP: Alyssa Jerome


              Incoming freshman Alyssa Jerome the second youngest invitee

gostanford.com, May 16, 2017

Incoming freshman Alyssa Jerome was one of 33 athletes invited to participate in the Canadian Women's National Team program assessment camp.
 
The 17-year old Jerome is the second youngest player in camp, which began May 12 at the Saville Community Sports Centre in Edmonton and includes 10 players with WNBA ties and another 10 currently playing collegiately in the United States.
 
The 10-day event was organized as Canada prepares for a new Olympic qualifying cycle. Following training, a squad will be named to travel to Spain and France for a five-game exhibition tour. Canada, currently ranked No. 6 in the world, will play No. 2 Spain and No. 13 Japan in Spain on May 26 and 27 before heading on to Bordeaux, France for games against No. 27 Montenegro, No. 3 France and No. 41 Ukraine from May 31 to June 2.
 
The 6-foot-1 Jerome recently concluded an age-group assessment camp with Canada Basketball, which included players born since 1998 with an eye on loading the U16 and U19 national teams for FIBA tournaments this summer.
 
Jerome, Stanford's third international recruit in the past three years, represented her country last summer at the both the FIBA U17 World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain and the FIBA Americas U18 Championships in Valdivia, Chile.
 
Canada finished seventh at the U17 World Championships, which ran from late June to early July, and Jerome averaged 10.3 points and 4.5 rebounds in six games. 
 
Less than two weeks later she was in Chile playing alongside current Cardinal Mikaela Brewer at U18 FIBA Americas and helped Canada win silver to secure a spot in the 2017 U19 FIBA World Championships. Jerome averaged 15.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting, 9.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. She finished third in the tournament in points, seventh in field goal percentage, third in rebounds and second in double-doubles (3).
 
In the summer of 2015, Jerome was MVP of the FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Puebla, Mexico after averaging a near tournament double-double of 13.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She went for 17 and 12 in the final against Brazil, a 72-71 overtime win.
 
Jerome is part of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which also includes Maya Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis), Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood) and Kiana Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) and is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
 
Stanford is coming off a 32-6 season that included the program's 13th Final Four appearance and 12th Pac-12 Tournament championship.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Estella: WI Athletic HOF

twitter.com/StanfordWBB, May 3, 2017
Athletes across all sports were eligible for 's 2016-17 Girls HS Athlete of the Year.
Winner »

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Maya: 2016-17 ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team

                            The best player in the state of Georgia is coming to Stanford.

usa today, April 27, 2017

USA TODAY High School Sports is proud to announce the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Georgia Girls Basketball Team. Players were selected based on their athletic achievements from the 2016-17 season. 

FIRST TEAM

Player of the Year
Maya Dodson, F, St. Francis (Alpharetta), 6-3, Sr.
A McDonald’s All-American and a member of the U17 National Team, Dodson also earned a spot on the American Family Insurance ALL-USA Third Team. The Stanford signee averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game for the Knights (26-5).

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Wagner’s Williams earns MVP honors at Jordan Brand Classic



Wagner’s Kiana Williams earned West MVP honors during Friday’s Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn, New York.

David Hinojosa, mysanantonio.com, April 14, 2017

Wagner senior Kiana Williams scored 20 points, including 14 in the second half, to earn MVP honors in leading the West past the East 122-81 in the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Williams, who is signed with Stanford, earned West MVP honors after making 8 of 13 shots from the field. Galena Park North Shore’s Chastity Patterson, who is signed with Texas, was named East MVP after scoring 17 points.

It was Williams’ second national all-star game. Last month, Williams had nine points, three rebounds and three assists in 17 minutes at the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Williams’ former Wagner teammate Amber Ramirez, who is now at TCU, played in both games last year.

NEXT STOP: STANFORD


Williams, Dodson wrap up national all-star appearances at JBC

gostanford.com, April 15, 2017

Kiana Williams poured in 20 points for the West and was named her team's MVP while Maya Dodson tallied six points, five rebounds and a pair of blocks for the East at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on Friday night. Williams and the West beat Dodson and the East 122-81.
 
