Westerbeck Named MAC Player Of The Year

Minster's Rosie Westerbeck was named the Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year as the MAC announced its all-conference teams on Tuesday.
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Minster's Rosie Westerbeck was named Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Year and coach Mike Wiss was named MAC Coach of the Year as the conference announced its All-MAC teams on Tuesday.

The senior Westerbeck played in every game but one this season, starting in every game she played. She is a 44.3 percent field goal shooter (105-of-237) and an 82.2 percent free throw shooter (60-of-73), tops in the MAC.

Westerbeck is third on the team with 94 rebounds, averaging 4.5 boards per game, second-best 53 assists on the team and a team-high and second best in the MAC 57 steals.

She finished fifth in average scoring with 13.3 points per game.

Sophomore Courtney Prenger was the other Wildcats player to earn First-Team All-MAC honors as she finished a regular season that saw the Wildcats go 20-2 overall with a 43.2 field goal clip (83-of-192), a second-best 96-rebound total, 44 steals —  and 229 totals points, second behind Westerbeck’s 273.

Prenger, however, did lead the MAC with 82 blocked shots in the regular season.

Minster won the MAC title for a second straight season with a perfect 9-0 record and the Wildcats currently ride a 25-game MAC win streak.

Minster opens the Division IV sectional opener on Wednesday with a bye and will play Hardin Northern in a final on Saturday at Bath High School. The Polar Bears defeated Ada 60-49 on Tuesday night in a sectional semifinal.

New Knoxville senior Kenzie Schroer also earned First-Team honors for the Rangers (9-13, 3-6 MAC) Schroer played in all 22 games for the Rangers, amassing 329 total points — a team-high — on 116-of-265 shooting from the field (43.8 percent) and a 37.2 percent clip from three-point range (32-of-86), seventh-best clip in the MAC. She led the MAC in average scoring with 15 points per game and was seventh in the MAC in free throw shooting.

Schroer also collected 75 rebounds, the third-most on the team, as well as a team-best 48 assists and 32 steals against offenses that averaged just a hair over 40 points per game at 40.2.

The Rangers will play Lincolnview in Wednesday’s Division IV sectional opener at Allen East High School.

Earning second-team was New Bremen's Jane Homan and freshman Macy Puthoff.

Homan finished eighth in the MAC with 125 rebounds — also a team-high — to go along with another team-high in 8.5 ppg.
She shot 38 percent from the field (66-of-170) and started all 22 games for the Cardinals (10-12, 3-6).

In her first year at the varsity level, Puthoff put together a nice season for the crimson and gold.

Tenth in rebounds in the conference, Puthoff finished the season 108 boards, while shooting a healthy 41 percent (64-of-153) from the field. The freshman led the team in assists with 55 —eighth-best total in the conference — and was third on the team with 28 steals.

The Cardinals will open sectional semifinal play against fellow Division IV foe Waynesfield-Goshen at Bath High School.

Finishing the season as MAC Honorable Mention was Minster's Lindsay Roetgerman, New Knoxville’s Ashlyn Miller and New Bremen's Kayla Bergman.

Miller was a 72.5 free throw shooter (29-of-40) with 46 rebounds, 16 assists, 25 steals and a scoring average of 7.1 ppg, second behind Schroer and finished ninth in three-point shooting (29-of-111).
Roetgerman missed the few games with an injury, but still put together a solid season with a 33.8 percent (51-of-151) from the field, shot 64.5 percent (20-of-31) from the free throw line, collected 50 rebounds, 31 assists and 39 steals while averaging 7 ppg.

Bergman finished ninth in the conference with 113 boards, while shooting 40 percent (58-of-142) from the field, took the ball away 27 times and averaged 6.4 ppg in 22 starts.