D1 Programs to Watch This Season
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Now that we can slowly shift gears and look toward the upcoming 2023-24 high school season, I want to point out some teams to watch around the state today. Today, we’ll look at a few teams who could surprise some…
Now that we can slowly shift gears and look toward the upcoming 2023-24 high school season, I want to point out some teams to watch around the state today. Today, we’ll look at a few teams who could surprise some people with what they bring this upcoming season.
If we looked at a crystal ball and it said that Kimberly won the FVA and made a run in the postseason to win a state title, I would not be shocked. The Papermakers return multiple significant contributors in, , , and , among others, but also bring in arguably the best 2027s in Ava Van Vonderan, , and . To say they have the talent to be one of the best teams in the state is an understatement, but they don’t have the experience of other top teams, but they have the talent to make a deep run at a gold ball.
The Warhawks have been on the cusp of making it to state the past few seasons but have fallen against Brookfield East each time. This season, the Warhawks come in as the favorites in their sectional, and this could be the start of a serious run over the next three years. They have elite backcourt talent in, , and newcomer Sidney Zehner. They also have versatile pieces to defend taller players in , who was excellent this summer, and . I fully believe the Warhawks will be one of the most entertaining groups in the state.
After an elite group in 2022, who earned a silver ball in D1, the Patriots took a step back after losing some of the best players in the 2022 class in the state. Now, all the kids who started on that team are gone, but there’s a chance that they still compete in the FVA more than people expect.is a name to watch as a potential breakout candidate. She’s a high-level athlete who can play inside and out. is another high-level athlete who suffered a knee injury last season but can make an impact once she gets her footing as the season rolls on. is another 2027 to keep an eye on in the FVA.
Tessa Bryan will give opposing defenses headaches preparing for her. To say she puts pressure on defenses is an understatement. She constantly sprints at defenses to create chaotic situations. Rising seniorwill continue to perform at a high level after her breakout junior season. Also, rising sophomores and will add value to a program that can make some noise in the Badger and the second weekend of the postseason.