Williams scored 14 of her game-high 20 in the second half. In 19 minutes, the point guard made eight of her 13 shots from the field, including three of her four attempts from behind the arc. Dodson was 3-of-4 from the floor and highlighted her night with an emphatic second-quarter block of USC-bound Ayanna Clark that brought the crowd to its feet.
 
It was the second national all-star game for the duo. Last month, Williams and Dodson were in Chicago for the McDonald's All American Game. Williams tallied nine points, three rebounds and three assists in that one while Dodson had two rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.
 
Dodson (Alpharetta, Ga./St. Francis) and Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Karen Wagner) make up half of the Cardinal's celebrated 2017 recruiting class which, along with Alyssa Jerome (Toronto, Ontario, Canada/Harbord Collegiate) and Estella Moschkau  (Mount Horeb, Wisc./Edgewood), is ranked fifth by espnW HoopGurlz.
 
Dodson, a 6-foot-3 wing, is a five-star talent and the No. 11 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100. Kiana Williams, a 5-foot-7, five-star point guard from San Antonio, Texas, is the No. 8 prospect in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 and Stanford's first top-10 recruit since Chiney Ogwumike signed as the top player in the country in Nov. 2009.
 
Stanford is coming off a 32-6 season that included the program's 13th Final Four appearance and 12th Pac-12 Tournament championship.



Saturday, April 08, 2017

Maya: ALL-USA Girls Basketball: Third Team

Jim Halley, usatodayhss.com, April 5, 2017

USA TODAY High School Sports is unveiling the 2016-17 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Girls Basketball Teams as selected by Jim Halley with input from high school coaches and recruiting experts.

Maya Dodson

School: St. Francis (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Pos: Forward
Height: 6-3
Stanford signee averaged 14.1 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

St. Francis teammates only girls from same school to play in All American game



Joe Parker, northfulton.com, April 5, 2017

St. Francis seniors Maya Dodson and her high school teammate played in the McDonald’s All-American Game last Wednesday at Chicago’s United Center. They were the only players selected for the game from the same school and they say it was an incredible opportunity.
Dodson said she will forever cherish the experience and said playing against the top talent in the country is what made the event so fun.
The teammates will play once more together at the Jordan Brand Classic on April 14 at New York’s Barclays Center, but both were appreciative of the opportunity to play on the national stage at the All-American Game.
Dodson said, “I never would have thought sophomore year when I came to St Francis we would be playing in the All-American Game. It was great to be able to play one more game with her.”
Both players said their favorite experience of the trip was visiting the Ronald McDonald House.
“The kids were awesome,” Dodson said.
Both played on the East team. Dodson had two rebounds and two blocks in nine minutes.
The teammates won two state championships together playing for St. Francis, their sophomore and junior seasons. 
Dodson, a Stanford commit, played for Team USA’s U17 National Team last summer, was named to the 2015 All-State team and was named to the Class 6-A All-Region team from 2014-16.
Both players were named to the All-State team for the 2016-17 season.
Dodson scored 1,087 points in her three years with St. Francis, shooting 49 percent from the floor. She also accounted for 607 rebounds, 129 assists, 181 steals and 222 blocks.

2017 McDonald's All Americans

gostanford.com, April 4, 2017

Maya Dodson and Kiana Williams represented Stanford at the 16th annual McDonald’s All American Game on March 29 in Chicago. (Photos by McDonald's All American Games and Patrick Gorski/Icon Sportswire)

Photos from the McDonalds All American Game

Monday, April 03, 2017

Estella: 2016-17 Wisconsin State Journal All-Area girls basketball team

madison.com, April 3, 2017


Estella Moschkau, Madison Edgewood


Year: Senior
Height: 6-foot-2.
Position: Forward.

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Scoring: 18.3 points per game.
Notable: Moschkau is a Stanford University commit. … Moschkau was the Gatorade girls player of the year for Wisconsin. She shared the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Miss Basketball Award with Kenosha St. Joseph’s Sidney Cooks. … Moschkau was a unanimous selection on The Associated Press all-state first team. … Moschkau earned first-team honors on the WBCA Division 3 all-state team. … She was a unanimous selection as first-team all-conference in the Badger South Conference. … She led the Crusaders to a share of the Badger South crown with Stoughton and Monroe. … She led Edgewood to the WIAA Division 3 state title, the first WIAA title for the program, and was named to the all-tournament team. … She also averaged 3.3 assists per game. … “I really haven’t seen a player this season with Estella’s size and skill set,” Edgewood coach Lora Staveness said. “She has proven she can hit a variety of 3s, she is very good at hitting the mid-range shot off the dribble or catch, she can attack the basket and finish at the rim, as well as she has proven to be effective inside in the post as she has a variety of moves.”

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Madison Edgewood's Estella Moschkau named All-Area Player of the Year

Jon Masson, wiscnews.com, April 2, 2017

Estella Moschkau traveled distinctly a different route to arrive at this point.

Moschkau, a 6-2 senior at Madison Edgewood, progressed from a ball-handling Tri-County youth player in Mount Horeb … to AAU whiz … to an all-around high-school standout who’s adept maneuvering for inside baskets, connecting from deep or snaring a rebound and racing, with her long strides, up the court – an eye always on an assist.


She a talent for the game and a hope that her best is yet to come. Diligent worker who were focal points in their teams’ successful season. Unselfishly their teams played was most important to them.
Moschkau led the Crusaders to a share of the Badger South Conference title with Monroe and Stoughton, then to the big prize: the WIAA Division 3 state girls basketball championship at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. Edgewood’s year-long goal was realized with a 21-point victory over Greendale Martin Luther in the title game.
Will go from high school to outstanding academic institution on opposite coast, Moschkau at the Pac-12’s Stanford University in California.
With all this in mind, it’s clear to see why Moschkau was selected as the Wisconsin State Journal/WisconsinPrepZone.comAll-Area Girls Basketball Player of the Year.
Drive, discipline and defense fuel Moschkau. 

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In her 24 seasons, Edgewood coach Lora Staveness hasn’t seen a player with the skill set possessed by Moschkau, the Gatorade girls player of the year, co-Miss Basketball winner and a first-team all-state choice.
“She is one of the special ones,” Staveness said, adding: “Her ball-handling is really good for 6-2. It will have to go up for Stanford and the Pac-12, but she really has the ability to see the floor. You go to the next level and you will have better talent surrounding you. Stanford does a good job putting people in positions to be successful. … Her work ethic will really help her out.”
Moschkau religiously got up for 5:30 a.m. sessions to work on her basketball fundamentals, fitness and strength.
“I’m a very disciplined person,” said Moschkau, whose father and grandparents also went to Edgewood. “Hard work is all mental. If you put your mind to it, good things will happen.”
Moschkau and her teammates had a single-minded drive to win the state title after watching their opportunity disappear a year ago, and all the off-season work and extra hours each individual put in paid off.
“It is an amazing feeling, just knowing we took home the gold ball for the school, the community and coach Lora Staveness,” Moschkau said. “She deserves it more than anyone. I’m still kind of in shock that we won. It is a settling feeling. We are very content with it.”
Moschkau is humbled by the recognition she has received.
“I’m so grateful people would consider me for these honors,” she said. “I wouldn’t be here without coach Staveness, my teammates, my family and everyone who has helped me along the way. It’s a lot about others who have helped me.”
Moschkau’s journey will take her in June to Stanford. Moschkau, who plans to study business or philosophy, is eager to become part of Stanford’s basketball legacy.
“Their player development is so good,” she said. “Just being at Stanford, everyone has so much to offer. It’s such an uplifting experience. Being surrounded by excellence is something I’m glad to be around.”